Mrs. Birkland's Kindergarten Class

Room 108

Take a look at our week: Sept 12-15


This week’s letters were Tt, Tick- tock Clock and Mm, Humming Monkey. Ask your child the sign for Tick- tock Clock and Humming Monkey. When we learn our letters, we do a fun activity. With Tt we sorted some pictures. Those that started with /t/ and those that did not start with /t/. With Mm we made up a story about our humming monkey. You see, he is wearing head phones. So, we decided to try to tell a story that told us how he maybe got these headphones. The story was very creative. We also search for letters in poems. We read Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear and Muffin Man. Make sure to read these poems at home as they come home in your child’s daily folder. During this time we also worked on our kindergarten high frequency words. This week we learned 3 more. We learned you, the, and my.

*The charts we read have a number at the top along with the title. I ask your child to take this home and read to you on the days we do this. If they do, please sign it and return it to school the next day. Rereading materials is the best way to get these Kindergarten words stuck in their brains. :)

Letters we have studied

Ss, Nn, Tt, Mm

Words We are learning to read

I, see, the, me, my, you
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This week we started to study the different things that we can read. We can read words in the world around us, we can read the alphabet, and we can read numbers! During our reader's workshop time, we are going to begin growing our independent reading time. This is time where we work on reading on our own. We were given book boxes this week and started filling them with things we can read, like our charts, poems, an alphabet chart, and a number grid. We will continue to add to this things we can read, like books from our library, a class name chart, etc in the upcoming weeks.

Reading on our own!

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This week we enjoyed math in many different ways. We finger-painted caterpillar body parts, we practiced writing our numbers from 0-10, one of our 1st quarter goals, we learned about 10 frames, a way of keeping track of our counting, and we enjoyed time on TODO math. Here are some pictures of us in math center rotations:

Apple Week

Next week we are going to celebrate a fall tradition of apple week! We will have taste tests, do experiments, and even make applesauce! To do this, we are asking for each child to send in 1-2 apples for us to use during the week. Please see the list below for the kind of apple we ask your child to bring:


This week we added a new app to our iPads. All apps, already downloaded, except Lexia for now, are free for your child to do at home. I do ask that you DO NOT add any apps on your own, or allow your child to. When they have extra apps that were not added in our room, they tend to want to play on them during the day and get upset if they do not have time to. Also, we have many lessons coming up that involved coding and other math activities. The apps are part of the lesson. If your child has already gotten on and played through them, they will have nothing do to during the lesson. So, please for your child's sake and for fairness in the rest of the room, please adhere to our tech guidelines.

Also, as I said earlier, please keep chargers at a safe place at home. When they come to school, there is the possibility of them getting left and then you won't be able to charge your child's iPad that night.

Thanks so much for your help!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Click here to sign up for our parent teacher conferences. This conference is for teacher and parents only. If you cannot edit the document, send me an email of the time slot you want, and I will fill you in there. Thanks!

Our Name of the Day Friends:

Alex, Chase, Valerie

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Can your child tie their shoes?

In September, we issued a goal to each student to try to learn to tie shoes. It is a pretty hefty goal. As teachers, we bend down and tie soooooo many shoes. Can you help? Can you have your child practice tying shoes at home? If your child can tie their shoes, they will be recognized at our next assembly on Sept 30 as having met our first month's goal. Don't worry if they can't yet. It is really tricky. We will recognize them in our room when they meet the goal, too!

Check out the video below for the best way to tie shoes!

Snack and Share

Each week I will list the names of 4-5 students who are responsible for sending in enough snacks for 20+students for the week. I ask that you try to send them in on Monday. If you forget, don't worry, just try to get them in sometime that week. If your child brings in snack for the week, they are allowed to bring in one share item. This share item must not be breakable and be abel to fit in your child's backpack. When they bring it in, they will get a chance to tell us about it (where they got it, why they chose it, how long have they had it, etc) and answer 3 questions about it. They may keep the item at school for the week, or take it back home if they want. Our snack and share students next week are:






*Please remember that we are a peanut free classroom. Check out the peanut free snack list that was handed out at Meet the Teacher Night. If you have misplaced it, you can find it under Parent Resources on our Kindergarten Website.


We got a set of melting beads! Thank you so much! We are still in need of an old iron. Do you have one lying around you could donate? If so, please contact me to let me know.

Here are a few other things on our wish list:

Just a Few Reminders

  • If your child is in flip-flops or open sandals, they will not be able to play on the woodchip areas during recess. Have them wear tennis shoes or pack a pair.
  • Towels come home every other Friday for washing and need to be returned on Monday.

  • If you have not already sent in a change of clothes for your child, please do so. The nurse is already running out of clothes for Kindergarten age students. If your child does borrow clothes form the nurse, please wash them and return them. Thanks!

Dates to Remember


15th-Early Release @ 2:10

16th-No School!

29th-School Picture Day