With a short week ahead, we are still big on having a great learning experience! On Monday of this week, we will be reading The Polar Express. We will then combine Kindergarten classes to complete a Math Scavenger hunt throughout my room, finishing with a special treat of hot cocoa and necklace-making in Mrs. Hamby's class. Please don't tell the kids about hot cocoa, as it is a surprise!! On Tuesday, the kids may wear pajamas and bring a small blanket. They may also bring a special holiday book to share with peers. We will be watching The Polar Express movie with all Kindergartners combined in Room 110. On Wednesday, the kids will meet with buddies and then will enjoy our parties before break. AM party is 12/21/16 at 10:15 AM and PM is at 2:15 PM. We can't wait to see everyone--Happy Holidays!!
Our classroom has transformed into a beautiful winter scene! The kids had a blast last Thursday and Friday meeting with buddies to plan their dream gingerbread houses and then to construct and decorate them. These life-size houses will remain a fixture in our classroom until Winter Break. Last week, we enjoyed learning more about winter holidays. This week, we will learn new facts about Christmas Around the World, while sharing more holiday songs, poetry, and stories. We will even do an interactive storytelling with Christmas Yoga on Tuesday.
This week, we will focus on the sight words: PLAY and WANT. These words have been frequently requested by the kids during writing time. On Tuesday, we will write a book using these words for better practice. We will continue to use SKIPPY FROG as our reading strategy and will focus on fluency in reading aloud. Math will focus on transition numbers 11-19. We will play Kindergarten Math Jeopardy and Jump Around Addition/Subtraction to keep our bodies moving. Wednesday we will return to our normal Library schedule, so I know the kindergartners will be thrilled! We will also be writing an opinion piece on The Best Thing to do in Winter!
Holiday Parties will be 12/21, and Winter Break is from 12/22-1/4
*I have a substitute tomorrow, so I will switch out books in book folders on TUESDAY this week. Thank you =)
Last week was very exciting as we got back into the swing of things. We started learning about other cultures and their December celebrations. We talked about Christmas, Christmas trees, and The Nutcracker. We crafted holiday trees for the hallway, and we also learned about Hanukkah. The kids had a blast learning how to play dreidel. They used collaboration to first put together their 3D dreidels and then they learned to play. We used chocolate "gelt" on Friday as a special treat. We also had a chance to make wish lists for the book fair. The book fair will be open all day tomorrow and after school Tuesday 4-7. You may also send money in with your child attached to their wish lists, and I will send them over with a volunteer to make purchases.
The kids learned a new Math game last week and are being challenged to come up with "quick-fire" answers to addition problems to ten. This week, we will work on counting all the way to 100, counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's, and writing/drawing to solve holiday addition problems. I have a special edition of Holiday Kindergarten Math Jeopardy for Friday! Our sight words for the week will be: AT and UP. We will use the knowledge of spelling these words to also spell rhyming words in our writing. Our Reading Strategy for the week will be: Skippy Frog. Skip over the tricky word and try to think of what might make sense. In small groups, our focus will be on fluency and expression, depending on where your child is as a reader.
Our theme for the week will continue to be December Holidays. We will learn about Las Posadas and Kwanzaa, and then will read Gingerbread books and complete gingerbread house planning sheets with buddies. On Friday, my dad is going to visit to help erect Kindergarten-sized gingerbread (cardboard) houses that the kids may actually go in and decorate with buddies. Volunteers will be working with the kids this week on an "I CAN" count to 100 actvity and beginning to create their Holiday gifts to give to a family member. It should be another exciting week in Kindergarten!