Students have been enjoying the STAR Board for centers lately. Today’s center was all about numeral recognition and counting. If your child would like to practice at home just click on Fish Tank.
We have some new YouTube favorites: Four Seasons in a Year, The Skeleton Dance teaches left and right, and Nature’s Best Camouflages is a fascinating science slide show.
Tuesday will be an exciting day. The PTO has arranged a visit from local firefighters and they are bringing their trucks for Tower-Soudan students to see. They will also do a fire safety presentation so we are looking forward to that.
We will be working more with shapes this coming week as well as CGI, and will continue with learning strokes in handwriting. Keep reading, everyone!
The end of the quarter is quickly approaching and the class is making great progress in letter sounds and blending words together. Keep practicing letter sounds. For blending, you can help by using the word lists that have been sent home. Students “sound out” the words letter by letter. Sometimes an adult writing one letter at a time and helping with the letter sound before moving to the next letter can keep it slow enough to prevent frustration. Another activity the kids like is brainstorming a list of words that begin with a certain letter; for example, have them tell you what sound a letter makes and then ask “what word begins with a?” Write down the words and keep them with a notebook so your child can practice writing and illustrating.
In math we are about to move into the hundreds chart to see all the patterns that happen with numbers. Practice counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s with your child.
In our CGI story problems, we are continuing to work on addition and subtraction problems along with choosing which number sentence “fits.” Here’s an example:
Shyanna went to Wal-Mart and bought ten fish. When she got home, she discovered that her fish tank was too small. She gave six fish to her grandma so how many fish did Shyanna have left?
10 + 6 = ? or 10 – 6 = ?
First the students recall the problem. How many fish did she start with? How many did she give away? What are we trying to figure out? They draw simple pictures, count cubes or figure it out on their fingers. When we have the answer and someone can explain the story from start to finish, we take a look at the number sentences. The kids read: ten plus six equals blank. Ten minus six equals blank. What does plus mean (adding, joining or putting together)? What does minus mean (subtracting or taking away)? Which number sentence fits our story? Have them write in the answer again and have them read it altogether.
Try setting up simple problems for your children to solve and explain. This is how math problems present themselves in the real world and practice will build math ability in your child.
The kindergarten students enjoyed a special story today called The Little Orange House. As the adult tells the story of a little witch and ghost building a house, an orange piece of paper is cut into a jack-o-lantern without the students noticing. At the end you open it up and the kids are so surprised!
Our CGI problem today was about Lakota and gummy bears. After a trip to town, Lakota got two gummy bears from his mom for being good. Then Lakota cleaned his own and his brother’s room, so Adam gave him six more gummy bears. How many gummy bears did Lakota get altogether?
Our class survey was about Halloween candy. Students asked each other what Halloween candy they liked better, candy corn or chocolate?
Reading Buddies came this afternoon and we had Show and Tell this morning.
About the Halloween party on Monday: you are welcome to come to get your child dressed beginning at 12:45 pm. The costume parade will be in the big Gym at 1:00, games in the Multipurpose Room from 1:15 – 2:15 pm. and classroom parties will be from 2:15 – 3:15 pm.
Our CGI math observation was very successful this morning. The students worked hard to solve two word problems, one from me and one from Mr. RunningHorse. We will continue to work on trying to retain the problem mentally and explain our answers.
Our first Guided Reading and Spelling Sorts sessions went well this afternoon. It is so exciting to pick up a book and learn all about it. Our spelling sort today was Fruit/Not Fruit. I sent home a copy so students can cut apart their pictures to practice at home.
Tomorrow we will get out the paint to finish our paper bag jack-o-lanterns. Tonight’s homework is the Letter N Partner Practice.
We got out the clipboards today and tried two new centers. The first was Write the Room. Students searched the room for words that they could write beginning with the letter A. In order to do that, they had to be clear about what it meant to look for a first letter in the word! In finding that first letter, they also learned what it meant to have an a in the middle or end of the word. They felt pretty successful with their findings and it is good training to have them noticing what letters are in the words that are around them. The next step will be having lots of practice with the sounds the letters make!
Our other new center was the idea of a survey. Today’s survey topic was “Do you like apples?” Students were required to ask each other the question and then fill in other students’ names in the appropriate Yes or No box. We had a lot of tally marks to begin with but the kindergarteners picked it up pretty well for the first day. There are about four different places in the room they can find classmate’s names (including the word wall with name and photos together) so if they couldn’t remember how to write all the letters they could find a place to get them.
For CGI we worked on a Separate, Results Unknown question (subtraction) which was different than our recent Joining (addition) problems. The discussions are getting much better with students getting used to being asked to explain their thinking.
Today’s Phonics was review and we will start a new letter tomorrow! No homework tonight.
Please remember your Pumpkin Patch field trip permission slips!
Our homework incentive began today. Partner Practice sheets will come home most days for the letter(s) we are learning. If your child completes the practice reading as well as the handwriting, he or she will receive a sticker for the homework chart. Earning ten stickers will give your student a chance to choose from the prize box. In Kindergarten even five or ten minutes daily can make a huge difference in reading ability and it shows the children that you value their education!
Today in Phonics we reviewed the letter A and introduced the letter T. In Oral Language, we used our Big Black Bug poem to talk about how some words can sound the same but have a different meaning: “one and won” and “eight and ate.” In Shared Reading we used our Little Bears Big Book to pick out action words and break them into syllables.
Center time incorporated practice writing with white boards along with other fine motor activities as the Phonics Center was completed by each group.
CGI work was a joining problem with Lakota and Talise modeling their solutions.
We did some dancing today to get some movement in: Animal Action and ABC at the Zoo were big hits and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star was calming when we needed to settle down again!
Mrs. Anderson brought the students to the Media Center and gave them a tour and some tips on selecting books as well as how to get them back to the correct place on the shelf. We are looking forward to being able to check out books soon.
We began our day with getting pictures taken and then moved on to CGI math. The students are really getting the hang of remembering the problem and explaining their thinking.
We had our first session with Mondo Reading today. The class is split into four groups and each had a turn with phonics instruction as well as other learning centers. We did Shared Reading with a big book and discussed parts of the book and predictable text. Ask your child to name some things bears can do!
Our Open House/Grand Re-opening was a great success. I was very happy to see so many old acquaintances and meet new ones. We have a great school and we are proud of it!