Nov
2014

Week of November 3rd

Our weekly theme is Getting Along.

Lots of review this week as we end our 3 week unit on FRIENDS.  We will review the words  like, a (remember to read this as “ahh”) and our letters S s  P p.  We will also be identifying areas of reading on which we need to focus to be good readers.  Those areas are:

Comprehension –understanding what we read or is read to us

Accuracy-hearing, working, reading with good language

Fluency-recognizing letters, sounds, and words

Expanding-aware of print,  increasing vocabulary in reading, writing, and speaking

WRITING-Writing a good sentence.  First comes the idea that you want to write.  Say the sentence/idea/thought.  Does the sentence make sense?  All of this is done before we write any words.  Then we begin writing, stretching out each word, listening for sounds and writing the letters that go with the sounds.  This is why it is important to know what sounds each letter makes.  Next we have to know HOW to write each letter.  There is a lot to writing!

MATH-We’ll discover ways we can use our bodies as tools for understanding and applying mathematical skills and concepts.  We also will begin another section which has these main areas of focus:

-concepts of addition and subtraction through concrete acvtivities

-number writing

-to extend number comparison skills

-skip counting by 10’s

-introduce the pan balance

Science: Continue exploration of the pumpkin

REMINDER

Tuesday   NO SCHOOL  Voting Day

Wednesday- Library check out day-don’t forget your books

Friday-1/2 day  Dismissal at 11:45

Ms. Mohamed

Oct
2014

Happy Halloween!

 

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone had a wonderful time with their child this evening! Below are video and pictures of our eventful day!

Below are hyper links to the video clips of our special day!

movie happy halloween

IMG_2074IMG_2075

IMG_2076IMG_2077IMG_2078IMG_2087

IMG_2089

Since we missed the halloween parade we (Ms Smith and I) decided we need to at least to have a parade between the 2 classes. Below is a video of our class showing off their costumes to the other kindergarteners!

parade

We also liked to wish everyone a happy Halloween! Below is a short video from our Kinders!

send off

I want to give a special thank you to Michael and Madina Reda’s mom (homeroom parent) for coordinating a lovely event. I would also like to thank Griffin Coykendall’s Mom and Dad for helping with our bat project and serving the children. I would also like to thank Sadinah Sabbagh’s Mom for helping with dressing the kindergarteners into their costumes!

Ms. Mohamed

Oct
2014

Week of October 27th

Unit 2: Literacy unit: Friends

Reading: We are reading these stories: Friends all around, Making Friends, The fight, The lion and the mouse, Brer turtle helps out

Strategies from our CAFE menu

  • Comprehension- identifying characters, setting (goal)
  • Accuracy: Identifying the first sound in a word
  • Fluency: Recognize sight words: I we, the, can, recognize letters Aa-Zz
  • Expanding vocabulary-Reading from left to right, Reading from top to bottom, Read from the left page and move to the right page

 Letters of the week:Pp. We will be making  lists  of things that begin with the letter Pp. Please discuss things that begin with the letters Mm, Aa, Ss and Pp

Sight words: a (pronounced “ah,”  not “aye.”)

Review: I, can, we, can, like

Writing: We will be practicing writing all the letters correctly. We will also practice writing sentences. We have been discussing what a good sentence looks like. It begins with a capital, there is space between the words, and it ends with an end mark.  Our focus will be opinion writing.

Math:  We will continue to count everything. we are now writing number 0-20. Your child should be writing numbers correctly and able to give you the next number. We are still working on number 0-20 orally. We are still focusing on tricky teens. We will also explore estimation, different coins and patterns.

Science: We will continue to explore the fall seasons. We will look at pumpkins. We will investigate what they look like and compare them to squash. We will open the pumpkin and record our findings. We will then make a pumpkin craft.

Social Studies: We will continue doing cooperative activities to reinforce team building within our classroom and within our table groups. Cooperation is our key word here!

Notes:

Our Halloween parade is Friday at 1:15 -weather permitting. Your child may still bring in their costume in a bag and after music time we will change.

Wednesday is library day!

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

Oct
2014

Family Movie Night

Tomorrow (Friday, October 24, 2014) is Family Movie Night provided by the PTA. It starts 6-8. Students will have to have parents in order to attend!

Notes are coming home today!

Ms. Mohamed

 

Oct
2014

Week of October 20

Unit 2: Literacy unit: Friends

Reading: We are reading these stories: What do you like,  Friends Follow Rules, The Little Red Hen, Games Around the World

Strategies from our CAFE menu

  • Comprehension- identifying characters, setting (goal)
  • Accuracy: Identifying the first sound in a word
  • Fluency: Recognize sight words: I we, the, can, recognize letters Aa-Zz
  • Expanding vocabulary-Reading from left to right, Reading from top to bottom, Read from the left page and move to the right page

 Letters of the week: Ss. We will be making  lists  of things that begin with the letter Ss. Please discuss things that begin with the letters Mm, Aa and  Ss.

Sight words: like  Review: I, can, we, can

Writing: We will be practicing writing all the letters correctly. We will also practice writing sentences. We have been discussing what a good sentence looks like. It begins with a capital, there is space between the words, and it ends with an end mark.  Our focus will be opinion writing. We will be creating an I like book.

Math:  We will continue to count everything. we are now writing number 0-15. Your child should be writing numbers correctly and able to give you the next number. We are now working on number 0-20 orally. We will focus on tricky teens. We have been singing this song:

1 and 1 make 11 fun,

1 and a 2 tell 12 what to do,

1 and a 3 tell 13 climb a tree,

1 and a 4 tell 14 shut the door,

1 and a 5 keep 15 alive,

1 and a 6 tell 16 pick up sticks,

1 and a 7 send 17 to heaven,

1 and a 8 makes 18 great,

1 and a 9 keep 19 in line

2 and a 0 makes 20 a hero!

Science: We will continue to explore the fall seasons. We will look at leaves and discuss why they are changing. We will do leaf rubbings. We will focus on the fall colors which are: red, yellow, orange and red. We will work on how to document in our science journal or findings.

Social Studies: We will be doing cooperative activities to reinforce team building within our classroom and within our table groups. Cooperation is our key word here!

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

Oct
2014

Scientist in the works!

 

 

 

 

 

We investigated the fall season. We discussed what happens in fall. We also looked at different stories about the fall season. Students brought in leaves and collected additional ones outside. The students took their job seriously. They were observing and collecting information from the different leaves. We will be documenting our information in our science journals! Below are some pictures:IMG_1934IMG_1937IMG_1936 IMG_1935

Oct
2014

Top It math game

Students were given 10 number cards (0-10) and were paired with a buddy. They were then instructed to pull a card each. The student compared the numbers and whoever had the largest number takes both cards. The one with the most card wins. Below are pictures:

IMG_1867IMG_1866IMG_1868IMG_1869IMG_1870IMG_1871IMG_1872IMG_1873IMG_1874IMG_1875IMG_1876IMG_1878

Oct
2014

Finding shapes!

We used magazine and newspaper clippings to find shapes. We were looking for circles, squares, rectangles, and triangles.  Below are some pictures:

IMG_1862IMG_1861IMG_1860IMG_1857IMG_1856IMG_1855

IMG_1969IMG_1970IMG_1971IMG_1972

Oct
2014

Week of October 13, 2014

Literacy unit: Families Change

This a Review Week!

Reading: We are reading these stories: Peters Chair, We munch on Lunch, Jennifer Bing why don’t you sing?, Rooster goes to Tio’s wedding.

Strategies from our CAFE menu

  • Expanding vocabulary-Reading from left to right, Reading from top to bottom, Read from the left page and move to the right page
  • Comprehension- identifying characters, setting (goal)
  • Fluency: Recognize sight words: I we, the, can, recognize letters Aa-Zz

Review Letters of the week: Aa/Mm – children will be coming home with an Aa/Mm Book they created.

Sight words Review: I, can, we, can

Writing: We will be practicing writing all the letters correctly. We will also practice writing sentences using our sight words: I, can, we, the. We will tie in reflecting about what we used to do when we are little and what we can do now  in our journals. Encourage your child to share. We will also be making lists.

Math:  We will continue to count everything. we are now writing number 0-10. Your child should be writing numbers correctly and able to give you the next number. We are now working on number 0-15 orally. We will also play games like spin a number. We will also be reviewing basic patterns and be looking for them all around.

Science:  We will review the 5 senses. (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell). We will explore the fall seasons. We will look at leaves and discuss why they are changing. We will do leaf rubbings. We will focus on the fall colors which are: red, yellow, orange and red.

Social Studies: we are discussing how people change over time. Please send in a picture of your child as a baby. We will discuss what they used to do as a baby and what they could do now.  We will create a list of things, the picture will be a good concrete thing to refer to.

Wish list

Healthy snacks like animal cracker, cheeze its or pretzels

Thanks,

Ms.Mohamed