Time is flying by! It was wonderful getting time to speak with our families at conferences! We are looking forward to a visit from the WFSB News Channel 3 Weather Man, Mike Cameron. Our students will get to learn about weather and have the opportunity to ask some questions. Then we will have a chance to look at the new News Truck! Keep an eye out for special notices regarding all the special events coming up!
In Fundations, we continue to practice tapping to read and tapping to write. We will be using this skill to practice blending sounds together to form words and segmenting words into its sound parts. During story time students are learning comprehension skills such as making predictions and sequencing events. Please continue to work on comprehension skills during nightly reading.
We have started a new writing program that incorporates the writer’s workshop model into our daily routine. During this 40 minute block, students will be learning to write how-to books. A how-to book teaches the reader how to do something using numbered steps and labeled pictures. It’s been wonderful having the children understand that they have many great ideas that they can “teach” other people about.
In Math, we continue to learn about finding partners of numbers to ten. Students have been learning how to show teen numbers using a ten group and extra ones. We have been practicing identifying groups as more or fewer. Students will also be introduced to Math Mountains. A Math Mountain has the total at the top with the partners at the bottom. This will be one of many strategies the students will learn to help solve math problems as they progress into later grades. Towards the end of the month, we will begin reviewing everything we have learned in Math this year.
Kindergarteners will be working on the Pleasant Valley community butterfly garden. We are very excited! Butterfly gardens are not only important for our schoolyard habitat as they help to create a healthy ecosystem but they also can increase student engagement and curiosity in the classroom. Our butterfly garden will create an interactive classroom to not only encourage a stronger connection to the natural world but to also be a place for creativity to thrive. This outdoor classroom will be a tool to design lessons that incorporate scientific questioning, research, and hands-on activities for every subject! We will be: growing, planting and caring for everything necessary to attract and keep beautiful butterflies.
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