We took the week off from having a Star Student, but look forward to learning more about Riley next week!
We also had Mr. Schiller (Heath's dad) as a WatchDog this week! The kids enjoyed having him visit!
In math, we continued to explore number sense to 20. We worked on ways to show 20, and how to make sets to 20. We also really focused on the teens, as these tend to be a bit confusing to a lot of kiddos. We demonstrated our learning through ten frames, tally marks, number words, and pictures. We are starting to work a bit more on our addition and subtraction, and are still targeting our problem solving strategies.
In Language Arts, we began our first research project. Your little ones are learning how to be a researcher, and they love it! We began with asking questions, and determining what we wanted to learn about penguins. We then brainstormed ways to get this information. (My favorite quote from a student was "to ask a human expert".... because even though penguins would be an expert on the subject, they can't talk!) As a class, we read books, found information on the web (with my direct guidance), watched a documentary, and observed them through a zoo website. We then read a few fiction books about Tacky the Penguin, and we discovered that there were several facts throughout the story! We are still in the process of creating our research books, and can't wait for you to see the final product! It's been such a wonderful experience working with the kiddos on how to not just find answers, but ASK questions!
We also had the sight word 'this', and the word family -ick. We continued to explore the parts of a nonfiction book.
In Science, we discussed force and motion. We brainstormed things that move on their own versus those that do not, and the different types of movement. We also evaluated things that might influence movement of an object.
- Please remember to send poetry folders and library books back to school on Monday. (Poetry folder reminder: The poem should be in the back of the brads, and the books returned to school in the envelope.)
- Please send a coat to school with your kiddo.
- We have snack at the end of every day, please remember to pack one for your child.
- Please continue to have your kiddo read to you, and practice sight words. This makes a big difference in your child's learning!
Friday, January 29: Six Flags Reading logs due
Wednesday, February 3rd: Early release at 12:45
I also wanted to make sure you were aware of several online resources to help target skills that your kiddo is learning. These are great at not only giving them extra practice, but also incorporating technology while learning. Here is a link to the kindergarten resources we use at Fern Bluff:
I hope each of you has a great weekend! Thanks for all you do!! Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions!