Kindergarten

Eggs Everywhere!

by shobbs on April 15, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about how they would rescue an egg that is falling to the ground. They also completed a subtraction word problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on sounding out ‘magic E’ words, and we reviewed punctuation, pronouns, and place value. We also read and discussed the book “Marley and the Great Easter Egg Hunt.”

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: We read the sight word book “I Did It!” together, and the children wrote about what they did today.

Computers: Compass: Language Arts

Literacy: The children fixed a silly sentence to this sentence: “Where is my Easter basket?” Some of the children also wrote their own sentence. After they finished this task, they looked for sight words in eggs in the sensory table.

Math: The children used beans to show place value. They found numbers in bags, according to their groups, and they showed this numbers in tens and ones with the beans.

Literacy: The children walked around the room to find words in eggs, according to their groups. They also drew a picture to match the words.

Daily News: “Did you see the eggs in that basket?”

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about their favorite type of weather. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we continued to focus on finding ‘chunks,’ magic ‘e,’ and other tips to help us sound out long sentences. We also conducted a wind experiment, which allowed the children to hypothesize if certain items would blow in the wind. Then, we tested these items with the wind, and they recorded the results. We also focused on rhyming, and we read and discussed books about the wind. They also finished our ‘KWL’ chart by telling me what they learned about the weather. We talked about different types of clouds.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children completed their first spelling and math test. All of the children did a wonderful job! Your child’s time is written on their math test. Our goal is to lower their time and to have more correct answers each week. If your child passed this test today, they will receive a subtraction test next week. They also used verbs to write about flowers.

Computers: Starfall

Literacy/Comprehension: The children completed their own cloud book with cotton balls to form the different types of clouds.

Craft: The children used glue, shaving cream, and food coloring to make their own colorful flower with their face in the middle.

Literacy: The children used picture cards to match the correct beginning sound and tried to write as much of the word as they could on their own.

They made their own ‘tornado in a bottle’ this afternoon!

Have a great day!

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about a thunderstorm. They also completed a subtraction story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on sounding out words with the ‘magic e,’ worked on pronouns, and we reviewed the ‘ou’ and ‘ee’ sound. We also clapped out syllables in words.

Learning Centers: (I completed Benchmark Assessments during this time.)
Computers: Compass: Language Arts

Literacy: The children put together the following sentence: “The cloud is white.” Some of the children also wrote anothe sentence about clouds.

Math: The children walked around the room to finish ten frames to add to 10 or five frames to add to 5, depending on their group.

Literacy: The children worked on filling in sight words in a weather book, or they made their own sentences to match the pictures, according to their group.

Literacy: Some of the children use pins to clip the correct final sounds on picture cards. Some of the children used sound switch cards to switch a specific sound in words to make new words.

Daily News: “Can you count how many times you hear thunder?”

(My computer has been challenging today. I will try to upload the pictures from today again tomorrow!)

If you are planning to help with our ‘Spring Fling,’ I am changing the time to 1:30, due to our extended school day. We will have our egg hunt at this time, and then we will come back into our classroom to complete our fun, spring Centers. Have a great day!

We Know How It Rains and Thunders!

by shobbs on April 8, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

When the children came into the classroom this morning, they ‘dropped everything and read.’ Then, we had Community Circle.

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about how a rainbow is formed. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we reviewed greater than, less than, and equal numbers. We also reviewed segmented words, and we continued to work on punctuation. We read and discussed the book ‘Why Does It Thunder and Lightning?” Please ask your child about this and about how it rains.

Learning Centers:
I completed Benchmark Assessments during our Learning Center time.
Literacy: The children put together the following sentence correctly: “The snow is cold.” Some of the children also wrote another sentence about snow.

Computers: Compass: Math

Literacy: The children completed a ‘Weather Room’ walk. Some of the children matched pictures with the correct words, and some of the children used pictures to sound out the words.

Math: The children measured weather items with blocks, counted the blocks, and recorded the answers.

Literacy/Craft: The children made a picture that shows what they like to do in the rain, and they wrote about it.

This afternoon, we worked on writing CVC words and sentences using more lowercase letters, capitalizing the first word, and using the correct form of punctuation.

Daily News:

“The weather today is sunny and cold.”

Have a great day!

Time for Weather!

by shobbs on April 7, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about what they did over Spring Break. They also completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we reviewed prounouns, changing the middle vowel sound to make a new word, puncutation, and sight words. We also started a ‘KWL’ chart for weather. We read and discussed a book about how a rainbow is formed. We talked about the job of a meteorologist.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children completed a craft with them as a meteorologist and wrote about the weather forecast.

Computers: Compass

Literacy: The children put together the following sentence in the correct order: “The sun is hot.” Some of the children also wrote another sentence about the sun.

Literacy/Math: Some of the children filled in the beginning sounds of weather words, and they counted weather items to match these with numbers, number words, and tally marks. Some of the children matched weather items and numbers.

Math: The children made a craft with shaving cream, glue, and food coloring to make a math problem that showed sun + rain=rainbow.

Daily News: “I love to see a rainbow after the rain!”

Have a great day!

Would You Be A Lion Or A Lamb?

by shobbs on March 27, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

During our morning work time, the children illustrated and wrote about if they would be a lion or a lamb. They also completed an addition problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, we focused on pronouns, changing the middle vowel sound to a new work, and we continued to work on punctuation. We also completed a sight word poetry chart for the word ‘they.’

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children wrote about what they would do if they were a lion or a lamb. They also made their own lion or lamb face.

Computers: Compass: Math

Literacy: The children completed their own sight word poetry paper, and they looked for sight words in the sensory table.

Math: The children worked with lamb cards to identify and mark ten frames. They also played a ten frame matching game.

Literacy: The children looked for lamb cards around the room to put together words correct that had ‘u’ as the middle vowel sound. Some of the children also wrote words that rhymed with the picture word.

Daily News: “What can I do about the snow outside?”

I sent home our newsletter and April calendar in your child’s binder. As I stated in the newsletter, I will be attending the NAEYC Conference in Indianapolis tomorrow with the other Kindergarten teachers. We are looking forward to learning more about how we can make sure that every child reaches their full potentail and to learn new ideas to incorporate into our classrooms! Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Families,

As some of you know, we are currently pursuing a School Improvement Grant.  We are eligible for this grant based on our Priority status which was determined using the state’s A-F Accountability measures.  This grant will span three years and give APA the resources we need to not only improve our academic performance and A-F Accountability but also to provide your student with the absolute best education possible.  We are very excited about the opportunities that will come from this grant and the new programs that we will be able to implement.  We already know that we offer a very strong academic program, and we are thrilled to be able to take it to the next level!

If you would like to provide feedback or complete a parent survey regarding this grant, please feel free to email me at jbarker@goapa.org.

Thank you for your support as APA continues to strive to provide your child the best educational opportunities available!

Jill Barker
Director of Academics

There will be produce available for families in need at the Madison County Community Health Center (1547 Ohio Ave, Anderson) from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM on the following dates:

April 8 and April 22

There is a limit of 1 bag/family

Happy Grandparent’s Day!

by shobbs on March 26, 2014

Posted in: Kindergarten

Today was a wonderful day with a fantastic morning full of special visitors! This morning, the children shared special projects they made for their Grandparents, and they worked together on a family tree. They also shared some special things that we have been learning in class, and they sang a special song! They also completed the following Centers with their Grandparents:
Literacy/Comprehension: The children worked with their parents to complete an activity page about how things were when they went to school.
Craft: They traced their handrprints, picked a vase, and made their own flower arrangement!
Math: They rolled two dice, and they added these numbers to ‘Roll A Grandpa’ or ‘Roll a Grandma.’
Literacy: They used dice to find out more about each other, and they recorded the results. These items included favorite food, book, and TV show.
Puzzle: The worked togehter on a United States puzzle on the carpet.
Thank you so much to everyone who came today!
This afternoon, we completed out Morning Meeting, and we focused on capitalizing names and titles. We also continue to work on the middle sound in words, and we read and discussed ‘Grandma and Me.’
They wrote about their Grandparents in their journals, and they completed an addition story problem in their Math Journals.
We worked on the word ‘do,’ which is our new sight word, and we read this book together.
Daily News:
“Did she do her homework?”
Have a great day!

During our morning work time, children illustrated and wrote about lambs. They also completed a subtraction problem in their Math Journals.

During our Morning Meeting, the children worked on recognzing the words that have the same middle sounds, and they helped complete a sight word poetry chart for ‘am,’ our new sight word. We read and discussed the book “Grandpa and Me.” We also worked on punctuation and chunks in words. We worked on songs for our special day.

Learning Centers:
Small group with me: The children worked on specail projects for their Grandparents.

Computers: Compass: Math

Literacy: THe children completed their own sight word poetry page, and they looked for words in the sensory table.

Litearcy: THe children worked on a special word tree for their Grandparents.

Math: They looked for pattern blocks and number patterns.

Have a great day!