We were lucky enough to be visited by one of the 2nd grade teachers and her helper! They brought baby chicks along, which had been hatched in their classroom! The 4Kers were so good about being quiet and gentle with the chicks and I could tell that they LOVED getting to hold one.
We also had a blast during the Spring Party! We did sound munching, went on an egg hunt, had a treat, read How to Catch the Easter Bunny, and played some center games. It was loud and just what the kids needed to end the school week! :)
I hope that you are all enjoying break and that your holiday weekend was special!
We practiced the letter W and are getting stronger at making slides instead of straight lines!
-Reading Number Tales books
-Writing number 3: "Backward C, backward C. That is how I write a three!"
-Writing number 4: "Down the side, to the right some more. Top to bottom, I've written a 4!"
-Writing numbers 1-4 that make up the number 5
We worked on the letter N and discussed its similarities to the letter M. The students giggled quite frequently because I kept reminding them that its my favorite letter so hopefully that helps them remember it! :P
We revisited the Hummingbird of Love and learned: I am thankful. It was really sweet to hear and see the students engage in these activities. We made "I am thankful for you" cards and the children picked whoever they wanted. Students took turns standing in front of the class and saying something that they have that makes them feel thankful and inquiring who else felt the same. Finally, everyone came up to say who or what they are most thankful for. :')
-Tops and Bottoms carrot tallying craft
-Parts of a Plant
-Spring beginning sounds
-Jack and the beanstalk measuring
-Mrs. O'Brien taught us about staying safe around strangers and to use the "Stop, No, Go Tell" strategy.
-We worked on beginning and ending sounds and blending everything together to make a word with Mrs. Hawkins.
-We also had two middle school students come to school to tell the kids a couple stories about gardens!
-Flipping number cards, building towers, and comparing who has more, less, or exactly the same
-Putting counters in two different areas to compare quantities and put the numbers together
-Writing the numbers 0-2 with new songs. 0: Curve from the top, be a hero. Close the loop and make a zero! 1: Top to bottom, then I'm done. I just wrote the number one. 2: Half a moon, there's more to do. Slide to the right, I wrote a two!
-Reading questions with picture clues in them
We practiced the letter M and talked about the difference between an M having lines and slides and a W only having slides.
We revisited the Elephant of Forgiveness and learned: "The truth is bright and feels light. Truth leads me where I want to go." We practiced this trait by playing Would You Rather, Who Stole the Cookies, and Go Fish.
-Mary Had a Little Lamb
-Itsy, Bitsy Spider
The students dove deeper into beginning sounds, specifically foods that begin with each letter of the alphabet.
-Counting the "say 10 way"
-Matching two objects to make a set
-Noticing which object in a set has more or less
-Discovering that perfect matches have exactly enough objects to match
We celebrated the happiest of belated half-birthdays to Lincoln and an early full birthday for Sebastian! Thank you, boys, for bringing in delicious treats and partying with us this week! :D
Congratulations to all of the Perfect Attendance March Achievers and March Readers! Your hard work doesn't go unnoticed!
I think the kids enjoyed Opening Day! We made Brewer's pennants to wave around, watched a Goofy baseball video, talked about how to play baseball and set up the room. We split the class into two teams, listened to the National Anthem, and played ball! The students were such good sports and helped each other out whenever needed. We ate hot dogs, chips, and Jell-O and enjoyed punch and small talk. After eating, we read Pete the Cat: Play Ball and The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog to rest our bellies. We swapped roles and played a second round of baseball before playing some Free Choice games. I could tell that they were pretty tired when I took them out for recess and they were doing more sitting than running. :P Thank you everyone who donated supplies and helped your child dress for the occasion! :D
We worked on the letter A this week and spent a lot of time talking about which letters start at the top and which letters start at the middle. The students spent some extra time on their letter formation skills.
We revisited the Fox of Joy and learned: I am adaptable. I can move and dance. We rolled some dancing cubes and chose some movement cards to get our bodies moving, voices talking, and laughs echoing throughout the room. We also danced to some new GoNoodle videos. The kids really needed some happiness and energy-releasing activities this week!
Projects (Mo Willems Author Study Week)
-Draw a monster (Leonardo the Terrible Monster)
-Make a self-portrait with cityscape (Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too)
-There's a Bird on Your Head SmartTV retelling
-Elephant Gerald or Piggie craft
-Counting the say 10 way (11 is 10, 1) (12 is 10, 2)
-Comparing pairs and seeing if there are exactly enough items or not enough items
-Talking about the difference between less (quantity you cannot count like water) and fewer (quantity you can count like fingers or toys)
We wished the very happiest of birthdays to Teagan! Thank you for bringing delicious cupcakes and celebrating with our classroom! :D
We practiced the letter K and the students were doing great deciphering whether or not specific words began with a K or a C. They've started inquiring more about the appropriate formation of the uppercase and lowercase letter.
We revisited the Lion of Balance and discussed "I make my feelings and can change them with my thoughts." We practiced reading, coloring, and doing mindfulness videos. It was unbelievable how quiet they were for 20 minutes at a time!
-Umbrella writing activity
-Old Mother Hubbard sound spelling
-Blowing different materials
-Dancing with scarves and reading repetitive text
-Mrs. O'Brien talked to the students about Honesty this week.
-Mrs. Hawkins helped the students work on beginning sounds.
-Counting in a circle
-Remembering which object was counted first and last
-Turning bears in different directions and changing who is first and last
-Rolling two dice and counting the total amount of counters together.
Erik the leprechaun paid a visit to our classroom and my, did he make a mess! He left us notes, destroyed our classroom, walked all over the tables, hid gold coins, and peed in our toilet! So what did we do? We put on Irish music, worked together, and cleaned up the room! :D They enjoyed it so much but were determined to make traps at home so he wouldn't come back. We read a story and came up with potential traps to prevent Erik from returning. However, he snuck back into the classroom while we were having snack! He left some chocolate pots of gold so at least his tricks were tasty this time around. Happy St. Patrick's Day! :)
We worked on the letter R this week and focused on rainbows.
-Pot of gold syllables
-What do you see book
-Letter R craft
-Rainbow chain with gold
-Discovering if objects fit better into small or large bags
-Comparing containers and the quantities that they can hold
-Exploring tall/thin and short/wide containers
-Rotating between length, height, weight, and volume centers
We were lucky enough to wish the happiest of birthdays to Daniel and Lizzie this week! Thank you for celebrating with us and bringing in delicious treats!
I know it's early but I'll be leaving for Vegas tomorrow so I wanted to make sure you guys got to see a bit of what our classroom learned about this week (or at least read about it). I apologize for only having two days worth of pictures! I'll be back next Tuesday! :D
We focused on the letter B this week and talked a lot about the difference between b, d, and p. We were picturing the b as needing a bat first (big line down) and then the ball (little curve).
-Stone soup recipe and counting activity
-Coloring pictures of healthy food items
-Making a grocery list, with nutritional food, and writing letters
-Sorting fruits and vegetables
-Comparing the weight of objects to one another
-Noticing that size doesn't always determine something's weight
February 25th-March 1st:
The students came back to school to see what happened to the plaque experiment. They were pretty disgusted to see how "puffy and bubbly" the cup with sugar got and wanted to brush their teeth. MOST of them were disturbed by the smell (yeast) more though. :P
Dr. Seuss Dress-up Days
The students had a BLAST coming to school in different attire and being extra silly! :D They were such good sports and although it was a little more chaotic than usual, it was nice to have an entertaining, 5 day week (since we haven't been at school much lately)! We also had a guest reader, Mrs. Rehman, come in to share The Lorax with the class.
We FINALLY made it to the computer lab! It's been hard for us to get all of the permissions squared away and figure out how to get everything set up in time. We will try our best to get to the lab on Wednesdays because the students did a wonderful job and they truly were excited to be there. :)
Readers and Perfect Attendance
Thank you to everyone who read a lot this month AND to those who fought off all of the bugs that have been going around! I need YOUR immune system!
Here's to wishing the happiest of half-birthdays to Hudson and August! We loved celebrating with you!
February 25th-March 1st:
We practiced the letter P and did our usual activities with it. We started doing Literacy Links more frequently, since testing concluded, and I'm very proud of the students! With each passing day, more and more of them are participating! :D
We spent most of the week doing projects that related to Dr. Seuss books! These included:
-1 Fish, 2 Fish Painting
-Green Eggs and Ham Plate
-Wacky Wednesday BINGO
-Wocket in Pocket
-Mrs. O'Brien taught the students about Perseverance.
-Mrs. Hawkins taught the students about rhyming.
-We practiced comparing heights and lengths of objects to cubes and with peers.
-We started talking about weight and how to tell if something is heavy or light.
4K was lucky enough to receive a visit from Swanson & Associates to delve deeper into dental hygiene and apply what they have been learning in the classroom. They got to become familiar with what happens during a dental visit, touch/see the tools that are used, learn about the amount of sugar in certain foods/drinks, hear important dental care practices, and test out materials. The kiddos did great and have really been paying attention to these elements now (especially during snack time). I've made sure to tell them that "sometimes" snacks are STILL OKAY! ;) If you haven't had a chance yet, please check the goodie bag that your child got from the dental office! They provided each student with some wonderful resources and materials! :D
-Here's to wishing the happiest of half-birthdays to Annisten! Thank you for bringing in such wonderful items for your Star Week and helping us celebrate with you! :D
-The students insisted that we celebrate my half-birthday as well so they had to help me blow out all of the candles on the cake! :P What sweethearts! Thank you to the students who drew me pictures and gave me a gift!
You should be hearing from the nurse, soon, if your child did not pass the vision screening. If you don't hear anything this week, assume that your child passed!
We worked on our last digraph for the year, ch. The students are starting to distinguish between all three (sh, th, and ch) diagraphs now!
-Good/bad for my teeth coloring sheet
-Smartboard sort of healthy/unhealthy things for your teeth
-Brushing up sort
-Plaque experiment (pictures to come)
-Painting to prepare for Dr. Seuss week
-Discussion about height (tall and short)
-Discussion about length (long and short)
-Brainstorming ideas of items that are short and long/tall
-Sorting objects into groups based on their heights or lengths
-Finding objects in the classroom that are shorter and taller than a cube tower
-Defining the main point of a story
-Describing the beginning, middle, and end of a story
Because 4K does it best, we embraced all of the energy that the students had and threw another party at them! :P Let me tell you... it got loud and messy but it was a whole lot of fun! We:
-passed out Valentines throughout the morning
-showed off our boxes
-read Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool
-rotated through centers (cookie decorating, Bee Mine craft, candy hearts, and sensory sorting
-had a fire drill
-danced to Valentine's Day songs
-did our Sound Monster for letter D
-read Arthur's Valentine
-watched Mr. Monkey, Monkey Mechanic
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who donated supplies, volunteered in the classroom, and made Valentines/boxes at home with their children. You really made their day exceptional and I hope each and every one of you had a lovely holiday!
We had a 100th Day of School celebration, even though the day was a little off (thank WI weather for that one). :P The kids were so excited to have finally completed the chain and do some activities throughout the day. We:
-showed off our collections of 100 or talked about what we would like to count
-sang and danced to some 100th day songs
-signed a 100 Days Smarter worksheet
-worked as a team to build with an assortment of 100 items
-read Miss Bindergarten's 100th Day of Kindergarten
-finished up some Valentine's Day crafts
Here's to the last 71 days of school!
Schauer Arts Center
Thank you so much for allowing your children to come to the show! I also appreciate the chaperones who were in attendance and made this trip possible. Dr. Wow taught them a lot of scientific concepts in a pretty interesting manner. I saw a lot of smiling faces during the trip. :)
Happy half-birthday to Evelyn and Norah! :D Thank you, girls, for letting us celebrate with you and bringing in delicious cupcakes!
So, Allenton finally figured out why 4K keeps having sewage issues. They'll have to tear apart sections of the parking lot and resolve the issue underground. The good news: 4K has been really understanding (even when we had to evacuate) and the problem will get fixed. The bad news: we cannot use our bathroom or any running water until (hopefully) we come back on February 19th.
We practiced putting t and h together to make the /th/ sound. It's still quite tricky so future practice is needed!
-The Day it Rained Hearts (math, addition lesson)
-Star Light, Star Bright nursery rhyme
-Ten Black Dots (turning the dots into an object)
-Numbers inside of 10
-Dispersing up to 10 objects into two groups (counting the individual groups and then adding them together)
-Graphing numbers 1-10
-Counting in a circle (most students still need a lot of practice in this area)\
-We used Rekenreks this week to help us read counting books. We kept track of what number we were on and practiced pulling different quantities from the "resting" section to the "working" sections with these books: One Big Building, Fish Eyes, and Mouse Count.
January 28th-February 1st:
Congratulations to our perfect attendance winners! This sure was a rough month but we had a few survivors! :P
Thank you to all of the families that have been reading so much at home! You're really helping their minds grow!
January 28th-February 1st:
My oh my what a strange week we had! In the two days of school we had, we tried to accomplish a lot!
We practiced putting s and h together to make sh.
We've been trying to finish up our second Bear of Power: I am gentle, powerful, and free but we keep getting interrupted. :P We did do some animal dances and play pick up sticks, which required them to be the most gentle I've ever seen!
-Groundhog Shadow Matching
-Groundhog Heart Craft
-Writing letters that we've learned thus far
The students sorted words into buckets depending on what each word's beginning sound was.
-Beginning, middle, and end
Wishing the happiest of half-birthdays to Parker! Thank you for celebrating with us and bringing delicious treats! :D
We practiced the letter J, during this very, VERY short week. We'll probably need a little more time with that letter!! :P
-Dinosaur nest counting
-Leaf and meat eater dinosaur sort
-How many of our feet fit into ONE T-Rex footprint
-Counting up to 9
-Finding the little numbers inside of 9
-Tracing numbers and matching them with a certain number of objects