Friday, September 25, 2009

Sept.21-25

Things are in full swing! We have had very busy week! We have introduced the letters A, I, S, T and P. We have discussed the sight word “A” and learned the color words for red, blue and black. Our color song for black is already a favorite!

Next week we will continue letters, color words and the sight word “my”. Students will be able to earn their first raindrop for their rainbow words next week. We will also begin to talk about apples in science and start working in our math journals.

We have started a collection of unclaimed sweatshirts in the room. Please let me know if your child is missing theirs. I also highly encourage you to write their names on the inside tags.

I also want to thank you for your continued effort to send in “nut free” snacks. Just a reminder that almost all “Little Debbie” snacks are not safe.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Sept.14-18

We made it through our first full week with great success!

We spent several days reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”. The kids loved reading along with the story. Our own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees came out great! The kids especially enjoyed stamping the letters for the alphabet, despite the many blue hands that we had after! (And my blue face!) We also made big trees and counted the letters. These are being displayed on out hallway bulletin board.

Today we started to talk more about colors and read the story “The Crayon Box that Talked”. We will continue to talk about colors for the next few weeks and learn our color songs.

We will also begin to talk about letters next week. Our goal is to learn about 1 new letter each day.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

2 weeks down! :

I want to begin by thanking all the parents who have been able to make donations to the class. Your generosity will be a HUGE help this year.

Mrs. Coughlin and I have been amazed to see how quickly everyone is picking up our everyday routines and many of our songs! Everyone seems to be settling in nicely and making many new friends.

This week we started to focus on names. We talked about how our name is special and has 1 special uppercase letter. We have been spending a lot of time practicing how to write our name and will continue over the next few weeks. Please continue to practice this skill at home. There are many handwriting resources for home on our class website.

On Wednesday, we read “Anne to Zach” and then added our names to our own word wall and made a class book with our names.

On Thursday, we read “Chrysanthemum” and talked about feelings in school. We then graphed our names by how many letters in our names and made Chrysanthemum puppets.

On Friday, we sang the song, “Mary Wore a Red Dress”. We had a blast replacing the lyrics to make it about our class. We also made a class book to go along with this song.

Next week we will continue to practice writing our names in a variety of ways. We will also begin to look at the alphabet by reading “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and will do several projects for the story.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

FIRST 2 days!!!

What a FANTASTIC first 2 days! Wednesday was filled with a mix of excitement and nervousness. We read the story of the “Kissing Hand” and realized that Chester the raccoon had the same feelings we did.

Today we read the story “Kevin Knows the Rules” and talked about many rules that would be good for our classroom. The kids had many insightful ideas! We introduced the car system and will begin to use it next week. Look in the binder for the calendar to be colored in daily next week.

We are slowly letting the kids learn how to use their binders and take things in and out of it. This is a new system for the teachers this year, so it will be a learning process for us too! I already learned that some of the folders are a little tricky to use. I will be looking to possibly replace them soon to make it easier. If you are sending in money please make sure it is in an envelope or baggie and labeled BEFORE you put it in their money pouch.

Starting next week, teachers will begin to ask children not to go on the equipment in the morning. The Kindergarten teachers will be rotating and taking turns for morning drop off duty. If it is not our day to be out there are other teachers responsible for watching the kids. We will be out by our door at 8:30 to pick up our class. The teachers should have their Timony ID tags on if you have any questions.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions. Have a wonderful weekend!