Friday, January 30, 2015

Snow Day Weekly Wrap Up

What a crazy winter! This week, we started working on addition. Students used objects to model joining two groups to make a larger group. You should have found some flashcards in their folder. Please return daily, as we will also use these in class. Students need to be fluent (solve quickly) with the addition facts provided on the flashcards. I will add subtraction cards when we get there.

I do have newsletters ready to go, and will send them home when we have school. Here is the important information I was going to share with you:
  • Tuesday, February 3 - Library
  • Friday, February 6 - Yearbook Orders Due
  • Monday, February 9 - PTO Meeting at 6:30 in East School Library
  • Tuesday, February 10 - Early Release, 12:45
  • Thursday, February 26 - Jump Rope for Heart Money Due
Valentine's Day: We will celebrate Valentine's Day as a class on Friday, February 13. Please help your child make a box to collect their cards. It is much easier for us in kindergarten if your child only signs the cards instead of addressing the cards to each person. We have 25 students. If you choose to send cards, please send one for everyone. (You'll need 24, since your own student won't need a card from themselves!) Please do not send in large treats for the class. Anything you send will go home in backpacks, as I try to limit the sugary treats at school.

Stay warm this weekend - it looks like we may be in for another storm. Please contact me with any questions you have!

Miss McPheron

Friday, January 23, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We kind of had a normal week! We completed our i-Ready testing for Reading and Math this week. I will be sending home scores sometime next week so be on the lookout for those.

In Math, we continued to work on making numbers in different ways. We used a 10s frame to help us make 10.

We took our chapter test today, and scores will be on the grade book at some point this weekend. You will also find some reading scores for some sentences I asked the students to read. The sentences were a mix of sight words and decodable words, with each word being a point. You will see tests and reading score sheets come home next week.

In Science, we started learning about the 5 senses. We have learned the parts of our bodies we use for each sense. We also read a nonfiction book about sight and made some flap books with information.

Next week, we are going to start working on blends. You have a bright colored blend helper paper in your child's folder to give you some blends to practice.

Have a great weekend!
Miss McPheron

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We finally made it through a week - kind of! We worked really hard to get grade card assessments done in the times that we were there. You should see grade cards on Wednesday.

In Math, we have been working on decomposing numbers. This means we have been breaking numbers apart into groups. This is a foundational skill for addition, which we will be starting next.We have been using objects and pictures to help us decompose - but the kids are starting to get some down without objects!

In Reading, we have been working on retelling stories with as many events as possible and the characters. We read Rooster's Off to See the World by Eric Carle this week, and used the pictures from the book to make a map with the characters to help us retell.

We talked about Martin Luther King Jr. and talking about treating everyone with kindness. We read the book The Crayon Box that Talked, and made a list of ways to be a good friend. Then we made our own crayons to celebrate that we are all unique.

We read about Martin Luther King Jr. and then drew him with step by step directions. We all did our best - teacher included - ha!

Next week, we are going to be taking the i-Ready Diagnostic Assessments for both Reading and Math. This gives us a mid year check point to see growth and to give me information about where we need to focus. I'm excited to see how much they've grown this year, and will share the results with you when I have them.

:) Miss McPheron