A Class Full of Love
This is the first year that I have done the Friendship Project for our friendship social studies unit, and I am pleased to see how well this class did with the activities, and the amount of kindness they showed to one another. They loved having a secret buddy and doing kind things for them. I believe this brought each child closer together, and allowed them to understand the importance of being a friend to everyone. They worked hard on two pieces of writing that involved their secret buddy. The students wrote about a time they saw their buddy doing something kind, and when they were kind to their buddy. Then, they drew a picture and we created a poster. Your child was given the freedom to organize their poster any way they wanted and add details. Once each child completed their poster, we shared them and your child revealed their secret buddy. We got the GREATEST smiles out of every child. Their gift to their buddy is the poster that they made. I hope you enjoy reading the kind things that your child has done.
Friendship Project Secret Buddies and Posters!
The BEST Class!
Miss Chris and the class snuck this surprise picture for me. They are the cutest!
Literacy Center Activities!
Your child has been doing great working independently in their literacy centers that take place during Guided Reading. This week your child worked on a writing prompt based on the story the day it rained hearts. I love when our class uses their imagination and creativity in their writing. Look and see the AMAZING things that happened when it rained hearts!
Words of the Week - where & help
You will notice that the words of the week may not include words from the 25 sight word list that students are expected to know by the end of the school year. Once we get to the middle of the school year, I begin introducing more difficult sight words that students are being exposed to in higher reading level texts. This allows us to have conversations about consonant digraphs and patterns in words. Your child still focuses on one sight word they are working on when they are in the word center.
Celebrating Black History Month
Your child had a special morning on Thursday, and learned about African-American Inventors from all of the Kindergarten teachers. In our classroom, your child learned about Jack Johnson. He was a professional boxer that also loved to build with his hands. He realized he wasn't strong enough to build certain things, so he created the wrench! Your child got to see how a wrench works and they tried it out themselves. They had a lot of fun learning about the inventions and the stories behind the African-American Inventors.
More with Addition and Subtraction
This week we started a new topic in Math. In your child's folder you would have found an information sheet introducing this topic along with the purple vocabulary cards.
Our learning goal remains the same - Students will be able to understand addition as putting together and adding to, and subtraction as taking apart and taking from.
Below are the essential understandings that we focused on each day.
- Numbers can be broken apart in many ways. An addition equation can show how a number is broken into two parts.
- Addition and subtraction facts have an inverse relationship. Equations using +,-, and = can be used to show parts of a whole.
- Good math thinkers know how to think about words and numbers to solve problems.
Our class had a blast celebrating friendship and Valentine's Day. They created cards and wrote a special message inside for you, made heart valentine holders, and passed out their valentine cards. During the party, your child had a special snack, played games, and did a heart craft.