# The Kindergarten Times

## Flexible Seating

Some of you may have noticed (or heard about) some changes in our classroom environment this week. I have began trying to shift into more of a flexible seating system in our classroom. This provides the students with an element of choice in where they do their independent work in our classroom. Along with these new choices, we have had many discussions about doing what's best for our brains & bodies in order to make great choices and do our best work. We have also discussed how Ms. Liddell has the right to move anyone who is not making good choices in their current seating choice :) We have not had any problems with this so far! Ask your child about their favorite place to sit in our classroom.

## Week at a Glance

Morning Meeting

During our morning meeting this week, we are reviewing how to give each other a firm handshake with our right hands. During share on Monday, we shared what we did over spring break. This week, I've been very impressed with the respect that all of the students are showing each other during our share time by listening and refraining from talking. They have come such a long way since the beginning of the year! We also continued to play Four Corners as we practice our sight words that we have been struggling with. This game is a big hit with all of us!

Literacy

During our literacy time this week, we have been learning about folktales and fairytales. We read Hansel and Gretel and created a story element map. We also read another version of the story called Hensel and Gretel. After reading, we compared the two stories, and talked about similarities and differences as we created a venn diagram as a class. We also read the Three Little Pigs and The True Story of The Three Little Pigs and compared the two versions of the story. We created a class book about which side of the story we believed, and also made a class graph. After reading Cinderella, we created our own castles using oil pastels and bleeding tissue paper. While doing this, we discussed shapes that we notice in castles and what colors are created when two colors are mixed.

Math

In math this week, we continued to work on addition and subtraction. We used counting bears and ten frames to practice number stories with adding and subtracting amounts and finding the sum or difference. We also used dominoes to practice writing addition number sentences as we worked in groups. We used calculators to practice skip counting by 1's and 10's.

In our math stations, we completed teen number sorts for 11 and 13, practiced counting on, filled in missing numbers on a number grid, play disappearing train, and used geoboards to practice creating shapes.

## Learning Songs

Here are some of our favorite songs that we listen to in class to help us remember key concepts and ideas...
Move To The Alphabet | Alphabet Songs | Letters Song | The Alphabet | Jack Hartmann

## Sight Words

We worked on our sight word up this week. You can practice these at home! You can also work on your child's fluency by combining sight words to make sentences to read such as I can see a ________________.

Words We Have Learned:

• a
• I
• see
• can
• the
• we
• to
• like
• and
• you
• go
• my
• said
• little
• is
• my
• it
• are
• have
• here
• went
• be
• she
• he

• My favorite book we read this week. Can your child identify the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?
• Make a connection in a story you read - can they tell you about something the character did or had happen to them and how it made them think of something that they have done or has happened to them?
• Can they use their schema (what they know) to make a prediction when you are reading a story at home? What can your child infer when they look at pictures of the book?
• Skip count by 5's or 10's to 100! Use nickels or dimes to practice.
• Skip count by 2's to 20.
• Give your child a number. Is it even or odd? We are working on understanding the difference.
• Count backwards from 20 to 0.
• Sort loose coins - can I identify the different coins? What's their value?
• Play Top-It! As you play, talk about the numbers and practice good sportmanship! Use math words such as greater than, less than, equal, how many more, how many less, etc.
• What does (+) mean? What are some other words for addition?
• What does (-) mean? What are some other words for subtraction?

## Dates to Remember

Tuesday, April 24th - Monroe's Arts Festival

Wednesday, April 25th - Field Trip to Science Museum

### 1601 McGee Drive

#### Norman, OK

For our Spring Conferences, they will be student led. This will provide your little one the opportunity to be the leader. You will bring your child to this conference!