Friday Note – 10/24

Partner Reading and K Groups

We started our new Kindergarten Literacy Groups this week. They provide yet another chance to work on skills and habits we need as we build our reading knowledge. We learned letter formation and sounds of Ff and Ee. You will find a few handwriting practice sheets in the Friday Folder. Feel free to practice the letters if you want to at home. We made a book called A Leaf Book and practiced some sight words – I, see, a, and the. We learned about partner reading this week, too. It was kind of like having “Reading Buddies” on Tuesday! We loved sharing books of interest with our friends. We did a great job of sharing, taking turns and learning about new books. Finally, we read the new book called The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak – absolutely HILARIOUS! It was SO fun we read it twice!

Math Resource – Online Tools

This week, we learned a new workplace center called “Which Bug Will Win?” and played a fun Bingo game that helped practice number identification. We also practiced the numbers in the “teens” – which are usually pretty tricky for children at this stage of life. As you will see from the homework opportunity, we learned about tally marks, too. If you are interested in online practice, the Bridges Math website offers some tools at the following web address:

http://www.mathlearningcenter.org/resources/families

If you scroll down, you can find a variety of games in different areas of math content and skills.

Etc…

Lastly, we worked with Miss Joy to begin creating a self portrait in the style of Todd Parr. So far, they are colorful and very dear. In other art related news, on Wednesday 10/29, we will celebrate the finale of Color Week by taking home our tie dye shirts! They turned out beautifully!

We also have been working with Mrs. Snow in the Library in advance of our Self & Family Unit. She is helping us to learn book skills through creating a book about our families.

Reader’s Workshop

This week, we focused on a few different aspects of the Reading Process. We talked a lot about how readers have different interests and this helped us to explore our classroom library a bit more thoroughly. We practiced looking for words that matched the pictures in our books. Finally, and most excitingly, we reached our first stamina goal of reading for 24 minutes! So AMAZING! We each got to pick a new book to keep! I am so proud. We are building tons of reading skills and behaviors that will carry us through our lives!

Color Week (and a half)

It has been quite a colorful place around here this week. We are making a book modeled after “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” by Eric Carle. We mixed some colored paint to make our own color wheels. We read lots of color books – our favorite was another one by Herve Tullet called “Mix It Up!”

On the horizon…

A few tidbits looking ahead to next few weeks:

Book Orders due on 10/27 – you can order online or via the order forms in today’s folder.

Original Works orders are due on Monday 10/27.

Halloween Parade & Party on Friday 10/31 – See Mr. Hartnett’s Newsletter for more information about the parade

No need to send anything for the party except your child’s costume for Halloween 10/31 – we are keeping it simple in the party department

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for 11/4 and 11/6

NO SCHOOL on Friday 11/7 – Teacher Conference Comp Day

Substitute on Wednesday 11/19 – I am out for an Educator Conference at the Flynn Theater for the day.

Happy Weekend!

Color Week Continued:

Mon 10/27 – Purple/Pink

Tues 10/28 – Brown/Black

Wed 10/29 – Rainbow!

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