Oak Room Newsletter

Week of April 20, 2015

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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.

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This week in literacy (and things to do at home)

In Reading Workshop we revisited some old topics to spend more time thinking about our reading. When we got to tricky words we asked ourselves, "What might this word mean?, Are there any clues in the picture?, In the other words on the page?” We practiced looking closely at the pictures, naming all the parts that we see, and then thinking about how all of the parts fit together. We used all that’s on a page to help us learn. We read the pictures, then we read the words, and then we read the pictures again to help us understand all that we could from that page. Try any of these strategies 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.

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This week in math (and things to do at home)

This week in Math we read "The Double-Decker Bus." In the book a girl's dad is the bus driver and she helps him to figure out how many people are on the bus. Some people move from sitting upstairs to downstairs but the number of people stays the same. This story builds upon the work we have done so far with compensation and equivalence--the idea that if you lose one but gain it, the total stays the same.
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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 pascale@brooklyncompass.org.

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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:


Contact Information

Feel free to email us anytime. Pascale can be reached at pascale@brooklyncompass.org and Lorna can be reached at lorna@brooklyncompass.org.