Week in Review: ABC's

Poem: ABC's
Sight Word: like

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Reading: The new cafe strategy that we worked on this week was "Good Fit Books". On Monday we talked about wearing appropriate shoes for special occasions. We would not wear our house slippers to go outside and build a snowman just like we wouldn't wear mom's high heel shoes to gym. This is similar to reading appropriate books. In kindergarten we are learning to read and would not be able to read chapter books. When choosing good fit books we use the IPICK method.
I- I pick a book
P- Purpose (Why am I reading this book?)
I- Interest (Am I interested in this book? Do I like it?)
C- Comprehend (Do I understand what I read?)
K- Know (Do I know most of the words?)

On Monday we had the opportunity to choose a good fit book to add to our book box. We looked for a book that we thought looked interesting.

This week we also worked on recognizing and identifying letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make. We learned a song called "Who Let the Letters Out" that helped us practice the alphabet sounds throughout the week. We also introduced choice and students can choose to go to work on writing or read to self during each rotation of reading. Work on writing is spent drawing a picture and writing about our favorite part of the story that we're reading. Students use the pencil pouch in their book box to complete their writing.

Writing: We continued writing letters of the alphabet this week. We used pencils and markers to trace the letters each day. Before writing each letter we watch at short video that reviews the letter name, sound, and lots of words that begin with that letter. Encourage your child to continue writing letters at home.

Math: This week we introduced 2D shapes and explored with shapes all week. The five 2D shapes we learn about are circle, square, rectangle, triangle, and hexagon. We used manipulatives and play doh to trace the outside of each shape. We also used paints to trace the outside of the shape. We also met the shape monster and named the shapes that he ate for lunch!

Content: This week we focused on the alphabet and did lots of activities that went with that theme. On Friday we used Chicka Chicka Boom Boom as inspiration for our craft. The students had to write our name and count the number of letters in their name.

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Week in Review: All About Me

-Sight Word: I
-Poem: I Clap My Hands

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Our new strategy this week was "retell familiar stories". We start very basic by stating what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. Later we will introduce a retelling rope and talk about the characters, setting, problem, and solution. Help your child at home by pulling out a book you have read before and ask them to tell you about it. Ask them what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story. We also practiced building our stamina while reading to self. We made it to 12 minutes of reading!

This week we have been writing many letters of the alphabet and holding our pencil the right way. We will continue with our handwriting pages until we have completed all 26 letters! We also completed our first writing prompt for the year. This writing prompt will be compared to later prompts and used to see the progress each student makes in their writing. The prompt this week was to write and draw about something that you love. We first brainstormed ideas then went out and independently worked on the prompt.

This week we learned how to write numbers 1-10. We recited our number formation poems and practiced writing all numbers 1-10. We also played a new game called "SWAT IT". Two students come up to the white board and try to to swat at the given number first. Be sure to have your child practice writing their numbers at home. Make it fun and be creative! Have them make numbers with play doh, write them with crayons or markers, or have them write them in shaving cream on the table.

This week we learned all about our classmates. Students shared their All About Me project with the class. Each student was able to share their favorite color, food, book, toy, and their favorite thing to do. On Friday we used real colors to finish a self portrait of ourselves.

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Week in Review: August 13

We have finished our first week back to school! We learned all of the rules and procedures that we will follow throughout the year and met some really great friends!

We discussed the 3 ways to read on the first day of school. We talked about how to read the pictures, read the words, and retell the story. We all know how to read because we can read the pictures to any story.

 Read to self was introduced and we worked on our
stamina during daily 5 reading. After making our read to self I-chart we practiced reading the books in our book box.

During writing we introduced zoo phonics and watched a short video that talked about each zoo phonics character. We learned the motions and sounds to all the letters and will continue to practice them at school.

During math we explored math tubs. This was a chance for everyone to become familiar with the manipulatives that we will use throughout the year during math. We also counted the number of letters in our name during math. Then, we charted our results up on the board. We had lots of names with 6 letters.

We also talked about how to be an active listener during our morning meeting. Together we made a chart with what an active listener looks like and sounds like. We practiced being active listeners and many kiddos moved their clip up for being an active listener later in the day!

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