Friday, September 14, 2018

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Kindergarten News

Curriculum Update
Literacy: For the first six weeks of school we are using Kindergarten Jump Start
curriculum. Each day students are exposed to high quality literature. They will
focus on one letter of the alphabet at a time and learn the sound and how to write
words using that letter.  They are introduced to concepts about print and practice
the skills of being a reading, writer, and illustrator.

Math: This month in math we are practicing daily mathematics routines. We are
learning how to count and keep track of the days of school. We are practicing the
days of the week and months of the year. We have begun to keep track of the date
on our classroom calendar. We are also collecting, recording, graphing and analyzing
weather observations on our daily weather graph. These routines will continue
throughout the school year as part of our “Everyday Math” program. Over the
course of the year, children will engage in many hands-on activities related to
a range of math topics, including counting, numeration, operations, geometry,
and measurement.

Centers: Fine motor centers with a focus on ABCs and shapes using clay, scissors,
and math manipulatives.

Integrated Studies: Classroom Community, Weather


Important Dates

Sept 20- PTO meeting @5:30 in the Media Center
Sept 26- Early Release Wednesday

Oct 5- Field Trip to Merrill Auditorium


Keep In Touch!

Mrs. Kalloch: kalloj@portlandschools.org

Ms. Nealey: nealej@portlandschools.org

Mrs. Burke:
burken@portlandschools.org

Mrs. Gallagher
gallac@portlandschools.org

Garden Harvest

Kindergarten helped to harvest potatoes and leeks for the upcoming Maine Harvest Lunch Week. We learned that potatoes are a major crop in Maine and that they grow below the soil, they are called tubers and have a very large stem that grows above the soil. 

      

We had to dig up the potatoes and then rinse them in a bucket to get the dirt off, we harvested potatoes of many different sizes.

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Leeks are in the onion family and grow above and below. We can eat the white part that grows underground and the light green part above the ground. The leeks were sometimes hard to harvest, the roots didn't want to let go of the soil!


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Maine Harvest Lunch Week is September 17-21 and a yummy potato salad that we helped to harvest will be on the menu!









Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Off To A Great Start!

We are entering day 5 of Kindergarten and we are off to a great start! We are focusing on a letter each day and doing fun activities to help us learn the letter name and sound. We are also focusing on developing and strengthening our small muscles to become better writers!

       

We're writing words that start with the letter of the day! We are also being exposed to sight words, such as can, is and me,  that will help us with reading in kindergarten.

Ripping paper and using scissors both help with our small muscles ( fine motor) to becoming better writers!

Making playdough letters and belly writing with our friends. We know that our letters start at the top!

In math we're talking a lot about shapes and sizes. We LOVE pattern blocks and all the cool things that we can make with them.




Thursday, June 21, 2018

Don't Let the Summer Slide Happen to You!

 Now that the school year is over and your child has made so many gains, please don't let the Summer Slide happen to them! There are easy ways to keep your child engaged in learning even during the fun summer months. Here are a few tips!



#1)Use what’s free and close by.  The library is your best friend!  Visit it every week or every two weeks so your child can check out new reading material. Many libraries have summer reading programs with incentives (prizes!).  Use the internet to search for other opportunities in your area. There was a flyer that was sent home, check their backpack!

#2 Read, read, and read some more! When choosing books that are just right for your soon-to-be first grader, have your child read aloud the first 2 pages to you.  If each page has just a few sentences on it, your child should be able to read all but about 2 of the words.  If there are more than 3 tricky words on these two pages, this is a good indication that the book is too hard for your child and will frustrate him/her.  You’ll want to choose a variety of books, of course – some that are too hard for your child but that you can read aloud to her, and some that are just right for your child to read independently.  

#3  Integrate learning into everyday activities.  For example, your child can easily practice writing by helping you make a grocery list.  You can dictate what you want on the list, and your child can write down the words. Don’t focus too much on correct spelling, what is most important is having your child practice listening for the sounds in words and then writing them down.  Other fun summer writing ideas:  have your child keep a daily or weekly journal, write a postcard/letter to a friend or relative, or about something fun they've done this summer.

#4 Let's not forget about math! Get out the deck of cards or the old board games and start playing. Games like Go Fish, Top It and Crazy 8s are great games that you can play with a simple deck of cards and they are easily purchased at Dollar Tree. Board Games like  Chutes and Ladders or Candyland are great for counting and Sorry helps with strategy as well. Many of these games can be found at yard sales or second hand stores!

#5 Take it outside! Any of these activities can be done outside and may even make them more exciting. Our Beach Reading day at school was a huge success :) 

Enjoy the summer with your child and have them share what they have learned with you this year!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

End of the Year Celebrations

We had a great end to our Kindergarten year! We worked so hard and learned so much that we celebrated the end of the year with some outdoor fun!
    
Field Day had a ton of activities where we needed to use team work and cheer on our classmates. It was super hot out but we made sure to stay hydrated and had a great morning!

      

      

We also had a Beach Reading Day! We brought our beach towels/blankets, hats, and books and read outside in the sunshine. We enjoyed our books for over an hour and then got a popsicle treat to cool off after our beach reading.
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Thanks for a great school year!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Beach Reading Day



On Tuesday June 19th we will have a “beach” themed reading day. Bring your shades, beach towel, and hat. We will be reading outside and celebrating our amazing growth in reading this year! 



*Water Bottles and sunscreen would be helpful for this fun day of reading! 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Make Way For Ducklings



I'm sure you've heard by now but there are ducklings in Kindergarten! 


Mrs. Gallagher's Class is the host of these cuties who have been named Fluffy and Bubble Gum. They have learned a lot about the lifecycle of ducks and each class read the book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

They love to cuddle next to each other and sleep. We are very excited to have them in our K-Pod!