KG News January 30th, 2017

We have been turning winter on its' head in KG! The girls above are proof positive that although the weather has been unusual and unpredictable, there is much fun to be had exploring in and around our classroom.

Reading & Writing

January is a unique marker in time for kindergarten children. This is the time they begin to read in the traditional ways we, as parents, hope to see them reading. Suddenly, as if out of nowhere, our friends are reading sight words without help, sounding out unfamiliar words and WRITING! By January children have readiness skills to begin reading in small groups. We call this Guided Reading. During guided reading small groups of friends meet with a teacher to explore and read a book together. Each book is chosen with reading strategies in mind that will further develop each reader - meeting students exactly where they are. Needless to say, it is a time of rapid progress and confidence building.

Our goal in exploring reading with our children is not just to give them strategies to solve words and read with expression, but to ENJOY reading! As we enter February, friends are expressing enthusiasm and joy when meeting with their guided reading teachers. Ask your child about the stories they are reading and which they have enjoyed the most!

Where there is reading there is WRITING! The picture above shows a group of friends who wanted to sketch the trees and write about them in their journals. The finished product became the display that now hangs across this beautiful window and is a wonderful example of the intersection between creativity, reading readiness and writing. Please feel free to stop in to take a look and also thumb through our January Journals...many budding authors!

In addition to studying winter trees with pencil, paper and paints, our children just completed a three week unit about the various tales of gingerbread people. A focus during this unit was story elements. Children were introduced to naming characters and identifying the setting. After reading several versions of the tale, with varying gingerbread incarnations, we compared stories and decided we like the original Gingerbread Man tale best of all! We ended this unit by crafting gingerbread people and creating an original setting for each.

Social Studies

Gung Hay Fat Choy! KG friends learned about and celebrated Chinese New Year. We read books about this special holiday and enjoyed a culminating activity of dumping making! Kiddos helped to prepare vegetables and assembling the dumplings. Pinching the edges of the dumpling "purses" was great fun but not as much fun as eating the dumplings! Below are some pictures of dumpling making day!

We used a box grater to prepare carrot and ginger. Annie and Simon broke up larger white mushrooms into tiny pieces. After teachers sautéed the veggies, kiddos began assembling the dumplings for frying!
Math

In math, KG has been exploring new math centers! In the picture above, two friends are practicing the game Roll and Record. The purpose of this game is to practice counting, number writing and collecting data. Friends will practice Roll and Record with modifications such as using one dot cube and one number cube, adding or subtracting the quantities to record the sum.

Another new center is the Tic-Ta- Tenframe game. In this game, we take turns rolling the number cube and filling in ten frames based on the number they rolled. Friends make a choice about which ten frame to fill up. The purpose of this game is to deepen conceptual knowledge of addition - seeing numbers in quantities to be composed.

Jada and Maya playing Tic-Tac-Tenframe!

KG is moving into a new unit on size and proportion. This study will develop and deepen friends' use of math vocabulary. Be on the look out for an introductory letter to Chapter 5 in our Friday Folder.

Looking Ahead

Friday, February 10th - All School Spirit Day - students can dress out of uniforn

Tuesday, February 14th - Valentine's Day ~ Please send in one Valentine addressed to each friend. If you need a class list, please let me know!

Friday, February 17th - Teacher in Service ~ No classes for friends

Monday, February 20th - President's Day ~ School Closed

Credits:

Created with images by katherinelake - "chinese new year chinese lanterns chinatown" • mbll - "winter landscape tree"

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