Kindergarten News

Mrs. Pogue's Kindergarten

We Have Been Learning...

This week, Monday, March 26th - Friday, March 30th.

Morning Meeting

During our morning meeting this week, we are working on greeting each other and making eye contact as we do it. We have been working on greeting each other with a right fist bump and being confident about which one is our right hand. Many children know the difference but still defer to me to help. I am working on having them identify it without my help when they know! We continue to work on not talking when it is not our turn. We are practicing using eye contact for the two children who are doing the greeting. We began playing a new game to work on our sight words called four corners. In each corner of the classroom, there is a sight word. We each choose a corner while I count backwards and I pick corners (with my eyes closed) until there is only one player remaining. We will work on some strategies as we play this game more.

On Tuesday, Ms. Bartlett began teaching morning meeting and will begin teaching it throughout the rest of her time with us.

Literacy Learning

We grew as readers and writers this week as we explored various versions of a classic folk tale, The Little Red Hen. We are really working on identifying story elements such as characters, setting, and problems/solutions as well as making connections to our self and other books we have read!

We listened to The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone, The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkey, The Little Red Hen by Downward, and The Little Red Hen by Ed Emberley as we worked on creating a map of our learning from all the stories.

During our writing time, we worked on our individual heart maps. We used our class heart map as a resource but began our own to keep in our writing folder to reference if we get stuck when we need ideas to write about. We also continued to add to our class heart map as we talked about things we might have done over Spring Break.

During our independent time, we worked on our heart maps to add them as a resource to our writing folder. We are working on using our resources to be independent writers. We continue to practice using Words I Know book to help your little one use it to spell words (sight words, common words) correctly. We talked about the book being in alphabetical order and identifying where a word might be if I wanted to use it. We are also really working on adding spaces between our words and adding a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and punctuation at the end of a sentence.

During our small group time, we worked with the word up, listened to Quick as a Cricket, worked with cvc words, and practiced writing lowercase letters a and d. Some of us played games to help us build our stamina with Mrs. Shewey and Ms. Bartlett while Mrs. Pogue worked with readers with good fit books (books they can read independently).

Words To Know...

This week, we worked on the word but and up. We reviewed our words. We have been playing four corners to help us practice! We are working on using all of these words appropriately in sentences as well as identifying and writing it. You can also work on your child's fluency by combining sight words to make sentences to read such as I can see a ________________ or I have a ____________________.

Words We Have Learned:

  • a
  • I
  • see
  • can
  • the
  • we
  • to
  • like
  • and
  • you
  • go
  • my
  • said
  • little
  • is
  • my
  • it
  • are
  • have
  • here
  • dog
  • went
  • what
  • he
  • she
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Math Matters!

During math this week, we worked more with the pan balance as a measurement tool. We had grand plans to go outside and explore the see saw as a pan balance but Oklahoma weather did not cooperate! We used blocks and created one of our own and used it to measure items around the classroom. We also talked about when it is level, it is the same as being equal. What are some things that we weighed? What are some measurement tools you use at home? What do they measure?

We used calculators to practice skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Let your little one explore your calculator on your phone to practice! We used a questionnaire to develop a question that we could ask of our classmates. We used our math time on Wednesday and Thursday to ask the question and then create a graph to represent what we found out!

During our small group time, we worked on sorting number representations for 11 and 13, writing missing numbers on a number grid (we are really working on our tracking and number placement), played the growing and disappearing train game, worked with calculators, and worked on identifying which number comes next when we count forward from different starting points.

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Ask Me About...

  • My favorite book we read this week. Can your child identify the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?
  • Make a connection in a story you read - can they tell you about something the character did or had happen to them and how it made them think of something that they have done or has happened to them?
  • Can they use their schema (what they know) to make a prediction when you are reading a story at home? What can your child infer when they look at pictures of the book?
  • Skip count by 5's or 10's to 100! Use nickels or dimes to practice.
  • Skip count by 2's to 20.
  • Give your child a number. Is it even or odd? We are working on understanding the difference.
  • Count backwards from 20 to 0.
  • Sort loose coins - can I identify the different coins? What's their value?
  • Sort items by length - either from longest to shortest or vice versa.

Monroe's Art Festival

Tuesday, April 24th, 5:30-7:30pm

1601 McGee Drive

Norman, OK

Come bid on our pieces in the live and silent auction! All proceeds help support the arts at Monroe!
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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 30 - Hat Day for Monroe Fundraisers

Tuesday, April 24th - Monroe's Arts Festival

Wednesday, April 25th - Field Trip to Science Museum

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Kindergarten Field Trip - Oklahoma Science Museum

Wednesday, April 25th, 9am

2020 Remington Place

Oklahoma City, OK

Permission slips are coming home on Friday, February 23rd in the folder. Please let me know if you have any questions!