# KINDERGARTEN HAPPENINGS

## ELA (English Language Arts)

During Writers' Workshop, students have made an incredible amount of growth. We have moved from sharing our topics by telling where they were, who they were with and one event that happened and then illustrating and labeling/writing about their stories in their journals to filling out a planner with "quick draws". They do quick draws of the who, where, THREE events and an ending and then writing a sentence for each to complete a full story. When students are working on the writing portion of their stories there are many things to focus on. Many students first build their sentence with cubes (one cube for one word). Then they work on hearing multiple sounds in each word and remembering to space between words. At the end of each sentence, he/she must decide what kind of punctuation to use. It may seem easy to us but a lot of work and energy goes into each and every word!

We are currently learning about short and long vowel sounds and how to "tap out" the individuals sounds we HEAR in words to help us read and spell. For example, fin= f-i-n, stop= s-t-o-p. When spelling we write the sounds we HEAR- i.e. gems= j-e-m-s, laugh= l-a-f.

## Room 23 is full of true MATHEMATICIANS!!!

In math we worked on teen numbers. Not only numeral recognition but what a teen number is when it is decomposed (i.e. 18=10 plus 8 extra ones). Be sure to ask your child the catchy tune about numbers in the teens…. The artist is Harry Kindergarten and the song is called Numbers in the Teens Start with a One. You can find it on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W5aYi3lkho

Our little mathematicians' vocabularies continue to expand. We are currently exploring the world of measurement. Mathematicians are learning about tools we use to measure (tape measure, rulers, yard sticks, scales, thermometers...), measurable attributes (height, length, weight...), and comparison words (taller than, shorter than, heavier than...). You can encourage your child to measure all sorts of things around the house!!! We are expanding with words like sorting, number, numeral, digit, greater than/more than, less than/fewer than, equal to, and the list goes on.

We recently celebrated the 100th day of kindergarten!!!! We celebrated by making necklaces with 100 beads, making a snack with 100 pieces of food, putting 100 hearts in order and making a building structure with 100 blocks.

Now that I have become comfortable with my new surface tablet I have finally uploaded pictures of the Cranberry Bog field trip, the Harvest celebration, evergreens and the 100th day! Please go to our site and check them out! http://johnlymankindergarten.weebly.com/

## Kerry Chernovetz

Kindergarten Teacher

John Lyman School

## A Big Shout Out!

Let's give a big shout out to Miles and his grandfather for our new meeting leader chair. Miles and his grandfather worked side by side building and staining our new meeting leader chair. ALL the students look forward to their meeting leader day partly because they get to sit in the chair for the day!!!! Thank you so very much!!!!