Oak Room Newsletter
Week of April 27, 2015
This week (as told by the Oak Room Kindergartners)...
We went outside for Sustainability. We played the vegetable game. We played Roll and Record 3.
We went outside for Exploration. We played jump rope. People played baseball. People played with hula hoops. We played that hula hoop game where everyone stands in a circle and you try to get the hoop over their head.
We went in the garden and we had to pick up garbage. Mick came back! We traced our three cards for our big map of the different gardens we went to.
We had a celebration for April birthdays. At Exploration some people went with Pascale to pick some flowers. We played a game where we rolled a sunflower butter jar.
Today we had Math outside. We talked about what we wanted to learn in Exploration. We talked about being safe with books.
This week in literacy (and things to do at home)
This week we worked on thinking about the whole book--the cover, the pictures, and what the book is mostly about--to help us read more challenging books. We also thought to ourselves, “What would make sense?” when we got to tricky words. We thought about what we already knew about the topic of the book to help us when we got to a word we didn't know. Readers always make sure the words we say sound right, so when we tried a word we listened carefully to ourselves and asked, “Is this how a book would sound?” If it didn't sound right, we reread and try other words until we figured it out.
At home before your child reads a book, have them study the cover, back cover, and title page and think about what the book will be about. Also have them think about what they already might know about the topic. For example, maybe the book is about a magic show and your child has been to a magic show. Have them tell you what they remember about it before they start reading.
In Writing Workshop we asked ourselves, "What more can I say?" to add details to our writing. We started writing a class story about the day we picked up garbage out of the school garden. At home work on a story with your child about a recent event, asking them "What more can we say?" as you write.
In Word Study we split up into two groups. Some of us worked on the vowel sounds "a" and "e." and some of us worked on the digraph "ch." At home ask your child which group they were in and think of words together that have those letters and tap out the sounds.
This week in math (and things to do at home)
We also spent a day outside looking for shapes and patterns in nature. The Oaks found squares, hexagons, and lots of different patterns.
This week in Project Time
This week in Project Time we thought about all the living things we have seen so far in the various gardens. Each Oak picked three things they remembered and sketched first with pencil. Then we went over with our drawings with a sharpie, and finally we used watercolors to fill in our drawings.
Please let us know if you are open to having a small group or the class visit your home garden by emailing Pascale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECO FAIR on June 6, 2015
Help organize the Eco Fair on June 6, 2015! All you need to do is sign up to organize a station. Managing a station means sourcing donations or helping us purchase materials and setting it up at the event.
For example, we still need leaders to organize the:
- bake sale
- compass store
- growing station
- painting station
- food vendors
If you are interested in making this exciting event happen, please sign up here: