Friday, September 28, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up

We had a great week! I was impressed with how they are starting to pick up on things and the discussions we've had during our reading times! We also finished up our apple unit, but you can read all about that here.

iPad Center - Rhyming App

Smart Board Center - Number Match

Computer Center - Starfall

Art Center - Steve Harpster monster creation

Phonics Center - build letters with playdoh

Listening Center

Science Center - Sensory tub with oatmeal

Word Work Center - Build words with clothespins
Star Student: We started our star student program this week. Be on the look out for a yellow paper to come home. It might be awhile before it is your child's turn, but he or she will have a turn! We are learning about each other and also working on our speaking and listening skills. Wrehn did a great job as our first star student! Her pictures have hung on the Star Student board this week for everyone to look at.

We had a guest illustrator come to our school on Friday! He told us a little about himself and then taught us to draw some pictures! We looked at different pictures he's drawn before he came, and even tried some of our own! If your child wants to keep drawing Steve Harpster illustrations, you can still order books through the end of the week. Also, you can check out his website at Here are some pigs made from the number 10.
We drew Steve Harpster illustrations to hang in the gymnasium
Busy being artists
More artists at work!
Our letter this week was m. We made monsters with mustaches to remind us of the m sound. They quickly took over our classroom! They will come home next week when we start working on the letter t!

We also made shape trees this week. We glue squares, rectangles, triangles, and circles to a tree then counted how many of each we used. Kindergarten has the primary bulletin board this month, and we get to see our trees every day when we walk to lunch!

Next week, our letter will be "t" and our sight words are a and to. In math, we will be working on sorting and patterns. For science, we are talking about the 5 senses!

I am going to be asking your child if they know their address and phone number soon. This skill is on the grade cards. Please start working with them to learn this! Also, reading to your child every night is so important! Reading bags will come home once this week, but the more reading they hear, the better reader they will become. When you read with them, ask them about the characters (who) and setting (when and where) in the book and ask them what happened at the beginning, middle, and end. This are all skills we have done and go over regularly in our reading times. We also know the cover, spine, back cover, title, author and illustrator. 

Looking forward to another great week! If you have any questions, please contact me!

:) Miss McPheron

Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Week of Apples

We celebrated the first week of fall by finishing our apple unit!

We wrote apple words in centers.

We showed number amounts by painting apples for each number.

We  labeled the parts of an apple.

We sequenced what an apple looks like while it is being eaten.

Best of all, we made applesauce! We looked at a recipe and followed it step by step.

We let it cook all day in the crock pot, then finally tasted it

We made a list of words to describe applesauce using our senses.


We wrote about applesauce for another class book.

Lots of fun and lots of learning!

:) Miss McPheron

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Interim Reports/Grades

During the last week, I sat down with each student and did a simple assessment covering what we have learned so far. This assessment covered character and setting, sight words, letter sounds, rhyming, syllables, counting to 10 and identifying numbers to 10. Your child's scores have been posted on Power School. You can access this scores by going to the USEVS website ( Hover your mouse over Parents and scroll down to Parent Portal Access.

Once you click on that, you will see a screen that looks like this:
You should have received a password at the beginning of the year. If you did not, this is from the main USEVS website:
Parent Access information - if you had a Parent Access account last year, that same account is good for this year!  Whatever your username and password was last year is the same this year (it just rolled forward)!  The district is not going to be mailing informational letters home (to save paper - going green!).  Only letters being created are for new students to the district and kindergarteners. If you need assistance, please email our technology coordinator (Jim Frye) at, and he can assist you with getting your access going!
Grades are an S, I, N, U scale. S is Satisfactory; I is Improvement Shown; N is Needs Improvement; U is Unsatisfactory.

If you have any questions at all, please contact me. If you want a paper copy of the interim report scores, I can send one home.

Thanks so much!
Miss McPheron


Friday, September 21, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up - Lots of Pictures!

We had a great week this week! We were busy with lots of new and different activities. You saw the reading bags come home this week, thank you so much for reading with your child! I'll be adding more books that are suited to your child's level. Here's what we did this week (with lots of pictures!!).

Math - We worked on graphing and showing more and less. We also sequenced the numbers 0-5 by just looking at the numbers rather than counting verbally.
Teddy bear graphing to show most/least

Whole Class graphing activity - Pick your favorite pattern block
Next week, we will be working more with demonstrating numbers 1-5, patterns, and addition and subtraction stories. You can help your child at home by talking about the words more, less, most, least, and same. You can also sort items and also compare groups of items. 

Centers - We have started the normal rotation and activities for centers this week! Here's some pictures.
Sharing the iPad to work on shape recognition

Science center - Sensory Tub with oatmeal, scoops, rakes, letter tiles, laminated apples, and numbers

Word Work Center - using playdoh to spell our names

Listening center

Math Center - 10 Apples Up on Top activity for number recognition

Computer Center - Starfall for phonics skills (you can use this one at home!

iPad Center
Language Arts - We worked on classifying items into groups this week. We sorted pictures into different groups, like a food group and a tool group, or a school supply group and a kitchen group. We also finished the alphabet for letter recognition! That means we have learned to write every letter and what the capital and lowercase letter look like. We will continue to review this and go deeper with each letter.
Identifying Tt on the Smart Board

Identifying Tt on the Smart Board

Identifying Tt on the Smart Board

Sorting pictures into groups

Sorting pictures into groups

Sorting pictures into groups
Next week, we will be working the letter Mm and reviewing character. We are also going to be talking about how a noun is a person, place, animal, or thing. Ask your child words that start with m - you can do this while you're driving and see if they can spot anything that starts with m!

Apple Unit - We started our apple unit this week. We did a lot more than I took pictures of, and sadly I don't have pictures of the kids!
To kick off the unit, we tasted an apple of each color. The kids chose their favorite and we graphed it on the Smart Board. Our favorite was green, but red was a close second! The kids wrote their names on the apple of their favorite color and we put it on our classroom door.

 After we graphed, the students wrote a piece about their favorite kind of apple. They are hanging in our hallway right now.

We also wrote a class book that I laminated and will be putting in our classroom library next week for the kids to read all year. The book is called Apples Are and the kids each wrote a page to describe apples. We have read many books that talk about the life cycle of an apple. Today we read Apple Pie Tree and made a foldable that shows each step and we added words for each step of the cycle. Next week, we are making applesauce!

On Friday, we have Steve Harpster coming  to do an assembly for the whole school! He is an illustrator and he will be teaching the kids how to draw a couple drawings! You got an order form in their folders last week with some of his books. His website is if you are interesting in seeing more of what he does!

New next week - We will be going to the school library on Tuesday to check out a book. They will bring the book home, and we will have library every other Tuesday. I'll send home a reminder so you know when to send the book back so your child can get a new one!

Thanks for reading! I look forward to spending each day with your kids - they make me smile on a daily basis!

:) Miss McPheron