From The Bat Cave
Room 141 News
Another week has come and gone in The Bat Cave and your kiddos continue to surprise me, impress me, and inspire me. Their writing has really taken off and our love of and excitement for reading has grown. We began a lot of new things this week, and I wasn't really sure what they would think about all of it. On early release, however, it became very clear to me that they were enjoying these new things when a kiddo started questioning me as to why we were not doing writers' workshop <gulp>.
Reminder: next week is a three day week. Kiddos have no school Monday and Friday.
I was also reminded that I have not sent home January reading calendars! You got me! All apologies - I will send them home on Tuesday. Please just keep track of your kiddo's reading on another paper and on Tuesday you can transfer the data over.
IMPORTANT DATES TO KNOW:
Jan 18th - NO SCHOOL - MLK Jr. Day
Jan 20th - School Board Meeting @Memorial School 6:30pm (in the Art Room)
Jan 22nd - NO SCHOOL
Jan 28th - Kindergarten works with Outdoor Classroom Staff
Feb 10th - Early Release (Dismissal 1pm)
Feb 12th - Winter Carnival
Feb 14th - Happy Valentine's Day!
Feb 15th-19th - NO SCHOOL - Winter Vacation
GUM. We will be using gum as a tool during our writing time. If you would like your kiddo to use this tool, please send in a pack with your child's name on it. Please make sure it is just regular chewing gum. Bubble gum will not be used. If you choose not to send gum in (which is totally ok), then your kiddo will not be chewing gum. Thank you!
A note about Valentine's Day: The Bat Cave has never really done a "party" per se. I have always tried to focus on friendship with this holiday, so our "party" will be a friendship celebration. We will do the usual snack as with every day, so whoever ends up with snack duty on the 12th, please refrain from sending in anything sweet or treat-ish.
We will exchange valentines with one another on the 12th as a part of our friendship celebration. Just so you all are aware, any treats that are attached to valentines will not be eaten in our classroom. I will leave those decisions up to you all and you can monitor what your child can or cannot have. I know in the past, tattoos, pencils, and stickers have been highly coveted.
The Literacy Lowdown
New Tool Alert!
Our writing folders are going to help us be organized in our writing. There are two pockets: one with a red star and one with a green star. The red star pocket is for our writing that we're working on. The green star pocket is for writing we feel is done.
You will see dividers in the middle of our folders. In these pockets you will find: our Heart Maps (when we get stuck and don't know what to write about, we refer to this page), an ABC chart (for when we need reminders about letter sounds or letter formation), and our very own Personal Word Walls (for sight word that are up close and for words that are student specific and pertain to current writing stories).
You will also find the writing process charted out (the blue boxes). We have not yet begun using this part of our folder, but eventually, each kiddo will be using sticky notes to plot exactly where they are in their story.
This week focused on using partners to help revise our writing and going back to stories we thought were done and asking questions like "where?", "when", "why", and "who?".
We also added to our "when you think you are done" chart. We can now go back to old writing!
Book Boxes are in the Cave
Martin Luther King Jr.
SUPERHERO OF THE WEEK
Full Name: Ellie Karen Robinson
Ellie has one little brother (Cole) and zero sisters. Her favorite color is violet. Her hobbies include coloring, swimming, and playing outside. When she grows up, Ellie wants to be a mommy and a babysitter! Her favorite things to do in kindergarten are Art class and read to self time (be still my heart!!) Ellie believes she is good at puzzles and rhyming!
Thanks for a great week Super Ellie!
The Math Minute
I have included a video (warning: it repeats a lot) that shows you the song we learned this week about a few of the shapes we are responsible for learning. The chorus of the song is something we didn't learn, but the main verse (that repeats and repeats and repeats) is what we've been singing and moving to. I also wanted to you hear the tune.
NEXT WEEK'S SNACK DUTIES
TUESDAY - Olivia
WEDNESDAY - Cooper
THURSDAY - Owen's Birthday Snack!
FRIDAY - No School