Wednesday, December 5, 2018

December News

Kindergarten News
Curriculum Updates

Reading: We are working on a unit called Looking Closely at Familiar Texts. Along with reading old favorites we are reading pattern books that are at their independent reading level.  We are creating books that the have the students pictures and that were written and created by the class. These book allow for students to make personal connections to the stories.

Writing: .We have just finished writing like a scientist. Now we are  learning to write pattern books just like the books we are reading!

Math: Everyday Mathematics Unit 4
Classifying by shape and size; Graphing and analyzing data; Representing numbers on ten frames;
Exploring teen numbers; Composing and decomposing numbers with snap cubes; Exploring weight and capacity; Counting by tens; Playing “Top-It” with number cards; Using the number grid as a counting tool

Integrated Studies:  Winter and Animal Adaptations

Monday, November 5, 2018

November Newsletter

Kindergarten News


Curriculum Updates

Reading: We are working on retelling old favorite storybooks! We have been practicing retelling familiar books. We are encouraging you to read many books to your child and have them bring the books in to share and retell to the class! We remind the students to look at the pictures, remember and read!  They are encouraged to try and remember some of the exact words the characters say and to sound like the character when they’re “reading” or retelling the book.

Writing:  We have been writing great stories! We learned to plan out our pages, sound out words , write labels and even make our characters talk using speech bubbles! Next week we finish our narrative writing and will start writing like scientists! We will zoom in on details to describe science objects like acorns, pinecones, leaves, and gourds. We will “Notice”, Wonder”, and “Think about” attributes of these objects and describe them in detail.

Math: Everyday Mathematics Unit 3
  Using ten frames to show combinations of ten
  Writing and representing numbers
  Measurement- length
  Positional language (under, above, between, etc.)
  Numeral recognition and sequencing numbers
  Greater than/ less than
Students will continue playing games to deepen their understanding of numerals. In “Spin a Number” and “Number Squeeze,” they will practice recognizing and comparing numerals.

Integrated Studies:  Our Community, Thanksgiving, Pumpkins, Fall Changes


                                                                                               

Kindergarten Students Use Hands-On Math Materials


As part of our "Everyday Math" program, students practice their math skills using a variety of materials. Using these concrete items helps students develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. Students also have fun in the process!

                                                  Students use sorting mats and buttons to
                                                  practice classifying by various attributes.




                                                 Students use geo-boards and elastics to 
                                                       construct 2-dimensional shapes.
   

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Community Firefighters Visit Kindergarten

Our community firefighters came on Tuesday to talk about fire safety.  Students learned about "Stop, drop and roll", having a safety plan at home and the gear that the firemen use. We saw what they may look like and sound like in their full gear so we won't be afraid in an emergency. It was a great learning morning!


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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Apple Picking

Our apple picking field trip was a huge success! We went through a straw maze, got to pick a gourd to bring home, went on a tractor hayride and picked a 1/2 peck of apples!




We picked Braeburn , Golden Delicious, Ruby Topaz, and Northern Spy apples, the Ruby Topaz seemed to be the favorite.

We learned so much about apples and the orchard. Did you know that porcupines and deer are two major predators of apple trees? Ask your child some of the ways that the animals can harm the trees! Farmer Earl taught us how he picks the apples without bruising them. He can hold 32 pounds of apples in his apple bag.


We made applesauce with some of the apples from the orchard too! It smelled so good cooking in the classroom all day. 


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Invest in ME!

We had visitors in Kindergarten today from The Alfond Scholarship Foundation and Finance Authority of Maine.  Click the link to see a brief news story that will be featured on WGME & WMTW.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rescheduled!

Our apple picking field trip has been rescheduled for Monday, October 22nd! Please dress your child in warm clothing, the predicted temperatures are only in the 40s and we will be outside for this field trip and don't want anyone to be cold!