Kinder's Weekly Words

May 30th, 2016

Hello Kindergarten Parents!

Here is a brief overview of what your children have been learning over the past couple of weeks!

Theme

How We Organize Ourselves

Values

Collaboration

Courage

Persistance

Language Arts

Friend of the Day!

Kindergarten students are practicing their speaking, listening and writing skills through a fun end of the year activity called "Friend of the Day". Each day, a special friend of the day is selected from a cup of popsicle sticks with each child's name on it. Once the friend of the day is picked, kindergarteners think of clear interview questions to ask the friend of the day. Examples of questions that have been asked include "What is your favorite color?" "What is your favorite reading super power?" "What is your favorite animal?", etc. After learning the answers to these questions, each child creates a page for the "Friend of the Day" book that includes an illustration of one of the friend of the day's favorite things and a sentence to go along with the picture. Students are practicing writing complete sentences that begin with a capital letter, have finger spaces between the words, and end with punctuation!


We were also very lucky to have some 2nd and 3rd grade friends visit us during daily 5! Our older friends have been helping us practice our reading and writing!

Standards

W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.


SL.K.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.


SL.K.6 Speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

Science

Will it Float?

In science, Kindergarteners experimented with objects that sink and float. Students were given a few different objects, including a rubber ball, a marble, a paper clip and a plastic linking cube. Kinders were asked to predict which objects they thought might sink or float in a cup of water. After making our hypotheses, students tested their predictions by placing the objects in water. After finishing their experiments, children wrote a sentence that described their illustrations of what they observed happened to the objects in the cup of water!

Standards

PS.K.1a Students know objects can be described in terms of the materials they are made of (e.g., clay, cloth, paper) and their physical properties (e.g., color, size, shape, weight, texture, flexibility, attraction to magnets, floating, sinking).

End of the Year Fun!

It is hard to believe that the end of the school year is so close! On Thursday, we had an all-school yearbook signing party--complete with popsicles! We had fun signing our names and look forward to staying in touch over the summer!

Field Trip to Aquarium of the Pacific

Wednesday, June 1st, 8:15am-3pm

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA

Please be prompt to Pillars by 8:15 to catch the bus!

Moonsighting Family Outing

Sunday, June 5th, 7pm

Baker Ranch Community Park, Lake Forest, CA, United States

Lake Forest, CA

Last Day of School- Minimum Day

Thursday, June 9th, 7:45am-12pm

23581 Madero

Mission Viejo, CA

Graduation and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, June 9th, 5:30pm

25555 Alicia Parkway

Laguna Hills, CA

Best,

Ms. Levine

Ms. Webb

Ms. Yasmine