Archive for the ‘Writing’ Category

>We’re Off Sledding…

January 5, 2011

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This week we have been reading winter stories relating to snow and snowmen. At the beginning of the week we read “Snowballs” by Lois Ehlert. The story is about a snow family. Next, we made snowmen, snow girls, snow dads, snow moms, etc. We discussed labeling and how this helps people understand our pictures. Therefore, we labeled our snow person. We will continue our discussion of winter by reading “When It Starts to Snow.” This book is about a child who goes around and asks various animals what they do when it snows. We will use this concept with our writing about what we do when it snows. This is where your pictures you have sent in will help! If you have not sent in your pictures, please do so when you have them. You can email them to me if you wish and I will take care of getting them printed!

Check out our fun snow people…

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>Snow Pics…

December 27, 2010

>When we return from winter break we will be reading various snow/winter stories. In conjunction with this unit in reading, we will be doing some writing of what we can do in the snow. If you have pictures of your child playing in the snow, standing in the snow, etc. please send them in. We are going to use them for a book. If you want you can email me the picture and I can take care of the printing or if you want to send it in that is fine. The pictures will not be returned because they will be in our class book and in your child’s end of year celebration book.

>I want…

December 23, 2010

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First, I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season! The children a couple of weeks ago created a predictable chart of “I want…” The children told me what the wanted for the holidays and I recorded what they said. We then read the sentence and found words we knew. I typed them up and gave them a strip of their sentence. The children cut their sentence apart and created a “puzzle.” They had to put it back together and illustrate their sentence. Here are the stories we created…
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>Our Fall Feast…

November 21, 2010

>Our Fall Feast will be this Tuesday (November 23 at 9:30 and 1:15). We are very excited about our feast and activities for the day. We are asking for children to bring in one thing of nuts, fruit, and/or vegetables. We will be having the items you bring in, a little bit of turkey, and milk to drink. To make this day a success we are in need of volunteers to help on this day. If you can volunteer please come a little early to help cut and set out food. I know the children will appreciate your help and they love to see their parents at school! We would love to help Your children have been very busy creating Pilgrim hats, Native American Headbands, Necklaces, and Turkey Plates! We have been studying the various lifestyles of Pilgrims and Native Americans. We have been comparing and contrasting thier life to our ours today. We also have been talking about what we are thankful for and writing about this. This is probably one of my favorite days in Kindergarten! I cannot wait to see the children and take lots of pictures. I will share those with you all once the feast concludes!

>Writing, Patterns, and Much More…

September 30, 2010

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This week we all become writers! We received our “Writer’s Notebooks” this week and we wrote our first story. Now for kindergarten that is drawing a picture, but it was an exciting moment in our class as we received our special books and wrote the first story. Many children talked about their pet or sports. One child had a great story about a queen and dragon. I absolutely loved this moment. The children were so proud of their worked and did a super job. We then sat in a circle and some of the children shared their stories with the class. We will be working in our Writer’s Notebooks about 2-3 times a week. We will be working on drawing a detailed picture, labeling our picture, writing words, forming a simple sentence, and then by the end of the year we will be writing 2 or more sentences about our story. Ask your child about their “Writer’s Notebooks” as I feel they are just as excited as I am. Check out a few of these pictures showing the children working!

In Math we worked on making simple patterns with pattern blocks. We made AB and ABC patterns. The children were playing figure out my pattern. They had to guess what was missing in the pattern and explain how the pattern worked. Some children were having trouble explaining. Ask your child why? or how did you know this? when working on homework or when they say something. This helps with explaination which is an important skill in education!


>Routines…Routines…Routines…

September 14, 2010

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Well we are off and running to an exciting year of kindergarten. I absolutely love this age and love how far we come with the kids. Currently, I am reminded of how important routines are for our children. We are practicing, practicing, and practicing these routines in the classroom. We are working on coming in and hanging up our backpack, getting out our folder, and going to our seat. We are working on carpet routines. We are working on table and center routines. As you can tell we are working on A LOT. I must say many of the children are doing a great job learning the routines and are doing them well. We are also working on various academics and learning the routines of Read Well (this is our literacy program). We are learning the letter A and the sound associated. Our cheer with letter A goes “A says /a/, Ant on an Apple, /a/ /a/ /a/.” The kids are enjoying learning the song. In addition, we are working on handwriting and pencil grips. Please have your child pinch the pencil with their index finger and thumb. Also, we are working on going from top-to-bottom. Later in the week we are going to work on scissor/glue skills 🙂

We are having a blast in Kindergarten!

>Center Fun…

March 30, 2010

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I thought it would be nice to give you a snap shot of what your children do when they come into the room everyday. When they enter they follow a simple routine. First, the kids get out their folders and check them for their homework and important papers. Second, they get to explore one of our classroom centers. This allows children to have some social development and exploration time at the beginning of each day for approximately 15 minutes. The centers include: Writing, Science, Computer, Reading, and Math. The children rotate through the centers each week. Some of the centers have a specific task or they are exploratory. For example, the math center this week chidlren have been exploring pegs and geo boards. The allows children to look at balance, patterns, adding, subtracting, etc. The writing center this week has allowed children to explore their own writing on various papers. We have had story paper and grid paper. A group of children in the afternoon decided to create a graph at the center with the grid paper. The morning group worked together to create a story about animals. It is so much fun to talk with the children and watch them learn during this time…

>Kidwriting…

February 22, 2010

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I love writing; however, I did not like writing as a child and writing during school was not fun. When I reflect upon why I did not like writing growing up it was because I was never allowed to write what I wanted and no one encouraged me to write creatively in school. Writing was all about grammar and writing to a specific prompt. I do believe it is important for children to learn to write to prompts, but not every time during every writing block how I was taught! I have taken my experiences of writing and used it in the positive and writing has turned into my FAVORITE thing to teach, along with math (I would say these two areas are tied)! When I think about the experiences I want for Kindergartners today, I want them to love writing, which I think they do. When I mention it is time for Writer’s Notebooks…they have smiles on their faces and some even clap. I encourage children to take their experiences and write about it (using pictures or words). I use their writing to help develop the grammar compenents and sentence structure. I move around the room and give individual instruction to each child with their writing while focusing on a specific goal. For example, the goal might be to use a capital letter at the beginning and the rest lowercase. As I move around the room I talk to the children about their writing, but we look at the capital and lowercase letters.

I have spoken about Kidwriting in the past; however, I wanted to come back and revisit this idea. The children are beginning to develop a strong sense of the alphabet (letters and sounds). This is one of the things I love about writing because it encompasses reading too! They are able to hear the sounds and then write those on paper. If you notice your child writing at home or making stories, have them bring it into school and they may share it at the beginning or end of the day! I love seeing what the kids are doing at school.

Here is Mr. Harry explaining parts of Kidwriting…