The Building Blocks of Peace

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Last week, we celebrated International Peace Day at ISB. It was a wonderful way for us to talk about the ways that we can work together to bring Peace to our world. Thanks to all of you for having conversations at home about what Peace looks like!

We visited the Peace Shelter and left our own messages of peace…

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We decorated building blocks to remind us of the many ways we can work together…

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We talked about what peace means to us…

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Then we paraded into the all-school assembly with our Peace Blocks…

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Hooray for our Kindergarten Peacemakers!!!

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Questions to Spark Conversations…

*What did Zero the Hero bring us for the 30th day of school?
*What are some things illustrators do to make their pictures fabulous?
*What three things did you put on the cover of your published book?
*What is a ten-frame? How does it help you to count?
*What number did you explore in class on Friday? How did you show that number?
*What are some great moves you learned from our Friday Dance Party in the Piazza??? :)

We Are Readers!

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We have been doing lots of reading in Kindergarten this year! There are many ways to read a book. We can…

*Look at the pictures

*Look at the words

*Tell the story

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We read many different kinds of books in Kindergarten. Some of the books we choose are pattern books that are filled with sight words that we are practicing in class. Some of the books are “Star” books that we have read together as a class several times and we can reread on our own. Some of the books are “Look” books that we choose because they just look interesting to us! We also each have our own song book filled with familiar poems and songs that we’ve seen many times.

During reading, sometimes we read independently…

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And sometimes we read with a partner…

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We’ve spent a lot of time learning how to read productively with a partner. We sit “Elbow to Elbow, Knee to Knee” with our books directly in between us so we can both see. We take turns reading pages. We talk about the book as we read and we ask each other questions.

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How can you help at home?

Read with your child every day!

Talk about books and Ask Questions as you are reading with your child. Does anything in the story remind you of something your family has done? Does the story make you sad/happy/angry? Why? How would you feel if you were one of the characters in the book? Does anything surprise you about the book? We’ll talk more about how to make connections to books as the year goes on!

Visit the HUB together before or after school to choose books for family reading together. You can also make a special point of visiting bookstores regularly and helping your child shop for a favorite book to add to his/her collection at home.

Find a place for your child to keep the “Words of the Week”

Word of the Week!

CLICK HERE to see what reading looks like in our classroom!

Questions to Spark Discussions this Week:

*Can you sing “Down By the Bay”? What rhymes did you make up this week for the song?
*Who are Elephant and Piggie?
*What did Zero the Hero do for the 20th day of school?
*Who is an illustrator? What are some things that illustrators do when they are working?
*What did you try as an illustrator this week in your writing?
*How can your abc chart help you as a writer?
*How many letters are in your name?
*How do you solve SMALL problems at school? What’s an example of a small problem?

We are Authors!

We completed our first writing unit and this week we “published” our first books! Hooray!

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We’ve been talking every day about what authors do when they write.

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We’ve been writing many, many books!

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This week, we chose one book to publish. Everyone made a cover with a Title, Picture, and the Author’s name.

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We shared our books with each other in partners.

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We gave each other positive feedback about our writing.

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We’re excited to share our writing with the world!

Questions to Spark Conversations…

*What does Knuffle Bunny like to ask us after lunch recess?
*How do you know if you have a BIG problem? What do you do when that happens?
*Where did we find numbers at school this week?
*What are some of the ways we use numbers every day?
*What is your “book box”? What do you keep inside it?
*Can you find “I” and “for” anywhere around your house?
*What did you post on “Seesaw” this week?

Zero the Hero!

On Tuesday, we had our first visit from ZERO the HERO!

Zero the Hero left us a note on our calendar to wish us a happy 10th day of school!

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There was a box with the number 10 next to the letter and inside there were pages for us to start our own Zero the Hero book!

Zero the Hero left us each a 1 and a 0 so that we could make the number 10. We made a special 10th day of school page for a counting book that we will work on this year.

We had a great time talking about the 10th day of school!

We also practiced writing numbers on a September calendar this week. You might look for a place at home to put up the calendar and then your child can mark off the days as they go by. It’s a great way to start thinking about the days of the week and to look forward to special events!

Here are a few questions to spark conversations:

*Who is Zero the Hero?

*In our classroom, we say, “We take care of ourselves, we take care of each other, we take care if this place!” What does that look like at school?

*Who has a birthday in September in our class?

*Can you sing the “Months of the Year” song?

*What are some tools we use to help us with writing in the classroom?

*Can you retell the story of…

    Caps for Sale?
    Where the Wild Things Are?
    Too Much Noise?

*Where did you put your GREEN SHEEP in the class book?

*What was your favorite book that we read this week? Why?

*Can you find the word “IS” somewhere in the house? How do you spell “IS”?

Have a WONDERFUL weekend!

Here are the Amazing Owls on their first free dress day…

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