Friday, March 2, 2018


This week in:

Reading we...
  • spent the week talking about non-fiction books.  We discussed features of non-fiction books such as bold words, labels, captions, diagrams, and glossary.  We sorted fiction and non-fiction books in a variety of ways and also talked about how some books like the Magic School Bus books are a little of both.  We made a Venn Diagram together to illustrate this.
  • spent the week publishing out how to books.  Together, your child and I edited a book they chose from the unit and then they used their five star writing habits to make a published piece.  They cam out amazing and are hanging in our hallway. 
  • Next up is "All About" books aka non-fiction writing
  • spent the week learning about and practicing subtraction.  We played several subtraction games including a Disappearing Train Game, Subtraction Action, and Scoot.  We focused on putting the larger number first and using a number line to help us solve the equations.

Light Lab...
  • Perhaps the biggest highlight of the week was the Light Lab today.  The scientists rotated through 5 stations as they predicted, tested, observed, recorded, and concluded.  The five light questions posed at the stations were...
  • Does light bounce?
  • Can light bend?
  • Is light needed to see an object?
  • Is light made of many colors?
  • Can light travel through objects?
Their recording sheets are in their folders to give you some talking points with them.
Here are some pictures from the day.

  • The children also used Blue Bots this week.  Click below to see a video.


  • First Scholastic book order is coming home today.  Better late than never!

Friday, February 9, 2018


This week in:

Reading we...
  • Continued to talk about main idea
  • Played popcorn word zap
  • Learned about the chunk "ou" and "ow" 

Writing we...
  • Have launched into How To books
  • Practiced using fancy words for "put" 
  • Learned how to add warnings or tips to our books
  • Changed our writing goals
  • Saw a funny skit about how taking too many breaks during writing makes us forget what we're writing!

Math we...
  • Explored numbers in the 100s.  
  • Made symmetrical snowflakes
  • Introduced 3D shapes
  • Read Two of Everything (a book about doubles), did a doubles activity, and sang a doubles rap
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  • We had a germ class put on by our very own Nurse Webber.
  • We had our first of six mindfulness lessons with Erica Marcus.  She will be coming in ever Wednesday to teach us a little be about what it means to be mindful and do some fun and engaging mindfulness activities with us!
  • Conferences next week-Monday and Thursday.  Many progress reports went home today.  Make sure you check you child's folder.  I'll send the rest home next week. 
Practice at home:
  • For fun, make a video at home like the one above and send it to me.  We can watch them in class!

Friday, January 26, 2018


This week in...

Reading we:
  • have learned all the reading super powers to be learned.  The children "graduated" with a super power bookmark and are well equipped to become super readers.  
  • Below are the members of the SUPER POWER READING TEAM.  They are a force to be reckoned with!

  • talked about using post its to mark pages that makes us feel sad, happy, excited, etc.
  • discussed finding out the main idea in a story
  • got reading mats and there is a spot where they can keep track of how may books they read in a day
  • read a snowman poem and created some art to go with it
  • got new reading buddies
Writing we:
  • During this month we continued to work on small moments.  Throughout the unit we focused on thinking and planning our story out, saying our story out loud before we start, writing our story across the pages, adding itty bitty details to make our story more interesting, and going back and rereading what we wrote.  A big focus was "what can we do if we can't read our writing?". 
  • The children made writing goals.  Check them out!
  • Next week we will start a new writing unit

Math we:
  • I am sure you have heard about our "new student",  KIBO!   The robot came to our class this week for the first time and the children have been exploring, programming, problem solving, and engineering for the last couple days.  Here is a quick clip of KIBO in action.  They are so cool!  Thank you YEF!
  • Started number scrolls--SEND IN PAPER TOWEL TUBES! 
  • We have been playing a lot of addition fact games
  • Friends of 10 activity
  • Skip counting by 5s
  • Proving number stories using pictures, words and numbers

  • We could use some Clorox wipes and tissues that don't feel like sandpaper.   
  • I sent out the conference sign up.  If you didn't get the email or are having difficulty signing up, please reach out to me.  This is an important conference.  
Practice at home:
  • The next writing unit is "How to".  Brainstorm some things your child knows how to do and talk out the steps.  We use the words "First, Then, Next, and Last"
  • Practice addition facts to 10
  • Don't forget about RAZ KIDS!

Monday, December 18, 2017


We had a fun Friday designing and gingerbread houses.  Thank you to everyone for coming to the rescue with candy.  We had an overabundance of candy for the children to be creative designers!
Today we went to Bay Square nursing home to share some holiday cheer with the residents. 

On Wednesday, we will be performing our play, Gingerbread Baby at 2:00.  If you are not able to make it on Wednesday, please find someone who is available to come and support your child. 

And, lastly, please remember to send in indoor shoes with your child on a daily basis.  We do not want them to be in their boots all day as that can be uncomfortable and hot.  Also, the are required to wear sneakers on PE days.  They may leave a pair of shoes at school if that is easier. 

Friday, December 1, 2017


THis week in...

Reading we:
  • have been introduced to the following members of the reading super power team.  The members I have introduced thus far are...
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  • worked on vowel sounds
  • new letters--p, h, r, k
  • new popcorn words--at, and, am

Writing we:
  • are swimming in writing pattern books--pattern books are simple books that have a word pattern on each page and only 1 or 2 words change.  They are also the type of books the children are reading right now. They are great at helping writers learn to spell their popcorn words correctly.
  • worked on putting spaces between words.
  • discussed what to do when you make a mistake.
  • learned about getting ideas from each other and from the books we read.
Math we:
  • introduced the word "sum" and played Find the Sum.
  • played a spin a number game.
  • made hexagons in multiple ways.

  • counted by 10s .
  • counted by 10s from random numbers.
  • played a double ten frame game.
  • during calendar we are discussing the different types of equations.



Practice at home:
  • +1 and +0 facts
  • number stories (aka: word problems) Have your children tell you whether your story is a join (+) or take away (-) number story.
  • estimating

Thursday, November 9, 2017


This week in:
Reading we--
  • Talked about what good buddy reading looks like
  • Read Dex, The Heart of the Hero, and discussed that, as readers, we have reading superpowers just like real superheros.  To build our reading muscles and stamina, we need to use our reading superpowers.

  • New popcorn words: like, to 

Writing we--
  • Wrapped up our Looking Closely unit
  • Practiced counting words in sentences
  • Continued learning about syllables and how it helps us write words 

Math we --
  • Introduced the 10 frame
  • Made 10 frame turkeys
  • Gareth taught us a domino game that he invented!  It reminded me of Qwirkle.  We all played and loved it!  Thanks Gareth!

Practice at home:
As I hand out the popcorn words at conferences, I wanted to share with you ideas I have pinned on my sight word board on pinterest.  Obviously there are many more ideas to choose from, but I thought I'd get you started with these, if you're interested.

Friday, November 3, 2017


This week in...
Reading we: 
  • Retelling is one of the skills we work on throughout the year in kindergarten.  I hope everyone was able to hear their child retell the Big Pumpkin Story.  They all did a nice job in school.
  • We started "shopping" for leveled books this week.  
  • Introduced syllables and did an activity about how many syllables are in our names
  • Tried to figure out the main idea of some of our books 
  • New popcorn word: the  
        • Have your kids sing you--"You can say the and you can say the (long e), but you always spell it t-h-e"
  • New letters: d, s, g, a
Writing we:
  • Learned how to zoom in really close on one part of an object. 
  • Tapping out words
  • Went for a nature walk to find items to look closely at.  Thank you to everyone who sent in objects
Math we:
  • Learned about the tricky teens.  All teens start with the number 1....
and why are 11, 12 and 13 not called oneteen, twoteen, and threeteen?!?!  It really makes my job more challenging. :)
  • Played a guess my number on the class number grid.  Played like twenty questions.  Children asked questions about numbers such as, "Does it have a 2 in it?" or "Is it less than 50?" and I eliminated numbers until the number was revealed.
  • What comes next? counting activity
  • Counting by 10s
Practice at home:
  • Counting by 10s.  Count by random numbers for a challenge
  • Clap out syllables in words.  Words with only one syllable are the trickiest