Mrs. Burns' Kindergarten

Weekly Wrap-Up

Making Literacy Fun!

I want to share with you 5 inexpensive ways you can make phonics, phonemic awareness, and reading a little more FUN and a lot less painful.

1. Using slinkies for blending. We use mini-slinkies in the classroom (6 for $1 at the Dollar Tree), but any slinky works. Have your child pull apart the slinky as they say each sound they hear in a word, then let the slinky come back together when they blend the sounds together. TH-A-T - THAT!

2. Retell the stories you read in fun ways. Make sock puppets, act the story out in your living room, create the characters, or become story "news reporters". This week we made simple retelling bags for the book "The Mitten"... the children were begging me to let then retell the story to their friend over and over again, each time there were more details given and even more excitement for reading.

3. Spice up your reading time with silly fingers, funny glasses, or with flashlights in the dark. Have a secret stash of novelty items that you can bring out during reading battles.

4. Plastic plates make great inexpensive white boards. You can buy these very cheap at the dollar store. Practice writing words in small, big, and fancy writing. Keep a plastic plate in the car for word games like hang man. A small piece of felt is an easy eraser.

5. Write sight words in sand, make them with playdough, write them on toy cars or on legos. Make "targets" by writing words on paper plates... grab a ball and play until all the words are hit! Try to go on a word treasure hunt.

Grinch Day

Today was Grinch Day in Kindergarten. We asked ourselves, "How do characters change in a story?" We began the morning practicing our handwriting with a Silly Grinchy Sentence. We read the book "How the Grinch stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss, made cute headbands, had a Grinchy Snack, came up with descriptive words about the Grinch, wrote about how we would make the Grinch Grin, and more! This was the perfect book to show how characters can change throughout a text. It also was a great reminder that... "Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little but more! - Grinch). The children showed such understanding of how the Christmas season isn't just about presents and Santa, but about Jesus' birth, spending time with family and loved ones, and by giving and showing joy to others.

Santa Sale

Thank you Mrs. Gariboldi for capturing some cute pictures of the children at the Santa Sale. They were very excited to shop for their family. I am sure you all will be receiving some very thoughtful gifts this year :)