News for next week:
-Field Trip on Sunday (please come on time). Please send a small snack with your child to school that we can eat before we leave or when we return.
-Library Day is on TUESDAY this upcoming week due to Parent Teacher Conferences being held on Thursday. Please bring books back by TUESDAY.
-Play on Monday “Jack and the Beanstalk”
-Wear BLUE on Tuesday for Diabetes Awareness (we will be doing Go Noodle dances to stay healthy!)
-Parent Teacher Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. Please schedule your appointment and fill out the online form posted on this blog if you haven’t already.
-Please bring in your items for the Support Staff Care Packages
Here’s our weekly recap of what’s been going on in KG2:
Reader’s Workshop – We started our new unit “We are Super Readers”. We are working on gaining confidence in our ability to read words independently. The kids really were enthusiastic about wearing their Super Reader capes – thank you for sending them in! The 2 powers we introduced this week were “Pointer Power” and “Reread Power”. “Reader-Man” left us a note that led us to a bag of pointer fingers infused with extra reader power. We have been using the fingers to emphasize the importance of pointing to one word at a time when reading. If we are still reading but there are no more words on the page to point to, we need to reread and try again to make sure the words are matching what we point to.
Writer’s Workshop – We began writing a new pattern book called “What Can You See?” using a question pattern: “Can you see the ________”. The students presented their books to the class and took a lot of pride in their work. If they haven’t already, get them to read you the book they wrote last week. We sent it home in your child’s blue folder. Keep in mind that while the spelling may not be perfect, they are working very hard to use their letter sounds to spell independently.
Math – This week our focus in math was using base ten blocks (the yellow sticks of 10 and small cubes representing 1). The students built and identified numbers up to 20 using these blocks. We also looked at different ways to make ten (ten frame, base ten blocks, the number word, tallies).
Phonics/Writing/Centers – This week we reviewed the letter sounds Z, W, and Y. We wrote the letters F, J, and L. We have been practicing our color words using games such as Sparkle and Flower Power. During center time we decoded a secret sentence using the first letter of picture symbols, we sorted uppercase/lowercase, practiced writing eachother’s names and mixed colors.
Unit of Inquiry – Our new PYP unit is all about communities! We discussed our jobs at home and at school as well as other people’s jobs around us. We introduced Classroom jobs! Some students will have a job for a week such as “Electrician” (turning the lights on/off), “Calendar Captain”, “Line Leader”, etc. The kids were excited about this and the ones who had a job this week took it quite seriously. The jobs will change every week and some weeks your child will be “on vacation” meaning they don’t have a specific job but they’re of course still expected to help out when possible. We also set up a new Inquiry area – The Vet Clinic! Each day during Free Inquiry I will pick one center group to role play in the vet clinic.
Thank you and have a great weekend!