Thursday, December 6, 2018

Kindergarten Hour of Code!

What is the Hour of Code?
It is a national learning movement to encourage students to learn the basics of computer science (the "code" that makes computer work)!  


We participated in the "Hour of Code" with our fifth grade Buddy class today!  Together, students participated in playing a coding game on Kodable.com.  
Kindergarteners showed the "fuzz" how to move through a variety of mazes using directional arrows.  Some students even created their own mazes!  HOW FUN!

Click on these links to bring you to a website for coding games at home!  
https://www.kodable.com/hour-of-code
https://code.org/learn










We can CODE!
Thank you to our Buddies for showing us how!

Dressing for Winter!

Please send your child to school with...

a warm jacket
snow pants
mittens or gloves
hat
boots
dry shoes for the classroom

I know that it can be difficult to get all these supplies together! The school has resources to give families winter clothing. Please let me know if you need any winter items for your child. I also try to keep emergency gear in the room. This is supplied by donations from amazing families like you. If you have any old winter supplies that you would like to donate, (hats, gloves, snow pants, dry shoes) I would greatly appreciate your support.

Stay Warm!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Explore Time Fun!

We had a wonderful, heart-filled first day back!  Here are some beautiful snapshots taken during our Explore time this afternoon.







We love to build and draw!  We are CREATIVE and KIND!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Attention Families! Free Worksheet from Education.com!

When life gives you snow, make snowmen with this fun maze! Go to Education.com for more engaging learning resources!

Click on worksheet and print!  Have fun!

Thank you, Education.com!

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Math Learning Tips for Kindergarten Families!

Give your child plenty of opportunities to count...

  • Play number games during everyday activities, such as counting the number of steps, the number of trucks you see while driving, or counting the number of items going in the laundry.
  • Read the calendar, and determine the number of days until an upcoming event.
  • Young children can count the number of items that you bought at the store. If you buy multiples of 1 item (such as 10 cans of cat food), practice counting by 2’s, 3’s, or higher numbers
  • Have your child count the change needed to pay for an item.
  • Watch your child play to understand her mathematical knowledge. When your child counts, does she touch each object once? Is his voice in sync with his tag?
  • Have your child distribute cookies or toys to family members, with each person getting an equal number

Help your child develop reasoning skills...

  • Help your child think about the permanence of a set. Put 6 pennies in a row, and then change the arrangement. Ask “did the quantity change?”
  • Kindergartners love repetition and patterning, which fosters mathematical thinking. Clapping patterns help your child discover sequences and predict what comes next.

Some family games that use kindergarten math skills:

  • Many card games require counting and score keeping.
  • Dice games and dominos help kids learn to quickly recognize groups of dots from 2 to 12.
  • Play board games that involve counting squares, such as Chutes and Ladders.
  • Tic Tac Toe and Connect Four build recognition of rows of 3 and 4 counters.
  • Tangrams
  • Mancala

Readers Can Read With a Partner!

During Reading Workshop, Kindergarteners have been reading with partners! 

 When we read with a partner, we...
sit side-by-side
have one book in the middle
read the pictures and the words
talk about the book

Over the course of the next few weeks, readers will be working hard on asking and responding to questions ("BOOK TALK," i.e about characters, setting) and sharing WOW! pages from their books.

When we read with a partner, we learn even more about books!






Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Alice in Wonderland!

Kindergarteners watched Winooski High School students perform "Alice in Wonderland" today!  Everyone was kind, respectful, and engaged!