Mrs. Brocker's News
January Wrap Up
We have spent the past several weeks on report card assessments, and although the information gleaned from the assessment is invaluable, I am looking forward to spending more instructional time with my kindergarten class during the month of February. After receiving your child's report card, If you have ANY questions PLEASE do not hesitate to email or meet with me and we can go over your questions or concerns. In our classroom during the month of February we will discuss the character trait of generosity and how it relates to KInder Kindness. Please watch the video below, The wave of kindness, with your kindergartner.
Valentine Date Night
Valentine's Date Night - 5th grade is holding a fundraiser for their Outdoor School Feb 12, where they will have kid care from 5:30-8:30pm at Pine Ridge. Cost is $10 per child. Find more information at https://bend.k12.or.us/pineridge/news-events/calendar/valentine-date-night
Whole Brain Child
On Feb 23rd from 5:30 - 7:00, Bea Leadyard will be here for Part 2 of our Whole Brain Child book study. Please consider attending. There will be childcare provided. Even if you didn't come to the first session, you're more than welcome to come to this one, as the topics will be different. I have a copy of The Whole Brain Child if you'd like to borrow it. Please sign up using the link below. Hope to see you there!
Math LessonsWe're working heavily this month on story problems using sea creatures as the characters. We'll be solving pre-made problems and then creating our own. We will solve each other's problems. Our problems will range from "There are two sea stars on the rock and 4 more in the sea. How many in all?" to "If I can see 3 whale spouts, how many fins are underwater?" We encourage kids to not only write an equation, but draw a picture that depicts how they figured it out.
We're switching gears in writing and starting "How To" books, where kids are teaching the reader how to do different tasks through writing multiple step directions. It can be anything from "How to Be a Friend" to "How to Make PB&J." You can help out at home by talking about multiple step tasks: to set the table, first you put out place mats, second you set out silverware... etc. Or to go skiing, first we pack up our gear, second we drive to the mountain...etc. This is a fun genre for kids to write. It gets really silly when we act out their steps and they realize something important is missing!
Please see the email attachment for this months reading information!