Kindergarten News

Ms. Bradshaw's Class • 10-13-16

Box Tops

Just a friendly reminder that we are always collecting box tops! Send them in to the class and then the class with the most box tops wins a pizza party at the end of the year!

Sight Words

Next week we will be starting to learn sight words! These will be words that we want kids to know by sight when they see them in books. You'll see sight word worksheets come home once a week :)

Writer's Workshop

In September, we spent a lot of time working on narratives. Students were drawing pictures and labeling their drawings with "words" (usually consisting of 1-2 letters at this point in the year). They can also write a "-" if they know a letter goes there but they don't remember what it is.

This month, we have begun working on label books. This “label book” unit of study will guide writers in their understanding of categories and subcategories. Writers will label their illustrations, attempting to represent sounds they hear with letters or a mark on the paper if they do not yet know the letter.

Reader's Workshop

We've have been reading emergent read alouds (star books) this week. We have been practicing what a good reader looks like and sounds like. We have been reading the pictures and getting our fingers ready to read the words. We have been looking at pictures and talking about books with our classmates. Below, see a list of star books I have been/will be reading to the students:

  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  • Cordory by Don Freeman
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat
  • Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  • Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

If you have these books at home, have your son/daughter tell you the story by looking at the pictures, touching the words and pictures, and looking for sight words.


This month in math, we have been working on Chapter 1 in our Go Math workbooks: Represent, Count, and Write Numbers 0-5. This chapter helps children to understand and answer this question: How can you show, count, and write numbers 0 to 5? We have watched videos, read books, used manipulative, and written numbers 0-5 to help practice this skill.

Handwriting & Phonics

We have been practicing all the letters and sounds. Our phonics programs teaches letters and sounds by using "letter sound cards" (see video below). This week, we are working on writing letter L (like lamp)

To write L:

- Pull straight down. Slide right.

To write l:

- Pull straight down.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support you at home in the area of letter names and letter sounds! Below is a GREAT video to reinforce what we are teaching in school!

Fundations Letter Cards - ABC's

October 31- Halloween Parade @ 2:00

November 10th-11th- No School

What is Twitter? How do we use it in the classroom?

Do you want to get a better feel for what is going on while your child is in school? Follow me on twitter at:


Username: Ms. Bradshaw.

Get classroom updates and view pictures at the click of a button! It’s a great way for me to communicate with you, and for you to see what the kids are working on!

If you would not like your son/daughter photographed, I will be sending out a permission slip out at the beginning of the school year!

Don't have a twitter account?

1. Go to

2. Fill in the information under the “New to Twitter” Section.

3. Search for @chelseabradsha5

4. Once you find me, click “follow.”

5. Throughout the year, you can see what our class has been up to. Feel free to favorite (★) anything you particularly love!

Mystery Reader

Want to be a Mystery Reader?

Sign up to be a mystery Reader by going to the link above! {it is now on shutterfly}

Mystery Readers are scheduled for Thursdays at 3:00. If this time does not work for you, email me and I can try to work something out!


When you get the chance, please send in a labeled ziplock bag with a spare change of clothes (shirt, parts, socks, underwear) for your son/daughter! We'll hold onto them for the year in case the kids ever need them. We'll send them back to you at the end of the school year. Thank you!


Due to the orders last month, we got coupons for $5 off your next order! This expires the 31st, so please get your orders in by Friday, October 28th.

Whether kindergarteners are just looking at the pictures, pointing out letters, or even identifying words, having books for children to look at is ideal to helping them become a beginning reader AND start to have a love for reading!

Follow the directions below to purchase books. Your purchases will also give our class “points” which I can redeem for books and activities to use in our classroom!


ENTER the class activation code LYXLB

CHOOSE from hundreds of print titles, award winning authors, value packs, and educational games and activities

SUBMIT the order to me, the teacher.

EARN more free books for you and our classroom

Thanks for supporting our classroom library!

Movements This Past Month

Zaner-Bloser: Debbie Clement, Top to Bottom
Just Dance Kids 2014 - A Pirate You Shall Be
Ants in Your Pants #99 - Cool Tunes for Kids by Eric Herman