Monday, April 22, 2019

April Update

Wowzer! Where did April go??


With each update I find myself saying... holy cow where did the time go?
The kids are turning into readers before my very eyes and I am so impressed with them each day. On top of reading books in small groups, they are choosing "bonus books" to practice and read to me each week. We have also added "CVC Practice" to our day where the students can choose any of the CVC activities (games, writing on plastic sleeves, CVC egg activities, and more!) They are really doing well practicing sounding out new words and being brave readers. Speaking of being brave...

In our class we talk about being brave writers a lot. The students are being pushed to write multiple sentences when they are doing their writing now. Some words are quite tricky that they want to include and they are expected to sound each word out the best they can on their own! They have sight/common words on the back of their chairs and our word wall as resources, but the rest is pure brain power! I see them using the lines and including spaces between words more and more and am so proud!

In math we have been learning about measuring length, height, weight, and capacity. We are also revisiting writing our numbers 0-20 and trying to stop those pesky numbers that get written backwards a lot! The students are catching on very quickly and seem to really enjoy comparing and measuring.

Classroom Focuses
Asking before touching things that are not ours
Being honest
Using problem solving voices and words


IMPORTANT DATES
May 2nd - Family Dance 6:00 - 7:30
May 8th - Early Release
May 9th - Art Show 5:30 / Talent Show 6:30
May 13th - 14th - No Kindergarten
May 21st - Day of Caring
May 27th - No School
May 28th - May 30th - Buy one, get one book fair
June 4th - Early Release
June 13th - Early Release/Last Day of School


If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.

Miss Murdough



Monday, February 11, 2019

Lots of Learning!

LOTS of Learning in Kindergarten!


We have been very busy in our classroom since the new year started! Not only have the students been really working on patience and kindness in the classroom, but they have learned many new things! All of the students have read the book "We Can Read" and all have worked/are working on reading the book "We Can't See." In reading students are also learning to:

- blend sounds to read words
- segment/identify first and last sounds
- break down words into all individual sounds
- use illustrations to help read the story and identify unknown words

We recently introduced a new game that the class is very eager to play! CVC Spelling Board Game has been a huge hit and the students ask to play each day. 😃 We now have five small groups going with each group working on different reading skills and books. 


Math has come so far since before winter break! We have moved on from teen numbers to:

- counting up to 100 by ones
- counting to 100 by tens
- adding up to ten
- using proper terminology such as plus and equals to make equations
- solving word problems


I cannot express the amount of progress the class has made with their monthly writing journals. Students are:

- sounding out words on their own
- writing 1-2 sentences
- matching pictures to their writing
- adding more detail to their drawings
- adding more detail to their sentences


CLASSROOM FOCUSES

Using kind words when speaking to others
Helping others
Being responsible with classroom materials
Keeping a calm body during learning time


Our 100th day of school was a huge success! The class had 5 stations to rotate through: 100th day glasses, building a tower with 100 cups, racing to 100 with dice, writing to 100, and making cheerio necklaces using 100 cheerios. The students loved all of the activities and are getting very good at counting to 100!


Caterpillar Circles

If you are reading books with your children at home, please fill out a caterpillar circle from their red folder to add to our Hungry Caterpillar on our classroom wall! 😃



IMPORTANT DATES
February 15 - Early release: dismissal 11:45
February 18-22 - February break; No school
March 14 - Early release: dismissal 11:45
March 15 - No school

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.

Miss Murdough

Friday, December 7, 2018




DECEMBER UPDATE

It's been awhile and boy do we have we learned a lot in the past month and a half! I am so amazed with the progress these kids have made and how much they absorb in a day at Kindergarten. Their writing has come SO far since September and I am so excited to share some with you! We will be doing some winter surprises for our families in the next two weeks before the break - be on the look out!

CLASSROOM FOCUSES
Using kind words
Accidents happen, it's okay!
Being honest
Being respectful to others
Being patient


Our November writing journals turned out AWESOME! Unfortunately, they are going in your child's portfolio and you will not get to see them until June... but know that they are great!



We have also been focusing on feelings. Specifically, it is okay to feel sad or angry. While they are not happy feelings, it is okay to feel them and what's important is how we deal with them! We are practicing being kind friends and using our "superpower" to make people happy and feel better. We have also been "throwing away" our power of making people sad. 



Caterpillar Circles

If you are reading books with your children at home, please fill out a caterpillar circle from their red folder to add to our Hungry Caterpillar on our classroom wall! 😃

We are headed into our teen numbers in math. We are working on counting/recognizing and writing our numbers. We are also putting these numbers into ten frames. 

We have been in school for 64 days today! Jeesh! The students are counting by 10's up to 60 and then counting by 1's up to 64.

SIGHT WORDS
a
and
are
can
I
me
see
the
we

IMPORTANT DATES
December 17 - Box Top Shop
December 24-January 1 - No School


If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.

Miss Murdough

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

October Update

Halloween Kiddy
Halloween Kiddy


This past month has been a bit crazy in Kindergarten. We have covered SO 
much material and had lots of visitors come talk to us!

MATH
How many more?
Reviewing 0 - 5
Writing 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Reviewing Greater than, Less than, and Equal
Putting 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 in ten frames

READING
VOCABULARY: snooze, drowsy, passenger, pedestrian, gooey, assortment, eager, enjoy, container, delicious, determined, proud
Talking with partners about books
Working in small groups independently (reading, writing, word work)
Writing a story with words and using letter sounds
Rhyming words
Choosing "Just Right" books
SIGHT WORDS: a, and, I, me, see, the, we, you

CLASSROOM FOCUSES
Using kind words
Communicating with friends to solve problems
Tattling vs. Telling
Being a respectful student and friend

We have just started our writing books this week! 
Our first letters we will be learning how to write are uppercase T, I, and L. 

We have also had guest speakers come and talk to us about safety.
The fire department came and spoke to our class about fire safety and prevention. We got to see the fireman in his full uniform, learned what to do if a fire happens, and also about STOP, DROP, and ROLL!
Officer Doody also came and spoke with all of kindergarten about being safe with household items around the house. We reviewed items we should not eat, touch, or touch.
Mrs. H (our school guidance counselor) also comes in once a week to speak to us about how to deal with emotions, how to be respectful listeners and kind friends, how to keep calm bodies, etc. The class loves when she comes to teach!

Caterpillar Circles
If you are reading books with your children at home, please fill out a caterpillar circle from their red folder to add to our Hungry Caterpillar on our classroom wall! 😃

IMPORTANT DATES
October 30th - Kooky Spooky! 👀 (5:30 - 7:00)
November 2nd - Early Release (11:45 dismissal)
November 3rd - PTC Craft Fair
November 12th - No School
November 16th - End of 1st Trimester
November 21-23rd - No School (Thanksgiving)
November 30th - Report Cards

If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact me.
Have a great last week of October!

Miss Murdough

Monday, September 24, 2018


Woah! Tough Stuff!

I have to say, these kiddos have been learning some tough stuff since the last update!
I am so impressed with what they have been catching onto. Let's dive into what they have been introduced to this past week!

Math
Numbers 0-5
Patterns
Greater than
Less than
Equal to

Reading
Vocabulary: explore, imitate, companion, creature, energetic, nuisance, exhausted, generous, soar, tangled.
Talking with partners about books
Working independently
Writing/Drawing our own stories
Author/Illustrator
Choosing their own books
Fiction/Non-Fiction

Daily Routines
Weather (chilly, warm, sunny, cloudy, etc.)
Days of the week
Patterns

Calendar


Learning Letter Names
Rr, Tt, Nn, Ss, Ii

SIGHT WORD ALERT
And, the
We are going over letters but have not gone over how to write them yet.
To say I was impressed is an understatement.

We have also practiced a fire drill and a lockdown. 

Caterpillar Circles
If you are reading books with your children at home, please fill out a caterpillar circle from their red folder to add to our Hungry Caterpillar on our classroom wall! 😃

Important Dates
October 4th - Early Release (11:45)
October 5th - No School
October 8th - No School

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Wow, Time Flies!


I cannot believe that we are almost to the end of Week 3 of school!
These kinders have been doing lots of work and are really starting to adjust to life in Kindergarten. We are two weeks into our literacy program.
The kids have been working on:
 


- Looking at books on their own
- Establishing between fiction/non-fiction
- Making predictions
- Re-telling events in a story
- Talking with partners about a book

They are crushing their reading curriculum so far! Math has also been phenomenal -
the class has been practicing:


- Counting between 0 - 5 objects
- Writing numbers 0 - 5
- Recognizing and continuing patterns

Here is a reminder of a few important dates for September:
September 19th - Early Release 
September 24th - Picture Day 😀

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