Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Cabin Fever

Are your kiddos stir crazy yet? Here are some videos from YouTube we use during school that will get them up and moving (and get some good review in!)

I also encourage you to practice sight words and math facts using the list and cards in your orange folder.

Here are some words your child can practice decoding:
lid, hill, dot, pan, nod, pot, him, had, lot

Hoping to see everyone tomorrow! Stay warm!
Miss McPheron

Friday, January 24, 2014

Short Weekly Wrap Up

Can you believe this weather we are having? At this point, we do have 2 days to make up at the end of the year. Just wanted to update you a little on what we are doing!

Math: We are continuing to work on subtraction. I was impressed on Thursday when we worked on subtracting from 10! I am hoping to get a test in sometime this week and then we will be moving on to shapes for geometry. We will be working on fluency with our math facts the rest of the year though! Keep working on those flashcards and make sure they come back every day. We do practice them here at school as well.

Reading: We worked a little with the letter L this week. Next week, we are going to start with words that have 4 sounds with blends. (stop, slap, list, clap)

Social Studies: We learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and how he wanted everyone to be treated fairly, just like we want everyone on kindergarten to be treated kindly!

Science: We are starting our sound study next week. We will be exploring with instruments and creating some instruments of our own. If you have any empty small boxes or empty tissue boxes at home, please send them in!

Start saving up your boxtops! We have another school wide contest coming. Several have sent some in this week, and I'm holding on to them until the contest starts up!

Make sure you dress your child warmly. We won't be going outside if the temperatures remain like they are, but as soon as that wind chill hits 20, we will be outside to burn off some energy at recess!

Upcoming Dates
  • February 3 - Title 1 Night at Upper Sandusky Community Library 6:30-7:45
  • February 10-14 - Right to Read Week, more info coming home soon!
  • February 12 - Early Release, 1:35
  • February 17 - No School, President's Day
  • February 20 - Spring Pictures
Stay warm!
:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

We made it through the first full week of the new year! We worked hard this week with new concepts!

In math, we started subtraction. We read Five Little Ducks by Raffi and used cubes to model subtraction story. On Tuesday, we sang 5 Little Monkeys, and used monkeys to show subtraction stories. We also used counters and white boards to practice writing number sentences. We took a quiz on Friday, and they are catching on! We will continue working on subtraction all week. I am hoping we will take a test on Friday.

Our story this week was Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle. We worked a lot on retelling this week, and made a foldable to help us remember the characters and the order of events.

In Social Studies, we learned that maps represent places. We started on Monday with exploring different kinds of maps. They looked at a world atlas, Ohio map, US Road atlas, globe and Google Earth on the iPads.

We read the book Me on the Map, and made a foldable to go with the book. The book starts with a girl's room, and expands to her house, street, city, state, and on to the world. We made a foldable with a picture of us, our house, Ohio, the United States and North America.

Next week, we will be learning about Martin Luther King, Jr. We will be working with the letter Ll and working on the same sight words: are, that, do, play, and mom.

Upcoming Dates
  • Monday, January 20 - No School, MLK Jr. Day
  • Wednesday, January 22 - Grade Cards come home - please keep grade card, sign the envelope, and return the envelope by Friday
  • Thursday, January 23 - Book Orders Due - you can use the link at the top right side of the blog for easy ordering
  • We try to go outside for recess when the wind chill is above 20. Please make sure you send appropriate clothing for your child for 45 minutes outside for recess! They need snow boots if they want to be able to go out in the snow. 
  • East has installed our new security system. If your child is late or you need to come in to school at any point during the day, you will need to push the button. Mrs. Beach will be able to let you in remotely and then you will need to go to the office. This is for the safety of your children.
Enjoy your long weekend!
Miss McPheron

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Weekly Wrap Up

I hesitate to call this a weekly wrap up since we only were there 2 days! We spent our first 2 days back after break doing review work and getting back in the groove of school.

 Next week, we will be back to our normal schedule. We will be working on the letter Hh and our sight words will be are, that, do, play, and mom. Our quarter ends on Friday, so I will be checking skills with each student this week. This is a great time to practice those sight words and review reading simple words!

 You should have found a small bag of math flashcards in your child's folder on Friday. Please keep those in their folder and return each day. Those are the addition facts they need to know in kindergarten. We are going to start working on subtraction this week, so in a few weeks you will find subtraction cards in a different color as well. We will be practicing at school and we are going to start a rotation on the iPads in the morning on an app called Math Heroes.

  • Next week's lunch schedule will follow January 6-10. You should have found a slip with the menu in their folder on Thursday. 
  • We will go outside as much as possible for recess through the winter. When the wind chill is 20 or above, we are outside! Please send hats, gloves, and a warm coat that zips with your child each day. In order to play in the snow (and go out on the equipment) your child needs snow boots. They can also bring snow pants, but they are responsible for dressing themselves. 
Have a great weekend!