Kindergarten Connection

Ms. Solmson's Kindergarten Weekly Newsletter

September 21st-25th

Literacy

The past two weeks in Literacy we have been exploring wordless books! The entire class was shocked to know that we could actually read books that had no words. We really loved sitting quietly and looking at the pictures together while writing our own stories in our heads. Last week we began with reading Pancakes for Breakfast and found it the perfect opportunity to write the words together as a class. Next, we quickly fell in love with Daisy from A Ball for Daisy. This award winning book helped us understand that all books have a main character, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end. After we identified each of these elements, we did incredible work creating our own Daisy stories that all included a beginning, middle, and end. Finally, we read Flora and the Flamingo. This beautiful book tells the story of a little girl doing her best to become a flamingo and the friendship she eventually builds with the flamingo. We were inspired by the author's unique way of telling the story and created our own flip books of animals copying us!


During our word work time we learned about the -op, -og, and -ot word families. We have loved getting to learn new vocabulary along the way! This week we learned the word hog and we also learned that a top can be a fun toy!

Math

In Math, we have continued finding confidence in our number sense. We learned how to determine which number is less and which is greater by using a 100s chart and a number line! The class loved going to the website "Splat Square" and becoming familiar with the very important 100s chart. We also learned that sometimes when we count we don't always begin at 1. We can really begin anywhere on the number line! Therefore, we practiced our counting on skills. These skills of familiarity with numbers are very important for your kindergartener, and through lots of practice we are building a strong foundation for their math minds.

Writing Workshop

We officially began our Writing Workshop program. I am so excited to tell you that after just three days of writing workshop we have 18 incredible budding authors and illustrators! In Writing Workshop we learned that we will begin each session with a mini-lesson, have quiet writing time with classical music, and talking and sharing to conclude. We learned that authors have a saying, “When I’m Done, I’ve Just Begun.” This means that authors are never truly done because they can always add more details to their pictures, add more words to their stories or begin a whole new piece.

Reading Workshop

This week we were introduced to reading workshop. We discussed that to become better readers the best thing to do it practice! Our reading workshop time will look very similar to our writing workshop time. It will begin with a mini-lesson, have some independent reading time, and then we will come back together to share at the end. To kick off this new time in our classroom we knew it was important to discuss the rules during independent reading time. We decided to talk about what it will sound like in our classroom and what it will look like. Everyone knew right away that quiet voices were most important as well as still bodies. We started building our reading stamina by having 5 minutes of quiet reading time. The class spread out all around the room and enjoyed this independent time.

Tzaar Ba'alei Chayim (Kindness to Animals)

We are so excited to let you know that the kindergarteners have voted! As a kindergarten community we have selected the giraffe at Zoo Atlanta and the cheetah at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem to donate our tzedakah. Through your ongoing generous tzedakah donations we will be able to directly impact the quality of our animals' lives. This donation will enable our zoo friends to remain happy, healthy and comfortable.

Upcoming Dates

-September 28 & 29: Sukkot No School

-October 2: Kindergarten Sukkah Lunch

-October 5 & 6: Simchat Torah No School

-October 22: Field Trip to the Art Barn

-October 30: Grandparents and Special Friends Day

Thank you!

Thank you to Vanda, Avana's mom, for being our Mystery Reader last week and to Stacy, Judd's mom, for being our Mystery Reader this week!