Friday, April 29, 2011

Symmetry, Socks and Sight Words

We worked with symmetry during math this week.  We created beautiful butterflies that had symmetrical wings.  Whatever we did to one side, we had to do to the other...  Aren't they lovely?

We took our shoes off and did some "stinky feet" math.  Working around the circle, we skipped every other foot, so our counting sounded like, "2, 4, 6, 8..."  Now we're counting everything by 2s!  Ask your kindergartner to show you.

We joined the other kindergarten classes for an energetic game of Sight Word Bingo.  First we had to fill in our Bingo boards with the words and then we had to mark the words when they were called.  Great listening and hard work led to lots of winners - BINGO!

Monday, April 25, 2011

You Did It!

Congratulations to all the readers at Glenville School!  Your goal for the Spring Build was to read 2011 books.  Not only did you meet the goal, you crushed it and read over 2500 books!  This Saturday, a team of your teachers (including Ms. Conway) will have to work an entire day at a Habitat for Humanity building site - that's a lot of hard work!  K-C brought in so many red bricks that Ms. Conway just knew that she'd be doing a whole bunch of hammering, nailing and sweating. Thanks to all of the K-C families who donated a Golden Brick, we'll be bringing a very generous check to present to Habitat on Saturday.  Way to go, K-C!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the week off!  Although the weather is not terrific today, I hope you're all outside celebrating Earth Day.  In case it rains later (or Mom and Dad are just looking for a fun activity to keep you entertained after 7 days at home) here is a fun Earth Day game to play.  Just print it out, get out some scissors and glue and enjoy!  See you on Monday!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Popcorn Words

Popcorn Words are words that "pop" up everywhere: in books, magazines, newspapers, signs, cereal boxes, TV - you name it!  Also known as sight words, these are words that we should be able to read quickly, without having to sound them out.  We have been working with the kindergarten list of 25 words that we'll need to know by the end of kindergarten.  To practice our popcorn words, we've been playing games, working in literacy stations and writing them in many different ways.  We even write them in shaving cream - what a messy way to practice!  Working with these words at home will help reinforce what we're doing in school.  Let's all get popping!

Quite A Cast Of Characters!

We've spent the last few weeks studying some favorite characters.  We've explored the feelings and actions of various characters and we've made connections between these characters and ourselves.  We worked with the following stories during Readers' Workshop, Literacy Stations and Writers' Workshop. 
Take a look...

      Mrs. Wishy-Washy

       The Meanies

        The Little Red Hen

Fancy Words for Fantastic Writers

We've been working hard during Writers' Workshop to improve our writing by using a rubric (a fancy word for "a chart with expectations.")  We use the rubric to help us remember all of the things that we need for great kindergarten writing.  The rubric also helps us know what we need to work on and what we can do to make our writing even  better than it already is.  We meet with our friends and with Ms. Conway to get feedback (a fancy word for "ideas") and suggestions for our writing.  What fantastic authors we're becoming!

Spring Has Sprung!

Finally!  We've been enjoying the beautiful weather every day - no more inside recess for us!  Please remember a light jacket or sweatshirt when getting ready in the morning because it can still be a little chilly when we go out before lunch.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Welcome to Our New Blog!

We're going to try something new - a classroom blog.  Check in every week or so to see what we've been up to in K-C.  We'll post pictures, curriculum highlights and other classroom news, so stay tuned...