Weekly Updates (Early)

Tomorrow I will be out for a District Meeting about Reading Interventions! Mrs. Rida will be subbing for me again so the students should remember her from last time. I completed some of the reading program over the summer, but have tomorrow and one more date to attend to complete the training. This is good information for me to bring back to the classroom and use with your kiddos specifically. I know the students will have a good day with Mrs. Rida tomorrow— and remember Friday is no school for kindergarten!

This week we have introduced goal sheets! The students are working each day on their goals and marking them off on the sheet. This instills independence in their learning but also helps me make sure they are working throughout the day when I am teaching small groups. They know that their goal is to have each box checked off by the time we go home. The goal sheets will change throughout the year and some times the students will get to pick their own goals to add to it! Some goals we work on in class are whole group — handwriting letter of the day, writing first and last names. These are done by every student because everyone can use the repetitive concept of it. Some goals are individualized to what your child needs: montessori letter goal, sight word goal, and read to self. If you need more explanation I would be happy to answer any questions.

In folders today you will find a sheet called “Kindergarten Goals”. I have spent time over the last two weeks assessing the data to create learning goals for each student. Each child came to my table and discussed with me things that we can work on to “make their brain bigger”. 🙂 The students did great at identifying some areas that they thought were important along with the academic goals I had thought they needed. These goals are what we will be working for in the Fall and will add more as they master them. We will conference again together in January to set goals for the second half of the year. The academic goals are based on what they need to master for Kindergarten standards and are individual to their needs. In the yellow boxes on the goal sheet I will be adding pictures to help remind them of what goals we are working on daily.

This week we have also worked on apple life cycle, push vs pull, and “working” words (lift, dig, push, drop, etc.). These are things that we will be working on for the next week or two to expand. Science and Social Studies are always a favorite with the kids and we love to explore the topics.

Thanks to all who have been using the Raz-Kids website! I am getting great feedback from the students about how they enjoy reading and playing the games. Today we will be taking out computers and working on the website for some technology time this afternoon. In a couple weeks I will be sending home information for a math website called Zearn! I have signed all of the students up for an account and we are working on it in the classroom! Once I send the information home they should be comfortable playing those games independently as well!

Please remember book bags must come back each morning! I am reminding them each day when we leave to grab them so I am confident that they will be in the routine soon of taking and bringing back daily. They should be reading at least one story each night at home! I they forgot their book bags at school then have them read any book at home that night. They know if they do not know the words then they can picture read it.

Reminder NO SCHOOL on Friday for Kindergarten ONLY!

Weekly Updates

Hello! We had a busy afternoon of meetings and learning ways to teach with the eureka math program! It was a great presentation for the teachers. I’m excited to show the students the new things I learned today!

You will have noticed in the folders that the students worked on the letters j- n this week and we finally finished the Chester raccoon numbers packet. These have been great tools to prepare the students for how to problem solve and work on packets during the work times. We will work on concepts such as rhyming, syllables, number bonds and much more with these weekly packets. The students are pretty much normalized in the Montessori environment and are able to work while I have started reading groups!

Reading groups will get one new book each week to work on. We practice reading the book, look for sight words we recognize, and discuss the foundations of writing- capital letter, periods, commas, question marks, and exclamation points! You will notice a new book added on Monday’s OR Tuesday’s. Please remember to read each night and that book bags must come to school each day!

On Monday we begin our work time “goal sheets”! This is a paper on their work spot that has the goals listed I would like them to do. For language we have writing first and last name, the letter of the day packet page, sight words (to be introduced this week), read to self, their personal Montessori letter work, and the handwriting letter of the day (to be introduced this week). The students complete these goals each morning during literacy time and are able to mark them off with dry erase marker. The goals change throughout the year as will the goal sheets. The goal sheets help the students work independently and also choose when they do which goal. It is very Montessori to be self working while the teacher is teaching lessons at the head table. I look forward to working on this concept this and next week while we learn the new routine!

Calendar reminders:

Friday, September 27th—. NO school for kindergarten only! All grades have school except k! We have a district meeting.

Have a great weekend!

Quick Update

Book bags will begin coming home tonight! Please check them for a pink letter I have included to help understand the expectations! 🙂

In yellow folders are Raz Kids login information. This is a website or app that your child can use to read and answer questions about stories. Our school purchases this subscription and it is a great way to get students on the computers and reading.

The class did great for the sub yesterday! I was so happy to read that Ms. Rida loved working with our class yesterday 🙂

Tomorrow will be our first practice fire drill as a school. We have already been practicing getting out and going to our spot but this will be the first time they hear the noise! And it’s loud! Make sure your child is here by 8:35 because we want to talk about it before the alarm goes off at 9:00 am.

Remember that Friday is a half day!

Weekly Updates

Hello Families!

Our second week of school is officially in the books! The students are doing a great job following the routines and working during the work times. I am so proud of how much they get accomplished each day! Many visitors have also commented on how hard they are working each day.

This week we focused on letters E-I. The students did much better at completing the packet pages throughly! We only had a couple who need to finish up some things this weekend. Next week we will begin reading groups and their Montessori work. We are also working on All About Me people so that we can share with others our likes. These will be up in the hallway soon for all to see. Areas to practice at home would be them either reading an easy book to someone or picture reading a more difficult book to someone. Reading logs do not start until October but we have been talking in class about reading to yourself, and reading to others. This is a regular part of our morning literacy time. More information will come home about reading log requirements at the end of September.

We have completed both Math and Language NWEA tests! These are a computer test that is done district wide. Scores will come home with the first report card at conferences so that we can discuss together the results. To prepare for the winter test please make sure your child is playing on websites and familiar with using a computer. We will begin computers in the classroom on Wednesday afternoons. We will start with www.abcya.com which has great games for them! They have language, math, patterning, and of course the fun games that help the students manage the keyboard and mouse.

Unfortunately I will not be here this Monday, Sept 16th. My daughter has a dentist appt for a chipped tooth and she is demanding her Mama take her! It is still hard to leave the class this early so I have Ms. Rida subbing for me. Ms. Rida was a long term sub in our building last year so she is very familiar with the layout and rules of the school. She is also familiar with my schedule for the classroom. I explained to all of the students today so that they know what is happening. I told them I know they will be the best for her on Monday. It would be great if you could remind them Monday morning so that they are not surprised when they do not see me. Thanks for your understanding! I try and post when I will not be here so that the children are prepared for it.

Calendar Updates-

Friday, September 20th- HALF DAY dismissal is at 11:45 am

Weds, September 25th- LATE Start! School begins at 9:35 am

Friday, September 27th– NO SCHOOL for KINDERGARTEN only! (district k meeting)

Have a great weekend!!

new things!

This week we have begun our positive ticket bucket. When I see friends making good choices, helping others, and using nice words I pass out a ticket to them. They write their name and drop it in the bucket. I pull tickets for line leaders, student of the week, scientist of the week, and much more! It’s a great way to focus on the positive actions that are seen. Once the bucket is full we will have a class party! 🙂 A good starter conversation after school can be how did they earn a ticket today in class.

Send In a Picture of Family:

In Kindergarten we understand that it may be hard to be away from your family for eight hours a day. I would encourage each child to bring in a picture of something that makes them happy. This could be a family picture, pet, party, sports team picture, etc. These pictures will be displayed on a board in the classroom. If a student feels sad throughout the day they can go over to the board and look at the picture. ☺

Student of the week and scientist of the week will begin in October and are described below!

Student of the Week:

I will be choosing a ticket from our positive ticket bucket for a student who has had a great week, been a helper in the classroom, and was a great friend to others. I will send home the “All About Me” poster on Friday and would like you to complete over the weekend. During the week that your child is chosen they will have their poster hanging in the hall, be line leader, take the lunch list down every morning, and be the teacher helper. The children love when they are student of the week!

Scientist of the Week:

We will have one student each week chosen for scientist. I have a  folder with experiments and directions for each family. If you receive this folder on Friday then your child was chosen for scientist of the week for the following week.  You may choose to do one of my experiments or research with your child to find a new one. This is meant to be a fun time for you and your child to work together. I will be in contact with you to see what the experiment is and if Wednesday afternoons would work. I encourage the parents to come in and do the experiment with your child for the class to see. They love to see different experiments so be creative!

Weekly News

We finally finished our first full week of school! The students did a great job getting used to the full days. We have a good routine going by following our daily schedule and they seem to be liking the work times. We are following the daily schedule and have added in some extra breaks to help pass the time while we learn more Montessori shelf work.

In folders today you will see the first weeks packet— letters a-d. We spent time each day reading the poems and discussing how to complete the page. They all did their best which is what I always tell them I am looking for— their best, not perfection. If your child’s paper has a star on it then they completed the packet. If they do not- then they have a couple things to finish up on the pages. I labeled what they needed to do. You can send these back in on Monday if they needed to finish something and I will put a star on it.

Lunch is going much better now. The students are more aware if they need a hot lunch or not. I do NOT need emails each day anymore— we’ve got it down! Thanks for the help the last two weeks. It made a much smoother process for the staff, students, and parents.

Heads up that our first field trip will be Friday, October 18th! We will be going to the Plymouth Orchards with the Preschool and 1st grade classes. Please save the date because each student must have a parent drive and chaperone them. More information will be coming home soon!

Calendar Reminders:

1/2 day– Friday, Sept 20th

Late Start- Weds, Sept 25th

NO SCHOOL for KINDER ONLY- Friday, Sept 27th!

Have a great weekend!

Updates

Thanks for all who came to Open House last night! It’s always fun for the students to show the parents the classroom and work.

In folders today is our first Scholastic book order. If you would like to place an order you can either go online or send in the paper copy with cash. When you buy books it gives our class points so that we can buy new books for the room. Last years points bought quite a few easy readers and nonfiction books that the students loved to read. If you are looking for cheaper books for your child they always have a $1 book each month as well as some easy reader packs that are priced very well. If you have any questions about scholastic just let me know. Orders are due by Weds, Sept 18th.

Show and share begins on Monday. They can bring anything EXCEPT a live animal or toy weapons. 🙂

Reminder that we are a scent free school. A letter to explain is in today’s folder.