Kindergarten Kibbitz

Mrs. Weiser's Weekly Newsletter

First Week of September

We can't believe it is already September! It was fun starting a new month together and watching our classroom calendar change. We also loved "Mrs. Weiser's fruit salad" (moving our seats to help build new friendships). The students have truly started building close friendships with one another and it is amazing to watch our class community become stronger each day.

August 31 - September 4

All About Me

This week we continued our “All About Me” unit. We are working hard on our beautiful All About Me books. We are learning so much about our new friends from our books.

Literacy

We read some fantastic stories this week. In Hippo-Not-Amus and Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon we learned that we should be proud of who we are and all of our accomplishments. We created a class book in which each child wrote something they can do. Some of our creations said, “I can help” or “I can tap."

We also began our phonics program this week, Words Their Way. We explored the -ad and -an families and loved using our bead blenders to hear each sound in the words. The students also learned to use their fingers to tap out the sounds of the words. Everyone did a great job sorting their new words and were excited to finally start using their phonics journals. We will continue this program throughout the year and your child’s journal will grow each week!

Math

Math this week was very exciting! We began chapter one by exploring Venn diagrams and continued on to tally marks. We learned that tallying is a much faster way to count when we bundle our numbers. Our tallying was the perfect springboard for reviewing counting by 5s. Our week ended with a fun “Munchy Math” where we tallied with pretzel sticks and Twizzlers. The children will continue using this information into next week as we build on top of it with the new concepts of Chapter Two.

Book Buddies

We had our first Book Buddies experience as Kindergarteners this week! Everyone was familiar with the activity from pre-school, but they couldn't believe we would be having big kids from our own school come down to spend time with us. We welcomed Mrs. Bucovetsky's second grade class into our classroom Thursday afternoon with warm smiles and greeted our book buddies with a hug, handshake, or high five. The room was full of soft whispers as everyone getting to know each other. We can't wait to see them again in two weeks!

Rosh Hashanah

We are so excited to celebrate and learn about Rosh Hashanah together. As a class we read Sammy Spider's First Rosh Hashanah and The World's Birthday together. They taught us about the important symbols that go along with the holidays, like shofars, round challahs, and apples dipped in honey. On Friday afternoon we concluded our fun week by having an apple and apple dipping taste test! We tried so many different flavors of apples and lots of different dipping sauces. Once everyone tasted the Nutella it quickly became our class favorite on our class graph. Now we are really looking forward to our raisin taste test and graphing next week.

Thank You

-Thank you to Eleanor's mom, Rebecca, for being our mystery reader.

-Many thanks to Heather Carlin, Giselle Gyrngarten and Julie Moradi for helping us with our apple taste testing and graphing.

Upcoming Dates

-September 14 & 15: Rosh Hashanah No School

-September 22: Erev Yom Kippur No School

-September 23: Yom Kippur No School

-September 28 & 29: Sukkot No School

-October 2: Kindergarten Family Sukkah Lunch

Reminders

-Please don't forget to return your mystery reader clues.