Mrs. Jackson's Kindergarten
Curriculum night is from 6:00-7:30. There will be three sessions, each 30 minutes long. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. We will be going over what your child will be learning this year, how they will be assessed, and explaining report cards.
October 7th- Fall Festival Silent Auction Basket items due
Our basket theme this year is "Let's Have a Sleepover!" Suggested items are: games, blankets, candy, slippers, pillow, sleeping bag. The classroom whose basket is auctioned off for the most money will receive 50% of what the basket sold for.
October 10th- Fall Festival from 11:00-3:00
Our Annual Fall Festival is such a great time for our students. They will get to enjoy games, inflatables, pumpkin carving contest, Zougar the Cougar, pie in the face, and silent auction. I hope to see you there.
October 21st- Picture Day
October 23rd- End of 1st quarter and 1/2 day for students
October 26th- Teacher Workday and Parent Teacher Conferences
The first quarter report card must be given at a conference with me. In a few weeks I will send home a sign up sheet for you to choose a time to meet.
October 30th- Uniform Free Day
PBL- Wrapping a Present
Collaborating and communicating about how to wrap a present.
1st Day of School!
Engineering our own hat like Curious George!
Fine Motor Rotations
Strengthening the writing muscles in our fingers!
What are we learning?
We have begun using a great Math program called Dreambox. This is an online program that is tailored specifically for your child based on their answers. Your child is able to access this at home! I ask that you NOT help them as they play. If your child isn't understanding a game they are playing (not the instructions, but the Math), Dreambox will alert me to areas they need extra support. If help is given, the results are skewed. The game will also become too challenging for your child at school as help isn't given while they play the game. On Monday, I will send home a print out of our school code so your child may access at home if you like. Each child has their own secret picture password.
We have begun small group instruction in reading. This is called guided reading. I love the time I am able to spend with each child in a small group setting to teach them exactly what they need and for them to practice skills at their reading level.
Your child will receive a book in a bag this week. Please read this book over and over each week with your child. This builds fluency and confidence. You may log the book in their reading log as many times as they read it. Please make sure the book is returned by Friday so that we can put a new book in their baggy for the following week.
Science and Social Studies
We alternate between teaching Science and Social Studies.
This past week in Social Studies we learned about different cultures around the world. Your child learned about the countries Kenya, China, Mexico, and Italy. They learned that these countries speak different languages, have different celebrations, eat different food, wear different clothing, and have some differences in their schooling. Some of their art work for this unit will be on display in our hallway for Curriculum night.
Beginning this week we will start our unit in Science on Force and Motion. This is such a fun and engaging unit. They will learn that a force is either a push or a pull and that things move in different ways.