Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year!

I am so excited for all of the learning and fun that is going to happen in 2018! 

Thank you for your continued support and providing me with the opportunity to teach and learn alongside your child.  I am so grateful to be a part of your child's Kindergarten learning journey.

Cheers to a year filled with kindness, learning, and laughter!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Winter Performance is THURSDAY!

Our Winter Performance is Thursday, December 14 at 6:30 PM in the Gymnasium!


-Please drop off your child in ROOM 32 (our classroom) at 6:00 PM.

-The performance will start at 6:30 PM in the Gymnasium!

-Please pick up your child in ROOM 32 immediately following the performance. 
 PLEASE DO NOT attempt to pick up your child from the Gymnasium!

Thank you!! 

All JFK students have been working hard in Music in preparation for this beautiful event!  I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

Hour of Code

The "Hour of Code" is a movement designed to introduce and encourage students to the world of computer science.  On Thursday, we participated in the "hour of code" with our fifth grade buddies from Mrs. Wright's class.  They taught us an awesome coding game from kodable.com!  Kindergarteners were engaged, as they used their reasoning and computer skills to direct the fuzzy character in reaching the end of the maze!  With every end of the maze reached, the game became harder.  Kindergarteners were more than up to the challenge!  

Click below for more fun (and free!) coding games for your kids to try at home!  https://www.kodable.com/

Here are some snapshots from the "Hour of Code" in Room 32!

Kindergarteners can code!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Power of a Morning Message!

Every morning, we start our day with a morning message.  Morning messages are an integral part of our daily morning meeting, as they combine crucial academic skills and active student participation!  Kindergarteners love coming up to the board to put their ideas to paper for all to see!  Reading and interacting with our morning message helps to set a positive tone for our day together in Room 32, as well as encourage respectful learning.

Below are several examples of our more recent morning messages:

Observed Math Skills:  oral counting, more and less, missing numbers (1-12)

Observed Math Skills:  more and less, missing numbers (1-20)
Phonics:  Letter Kk (recognition, sound)

Observed Math Skills:  oral counting, more and less, missing numbers (1-20)
Phonics:  Letter Ll (recognition, sound)

Observed Math Skills:  oral counting, more and less, missing numbers (1-20)
Phonics:  Letter Ww (recognition, sound)

More morning messages to come!
Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Readers Read with a Partner!

We Are Readers!  

During Reading Workshop, we began Partner Reading using "Learn about the World" (non-fiction) books.  Students could be seen listening, taking turns flipping the pages of the book, and sitting (or laying!) side-by-side with one book in the middle.   Kindergarten readers could be heard reading the pictures, sharing what they notice or think, as well as sharing what they learned! 

Here are some beautiful snapshots of our first Partner Reading time.

Coming soon...
*how to choose our quiet reading spot for read to self and partner reading time
*celebrating positive partner reading behaviors!
*slowing down to notice more (readers read a book from cover to cover, page by page)
*questions to ask your partner


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Building a Reader!

Reading at home with your child can make a HUGE difference!  

Here are some simple questions you can ask your early reader when reading at home.

Before Reading:

(Read the title) Look at the cover and pictures, what do you think this story will be about?
What characters might be in the book? 
What do you think will happen?

During Reading:

Who is in the book?
What is the problem in this story?
How is ____ feeling right now?  How do you know?
Where does this story take place?
What do you think is going to happen next?

After Reading:

How was the problem solved?
Did you like this book?  because...
What was your favorite part?  because...
What did you learn?
Does this story remind you of anything?

*Have your child turn the pages!
*Have your child be the "reader" and read the pictures!
*Notice and point out letters and their sounds!


Class HEART Celebration!

On Monday, we filled our class heart jar!  We celebrated with an extra recess on the big playground! It was a beautiful day and fun was had by all.  We have been working so hard on showing HEART!