This has been a crazy busy week! It was zoo themed and I think it would be safe to say it was a zoo in our room too!
I want to start off by saying:
PARENTS, I saw such drastic improvements in all of your children this year that it actually brought me to tears. Thank you so much for your support at home, working with concepts sent home in the blog, and just reading with and helping your child learn. Your parental support is key to their continued success in school. Thank you and please give all of your children a high five for me!
This past week
Monday = H Healthy snack day. Bring an extra snack to eat in your classroom today.
Tuesday = I Individual Day. Bring a book to read by yourself outside today. (if weather permits)
Wednesday = J Job Day. Do odd jobs around school today and make your teacher smile.
Thursday = K Kick up your heels and run the iRun today. (PM) Hortonville 4k will kick up their heels and run with their teachers in the AM
Monday = M Meet on the bus to go to see Charlotte’s Web (St. Edward 4K through 5th grade). Hortonville 4k will Move like crazy with extra gym/outside time
Tuesday= N No tests or homework day! No Morning Work!
Wednesday = O Orange Day. Wear orange.
Thursday = P Pick friends to sit by today in class.
***** Mrs. Bauer (pm class) would like to set up a little reception for after graduation. She is able to get cupcakes at a great deal. She would like some help getting some juice and cups, or any other “snacky” items. If you would like/can to help in any way, please contact her at BAUERSARAH@aasd.k12.wi.us
For our zoo themed week, we started with making a list of all the animals we know that live in the zoo. We had to stretch it to make it a petting zoo too because some were INSISTENT there were bunnies there!
We then did a brainstorm (close their eyes and think of ideas) of an animal at the zoo that is their favorite. They then illustrated this that will be put together with a book page.
Students got some zoo animals (Cheetah or a Toucan) and they cut out the animals on their cage lines, and then put them together like a puzzle with going in number order. Some worked with 1-10 and some worked with 11-20. We are trying to emphasize precision, attention to detail, and doing our best. Some of us had to do it a couple times because we were not doing the above mentioned, but once we were able to follow the directions better, they turned out pretty cool on our zoo walls.
Students also got to pattern with zoo animals. As seen in the assessments, students are pretty good at patterning with colored scribbles, but getting them to pattern with objects was a little trickier. Once they got a hang of it, they turned out pretty cool. Based on what the student was ready for, some did AB patterns, Some ABC, and some AAB or ABB. They are looking good in our hallway!
All through out the week, I pulled students one by one and did the assessments. PALS assessments are done, but I continue to work on the rest of their assessments (in other academic areas). Report cards and PALS results come home on the last day of school.
Students start the week off with writing the number and coloring that number of farm animals. The then practice writing it with every dismissal from the carpet. On Tuesdays, they write the number of the week and their name in shaving cream for morning work. On Thursday, students practice rainbow writing (writing the number 4 times in 5 colors) BUT EMPHASIZING WE ARE WRITING NOT COLORING THE NUMBERS IN. They also get to choose an illustration and color that image.
This week we worked on numbers 7, 8
On Tuesday, students put the correct number of stickers on their number(s) for the week and color that correct number of pictures. On Thursday they find that number in magazines and in advertisements and cut 3 out and glue them onto the corresponding number(s).
A big part of kindergarten readiness is making sure the student can correctly and efficiently use their tools. It is also that their letters are written (and identified) correctly so they can begin the reading and writing process. PLEASE help your child hold pencils and scissors correctly, name the letters and numbers, and correctly write the letters and numbers.
|pencils need to be held in a "tri-pod/pincher grip.|
Pointer and thumb should pinch the pencil and the
pencil should rest in the middle finger on the top
kuckle. The thumb and the pointer should make
a round/circular shape
|Scissors need to be held thumb up, cut|
away from the body, and pushing foward
as the fingers and thumb open and close.
Writing the numbers is equally as important as it is essential in communicating their math answers. Please help your child name and write the numbers they best they can (ideally: count objects to 10, write up to 10, identify up to 12, count orally to 20, ). Please note how the numbers look in the image. This is how we write our numbers including the 2, 4, and 9 (not as they show up when typing).
Please note that the year is very busy (4 weeks left). There are many events, forms, permission slips, and more that need to returned to school. Please refer back to this blog weekly and check your child's folder (both classroom and school issued) every night to ensure you see everything.
Theme: Zoo & Trips
Number of the week: 9, 10
Snack: Hoff Family