Friday, October 30, 2015

Batty Weekly Wrap Up

We spent this week learning about bats. We learned that they are nocturnal animals that sleep during the day and are awake at night. We learned that they use echolocation to locate insects to eat while flying. This has been their favorite song this week.
We measured the wingspan of different bats using cubes. The biggest bat is the Giant Flying Fox with a wingspan of 5 feet.
 We learned that one bat can eat 600 mosquitoes in one hour. To help us understand what that looks like, we worked in teams to create 6 posters with 100 mosquitoes each.

We also read one of my favorite books this week, Go Away Big Green Monster. We drew the monsters and used watercolors to paint them. The kids had a blast!

We are working on reading with sight words and sounding out words. This is our process all year! We keep trying and working, and it clicks for everyone at different times. I encourage you to read to your child every night, and listen to them read regularly.
In Math, we have been working with position words, and the kids have been rocking it! We are starting teen numbers next week. 
The quarter ended today. You will see grade cards come home on Wednesday. There will also be a Parent Teacher Conference form in their grade card envelopes. Please return as soon as possible.
If you have any questions at all, please let me know!
:) Miss McPheron

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Weekly Wrap Up

We have been working very hard in kindergarten! Lots of the pieces are starting to come together. We have been writing more, using the sight words and sounds we have been working on. We played a game with sight words where they had to slap the words when I said them. (excuse my blurry pictures)

In Math, we spent the week working on sorting by different rules - color, size, shape, and count. The kids did great! We are working on position words next (beside, next to, above, below, in front of).

Our story this week was called Nature Spy, about a little girl that goes outside to look closely at nature. We went on a nature walk to choose a leaf! We wrote to describe our leaves when we came in after we looked at them with magnifying glasses.With the unpredictable Ohio weather, it started raining, so we all crowded on the porch for a picture while I got rained on - if your child is missing, they're most likely behind someone.

We learned about weather, and talked about words we use to describe weather. The kids chose a word and illustrated it. "Rainbow" was very popular.

We learned about rain, and did a simple experiment with shaving cream to represent the clouds and food coloring to represent the water droplets that get heavy and fall out of the clouds. It was very exciting when it finally started to work!
 We read several books about rain and storms, but this one was their favorite! They asked me to read again, but we were out of time that day - so I'm sharing it with you, so you can find it at the local library if you're interested!
We also learned that we are surrounded by air, and when that air moves, it is called wind. We tried to make the air move to create our own wind with a plate and a cup. The goal was to get the cup to fall off the table by just creating wind.

Next week, we are learning about bats. The Halloween party is Monday night in the East School Gym. Students should come wearing their costumes and find me in the gym. The whole kindergarten class will go on the stage, the best costume will be picked, and, as an added bonus, Mr. Bramel will have them sing a song with first grade! After they're done on stage, they will return to you for the rest of the evening. This party is completely optional, and hosted by the PTO.

Our first grading period ends on Friday, and you will see a grade card come home the following week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Miss McPheron

Friday, October 16, 2015

Pumpkin Weekly Wrap Up

We had a great week learning about pumpkins to prepare for our field trip! We learned about the parts of a pumpkin and learned how a pumpkin grows.
Our field trip to Lehner's Pumpkin Farm was fantastic. I hope your kids enjoyed our busy day!
We went on an animal tracks maze - there was information about different animals throughout the maze, and a fun slide at the end!
There was a farm-themed bounce house.
We learned about what we use corn for, and got to play in a corn bin.

We took a hayride to the pumpkin field.

We each got to choose a pumpkin to bring home.

We went in a corn maze.

We got to use peddle go carts.

We went on a barrel ride.

We got to jump on a huge jump pad. I got talked into jumping with them :)

We brought a pumpkin back with us and made some observations about the height, circumference, and number of lines.

A huge thanks to the chaperones that went with us, and to the PTO for paying for our trip.
Next week, we will learn about wind and rain and other types of weather. School pictures are Wednesday. We are sorting objects in math. If you have any questions, let me know!

Miss McPheron