A Busy Week in Kindergarten

Hello parents!

The past week our class has been extremely focused and busy! We’re gearing up for the end of our first quarter and it’s hard to believe that it’s almost Halloween!

In math, we have been working on Chapter 3, which has the class learning their position words in relation to objects. We have had a fun time figuring out who was before, between or after someone in line and I also incorporated everyday objects (like pencils, CDs and chairs) so that they would have additional visuals to help them along. 

Superkids is moving right along as well. With Doc, we had our first word list and have started blending two and three letters together at a time! Let the reading begin!! We finished up Doc and the letter D and took our first word list test on Friday. I must say, each student did magnificently!

This week we met Sal which means we’re learning the letter S! Sal loves sports- skiing, sledding, swimming, surfboarding and skateboarding. He’s a busy guy! Sal also has been teaching the kids about good sportsmanship and what that means.

We’re also starting to focus more on reading beginner books each day after lunch. Everyone takes a few books to their own “quiet spot” and focuses on blending letters to form words. Once they feel they’ve mastered a small book, they bring it up to me to read aloud. They’ve all done such a wonderful job and we couldn’t be prouder! We know that as parents you share our excitement in watching your child bloom into a great reader.

In science, we finished up our apple unit. We sent home their apple packets full of all their data collected during labs and some other fun activities. Next week we will start our unit on leaves, spiders, and pumpkins!  The kids are looking forward to getting outside again (especially with the cooler temps!) to collect leaves from around campus. We’re going to try and pinpoint what trees each leaf comes from and have some really great activities planned as well.

We bid farewell to Christopher Columbus in social studies and will start learning about the Native Americans next week. The class loves our social studies time! This week we learned that Christopher Columbus traveled not once but five times around the world to trade for silk, spices, and gold! He never got those items but he did discover something very important, America! 

Computer lab this week and last had the kiddos learning the keyboard! They played a bunch of games to help them become familiar with the key placements! Their fine motor skills are working hard! We sure love our computer lab time!

For a Fabulous Fun Friday treat, Rosemary’s mom in Mrs. Siegleman’s class did a fun Science experiment with us!  We made ghost bubbles!! We learned that we breathe oxygen in and carbon dioxide out. The experiment was touching carbon dioxide in a solid form, how cool is that! Be sure to check out the pics 😉

Our VIP this week was Seema! We learned that Seema wants to be a dentist when she grows up! She loves playing with her barbies, (just like me as a kid :)),  her favorite color is gold, and her favorite animal is a cat! Her board was bright and cheery, just like her personality. Thank you Seema for sharing about yourself! 

Just a few quick reminders:
As the temperature dips, please be sure to send a small jacket or sweater with your child. Some mornings when we head out to recess may be a bit chilly!

We’ll be sending information out about what your child will need for our Halloween party soon. Ryan’s mom will be posting info on the class Halloween party if you are signed up for it soon, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled! It’s such a fun day to be had by all and we can’t wait to have a spooktacular time with all of you!

And most importantly, the Word of the Week is Positions!

With love,
Ms. Porto and Ms. Kathie