Mrs. Bryant's Class
Kindergarten - Room 510
This week we...
- Saw a dairy cow!
- Gained a new friend! And a new adult friend!
- Made cubes (and other shapes) out of toothpicks and marshmallows!
- And then ate some marshmallows!
- Chased our teacher on the playground!
- Started selling chocolate to raise money for our school!
- Are 100 days brighter!!!
I love how their starting to realize that our sight words are really in everything you read!
If you need another order form, let me know!
Apparently, I'm tall to them. Too funny!
Some new news in the classroom:
- We've starting working on adjectives in writing
- Yearbook order forms have been sent out
- We had our 2nd 9 week recognition awards on Friday, Jan. 20
- We learned two new sight words: got, in
- We learned two new word families: -eg, -en
- We're adding more time to our math block and we are cutting our 2nd recess, but extending the time in our morning recess
This week in math, we are talking about 2D shapes and next week, we will talk about 3D shapes (cone, cylinder, sphere, cube). We will have a math show-and-tell next Friday, Jan. 27. Students are asked to bring an item and describe what kind of shape it is (a toy car's wheels are circles, their favorite cup is a cylinder, etc.). If you are unable or forget (been there, done that!), they will be able to choose an item from our classroom to show. I'll be sure to send a note home and post pictures on Class Dojo!
NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY, JANUARY 16.
I WILL NOT BE AT SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20.
We had such an exciting "first" in our classroom this week! We went on a field trip to EcoLand in Kilgore! We visited the Plants&Animals and Water stations. We even saw a rabbit and a chinchilla. We had never seen one before! I'd like to thank four amazing parents who made this trip possible. You all stepped in and helped make this field trip a success.
We've had a busy week and we will continue to have a busy week next week. We've been doing quite a few MOY (middle of the year) assessments. I'm sure their brains are exhausted!
- Report cards go out on Thursday, January 19
- The 9 week Awards Ceremony will be on Friday, January 20
Since I will not be here that day, Mrs. Anthony will call out the names and hand out the certificates. Also, you will receive an invitation if your child is receiving an award.
We're working on subtraction and growing as mathematicians. It's definitely a harder concept than addition, but we're getting it!
Some questions you can ask your child:
- We bought 12 pouches of juice at the store, but you and your brother are taking 1 to school. How many pouches are going to be left?
- What do you do when you add? (Make the number bigger) What do you do when you subtract? (Take away)
We're also continuing and ending informational text. A few weeks ago, we talked about the author's purpose and you can incorporate this into ANY story you read! We talked about the acronym, PIE. Is the author trying to Persuade you, Inform you, or Entertain you? It's as easy as pie. ;)
In writing, we have been reviewing past, present, and future tense. Here are the sentence stems we have used when talking about our elf's adventures:
- Yesterday, Snowgirl _______. Today, she is _______. Tomorrow, I hope she _______.
It's been an AWESOME first half to our school year and I can't wait to see how much these kids grow. See you next year!! :D
Our stockings are up! I am so excited for the kids to take them home after our Christmas party!
The tree is up, too! We made (simple and quick) personalized ornaments.
Snowgirl is still up to her crazy adventures. More pictures are posted daily on Class Dojo!
WE HAVE AN ELF!
We have an elf in our classroom! She flies back to the North Pole at night and tells Santa about the students' behavior!
Seeing the kids do this WITHOUT my help made my heart so happy! I seriously believe we EXCEL as mathematicians!
We had to vote on a name for our elf. In the end, Snowgirl won!
WE HAVE AN ELF!
Week 14 - check!
- continued to discuss informational text.
- discussed the author's purpose could be PIE (persuade, inform, entertain).
- continued to blend phonemes, or letter sounds.
- became masters of 2 new sight words: said and it.
- learned that "sum" means to add.
We also have an ELF in our classroom keeping a watchful eye on our kids. Her name is Snowgirl, although Princess Empire was a close second. We've started an Elf Journal and students will complete a daily entry during morning work.
NEXT WEEK, B-Q-J will have a Christmas sing-along in the gym at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7th. Students can practice at home with this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7TvzpUTBE7-cjYY-Hj0NNP1fx26ePkoG. Thank you to Mrs. Sifuentes for organizing this event!
Because we had the most donation in Kinder for the Fall Festival, we won a popcorn party! It was delicious.
Our students got to vote! The choices were centers in the morning or centers in the afternoon. Morning won.
We all wrote a letter for Veterans Day. Hopefully, we get a letter in return!
Week 12 = complete!
Reports cards will be sent home on Wednesday afternoon. If you still have the envelope and report card from the last 6 weeks, please send those back.
Friday is an early release day. School ends at 12pm.
THIS WEEKThis week, we have started our unit on informational texts. We learned all about apples and Veterans Day! Did you know that informational books usually have headings, diagrams, labels, bold words, and captions?
Our letter this week was Ii. The sight words were at and yes. The word families were -ig and -ip. Remember: our spelling test are each Friday. Last week, it was over -at words. This week, it was over -ig words.
In writing, we are continuing to work on past, present, and future tense.
In math, we are reviewing decomposing and composing numbers and numbers to 20.
Week 11 is done!
Did you know that on Tuesday, we met the FIFTY DAY MARK in Kindergarten!? This school year is going by fast! I love watching them grow.
This week, we wrapped up our unit on onset and rime (for now). We're also working on one more and one less in math. We conducted a science experiment when talking about solids, liquids, and gases (photo is above). Shout out to Ms. Kathryn who braved the balloon, baking soda, and vinegar.
Onto Week 11!
This week we have introduced something completely new: Venn diagrams! They did SO good! First, we compared firemen and policemen and then we compared two stores The Shoemaker and the Elves and The Lion and the Mouse.
We also wrapped up the candy and pumpkin donations for the Fall Festival. AND OUR CLASS WON! The original plan was to have one winner, but PTO decided to have one winner per grade level. However, we were second place for the whole school! I am so honored to have amazing families in our classroom that help our school succeed. I'm sure our kids will LOVE their popcorn party.
Next week is the start of BQJ's canned food drive. If you are able, please donate any unexpired canned foods. These will be delivered locally.
Monday - Red or white uniform shirt with blue jeans
Tuesday - Favorite team jersey
Wednesday - Favorite superhero shirt with jeans
Thursday - Crazy socks
Friday - 50s day
Also, we are planning to have a Halloween party on Friday, October 28. If you would like to contribute any goodies, please let me know and send them with your child before Friday.
BQJ is participating in a canned food drive. It is a competition between 4th and 5th grade and the winning grade level will donate their cans to either Harvest House or HOPE. The food drive is from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.
This and next week!
We have our Book Fair next week! Our kids were not able to check out a library book on Monday (Oct. 3) because of the three-day weekend and they won't be able to check out a library book on Monday (Oct. 10) because of the book fair. Our librarian, Mrs. Sanders, was SO kind to us and let us check out books yesterday. If your child has more than one library book in their backpack, it's okay! They will return their library books on Monday, Oct. 17. If you would like to send money with your student for the Book Fair, I would recommend sending it in an envelope and then letting me know so that I can let them shop in the library.
This week, we tackled rhyming, counting and ordering numbers, singular and plural nouns, and what it means to be a good citizen.
It's been a good week!
The first six weeks is complete!
Remember: There is no school on Monday, Oct. 3.
This week we read Stellaluna and discussed the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We completed a story map to help us!
In writing, we continued to work on nouns. At the end of the week, we went outside and got to draw nouns with chalk! Sorry if your child came home a little messy! :)
We discussed part-part-whole in math and did a neat art activity. I will post pictures on Class Dojo soon.
Next week we will...
- Continue to work on rhyming
- Continue to work on retelling
- Continue to work on composing and decomposing numbers
- Review Mm and Aa
- Introduce "look" and "my"
- Introduce the word family "-at"
We are also entering the last week of the 1st 6 weeks! Can you believe it? Report cards will be sent home soon. Also, if you ordered a t-shirt, they should be in within the next 2 weeks!
I had a wonderful time and I hope you all did, too!
The students had sticky notes and labeled nouns around the classroom1
NOUNS ANCHOR CHART!
We brainstormed different nouns!
We've been talking about character traits and introduced this concept by reading A Bad Case of the Stripes. I love that book! You can ask your student about the characters in the books you read at home.
"What did the character look like?"
"What did the character feel like when __________ happened?"
"How did the character feel like in the beginning versus the end?"
We're also learning about rhyming. You can extend their learning by simply saying a word and having your child tell you a rhyming word. It can be a nonsense word, too!
We're working on one-to-one correspondence with numbers 0-20 and objects. You can extend this by dumping anything (cereal, Skittles, rice) on a table and have your child count them. We're also working on one more and one less. You can use items to help them with this concept.
"You have 5 Skittles. What is one more/less?"