KB Classroom Update 9

December 25, 2015

Parent Update

Hello everyone! What a short, but busy last week of school we had in KB! We have nearly mastered the art of rotating through learning centers and we were able to test our skills on the last week of school during our first PODS session. PODS is a super fun, small group instruction that includes targeted instruction in two core subjects, one independent station, and a play station where students can play with their group. While the play is free choice, we provided choices based on what we are currently studying. We are looking forward to incorporating more PODS time into our weekly schedule in the new year. PODS is also a great time for students to practice the social skills we have been learning in class.


Over the last two weeks we in Second Step, we have been discussing a variety of feelings and how to deal with them. We learned how to begin to calm down when we have strong feelings, such as frustration and sadness. We practiced putting our hands on our tummy to check in with our bodies, saying "Stop," and naming that feeling. We also talked about how to be caring and helpful community members. We have identified how our bodies feel when we have certain emotions and helped students to recognize their own triggers for certain emotions. We are encouraging them to talk through their problems together and show empathy for one another.


Stay warm and happy holidays! See all of you in the new year 2016 :-)

Pod Learning in KB

RAZ Kids

We spoke to many of you about ways to support your child's reading at home. We sent home a letter explaining the program and a card with information for login to a website called RAZ Kids (stands for Reading A-Z Kids). On this website, you can access 100s of books that your child can read independently! The site is set for your child's specific reading level to help meet them where they are and support their reading growth.


1. To access the site, go to https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login.

2. You will be prompted to input a teacher username (Teacher Username: kbclassroom)

3. Then, click your child's name.

4. His or her password will be their first and last initial (For example: John Smith = js).


We hope that this is a useful tool for you at home and something you can put to use over Winter Break. Happy reading, everyone!

RAZ Kids (Reading A-Z Kids)

Teacher Username: kbclassroom, Child's password: first and last initial.

KB Morning Read Aloud

Volunteer for Morning Read Aloud

KB loves reading, and we love hearing other adults read to us. If you would like to join us for a morning read aloud, please use the link above to volunteer. We can't wait for you to visit!

KB Family Community Share

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Aviva's Family (Heather, Aviva, and Peter)

Volunteer for Family Community Share

KB loves learning about different types of communities along with our inquiry unit. Please use the link above to sign up and share about your family's cultural tradition and heritage!

Announcements

  • Please support your child's reading at home by logging into the website, RAZ Kids (stands for Reading A-Z Kids) and accessing 100s of books that your child can read independently! The site is set for your child's specific reading level to help meet them where they are and support their reading growth. We hope that this is a useful tool for you and something you can put to use over Winter Break. Happy reading everyone!

Reminders

  • Over winter break, please watch and continually practice the Sounds in Motion video from KB Classroom Update 6 and 8 with the students. With repeated exposure to each letter attached to a physical motion, they can build their listening skills and this in turn, helps to improve articulation, vocabulary skills, auditory memory, phonemic awareness, and early literacy.
  • Park days to Fort Greene Park are on Wednesdays, as long as weather permits. Please, pack a bagged lunch on those days and send your child to school with rubber-soled shoes. If it is 45 degrees or above, we will go to the park and have lunch there. If it is between 30 and 45 degrees, we will go to the park for playtime and return to school for lunch. If it is less than 10 degrees (real feel) or unsafe conditions (rain or ice), we will stay indoors.
  • Bi-weekly trips to the Park Slope Armory will begin on Friday January 8th. We will go from 10-12pm and then come back to eat lunch in the classroom. Please send your child to school with rubber-soled shoes or a change of shoes (if they wear winter boots). Sign up to volunteer using the link provided below.
  • During our upcoming Transportation Unit, students will be inquiring about the different ways that we travel around Brooklyn, the country, and the world. As part of our study, we will be visiting the New York Transit Museum. YAY! We are going on our first field trip on Friday, March 11th from 9-12:30pm.

Classroom Links

Volunteer to help out during Recess at Metrotech

Please join us on Mon, Tues, Thurs, and Fridays from 11:15-12:00pm as we play at Metrotech!

Volunteer to help during Recess at Fort Greene Park

Please join us on Wednesdays from 11:15-1:00pm as we play and eat at Fort Greene Park!

Volunteer to help during Recess at Park Slope Armory

Please join on Fridays from 10:00-12:00pm as we play at Park Slope Armory!

KB Amazon Wish List

If you donate something to the class, we want to thank you in advance and we would appreciate if you could tell us the itemized list, so we could pass the information along to the Operations Team in order for them to ensure that we receive the items.

KB Instagram Account

Follow us on Instagram to take a look into our daily lives at school! *Please Note: If you have already requested to follow @kbclassroom and have not yet been accepted, please send us an email to let us know.

Important Dates to Remember

  • 12/24-1/3 - Winter Break (No school)
  • 1/18 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No school)

Contact Us

Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns!