Sunday, December 18, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

We have been trying to stay busy in our classroom! It's hard with Christmas so near!
We've been learning about flat, two-dimensional shapes in math. Students were challenged to use smaller shapes to form bigger shapes. They also modeled shapes from the environment using smaller shapes, like making a road sign from squares and triangles.

We used 2-D shapes to make Santas as well!

We have done several crafts to go along with books we've read or skills we are working on. I am hoping to send home all of these together this week.
In Social Studies, we are learning how children celebrate Christmas around the world. Each student has a suitcase (folder), passport, travel map, and brochures from each country. We are enjoying learning about different traditions and seeing the ways that the traditions are similar to ours. They will bring home their suitcase with all their crafts.

We have some fun things planned for these last few days of school before break, including doing some activities with other classes in the building. Grade cards will come home on Wednesday, so I have been working on assessments with each student. In addition to the crafts that come home, a bag of their written assessments for handwriting, writing, and math will be coming home with your student.

Have a great day!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, December 9, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

We were busy this week! We had some extra music practices with first grade to prepare us for our performance on Tuesday night. There were details on your newsletter this week about the Christmas Program.
We read 5 different gingerbread stories this week. The kids were so interested and would ask what story we would be reading that afternoon. We made a chart to help us keep track of some story elements from each story. We did some different activities throughout the week, and ended on Friday by making gingerbread people out of paper. The kids loved how big they turned out! 
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We have been working with 2 dimensional shapes in Math. This week, we spent a lot of time creating bigger shapes from smaller shapes. We used pattern blocks to create hexagons and used tangrams to create different shapes. It took a lot of problem solving to move the shapes around and re-position them. I am so proud of this class! 

I am working on assessments for grade cards. The kids are doing fabulous! 10 more kids counted to 100 by ones independently today! Thank you for all the support and work you are doing with your child - it is showing in our classroom!
Next week, we are going to learn about how people celebrate Christmas around the world. We will not have Reading Bags as homework again until January due to the program and the holidays. 
Have a great weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

The stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is upon us! One of our students went to the beach over Thanksgiving and brought back a shell for each student. We wrote to describe our shells.

We started studying 2-dimensional shapes in math this week. We have worked on describing the shapes, and using vocabulary like sides for lines and vertices for corners. We also compared the shapes.

We will be working on creating shapes from smaller shapes next week.
We read the story Mooseltoe this week and made Christmas Moose to get our room in the Christmas spirit!

In the coming weeks, we will be doing some fun Christmas activities but still working on our big kindergarten goals! I am so proud of how well the class is reading, and every student is on track with sight words this week! That's great news, especially after a break! Have a fabulous weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, November 18, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Thanksgiving Break is here! We spent this week learning about the first Thanksgiving. We learned about the Pilgrims, the Mayflower and the Wampanoag tribe. We were able to do some activities with second grade on friday. We made bracelets that went with a story about the first Thanksgiving, and spent some fun time coloring Thanksgiving tablecloths. We also did some buddy reading as well - we read from our reading bag, and the second graders read some picture books.

In Math, we finished up our chapter on teen numbers. We made pilgrim hats to practice ordering numbers.

We also worked on counting by tens. Students got to jump over a number line on the floor to practice counting. They also made a number line counting by 10s.

We read some great Thanksgiving books this week, and wrote about where a turkey might hide. The students get to read the books we read as a class during centers.

We had a great week, and I'm looking forward to seeing you at Conference. These will take place in the kindergarten classroom. I have a pretty full schedule, so please make sure you are on time. You can wait in the hallway if you're a little early. Conferences will last around 15 minutes. Thanks so much!
:) Mrs. Steinman

Friday, November 11, 2016

Weekly Wrap Up

Our week was short but full! I have started our monthly assessments, and am so proud of the progress our class is having with letters, sounds, and counting! I'll be sharing information with you at Parent Teacher Conferences, but also putting some scores in the grade book.

We finished learning about turkeys, and did some writing. I'm trying to challenge the kids to write complete sentences and to answer the question I've asked when they write. Some kids are starting to write a second sentence.
We spent time this week talking about Veterans, and my heart was so full to hear how the students in our class talk about soldiers. They are definitely heroes! A few kids brought some items to share with us about veterans in their lives. The stories were awesome to hear!

We practiced our writing again by writing about why we honor veterans.

As a school, we were able to celebrate Veterans Day by gathering around the flag pole for the pledge and national anthem.

In Math, we have worked on all the numbers from 11-20. The kids did an activity today where they had to read a number, draw a picture to represent that amount, then a partner counted, and wrote the number. There's so many parts of a representing amounts, and the kids are doing great! We will be counting to 100 by ones and tens this week. We will finish this chapter before the break.
Thanks for all your support and time you spend working with your child! I am so proud of this group and how far they've come! Enjoy your weekend!
:) Mrs. Steinman