Our field trip to P-6 Farm in Montgomery was a blast! Thank you to our parent volunteers and our PTO--we couldn't do it without you!
It's hard to believe that we are already at Spring Break! Our year has flown by! Check out some of the fun we had at our Kindergarten Rodeo and Texas Celebration Day below.
Here is what we will be working on in January:
This month, we are working on "writing like writers". We are studying several different authors to help identify different "craft moves" or techniques the authors use in their stories. Then, we will practice using those skills to write our own stories. We also continue to focus on sounding out words, starting our sentences with a capital letter, putting spaces between our words, and using punctuation at the end of our sentence.
In reading, readers will practice print strategies in familiar texts. These include using pictures, rhyme, patterns, sight words etc. to help them read the words. Readers will also do smart print work and thinking in "just right" books. - picture walks, check to make sure their words match the written words, practice reading fluently and stop while reading to make sure what they are reading makes sense.
to, look, and, see, am, go, if, went (some of these are review)
In math, we will cover numbers 11-20 (representing, writing, and comparing numbers) and graphing using both 2 and 3 columns.
We're learning about how heat and cold can change things. We've done experiments with both freezing and melting. We will also learn about patriotism and good citizenship as we learn about Martin Luther King Jr. Finally, we will have a week of dinosaurs to end the month with a visit to Dinosaur George's museum in our school gym!
December at SC has been full of fun! Here are some of the highlights:
-Students across the district (and, the nation) participated in the "Hour of Code". This is designed to make computer programming fun and for even our youngest students to have the ability to understand how computers work. Mr. May, our computer teacher, has put together a page on his website dedicated to coding. You can visit these activities at : http://springcreekcomputerlab.weebly.com/coding.html
-We had a lot of fun hearing from our Fourth grade friends about the different Science concepts they learned this semester. Fourth graders wrote books on our level to help us understand concepts like the water cycle, matter, energy, and more!
-We enjoyed learning about holidays around the world and even had visitors from the conductor on the Polar Express and Santa himself!
See you in 2017! Have a wonderful break!
November is over and it just FLEW by! We've had a lot of fun learning and growing this month. Here's what we've been up to!
Writer's Workshop: We recently ended our unit on pattern books where students learned to make their own books that follow a predictable pattern. For example, a book might be titled "Things I Like" and each page might have I like apples. I like bananas. I like ice cream. etc. At the end of the unit, we had an opportunity to share our writing with our publishing partners from other grade levels. What a treat that was! We've now moved on to "small moments" or writing personal narratives. Students are learning to stretch out their ideas, listen for all of the sounds they hear in words, and write down their ideas. (Example: Instead of saying "I went to the movies.", the student might write "I went to the movies. First, we bought our tickets. Then, we got in line to buy popcorn. Next, we found our seats. Finally, Trolls started! It was a great movie and a fun day." or something like that--maybe not quite as elaborate, but more than just one thought.
Reader's Workshop: In Reader's Workshop, we are learning about characters--what makes a character, how characters can help us understand the story better, etc. We also learned about making connections and how connections can help us understand what we are reading. Students learned about making text to TEXT connections (this book reminds me of another book) and text to SELF connections (this book reminds me of something that happened to me).
Science/Social Studies: November was full of Thanksgiving fun! We learned about the difference between the past and the present. We also learned about Thanksgiving traditions and how those traditions have evolved over time. We concluded the unit with a "Friendship Feast" between the American Indians and the pilgrims! Thank you to our families who donated items for the students to enjoy! We are now into a unit on MAGNETS and how things move! This is always a big hits with our students. Ask your child--what is a magnet attracted to? What does repel mean?
Math: In Math, we just completed a study on measurement. Students learned about length, height, and capacity. We enjoyed various measurement activities to both measure and compare measurement. We learned that an elephant would NOT fit in a bathtub because the bathtub doesn't have enough capacity! We are now in our 3D shapes unit. Remember "3D shapes are fat, 2D shapes are flat!"
Misc. and Reminders: Please remember to turn in library books every Monday. Be sure to send your child's water bottle each Monday as well, but ESPECIALLY on Friday for healthy heart jog. As the weather gets cooler, dressing in layers is helpful. Be sure that layers that may come off (ie hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, etc.) are labeled with your child's name. Our school lost and found is located outside of the cafeteria (between the gym and music room) should your child be missing something.
We had a wonderful time at our Farm Patch field trip and pumpkin games! Thank you to our parent volunteers who donated either time or materials to make the day super fun for our students. :)
Here are a few pictures from the day:
We just wrapped up our unit on community helpers. Our students enjoyed getting to learn about different professions in our community (and, they especially enjoyed our dress up day on Friday)! A special thanks to our visitors this week:
Mrs. Hickman, principal at Spring Creek
Mr. Charles, Manager at HEB Tower Point
Fire Fighters Clint Anderson and Patrick Dugan, College Station Fire Dept.
Dr. Britton, Bee Creek Veterinary
Nurse Dugan, St. Joseph Hospital
Brand new school shoes often means brand new shoe laces. And, that often leads to LOTS of shoe tying during our school day! We would LOVE for our students to gain independence in this task. You can help foster that independence (and, build fine motor skills) by working on shoe tying at home. Here is a very efficient way to teach young children to tie their shoes. It works especially well for our Kindergartners as it really only involves TWO steps.
We hope this helps you, us, and most importantly--your child!
Here's what's happening in Kindergarten:
Math: We learned about the rules and expectations of math. We practiced math stations and explored different math tools. We're working on "number talks" and finding different ways to represent numbers. We are also working on proper number formation. Teacher's tip: Numbers and most letters should be formed from TOP to BOTTOM. It takes less energy/muscle strength to pull down than it does to push up.
Science/SS: We've learned about school rules and why we have rules. We're also learning about what Science is and what scientists do. Ask your child WHO can be a scientist? (They should say "ME!") We will begin learning about our 5 senses and how we can use them in Science.
Writing: We learned the expectations of our Writer's Workshop time and how even though we are at different stages of writing, we are ALL WRITERS! We're learning how pictures help tell the story and our illustrations should match what ever it is we VISUALIZE in our heads. Yes, we used the word "visualize". We will begin exploring different writing topics and what writers can write about during our workshop time.
Reading: We learned the 3 ways you can read a book. (Read the pictures. Read the words. Retell a familiar book you've already read.) We're working on building our independent reading time stamina by practicing to read books from front cover to back cover (and in between). We will learn that good readers often re-read books to gather new information or to help them understand something better.
Phonics/Handwriting: We learned how to draw "Mat Man". Mat Man uses the curves and lines we need to form letters. (Bonus: It gets our students to stop drawing stick people!) We've introduced the concept of sorting so that in the coming days/weeks we can begin our word study. Word study is designed to teach students phonetic concepts and examine words. It is customized for each student and their needs--in our classrooms, we will have students who are just beginning to identify letters all the way up to students who are learning more complex spelling rules...plus everything in between.
Sight words: I, see, a, at plus color words red, orange, yellow, green
Save the Date: October 21st--Farm Patch field trip and Kindergarten Pumpkin Celebration
Backpacks? Check. Lunch boxes? Check. Crayons, markers, pencils? Check. Check. Check.
Our first week of Kindergarten just FLEW by! We are working hard to learn the rules, practice the procedures, and make new friends. Here are a couple of pictures from our first week!
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