We read a book about everyone having an invisible bucket full of feelings. If something good happens, your bucket gets filled. If something bad happens, your bucket gets dipped in. The students talked about ways to fill each other's buckets and their own. We also discussed that it is not nice to dip into someone's bucket. We have a classroom jar to fill with "warm and fuzzies". When I see someone do something kind, they get to add a warm and fuzzy to the jar. The class voted for an Ice Cream Party upon filling the entire jar! We already started our kind acts with a couple students who gave compliments and tried to cheer up sad peers. I am very excited to watch kindness spread in 4K! :D
We've spent the last week and a half kicking off our Social Emotional Program. We've practiced a variety of calming techniques and some of the students have started using them in the classroom already! We also spent some time talking about taking Calm Down Breaks and how to use certain strategies.
-Tracing 5 fingers
-Blowing out candles
-Grounding (2 things you can touch, 2 things you see, 1 thing you hear, and 1 thing you smell)
-Using a fidget
-Reading a book
-Coloring a picture
-Doing a puzzle
-Closing your eyes
-Counting to 10
-Hugging a stuffed animal
-Creating name tags with ink on fingers
-Mr. Golden Sun song and craft
-Watercolor painting a person
-Squeezing just a dot of glue onto paper
-Putting together a name puzzle and writing our names
-Pretending to paint our bodies along with a story
-Chicka Chicka Boom Boom letter identification
-Fire Drill discussion
-Ain't Gonna Paint No More
-Too Much Glue
-Have You Filled A Bucket?
We successfully made it through the first week of school and these 4Kers took it like champs! We talked about a variety of first week feelings and emotions. The kids came up with: happy, excited, scared, nervous, tired, and shy. I am so impressed by their participation and comfortability already. We're making strong connections already and they are working on trusting one another and me. :)
We tried to get rid of some of those first day jitters by drinking "jitter juice"! I loved hearing them voice that it was delicious and some of their tummies were feeling better. I had to snicker when the second day rolled around and one of our classmates raised her hand and politely said, "I'm ready for my jitter juice now!" I wish that we would've had more!
Hello everyone and welcome to this year's first post! Do you have a 4Ker who isn't able to remember what happened throughout the week? Then this is the place for you! Check back every weekend to get updates about the learning that is happening in 4K and give you specific subjects to ask your children about. :)
We spent a lot of time these first few days talking about different rules, expectations, and routines. Of course, it will take all of us a while to settle in but the kids are doing a terrific job already!
-Question of the day
-Calendar and weather
-Coloring a cookie (practicing the pincer or "pincher" grip with crayons and pencils AND coloring in a circle)
-Creating our own Elmer elephants (using glue sticks to stick tissue paper onto Elmer AND emphasize why all of us are unique)'
-First Day Jitters
-If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
To my 2019 4K class: (Click the YouTube video below before reading)
It's unbelievable that this is my final post for the school year. Time went by so quickly after spring break but I can tell that you're ready for 5K. :) I would like to thank you for all of the kindness that you have shown one another and me. You learned how to be friends and help any chance you could. You shared the work and always confronted challenges, even if they were scary. I was always amazed at how responsible you were at school. You filled your kindness jar TWO TIMES this year and ultimately, ended your school days with a day filled with ice cream and extra recess! Thank you for helping ME grow and become a better teacher.
As you spread your wings and flew out of 4K, I wanted to leave you with our classroom rules...
WE ARE A FAMILY: and we always will be. I am here for you, just like you've been there for me, and I hope that you come to me next year to tell me about all of your wonderful successes and adventures. I'll be waiting before the bell rings!
WE RESPECT EACH OTHER: I couldn't be more proud of you for going above and beyond to show great kindness and love towards one another. Your actions will always be remembered and hopefully they follow you throughout your school experiences.
WE MAKE MISTAKES AND PERSEVERE: I know that life is hard sometimes and you'll be presented with new challenges in 5K but remember that making mistakes means you are learning and persevering means you are growing. Someone will always be there to guide you.
WE DREAM BIG: I loved hearing about the fantastic career choices you already have picked out and I hope that you continue to reach for the stars! I also loved how much you all believed in yourselves and worked so hard to accomplish something once you set your minds to it. Always keep that mindset.
WE HAVE FUN: This year was a BLAST and I know I'll find myself looking through all of our pictures this summer. :) Saying "see you later" has already brought me to tears many times, which I know made you guys giggle, but I hope you know that my heart is happy. I hope your sense of curiosity remains with you and you focus all of your good energy on incredible things in life! Enjoy your summer vacation and have fun going places, seeing friends and families, and making memories.
I will miss you ever so much and love you with all of my heart!
See You Later,
❤ Miss Barber ❤
We spent a lot of time this week cleaning up the classroom, packing up materials, and tying up any loose strings. We did complete a few summer crafts like: beach ball positional words, fish coloring, and crabby day. We practiced sound spelling some words and celebrated the students with perfect attendance for the month of May!
We also completed our last social emotional animal: The lion of balance and learned about being a leader through games such as: red light, green light, follow the leader, and brainercises.
It was our week for the Pledge so the students took turns going to the office each day. On Friday, Mrs. Wickus reported live from our classroom and the kids thought it was the coolest thing ever!
We wished Skylar a very, happy birthday as well! She's been waiting so patiently to have a turn! Thank you for bringing the yummy treat and celebrating with us! :D
Thank you, everyone, for coming to the Award Ceremony! :D As I mentioned, I know that May is busy and adding one more event can be stressful so thank you for attending and understanding why I held it. It was lovely seeing all of your smiling faces and giving you a closer look at all of the events we had in 4K and how your child has progressed. I'm so proud of all of them!
We continued to practice identifying letters and sounds, as well as appropriate letter formation.
We revisited the Elephant of Forgiveness and learned: "My mistakes help me learn and grow." We practiced this concept by playing ABC, 123 which required us to go around the circle and say the next letter or number, without repeating or skipping turns. We played a trivia game which was so fun to watch while the kids collaborated and tried to agree on only one answer. They were a little hesitant and worried about making mistakes in the beginning but they ended up smiling a lot and always persevering. :)
-Writing and coloring our end of the year posters
-Making a spider web
-Matching ducks with dots and numerals
Our classroom became parents to butterflies! They loved watching them grow and the release was even more exciting! :D
Donuts for Dads
Thank you to all of the dads and grandpas who joined us for our event! It was very special being able to celebrate Father's Day early with each of you. We loved having you and your children were ecstatic!
We concluded our exploration of letters with the letter Z this week! You should see your child's alphabet book in their backpack. We will keep practicing letters for the remaining 9 days of school.
We revisited the Owl of Intuition and focused on: I think with my heart and head. We had a paper snowball fight which taught us to be careful of others and our surroundings. We did a silence/relaxation session to help calm our brains to help us think more clearly. We finished off the week by doing an "I like" activity which helped us find commonality among our peers and show respect to others with differing opinions.
-Father's Day gifts
Mrs. Hawkins came to do an end of the year review on compound words.
This week, the caterpillars all made it into a chrysalis and successfully attached onto the lid! :D The students keep asking me when they are going to come out so I respond with, "Be patient!" (a quote from The Very Impatient Caterpillar) ;) They've been doing such a nice job being respectful of them and continue to make observations.
Spring has Sprung
The students have been bringing me flowers throughout the week. I got the BIGGEST bouquets, thus far, on Friday! :) What sweethearts!
THANK YOU all for sending in paint shirts and taking your children to Autumn Oaks to deliver pots.
The students were incredibly polite, worked hard, and couldn't wait to spread happiness! :) I feel very grateful that we were able to be part of this event and hope to do so in the future.
We worked with the letter Y this week and the students are becoming much more skilled at making slides instead of lines! :) We move onto our last letter of the week, Z.
-Father's Day Presents
-BINGO Nursery Rhyme
-Positional Word Rosie's Walk Page
-Barnyard Animal Noise Spelling
Mrs. O'Brien came to talk to our 4K classroom for the last time this year. She talked about Cooperation and helped the students brainstorm ways to work together and why it's important
-Sorting by color and then solving an addition problem (on fingers) by combining the two colors
-Rolling dice and covering up a barn or duck with that numeral
-Solving pirate subtraction problems
-Completing a subtraction book
I am so thankful that all of you were able to join us at school on Friday. It was incredibly special to have all of you in the same room and see you with your children. The kids were so excited for you to come and to spoil you with some songs, gifts, and treats. Thank you for all that you do, as mommies, and know that I appreciate your efforts. I hope that all of you have a LOVELY Mother's Day! :D
I'd also like to thank those of you who sent appreciation my way, in the form of kind words or gifts! You didn't have to do either but your actions definitely warmed my heart. I also waited to read the book that was made from the question sheet you filled out with your children. I'll have you know that I CRIED at home and was in awe by their kindness! I'm so grateful for these kids and I'm sad that the year is almost over. I'll always keep these memories with me. <3
We worked on the letter X and I can say that the students are becoming very skilled at making slides instead of lines (for letters such as X).
The students have been doing a fabulous job respecting one another during these testing periods. We are almost done with PALS and I'm 2/3 of the way done with the 4K skills checklist. PALS results should be coming to you within the next couple of weeks and the checklist will come at the end of the school year (as a report card).
I didn't take many pictures this week because I didn't want mommies taking a peek at presents. ;)
-Mommy questions and portrait
-Solving subtraction problems on fingers, with volunteers, and objects
-Drawing objects and crossing them out to solve subtraction equations
-Getting introduced to +,-, and = signs (if the child is ready for a challenge)
The students have been LOVING this metamorphosis observation! The caterpillars have been steadily growing and the kids were so lucky on Friday! They got to see the caterpillars start making their chrysalises! It was such a neat experience and I'm thinking that they'll all be in a chrysalis by the time we get back to school on Monday. STAY TUNED!
April 29th-May 3rd
Congratulations to our monthly readers and perfect attendance winners! :D We have one more month of this. I cannot believe that it's coming to an end. Keep up the great work!
April 29th-May 3rd:
We practiced the letter V this week and the kids thought that it was SO interesting that the Literacy Links hand gesture makes a V. :P
-Butterfly informational video
-Metamorphosis informational video
-The Very Hungry Caterpillar book (popping up finger quantities)
-Butterfly journal entry #1
-We have six little caterpillars growing in our classroom now! The kids are so excited to see real animals and cannot believe that they'll get to watch the whole transformation. STAY POSTED!
-Butterfly life cycle craft
-Mother's Day gifts
-Hungry caterpillar counting book
-Segmenting words and tapping out each sound before blending
-Acting out addition problems
-Using objects to keep track of addition problems
-Writing out story problems (seeing what the + and = signs look like)
-Solving addition problems up to 5
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.