Weekly Learning

Happy September!

I hope everyone is having a nice, relaxing weekend!

Here is a look into our upcoming week of learning:

Morning Activities:

-I Can Book

-Journal: I like _____. (using environmental print pictures)

-Letter Popsicle Stick Puzzles (Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll)

-Dabbing Capital/Lowercase (Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll)

Morning Routines:

-Brain Gym

-I love you ritual: Georgie, Porgie

-Well Wisher/Safe Keeper Box

-Review our general rules:

We will use watching eyes, listening ears, kind words, gentle touches, and walking feet

-Make Commitments

-Practice breathing strategies

-New Sight Words: am, like

We will review I and can from last week and start writing the words in elkonin boxes

Morning Message:

-Letter Monster

-Chit-Chat Messages using letters Ii, Jj, Kk, Ll

Read Alouds:

Frog Food:

I Like Me

Pete the Cat

I Like Myself

-We will also review the 3 Ways to Read a Book and practice:

Poems:

I Like School

I am

*We locate capital letters, punctuation, rhyming words, sight words, and match sight words/letters.

Centers:

We will practice all of the centers we learned last week and introduce: Art: Pete the Cat craft, Science/Sensory: Hidden Name Art/Finding letters in the sand, Technology: Symbaloo, starfall, ipads etc., and Writing: Kindergarten Friends Class Book

Interactive Writing:

-Writing with environmental print that was brought in.

-I am _______. using kiddos pictures.

*We also focus on fundamentals such as starting sentences with a capital letter, finger spacing between words, puntuation, etc..

Feeling Buddies:

Last week, our class met the feeling buddies Sad and Happy. This week, they will meet Calm, Disappointed, Anxious and Frustrated. These lessons focus on what our faces look like when we might be feeling certain ways. We also build a connection by sharing a time when we might have felt that emotion. Lastly, we discuss ways to help us calm, such as using breathing strategies and other things like sensory bottles.

Math:

Number Corner:

-Calendar, months of the year, days of the week, counting forward/backwards and by tens, 1 more/1 less, days in school

Number Talks:

Ten Frame

Rekenreks

Dot Cards

Five Frame Cards

*We will continue to practice hand signals and use number talk vocabulary

Math Fun:

-Read Ten Apples Up On Top and complete a craft with apples on our head (after rolling a die)

-Read The Shape of Things and create a picture using pattern blocks. Then, we will transfer our creation onto paper using di-cut shapes.

-Create a class book called: A Shape is Just a Shape

-Continue exploring Manipulatives

Writer’s Workshop/Social Studies:

-Make a feeling face and write I am ______ (feeling emotion: happy, sad, angry or scared).

-How I Put Myself Together Class Book (what breathing/calming strategy will you use?)

-Share Student of the Week and Class Mascot

Penmanship:

Introducing Ii, Jj, Kk, and Ll and the appropriate strokes to create the letters. We will also continue to work on proper grip using a pencil.

Fun Friday:

Make Cloud Dough

We are going to have an OUTSTANDING week!

A Glimpse into the Kinderpillar Room :)

Letters in my name/not in my name

 

We began interactive writing this week! We wrote about things we can do.

We also spent time practicing writing what we could do on whiteboards.

One of our pocket chart centers

During shared reading, we locate many things in our books such as sight words, capital letters, rhyming words etc… The kiddos love using wikki stix!

The kiddos have learned about subitizing (instantly recognizing a quantity 1-10) this week.

They spent some time exploring rekenreks in math.

How will we get home graph. After we created our graph, we discussed observations that we noticed and charted them.

Every morning, we chant our 5 classroom commitments and then pick one that we will work really hard on committing to that day. This is one of our kiddos using Mr. Pointer to help the kiddos recite them.

Movement Break

We played a fun name game where the kiddos had to match the 5 pictures in their bag to the name of the student. Then, they wrote their friends names that they matched up. It was fun and challenging!

Alphabet Match

Sweet Friends

Our Class Name Graph to chart how many letters were in our names

I can journal writing to connect our I Can Move Book and interactive writing this week.

Taking attendance! We count around the circle every morning to make sure everyone is here. Another student double checks and then we create the number using ten frames and chart how many kiddos are here and not here.

Poetry Center

Mimio Center Name/Picture Match

ABC Activities

Reading our individual I Can Move books and highlighting the different sight words by color

Number of the Day

After learning about the listening center, we completed a response to the story. The kiddos did very well!!!

More Mimio

name building

FUN FRIDAY! The kiddos decided that they wanted to do shaving cream for EVERY Fun Friday from here on out! Haha.

Our Class Mascot Winner for the week

Our Student of the Week

Kinderpillar Fun :)

We had a sweet birthday boy this week!

Lunch Bunch with the teacher

The kiddos loved using pattern blocks to create pictures!

She got to bring a stuffed animal to school 🙂

We read and sand Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. Then, acted it out with monkey stuffed animals!

Making their daily commitments

SLIME!!!!

Our Class Mascot winner!

Plans for the Upcoming Week

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend!

We had a WONDERFUL first full week of school! I have truly enjoyed getting to know each littlle kiddo so far. They are all so precious and different. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

My favorite thing about each day is how we come together and connect with a good morning song and unite with a partner for our I Love You Ritual Routines. They have Twinkle, Twinkle down really well. This week I will introduce Peter, Peter.

The kiddos worked really hard learning and practicing all of the rules and procedures. We will continue to practice this upcoming week as well. We have 5 commitments in our classroom that we recite each morning: We will use watching eyes, listening ears, kind words, gentle touches and walking feet. On Friday, each kiddo picked one to commit to using their commitment stick. Starting Monday, we will be making our commitments daily using our commitment sticks.

The kiddos LOVE wishing one another well when someone is not at school or sick as well.

All of these strategies come from Conscious Discipline. It is such a great tool to use in your classroom and at home. It provides a more positive appraoch to discipline and allows kids to learn how to self regulate their emotions when they are not happy.

Here is a look into our upcoming week of learning:

Morning Activities:

-Sign in sheets on anchor charts

-Letters in my name/not in my name

-I am _______ book

-Journal Writing I can _______. (using a picture)

-Tracing the sight word can

-Matching Capital/Lowercase Letters

Morning Routines:

-Brain Gym

-I love you ritual: Peter, Peter

-Well Wisher/Safe Keeper Box

-Review our general rules:

We will use watching eyes, listening ears, kind words, gentle touches, and walking feet

-Make Commitments

-Practice breathing strategies

-New Sight Words: I, Can

Read Alouds:

The Way I Feel

Activity: When someone is bugging me I can….

Ruthie and the Not so Teeny Tiny Lie

Honesty lesson

Dan the Flying Man (locating sight words I, can, -an word family, rhyming words, capital letters/punctuation)

Where Things Grow

The Very Hungry Caterpillar (listening center)

I Can Move (sight word book)

Ten Black Dots

-We will also discuss the 3 Ways to Read a Book and practice:

-Centers:

We Will begin introducing our literacy centers this week. We will go over them each in detail and practice. The centers the kiddos will learn this week include pocket chart, ABC/Word Work, Poetry/MIMIO, and Library/Listening.

-Independent Activities:

-Name Match

-Cut up Name w/illustration

-Poem: Every Body Has a Name

-Name to Picture Match

-Name Building

-Interactive Writing:

We will practice writing I can ______. together referencing our I Can Move sight word reader.

-Feeling Buddies

We will be teaching about happy/sad and scared/angry this week. We will focus on what our faces look like when we feel certain ways. We will also practice how to calm if we ever feel sad, scared or angry. Some songs we will sing include: It’s Buddy Time, Look at my Face, and Bye Bye Buddy.

Math

Number Corner

-Calendar, months of the year, days of the week, counting forward/backwards and by tens, 1 more/1 less, days in school

Number Talks:

We will begin practicing our hand signals that we use during number talks.

I will also introduce number talk vocabulary posters.

Some activities include: subitizing (seeing and knowing the number right away) within 5 using ten frames, rekenreks and dot cards.

-Math Fun

-Different ways to make a numer

-Continuing to explore math manipulatives

-How We Get Home Class Graph

-Our Class Name Graph

-Let’s Show 1 to 4 in different ways

-Making a creation using black dots (referencing the book Ten Black Dots)

-Number Match

Writer’s Workshop:

-Journals and Dry Erase Boards: Writing I can _______.

Social Studies/Science (we rotate weekly):

-Class Mascot Sharing Journal

-Share Family Pictures

-Share Environmental Print

Fun Friday:

Shaving Cream on tables!!!!!!

 

We are going to have an AWESOME week!

A Fun Start…

We have had so much fun learning the rules and playing learning games! This group of kiddos is so, very sweet. Thank you for sharing them with me during the day.

We played a fun shape game that went to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know it.” For example, we might have said, “If you’re holding a hexagon stand up.”

We went on a FANTASTIC shape hunt around our room! The kiddos went in small groups and had to find as many shapes as they could of the shape that was on their magnifying glass. A simple, yet fun, get your energy out, activity.

Matching our alphabet letters.

We have had one birthday so far in our class! When it’s your child’s birthday, they get to take home the class birthday book! We had so much fun celebrating this sweetheart!

Exploring Geoblocks

Color Puzzles

Shape Puzzles

 

Circle the Letter as Quick as You Can Game

Every morning, after the kiddos unpack, they go to our wish well board and move the heart with their name into the safe keepers box. If anyone is not at school on a particular day, their name will stay up, so we know to wish them well throughout their day while they are not with us. This helps our students learn about having empathy and love for one another.

We talk a lot about ways to help calm (self regulate) our bodies when we get upset or even mad. This pictures shows us rolling a breathing strategy cube to practice ways to calm down. The kiddos pictured are practicing the balloon here.

Tracing our alphabet/numbers and practicing using expo markers appropriately.

Alphabet practice using dabbers

Reading Time. Even if kiddos don’t know how to actually read yet, there are 3 ways to read a story: read the words, read the pictures, retell the story

We read a the book called, Gingerbread Man Loose in the School and to our surprise… a gingerbread man ACTUALLY left clues all around the school for us! He helped us learn about the different places we would go such as the nurse, library, gym, cafeteria, office, music, computer room etc… When we thought we almost caught him, he led us straight back to our classroom where he left gingerbread men cookies for us to eat! It was a SWEET surprise! The kiddos had a blast, to say the least.

Acting out how to solve problems with one another should that arise. This is our time machine. Both kids have to be willing to work it out or we wait until they are both calm to do that. These kiddos were just showing us how to do it.

Sometimes, we have to stop and do some yoga to get our brains ready to learn. We have learned the Star, the plank and the chair movements so far.

Whiteboard Time

My kindness recorder colors in hearts every time we spy someone doing something nice for another person.

We learned all about how to be a bucket filler with the book, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? When I spy students being sweet and filling buckets, they get to fill up their own buckets in our classroom. Once full, they get to pick a reward coupon such as bring a stuffed animal to class, wear a hat, no shoes etc..

The kiddos had fun mixing up or magnetic numbers and putting them back in order as fast as they could. They all got a kick out of me when I would forget my number order (on purpose…some are on to my tricks though)!

Exploring math manipulatives

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Capital/Lowercase Letter sort using the MIMIO

Sorting friends names by first letter.

I Love You Rituals in the morning