Beach Buddies' Bulletin

February 8-12

Happy Valentine's Day from the Beach Buddies

We had lots of fun on Friday celebrating Valentine's Day. Getting a box of cards and treats seemed to be more exciting than Christmas around here! :) We had a happy day full of friendship!

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Readers' Workshop

In Readers' Workshop we began making text-to-text connections. We started with 2 Love Monster books. Then moved onto a a set of books about Rufus the pig.

Writers' Workshop

In Writers' Workshop we started learning about book reviews. The kindergartners got to share their opinions about many of the books we have read in class. One of their favorites was Tackylocks and the Three Bears.

Read Aloud/Community Writing

The kindergartens have been studying penguins for the last couple of weeks. They showed off their penguin drawing skills by illustrating a penguin fact. Make sure to check out the blog next week to see their creations!

In other literacy learning:

*made words with the vowel sound Uu

*learned a new Valentine's poem with rhyming words

*counted syllables (or CLAPS as we call them!) in words

*sorted words by letter sounds

Math Workshop

This week in math we have focused on sorting buttons, shopping with dimes, telling Valentine plus and minus number stories, making and counting tally marks, and counting on the calculators.

Care Center

We loved our morning at the Care Center on Thursday. The kindergartners definitely brought sunshine to the residents' days!

Seesaw Journal

Look for information coming home on Tuesday about a new way for you to get a glimpse of your child's day at school. We are using an app called Seesaw that allows the kindergartners to document some of the learning happening in our room. It is like an online journal with words, videos, and pictures. I love it because the kindergartners can "send me" their projects via the app and I can keep them accountable for what we are working on. Parents can sign up and get updates whenever their child adds something to their journal. Some kids definitely like to add to their journal more than others! The paper coming home on Tuesday will walk you through how to sign up--this is completely optional. No pressure to join this free service, but you may enjoy seeing all the smart thinking your child is doing. Let me know if you have any questions.

Technology Tidbits

Beach Buddies' Blog

Visit our blog for a video about our fun Valentine celebration.

Starfall Learn to Read is a fantastic literacy website for kindergartners. They also have an app that is just as great. Check out the link below.
Another great word making app--focusing on vowels!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, February 16 - return RD sheet

Friday, February 19 - Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, February 24 - Mystery dress up day...more info to come!

Friday, February 26 - read a Hat day...wear a hat with words on it

Hope you are enjoying the long weekend! We had a basketball tournament in Mounds View and looking forward to a quiet day at home on Monday.

Wishing you peace and everything good,