Mrs. Burns' Kindergarten

Weekly Wrap-Up

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Thankful Hearts

In Kindergarten, we have so much to be thankful for... our moms, our dads, our grandparents, our dog, our home, even our favorite American girl doll and our spaceship legos. The children love listening to each other's list of things that they are thankful for, helping prioritize them :) and then hearing why they are so important. As we approach Thanksgiving, we can't help but be excited about cooler weather, time off with our family, and the gobbling of turkeys!

Scooping up some Sight Words!

I want to share a little about our "ice cream scoop" high-frequency word rings.

Here’s how it works…

Each child began the year with a ring of "red" word cards in their book bins. These are our first 10 high-frequency words or "sight words" we learn (I, like, the, and, see, we, a, to, come, me). Just a refresher: high-frequency words are words that appear most often during reading. These are words that your child will read by "sight"... not by phonetically sounding them out.

Any time we have an extra minute or if the children get done with an activity early, they can choose to pull out these cards and practice, practice, practice. Once they are confident that they know all of the words of that color, they can ask to be "challenged". If they successfully read them all, they add that color scoop to their ice cream cone and then receive their next 10 color cards. The color word sets are in rainbow order (red words, orange words, yellow, green, blue, purple).

The children are super excited to add a scoop to their cone and are so motivated! It is amazing to watch them CHOOSE to practice reading their words and then self-assess themselves. Please remember that all children learn at different paces, so while some Kindergarteners are working on their purple words, others are working hard on their red (which is right on level!).

Great American Teach-In

On Wednesday, we had the great American Teach-In. We went to three different presentations and learned a lot! Our morning included a fish dissection, a lesson about the body by a nurse, and a violin lesson from our very own Mr. Danecki (Ethan's Dad).

Check out the video below of the children singing "Alleluia" along with Mr. Danecki. He is so talented and the children LOVED it!

Violin with Mr. Danecki

Orlando Conference!

Lastly, here is my "selfie" at the Florida Conference for Kindergarten teachers in Orlando on Thursday/Friday! I learned so much, and can't wait to bring all of this new knowledge and great ideas back to your children. Thank you to our classroom partners for donating at the beginning of the year, I was able to get lots of new products to enhance our classroom! I was so thankful to be given the opportunity to attend! **The picture to the right is of me with my Kindergarten-teacher-presentor-idol, Deanna Jump. I LOVE her blog (and teaching style), and was thrilled to meet her in person and learn from her as a presenter! :)