We’ve hit the ground running since returning from our February vacation. Here is what your children said about what they’ve learned so far:
Cole: I learned how to measure things using a snowball ruler.
Sylvan: I learned that we can make different connections; text-to-text and text-to-self when we read.
Raein: I learned how to draw a hexagon.
Cameron: I learned how to draw 3-D shapes. I liked drawing the cube.
Heaven: I learned about drawing castles in Art. We used cray-pas and paint.
Marleigh: I learned about compound words. They are two words that make one word – like “sea” and “weed.” You put it together and you get one – “seaweed!”
Lennox: I learned about beginning sounds in words.
During the first week in March, we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Some schools do campus-wide activities to celebrate this Read Across America Day. Dr. Seuss is such a widely read author and we love the silly word play he employs! We had our own little Dr. Seuss celebration. We read Green Eggs and Ham and made a tic-tac-toe game for it. We read Cat in the Hat and made hats just like the cat. We read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and made goldfish graphs and munched on goldfish crackers. Fostering a life-long love of reading is one of my favorite parts of teaching!
In math, we have participated in a few “Problem Solver” experiences this year through our Math Menu Workshop. Over the past few weeks, we used the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar as a jumping off point to organizing data. Children had to organize and to record the items eaten by the caterpillar into categories – “Healthy” and “Not Healthy.” It was fun to see how they chose to record their ideas. Then, we did the task as a whole group. Here are a few ways we came up with to organize the items in the story:
We are so lucky to have Amy and Ms. Cynthia teaching us from the “Changing Perspectives” Curriculum. You can read about it here: http://cpne.org
Finally, we have been having an AMAZING amount of fun in the Outdoor Classroom – again! With this week’s early release on Friday, we went out in the morning so we wouldn’t miss it. We even had a “fresh off the campfire” popcorn snack – YUM! As an aside, we are running low on firewood, so, check the sign up genius to see if you can fill a slot! Here’s the link to the sign up and thank you in advance:
Many thanks for coming in for Parent Conferences this week, too! It was so exciting to meet with all of you to share about all the growth and learning that your children have accomplished so far this year. Kindergartners are the best! I love to share about all the reading, writing, math and community skills that your children are building each day! Along with the check sheets about literacy and math I gave you at conferences, the formal report card will come home on Friday 3/16.
Dates to remember:
3/22 – Shelburne Museum Field Trip – leaving around 8:30 and returning after lunch – PLEASE return the permission slip and the admission fee by 3/15. And don’t forget to pack a lunch if you indicate that on your slip.
3/23 – Book Order Due – online or paper form
3/29 – Early Release
3/30 – Inservice Day for Teachers – No school for children
4/2 – No School for current Kindergarten Students – K Registration day for incoming students
Please let me know if you are interested in joining us for either of these trips! They are always amazing!
5/2 -Flynn Theater Trip to see Machine De Cirque (K-6) – 9:30 show
5/11 – Flynn Theater Trip to see Dragons Love Tacos (K-2) – 9:30 show