"We're on a Learning Safari"
I'm so excited to have your children join me, along with our class mascot, Pete the Cat, on the ever changing adventure of Kindergarten!
Welcome aboard and thank you for visiting our Class Page. It is here that you'll read all about the latest happenings in our classroom. Each week you'll find updates, not only about classroom events, but information about our weekly curriculum and goals for learning. If you haven't already done so, please consider joining my Remind group, which will be used to inform families that our Class Page has been updated. I'll also be using Remind to inform families of any 'last minute' happenings or changes to events. To join my Remind group, simply text @62bh2e to 81010.
The only required school supply your child will need is a backpack large enough to hold a 9 x 12 folder. ALL other school supplies will be provided at school. While I suggest you have extra pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue available for use at home, please do not send your child to school with any supplies.
Updated for the Week of: March 30th
Dearest Kindergarten Families,
Please refer to our Google Classroom for this week's Remote Learning plans. I am also including the link here:
(Please note, you will still need to access Pearson, for Math, through Google Classroom.)
I will be scheduling Google Hangouts with each of my families this week, and will post my Morning Meeting message on the Google Classroom stream.
Much love and health to all of you!
XO Ms. Langer
A Message from Mr. Burgos: Elms Morning Message, 3/31/20
Welcome to Kindergarten, Elms Families!
I kindly request you do not send in supplies for your child's individual use at school, however, having extra pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue sticks at home will be helpful for use with Homework. If you are unable to provide these types of supplies for your child at home for any reason, please just reach out to me. I will gladly make sure your child has what they may need for their Homework experience.
Every student will be supplied a red Elms folder supplied by our PTN. I ask that this folder be returned to school daily and be used for communication between school and home. *Our red folders have seen better days at this point...I will be providing students with another red folder in the next week or so, once I've had a chance to laminate them all...unfortunately, they won't be 'Elms' folders.
Homework will be given once a week on Tuesdays. It is intended to be a reinforcement of classroom learning. However, don't be surprised if your child comes home and tells you that their homework is to "go outside and play!" as I'm a firm believer that 5 year olds (and ALL OF US) need to remember what it means to play and enjoy life! In addition to assigned Homework, reading with your child 15-20 minutes each and every night is highly recommended! "Book Bags" (as I discussed at Back-to-School Night) will come home with your child at a later date.
Has your Kindergartner come home talking about our adventures with Pete the Cat? If not, ask them!
Pete, a story character created by the talented collaboration of Illustrator James Dean and Author/Singer/Songwriter Eric Litwin, is a cool cat with the right attitude and he's taken up residence in our Kindergarten classroom! He's got lots of great stories to tell and acts a daily reminder to us that whatever the day brings, "It's all good!"
Please make note of some upcoming dates:
"Virtual Spirit Week"
Monday, March 23rd-Friday, March 27th
You can refer to the link below:
I am a strong advocate of interactive and play-based learning! While the expectations of Kindergartners has increased, developmentally, these little boys and girls are just that: little 5 year old boys and girls. It is just as important, if not more so, that my kiddos learn the importance of making friends, taking turns, being fearless, exploring their world, and spreading kindness!
Our Literacy learning is cross-curricular and I use a Balanced Literacy approach to teaching. Essentially, that means that students are exposed to skills and concepts needed to read ALL DAY LONG. This is accomplished not only through direct instruction, but through shared reading, read alouds, and interactive reading and writing.
THIS WEEK IN LITERACY:
Letters: all letters, both lowercase and uppercase have been introduced in class...the students brought home their Fundations workbook before we left school on Friday, March 13th...I will be sending out a PDF for your future use with regard to 'handwriting' using the Fundations model.
Kindergarten List Words: have, had, has
Phonemic Skill: tapping out CVC words (consonant/vowel/consonant...such as c-a-t); word families
Letters learned to date: t, b, f, n, m, i, u, c, o, a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j, l, h, k,v, w, x, y, q (qu),z
Kindergarten List Words introduced to date: yes, no, stop, go, I, can, to, the, a, we, look, see, like, my, at, play, is, it, am, be, you, and, me, your, our, he, she, this, or, that, do, here, on, an, are, so, us, up, down, in, out, said, did, for, him, her, his, will, come, get, have, had, has
Please keep the Kindergarten List Word cards sent home with you at Back-to-School Night for your use at home. I will send home a list of all the words indicating the order in which the words will be introduced for your reference.
We're getting ready to begin our next unit, "Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles"! In this unit, we'll be putting our learned super powers to good use and really build up our reading muscles and stamina!
*During this Remote-Learning time, please use the RAZ Kids website to read, READ, READ! It will continue to be the best thing you can do with (and even, for) your child! I will be sending/posting a PDF to help support you with this at home.
We're getting ready to start our newest unit, "Writing for Readers" writing. We're going to continue to use our best Kindergarten spelling and will be working hard on proper sentence formation, including punctuation.
*I'll be posting a PDF of a personal 'word wall' for your child to use to support their writing at home. Though the District RLP is asking the children to write a "How To", we were still learning to write narratives...I will include some further clarification on Google Classroom, as well as in email. It is perfectly acceptable, and even encouraged, to simply afford your child the opportunity to 'write' every day...plain paper is FINE!!! They know what to do!
Here's that link:
Like Literacy, Math skills and thinking is encouraged across the curriculum. I love to incorporate stories, songs, art projects, and hands-on activities when teaching, and Math time is no exception. In fact, Pete the Cat will be making an appearance here, too!
THIS WEEK IN MATH:
As I hope you've discovered, I sent home the remaining lessons for Topic 8 on Friday, March 13th. Please do what you can with regard to those remaining lessons. I will be creating online lessons through Pearson and sending out the login information needed as we move forward.
*Kindergarten curricular standards expect that they'll be able to successfully add through sums of 10, with the aid of manipulatives. Worksheets are a great tool, but not necessary for success. Use what you have (cereal pieces, blocks, cars, etc.) and 'talk' about putting two groups together! Here's a perfect example of how we did just that while we were still together during Read Across America Week!
At the onset of each new Topic, I will be sending home an introduction for the Topic, as well as suggested 'homework' resources for your use at home. The workbook 'homework' is recommended, but optional and will not be collected or expected to be returned to school. At the close of each Topic, I will send home a review of the material covered. At times, it will be partially completed in class. When this occurs, typically we'll have done it together.
Use what you have around your home to create the concept of number sense for your child!
The following 'chants' are used by me when we're writing our numerals in class:
1: "A straight line down, and then we're done; that's the way we make a 1."
2: "A candy cane, then a shoe; that's the way we make a 2."
3: "Around the tree, then around the tree; that's the way we make a 3."
4: "Down, across, and down some more; that's the way we make a 4."
5: "Short neck, belly fat; the number 5 wears a hat."
0: "Start up top and around we go; that's the way we make 0."
6: "Down and around to pick up sticks; that's the way we make a 6."
7: "Across the sky, then down -a line; we can make a 7 just fine."
8: "Make an S, then do not wait; twist back up to make an 8."
9: "First a circle, then a line; we know how to make a 9."
I often take a thematic approach to teaching across the curriculum. Most of our Science and Social Studies learning is done through our every day interactions, from our Morning Meeting where we build our classroom community, to stories strategically chosen.
RIGHT NOW IN SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES:
The following are what we'd be learning about in class...and although I'll be providing resources with regard to these topics, some of my friends have expressed interest in other areas, as well. Sooooo, I'm going to post a little bit of everything!
Science: "Forces and Motion"
Social Studies: "Need and Wants"
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