Miss Hoppes' Kindergarten

Weekly Update

March 10th through March 14th

Hello Friends! Despite Thursday, it sure as felt like spring outside! We have been very busy in our garden the past couple of weeks! We have planted many types of flowers that will hopefully attract butterflies and bumble bees. We have also planted many types of vegetables and herbs like lettuce, beans, basil and cilantro. Now we just have to sit back and wait to see what happens. With all of this sunshine and rain, we are hoping for sprouts to appear soon.

On Wednesday, the teachers had a meeting that focused on writing and how to enhance our writing program in our school. As you know, writing is a main focus in Kindergarten, but I wanted to break it down for you so you would have a better understanding of what we do in the classroom. We do a Daily Sentence Edit, which has a sentence with misspelled words and incorrect punctuation. During this time, the students focus on editing and honing their own editing skills, which they should begin to use in their independent writing. We do Bottle of Words, which increases sight word knowledge. We also do writing assignments that focus on beginning, middle and end, small moments, author studies, creative writing and how-to (non-fiction) writing. During those times, the students are either given a prompt or time to just sit back and write what comes to mind. For these assignments, I am not focusing on the mechanics and the editing. My goal is for them to be able to create an idea and get it down on paper. I have based our writing in the classroom off of Lucy Calkins. If you Google her, you will get a much deeper understanding of what we do in the classroom and how you can work on writing at home too!

We have also been focusing on parts of speech like common and proper nouns, verbs and adjectives. We played a fun game where we had to create our own words this past week. We also completed a text to text comparison with The Little Red Hen. We read two different versions, compared and contrasted by making a list and then we wrote our very own version!

The students took their addition math test this past week, but unfortunately did not do as well as I had hoped. We are still going to be focusing on this crucial skill for the next couple of weeks before moving on to telling time.

Housekeeping :)

So far, the 8th graders do not have any parent drivers at all. If they do not get drivers, they cannot go with us. Please let me know if you can take 8th graders in your car or if any of you are still interested in driving! This is SUCH special field trip for them and I would hate for them to miss it.

Please continue to send in your permission slips and money. If I do not have the permission slip, you child will have to sit in the office for the day.

May the Luck of the Irish be with you all this weekend! Happy St. Patrick's Day!