Oak Room Newsletter
Week of April 20, 2015
This week (as told by the Oak Room Kindergartners)...
We had Closing Circle outside. We used clay in Studio in a School. We saw big kids fighting outside.
We had exploration and math outside. We went in a big puddle. We had new reading and writing partners.
We went to Fort Greene Park to look at stuff and do research. At Fort Greene Park we saw a worm and a caterpillar. At Fort Greene Park we drawed stuff with pencils.
We went to the Whitman Gardens. We went down a big hill in Fort Greene Park. We had freeze dance and a little song.
A girl visited our classroom from MoMA. We made our favorite places using Wikki Stix. We had Word Study in the morning.
This week in literacy (and things to do at home)
In Writing Workshop we learned how to work in writing partnerships. Writing partners help each other add details and look for things to fix. They also help each other to know if our writing makes sense. We were really excited about sharing and reading our writing with a partner! At home be your child's writing partner. Instead of just telling your child how to spell things, help your child to stretch out words and write the sounds they hear.
In Word Study we split up into two groups. Some of us worked on the vowel sounds "a" and "e." and some of us worked on the digraph "sh." At home ask your child which group they were in and think of words together that have those letters and tap out the sounds.
This week in math (and things to do at home)
This week in Project Time
This week we continued to observe and take notes in various gardens. We visited Fort Greene Park and the Whitman Gardens.
Gardens can take on many different forms. They can be large or small, indoors our out. They can make us feel a number of ways, and we can do a variety of activities within them.
To further deepen our understanding of what gardens are and can be, we would like to visit some of your own. Several children have expressed that there are gardens in front of and/or behind their houses. Some have mentioned that plants are grown inside or on stoops.
Please let us know if you are open to having a small group or the class visit your home garden by emailing Pascale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ECO FAIR on June 6, 2015
Help organize the Eco Fair on June 6, 2015! All you need to do is sign up to organize a station. Managing a station means sourcing donations or helping us purchase materials and setting it up at the event.
For example, we still need leaders to organize the:
- bake sale
- compass store
- growing station
- painting station
- food vendors
If you are interested in making this exciting event happen, please sign up here: