TOP OF THE MORNING TO YOU!
Celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday at the beginning of the month lent itself perfectly to playing words and rhyming. We also discovered that just by knowing Word Wall words and how to blend sounds, we can read really long books. We can all read "Green Eggs and Ham" because it only has 50 words in it - and we already knew 40 of them before we even opened the book! We wrote our own books based on "Green Eggs and Ham" and enjoyed sharing them with each other.
In Guided Reading, we are all making leaps and bounds in becoming more proficient readers! We will start new reading groups right after spring break as the kids continue to improve their reading skills. In our room, we focus on using our Reading Super Powers. Ask your child what super power(s) s/he is working on super-charging. It might be pointer power, pattern power, sound power, "make sense" power, or perseverance power. Please continue reading at home daily with your child. Children benefit tremendously at this stage from hearing what fluent reading sounds like when you read to them and also from practicing their fluency by rereading their Book Bag books repeatedly during the week. Our goal is for the students to read like they are "talking to a friend" as opposed to a "robot".
Our favorite new literacy center this month was Rainbow Words. Students wrote Word Wall Words in the sand to reveal a rainbow. We've also been working on "Phonics Magic" when we change one letter of a C-V-C (consonant-vowel-consonant) word to make a new word. No matter how hard we try to stump our class, they can always do the magic!
Finally, our Word Wall word list is growing! Flashlight Friday was more fun than usual this month given the cloudy, stormy days we've had. We loved turning the lights off and seeing where the flashlight will land! We also have enjoyed looking for Word Wall words in any book or magazine.
WORD WALL WORDS
I, a, at, as, me, my, the, for, an, can, of, go, see, and, you, to, from, had, have, like, in, is, it, said, if, of, will, and, he, she, be, was, on, not, are, do, for, yes
On Wednesday, we were so lucky to have an in-school field trip when High Touch High Tech brought "Trains, Planes and Automobiles" right into our classroom! Scientist Kathy taught us through hands on experiments how air pressure helps airplanes fly, magnets help trains move, and wheels help propel cars. We each went home with an air popper and cars that we built on our own. Needless to say, we all had a "blast" with Miss Kathy and learned so much more about motion!
PLANNING OUR TRAPS...
We read a lot of books to give us ideas and then we put our creativity to work!
READY TO CATCH SOME LEPRECHAUNS!
SURELY A LITTLE LEPRECHAUN WILL WANT TO COME IN HERE!
MRS. SINGER RETURNS!
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER
- Tuesday, March 19 - Kindergarten Music Program at 6:45pm
- Wednesday, March 20 - Kindergarten Music Program at 11:15am (***Please let Mr. Cabin know ahead of time if you plan to attend the afternoon concert.)
- Monday, March 25 - Spring Break Begins
- Monday, April 1 - School Resumes
- Monday, April 15 - Mrs. Singer Returns!!!