Mrs. Hessert's Kindergarten Crew

News from Room 304

A Peek at our Week

Writer's Workshop

On Monday we launched Writer's Workshop and quickly realized that we are all Kindergarten writers! We talked about how writers can use pictures and words to tell a story, so we started by brainstorming a list of things that we are "experts" on, and then started our first stories about these topics. For now, we are really focusing on adding details to our pictures, and a few ambitious writers have added letters and words to tell their stories!

During writer's workshop we want to spend all of our time writing, writing, writing, so we have been saying "when you think you're done, you've just begun!" Sometimes, though, "problems" come up that keep us from writing. Fortunately, "Problem-Solving Paul" came by on Wednesday to help us solve some "problems" we might have during writer's workshop. Paul helped us figure out where to get extra paper, what to do if our pencil isn't working, or what happens when we finish a story and are ready to start a new piece. I am truly amazed at what our writers have done in only one week!

3 Ways to Read a Book

Not only do we have a Kindergarten class full of writers, we also have a classroom filled with readers! Our class talked about how there are three different ways to read a book. Some readers read the words. Other readers tell the story by reading the pictures. Some readers can retell a story that they have already heard.

As our letter, sound, and work knowledge grows throughout the year we will focus more on reading the words. In the meantime, I encourage you to have your child tell the story by "reading" the pictures in a book at home or retelling a familiar story if they are not yet reading words. This skill will help us transition into "read to self" or independent reading time which we hope to start as early as next week!

Building our Shared Vision

You may have noticed on Family Bus Ride day that our classroom did not have "rules" posted. Our class has been working hard over the past two weeks to come up with our classroom's "shared vision." We started by doing some read alouds and talking about what makes a great Kindergarten teacher, friend, and class. Then we took these ideas and grouped them into some key things that we want to see in our classroom each day -- our shared vision! From this shared vision, we will talk about what it will look like and sound like in our classroom. This will become our "Code of Cooperation," or a clear set of expectations that will help us grow and learn throughout the year. The best part of this process is that your children are the ones who came up with what they want to see! They had some great ideas -- our classmates are eager to help, learn, teach others, be kind, listen, work together, and be safe!

Friendly Reminders

Important Dates:

September 23 - Mrs. Hessert will be out of the classroom after lunch time. If you have any last-minute changes in dismissal, please be sure to call the office!

September 30 - Open House 6:30PM Join us as we share our hard work from our first few weeks in Kindergarten

Other reminders:

This week I will be sending home Scholastic Book Orders. While book orders are optional, they are a fun and inexpensive way to add to your home library. Ordering books through Scholastic also helps our classroom library earn more books throughout the year! You can send your order form and check to school or order books online. Please keep your eye out for order forms in Pirate Folders later this week.

Contact Information

I hope that these newsletters will give you some great discussion starters to use with your child at home. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time!