Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. We have an exciting month full of fun learning activities!
We started off the New Year with a fun writing activity. After learning about new year resolutions, the kindergartners shared their wishes for the New Year. These kindergartners have some special wishes in the New Year such as making more friends, learning to ice skate, eating more healthy foods, running more, becoming better at sports and many more!
I know the kindergarteners will enjoy a presentation by the outdoor education specialist, Mrs. Martin, about evergreens. The students will use their five senses to make scientific observations, writings, and drawings about them! This month we will also enjoy many stories about winter too! With a focus on Martin Luther King it will be a great way to reinforce our core ethical values.
Math: As a fun way to wrap up our teen number unit, the students worked cooperatively to create teen number guys to show various ways to represent their number such as using tally marks, ten frames, number words, or equations. In our next unit, Measurement, students will learn about measurable attributes such as length, weight, and size to compare objects. We will use vocabulary words such as short/long, heavy/light and tall/short. We will have fun with a lot of hands on measuring experiences using non standard materials. We continue to review various math concepts in our math journals as well as during math station time.
Writing: After studying the book, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, the students were inspired to write their very own stories about a fun day. Students focused on writing a beginning, middle and ending to their story. They did a fabulous job. This month we will brainstorm ideas to start learning to write informational pieces. Kindergartners love sharing what they know so I'm sure they will have fun with this writing. We continue to focus on stretching out sounds to learn to spell new words as well as using spacing and end marks.
Reading: In our next unit, Navigating Nonfiction, we will focus on discovering how informational text can help us learn new things. Through our mini lessons in Reader's Workshop, the students will learn strategies to practice during independent reading time and partner reading. During word study stations, students are strengthening their sight words and blending short vowels words.