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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Words of the Week!

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In Kindergarten, we will be focusing on learning several of the common “sight words” that we use frequently as readers and as writers. All week long, we will practice our words of the week by reading them, building them, stamping them, looking for them in books, and finally, coloring in bubble words on Friday.

Each week, your child will come home with one or two “bubble words” that have been colored in at school. We’ve talked in class about finding a special spot somewhere at home–by a desk, by the bed, perhaps on the door–where your child could post these words to practice reading them and writing them. Please help your child find a place to keep the words where they will be visible. You can also help by pointing out these words when you see them as you are moving through your day. Many children are already saying, “Look! The word ‘the’ is on this paper!” or “I found ‘is’ in this book!”

You can also find the sight words that we have been studying on the sidebar of this webpage. Please keep encouraging your child to look for the words we have already studied throughout the year. Have fun looking for our Words of the Week!

Questions to Spark Discussions…

*As authors, what will we now put in our books each day when we are writing?
(pictures AND words)

*What are some of the many ways writing “words” can look in kindergarten?

*Who is “Welso”? What are Kelso’s Choices?

*Who are some of the friends you like to play with?

*What is your favorite thing to do at recess?

*What is the name of our class owl? How did we choose that name?

Welcome to Kindergarten!

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Welcome to the classroom blog for Mrs. Whitman’s Kindergarten Class!

We will use this blog throughout the year to highlight learning and to communicate other important information. You’ll find links on the sidebar to our specialists, the weekly cafeteria lunch menu, and the Flickr site where Khun Oy posts all of the lovely pictures of student learning she takes throughout the year! Consider bookmarking this site to make it easy to access when you are looking for information. This will be our main source for classroom news this year.

Our Kindergarten students have been hard at work already this year! We reflected on our learning on Friday and here is what the children said about what we are doing in Kindergarten…

What do we do in Kindergarten?

Arianna We do art.
Branden We play with Knuffle Bunny
Jack We eat lunch in cafeteria.
Jayden We use math tools.
Joris We read books.
Lucas We build panda houses.
Maya We play games.
Naiyana We play with our owl.
Pen We play in the kitchen.
Proud We go to Thai class.
Scarlett We read in the reading loft.
Sameer We write books.
Tyler We go to recess.
Yhard We sing songs.

I encourage you to chat with your child each evening about school and hear more about what we are doing in class. I know from experience, however, that this can bring its own challenges. Have you ever asked your child, “What did you do in school today?” and the reply was, “Oh, NOTHING!” I hear that a lot at home, too. :) To help get the conversations rolling each week, I will try to post a few questions to help spark discussions with your child at home. Please don’t feel you have to ask them all or that you need to quiz your child on the answers…it’s just a way to gently nudge the conversation in a direction that will help your child reflect on the learning for the week.

Here are a few to get you started…

*Who is Mabela? What lessons can we learn from her?

*Can you tell the story of Mabela?

*What is a writing folder? How do the green and red color dots work?

*What kind of book did you write on Friday?

*What kinds of information does the calendar give us?

*Who had a birthday this week?

*How many students are in our class?

*Who is Knuffle Bunny? What will we do with him this year?

*What is Knuffle Bunny’s favorite part of the cafeteria?

*What is your favorite activity so far during choice time?

We are off to a great start to the year…I am looking forward to using this blog to share some of the amazing learning that happens in kindergarten each day. Have a wonderful and RESTFUL weekend!