Mrs. Weiser's Weekly Newsletter
The past two weeks in Literacy we have been exploring wordless books! Our study of wordless picture books will be the foundation for Writing Workshop. We were so pleasantly surprised to learn that we could actually read books that had no words and how much fun it was for each of us to interpret in different ways. We are having a wonderful time sitting quietly and looking at the pictures together while writing our own stories in our heads. Last week we began with reading Pancakes for Breakfast and found it the perfect opportunity to create a shared story based on the pictures. Next, we quickly fell in love with Daisy from A Ball for Daisy. This award winning book helped us understand that all books have a main character, problem, solution, beginning, middle and end. After we identified each of these elements, we did incredible work creating our own Daisy stories In a paper bag book that included a beginning, middle, and end. Finally, we read Flora and the Flamingo. This beautiful book tells the story of a little girl doing her best to become a flamingo and the friendship she eventually builds with the flamingo. We were inspired by the author's unique way of telling the story and created our own flip books of animals copying us!
During our word work time we learned about the -op, -og, and -ot word families. Your children are doing an incredible job of "tapping" out the words and also recognizing these words as word families. I've been so impressed how easily your children are sorting the word families into various groups! We also had so much fun taking a "spelling test" with the words (i.e. if you can spell "dog," then spell "log" and "fog.")
In Math, we are finding confidence in our number sense. We are learning how to navigate our way on a 100s chart. We loved playing "Blocked Out," "Number War" and "Penny Sequence" to reinforce number concepts. These skills of familiarity with numbers are very important for your kindergartener, and through lots of practice we are building a strong foundation for their math minds. We also continued to practice proper formation of numbers 5-9. Please continue to practice proper formation at home. You may want to practice outside with chalk, in the kitchen with cool whip or in the bathtub with shaving cream.
Tzaar Ba'alei Chayim (Kindness to Animals)
-Thank you to Alexa's mom for being our mystery reader.
-September 30: Alexa's Birthday
-October 2: Simchat Torah Celebration @ 8:15
-October 2: Kindergarten Family Sukkah Lunch @ 11:00