Kindergarten News

Mrs. Pogue's Kindergarten

We Have Been Learning...

This is our learning for the week of Monday, May 7th - Friday, May 11th.

Time and Date Changes to School Schedule and Calendar

I am sure by now you have received the communication from the district about the time change and the days added on after memorial day.

30 additional minutes were added on to the school days beginning next Monday, April 23rd. School will start at 7:40 a.m. Classroom doors will open at 7:30 a.m. Our school day will end at 3:10 p.m. If your child is a car rider, they will need to be picked up from the North lot by 3:20 p.m.

Additional days were added after Memorial Day so therefore, we will have school on Tuesday, May 29th, Wednesday, May 30th, and last day of school will be Thursday, May 31st. We will celebrate our last day on Thursday, May 31st.

Please let me know if you have any questions as we move forward. More information will come home in the coming weeks about how our days will reflect these changes as well as the calendar changes. Please let me know if you have any questions as we move forward. Thanks for your help as we all make these adjustments.

Morning Meeting

Ms. Bartlett had been teaching morning meeting during her time with us.

This week, I took it back over. We began greeting each other with a butterfly greeting. We are really working on being attentive listeners while other friends are greeted. This week during share, we worked on talking about things that we did over the weekend or things we were looking forward to using a complete sentence.

We played four corners this week with new sight words. We worked on that, how, out, and are. Can I identify these words easily?

Overall, we just worked on being good friends to each other. The last couple of weeks, we have not always shown kindness during our time in the classroom and on the playground. We are working on finishing strong and being kind, compassionate, thoughtful (almost) first graders!

Literacy Learning

We grew as readers and writers this week as we explored weather! We listened to non-fiction books related to different kinds of weather as well as talked about the types of weather we might see in different seasons.

After listening to Seasons of the Year, we used oil pastels to illustrate a picture that showed our favorite season. What is my favorite season? What did I include in my picture to show that season? We used our picture to create a class graph. Overall, what was our favorite season as a class?

We listened to It Looked Like Spilt Milk and used eye droppers to create a symmetrical "cloud" picture and then worked on labeling the picture. What did my cloud look like? After listening to The Wind Blew, we wrote a page for a class book about something the wind could blow. We listened to Water Cycle and used beads to retell the sequence of the water cycle like our poem of the week talks about.

During our independent time, we worked on our independence in our writing folders. We are working on writing complete sentences and staying on topic when we write. We are also working on spelling sight words correctly and using our resources to be independent writers! We also worked on notes to Ms. Stuemky to tell her thank you for all her behind the scenes work on Super Kid's Day and to send her some sunshine while she recuperates!

During our small group time, we worked with the word look, listened to Pete the Cat: Four Groovy Buttons and wrote and illustrated our favorite part of the story. We also practiced writing lowercase letters l and k. Some of us played games to help us build our stamina with Mrs. Shewey.

Words To Know...

This week, we worked on out and how. We are continually mixing these words up when we play four corners as well as when we are using them when we write.

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
  • but
  • up

Math Matters!

During math this week, we worked with number stories. We talked about the multiple ways to show 10 and used our chicks and incubators as inspiration. We discussed the many ways that 10 chicks could have come from 2 different incubators. What is one way to make 10? We also went through our math facts and talked about the different ways to make 10. We used calculators to practice number stories. We worked with addition and subtraction and talked through what the words in the story told us to do (more - addition, less - subtraction, etc.).

During our small group time, we worked with missing numbers on a number grid, played Top-It. used geoboards to make shapes, and worked on sorting number representations.

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.
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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 15th - Monroe Sonic Night

Thursday, May 17: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Tie Dye T-Shirts

Friday, May 18: I Scream, You Scream, We All Like Ice Cream!

Monday, May 21: Pancakes and Pajamas

Tuesday, May 22: Lettuce “Taco” About A Great Year

Wednesday, May 23: One Smart Cookie!

Thursday, May 24: Thunder Thursday

Friday, May 25: Oh! The Places You’ll Go! - Kindergarten Recognition

Tuesday, May 29: Arr Matey! Treasure Hunt Tuesday!

Wednesday, May 30: Popsicles in the Park

Thursday, May 31: Last Day! Hooray!

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