We had a jam packed March at Spring Creek Elementary and our April is proving to be just as full. It's always rewarding this time of year to see how much the children have learned and how they have grown!
Reading: After our non-fiction reading unit, we moved on to reading poems and songs. Students learned about reading "fluently" and how poems and songs had a beat. We also enjoyed reading with partners and exploring our favorite poems. Nursery rhymes and familiar songs were great for these lessons, so if you hear your child singing or reciting nursery rhymes from your childhood, this is where it's coming from! We are moving on to re-telling stories and acting them out.
Writing: We recently wrapped up our non-fiction writing unit. Students learned about how making lists, using lists to write facts about a topic, how to writing, writing letters, and writing invitations. We enjoyed using the steps from our "How to Make a Pizza" book to actually make a personal pizza in our class! We also wrote invitations to our families for our upcoming Publishing Night (Tuesday, April 24 from 6-7:30). We hope to see you there!
Math: Students are learning about addition and subtraction. They are using different strategies to help them solve problems. Examples of the strategies include objects to manipulate, using fingers, drawings, or number lines.
Science: In March, we introduced our Living and Non-Living unit. We've learned about what makes things living and what things are not living and why. Students understand that living things have basic needs like food, water, and air. We moved into plants where we enjoyed growing our own bean and observing it like a scientist. This week, we are learning about taking care of our Earth before we move into our final unit on animals.
Phonics/Handwriting: We learned the correct letter formation for both capital and lowercase letters and are now reviewing the letter formation again. Remember to encourage students to write letters top to bottom and to use a "raindrop" pencil grip. We have also learned about all of the letter sounds as well as basic digraph sounds (sh, ch, th, and wh). We continue to work on spelling and writing CVC words (consonant vowel consonant words--like pig, sun, dog, etc.).
A list of the Kindergarten sight words can be found in your child's daily folder. Please review and practice these with your child at home!
Publishing Night, Tuesday April 24 6-7:30
Kindergarten Field trip, rescheduled to Friday, April 27
Mommy Spa Day, Friday, May 11 2:15-2:45
DIY with Dad, Friday, May 18 2:15-2:45
Kindergarten End of the Year Program, Thursday, May 24 6:30
Spring Creek Field Day, Friday, May 25
MEMORIAL DAY, NO SCHOOL, Monday, May 28
End of School Class Party, Wednesday, May 30
Sing Along, Wednesday, May 30
Last Day of School/Early Release, Thursday, May 31
February is full of FUN in Kindergarten! We enjoyed celebrating the 100th day of school, Valentine's Day, and more. Here is a look at what we have been working on and a look to what is coming.
Reader's Workshop: Students are learning about fiction and non-fiction books in this unit. We have enjoyed sorting books, looking at different text features (like the table of contents, labels, and diagrams), and using non-fiction books to learn new information.
Writer's Workshop: We have continued our unit on Authors as Mentors. We have learned about Ezra Jack Keats, Mo Willems, Jonathan London, and Dr. Seuss. Each of those authors has a different "craft move" or writing technique they incorporate into their books. We've learned how to use speech bubbles, tell a story about something that has happened to us and more. Our unit will end on March 2 with a day to celebrate Dr. Suess!
Handwriting/Sight Words/Phonics: We are reviewing proper letter formation with CAPITAL letters in handwriting. We continue to work on short vowel word families. In February, we will work on short e word families and short u word families. We continue to practice our Kindergarten sight words.
Math: At this point in the year, we have learned how to show, write, and represent numbers 0-20. We have begun learning about coins. Kindergarten students are expected to know attributes of the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter as well as the coin's value. However, they are not expected to count with money.
Science/Social Studies: In Science, we are learning about natural resources. We've learned that natural resources can not be replinished by man and some of the different ways we can conserve these. In Social Studies, we are learning about being a good citizen and about presidents Washington and Lincoln.
December FLEW by and we had an amazing time learning about holidays around the world, different traditions celebrated by our families, and topped it all off with a "trip" on the Polar Express! Thank you for your help in making our class parties FUN!
We are so glad to welcome your children back to school this week. Here is what we will be learning about in January:
Readers Workshop: We will begin with decoding strategies. Often, we tell children to "sound it out", however there are many other reading tools they can use to figure out words. Some include: using the picture clues, looking for patterns in words (chunks that are familiar), skipping over a tricky word and re-reading to see if it makes sense (using context clues), getting lips ready to read the words, trying a different vowel sound. We will begin sending home take home readers again in the next week or so as well.
Writer's Workshop: We are wrapping up our unit on how to make sure our writing is readable. Students learned about punctuation, spacing between words, capitalization, using word wall words, and sounding out words. Next, we will move into a unit using different authors as mentors and incorporating some of the different writing techniques authors use in writing stories. Some examples include using "sound words", repeated phrases, speech bubbles, and rhyme.
Handwriting/Phonics: We completed all of the letters and numbers in our handwriting booklets. We will now continue practicing to write words, sentences, and more. Always remind students to use proper grip when writing and to form their letters TOP TO BOTTOM. We continue to work on short a word families such as -at (cat, bat, sat), -an (man, can, fan), -ad (sad, mad, dad), -ag (tag, rag, bag).
Sight Words: The following sight words will be introduced in January--we, look, an, she, went, up, no, have. You can see all of the Kindergarten sight words on the back of your student's calendar in their daily take home folder.
Math: We completed our unit on 2D and 3D shapes just before the break. We are now working on adding one more and teen numbers.
Science/Social Studies: We will learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his contributions to our world. We will also learn about maps and their uses. In Science, we will begin learning about day and night cycles as well as objects in the sky.
Looking Ahead: The 100th day of school is in early February. Kindergarten students will have a home project to make a shirt with 100 items and wear on the 100th day of school. More information will come home very soon. Valentine's Day parties will be held February 14. We WILL exchange valentine cards. More information will come home later in the month.
And, finally--many of your children are learning to tie their shoes! That is WONDERFUL. Here is a very helpful trick to help your child learn to tie their shoes! Putting the end of the lace through the hole to help "hold the ears" in place REALLY helps!
As Thanksgiving approaches, the Kindergarten teachers would like to express our gratitude to you for sharing your children with us every day! We feel blessed to call your kids "OUR kids". It is a joy to see them learn and grow and each day and we are proud of every. single. one. of them! It is hard to believe that nearly half of our school year has gone by. At the same time, it's quite exciting to see how much they can already do! Thank you for all that you do. We appreciate YOU.
Here is what our Spring Creek Cardinal Kindergartners have been working on this month:
Reading: Students continue to increase their reading stamina during independent reading time. Students are learning how good readers think about what they are reading, ask questions about what they are reading, and make connections to what they are reading. For example, a student might notice the sight word "can" in a book. "Hey! Mrs. Anderson! I made a connection! I know this word "can" is on our word wall, so I can read it in my book, too!" or "Mrs. Tipton! My book is all about a little girl who likes to do different things with her dog. It reminds me of the fun things I like to do with my dog, too!" These are both connections.
Writing: A few weeks ago, we finished our unit on pattern books. These books are a great first book for our students to write because the pages repeat and they use a lot of sight words. Students were able to share these stories with writing buddies from different grade levels and it was fun to see their excitement. We have moved on to writing and dictating stories that have a beginning/middle/end. These take a little more time to develop, but will be neat to see when they have put all of the pieces together. It is very common in Kindergarten to have a WIDE variety of writers. Some students are writing letters and letter strings while some are able to write full ideas. This is ok and what we expect to see in Kindergarten.
Math: We have learned numbers 0-10 (show the number, write the number, represent the number in different ways), 2D shapes, and we are currently working on different forms of measurement. Students have enjoyed using pan balances (scales) to compare the weight of different objects and using items found in our classroom to measure their names!
Handwriting/Phonics: We continue to work on letters and sounds plus letter formation through Handwriting Without Tears. So far, we have learned the following letters and their correct letter formation: Bb, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ss, Ee, Tt, Gg, Nn, Pp, Ii, Cc, Hh, Ff, Dd, Ll, Kk, Oo, Jj, Ww, Qq, and Yy
Sight words: I, am, to, can, on, said, my, with, go, at, what, like (plus color words)
Science: Seasons and weather as well as changes we see in the sky have provided lots of fun and hands on learning for us! We also experimented with heat and learned how heat energy could change things. We also learned that if we take heat away, it cools objects and that can create a change as well!
Social Studies: We are learning about the season and about the first Thanksgiving. We have talked about what it means to be thankful and why we celebrate Thanksgiving. We also have learned what the past and what the present means. It was a very colorful conversation in our classrooms when the students learned that the teachers didn't have smartphones or iPads/tablets growing up! Past and present is perfect to study around Thanksgiving. Before we leave for the Thanksgiving break, we will have a "Friendship Feast" that represents the Thanksgiving of the PAST.
Parents, PLEASE help us out by labeling your child's jackets, sweaters, hoodies, mittens, hats, etc. Basically, if it can be taken off, please make sure it has your child's name on it! These 2 items work awesome and can keep your child clothed this Fall and Winter. Thanks so much!
We had a great time at our field trip to the pumpkin patch and on book character dress up day! Thank you for all of your help. Enjoy some pictures from our adventures. :)
Fall is here and we're enjoying the cooler weather at recess. Hopefully, it will continue to stay nice for awhile. Just a reminder on those cooler mornings--please label all jackets with your child's name! In a few weeks our lost and found will be full and if it is labeled we can easily get that item back to your child.
Here is what we've been learning and a little look ahead:
Readers Workshop: We're learning how to shop for books in our classroom and how good readers stay engaged with their books for extended durations of time. We've also learned to go on a picture walk to see what the book might be about. Pictures really help our young readers figure out "tricky" words. Helping them to look at the words is a good reading strategy.
Writers Workshop: We've learned how to listen for sounds in words to write them. We're also working on writing pattern books--books that repeat to help convey meaning. Students have enjoyed using sight words to create books. We will continue this unit through the month of October.
Handwriting/Phonics: This year, we have learned the following letters and their corresponding sounds-Bb, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ss, Ee, Tt, Gg, Nn, Pp, Ii, Cc, Hh, and Ff. Please encourage your child to use proper letter formation to help break any poor habits that have already been established, particularly for the letters we have already introduced!
Sight words: color words, to, can, I, am, you, it, the, me, see
Additionally, you can see ALL of the Kindergarten sight words on the back of the calendar in the daily folder.
Math: We recently wrapped up our 2-dimensional shape unit. Students are expected to identify circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles and their attributes (number of sides, number of vertices, etc.) We also have learned how to write, read, and represent numbers 0-5.
Social Studies: Our community helper unit was a big hit! We had special visitors that came to share about their jobs in the community. The children also enjoyed our community helper dress up day. Currently, we are learning about maps and our neighborhoods. Something that both the fire department AND the police department encourgaed was for EVERY student to learn their address and their first and last name. We encourage you to practice this with your child as well.
Science: We have completed our unit on the senses and have moved on to sound and light energy. Students are learning about sources of light and how that light is used. This week, we are making "light energy wands" to see how light can be reflected from the sun.
Our Cardinal Kindergartners are already rocking and rolling this school year! Here is what we have been up to the last few weeks.
Reading: In Reading, we have been working on reading books independently. We've talked about how good readers read their books from the beginning to the end. We're also learning how good readers LOVE to read and spend time reading and they read the world around them, too (like bathroom signs, store names, etc.). We are working to build up our reading stamina in our classrooms (reading/looking at books for longer amounts of time).
Writing: Our writers are learning how and where writers come up with ideas for writing. We have learned about labeling and finding labels in our classroom to help us become better writers. We are also generating classroom lists of writing ideas to help get us started with new writing pieces.
Handwriting/Letter study/Phonics: We have learned how to write the letters Bb, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ss, and Ee. We build the letters with our handwriting wood pieces and practice writing the letters in our handwriting workbooks. We also brainstorm words that begin with the letter sounds and we practice singing our alphabet song. You can see Mrs. Clark's class in action below!
Sight Words: We just wrapped up our colors and color word unit. We also have added "see" and "I" to our word wall. Next week, we will add "the" and "me".
Math: We are working on number talks and ways to represent numbers. So far, we have learned numbers 0-5. Ask your child: how can I make 4? Can you make it with 2 hands? Is there another way you can make it? These discussions will help build your child's number fluency and will greatly help your child understand addition and subtraction facts.
Science/Social Studies: We learned about the places around our school and went on a search to find the gingerbread man who got loose! We are learning about our 5 senses and how scientists use their senses to make observations, comparisons, and conclusions to solve problems. Next week, we will learn more about our classmates as we begin our ME posters!
We hope you enjoy reading about what we are doing everyday. A couple of reminders: Our library day is MONDAY. Please help your child remember to return their book. Also, water bottles should be brought to school every Monday and they should be EMPTY. They will be sent home on Fridays. Thank you so much!
Our year is off to a great start! Our students have been busy making new friends, learning rules and procedures, and having FUN while learning. Here is a little about what we've been up to and what we have coming up next, too!
Reading: We are learning how to "treasure" books. We've discussed taking care of books, holding books correctly, and how good readers look at the pictures and words. We're also working to build up sustained reading time. The more we practice, the better our reading habits will become.
Writing: Many times, our children express frustration in the beginning of the year because they "can't write". Well, we've taught our students that we are ALL writers! Drawing is writing. "Scribbling" is writing. Writing the first letter of a word is writing. Even writing random letters is writing! During our writing workshop time, students are given time to practice their writing craft.
Math: We have begun "number talks" where we discuss numbers and how to represent different numbers. We've also learned how we use our math manipulatives and tools in the classroom. We will start our mystery jar soon--more information will go home with your child when it is their turn to bring in the mystery jar!
Handwriting and Phonics: This week, we focused on the letters Bb and Mm. Next week, we will work on the letters Aa and Rr. Ask your child--where do you start your letters? (The answer is "at the top!") Proper letter formation is important to our young writers. Students should begin writing from the top and pull DOWN to form letters. They should never write from bottom to top.
Science and Social Studies: Our first few weeks will be spent learning about what science is and what scientists do. We will also learn how to stay safe in science and try out a few experiments to practice being a scientist. In social studies, we are learning about why we have rules and what we do at school. In the coming weeks, the focus will be "All about Me", so that we can learn more about each student.
Coming up: Our first homework project is going home TODAY (September 8). It is due back September 25. Also, our color days begin next week, September 11. Each day, we encourage the children to wear the color and we will have various activities to support it. The days are as follows:
9/19 Pink or Maroon
Hello! We are the Kindergarten Team at Spring Creek Elementary. The purpose of this website and blog is to effectively communicate what is going on in our Kindergarten classrooms. Thanks for stopping by!