Calling all Mystery Readers!

We’re using SignUp.com to organize our upcoming SignUps for Mystery Reader.  When you are a Mystery Reader you will surprise our kindergartners with a picture book of your choice.  You will get to read this book aloud to them in class or virtually over zoom.  Please email me separately if you plan to read virtually.  Then I can send you a zoom link 24hrs before your are scheduled to read.  It is a quick process 10-15 minutes. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and special friends are welcome to be a Mystery Reader in our classroom.

Here’s how it works in 3 easy steps: 
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on SignUp
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp.com will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Access to the SignUp page can also be found on the right side of our blog page.  Under the Volunteer tab – Mystery Reader.  A background check must be filled out if you wish to sign up to be a Mystery Reader in the classroom. Here is the link.

If you do not see a sign up time/day that works well for you, please contact me and we can set up another time!  If you have any questions please feel free to email me at htindal@hpseagles.net.

 

Weekly Update (9/20-9/24)

This Week in Kindergarten…

 

Popcorn Words

this, is, his, green– We had blast learning these new words this week! The kinders found several of our popcorn words in books that they were reading.

 

Writers Workshop

This week in writing we worked on writing three page books about what we know about something. Together we wrote about our classroom. We drew pictures, added labels and even added a sentence. We talked about how it is important that our sentence matches our drawing.  This booklet along with their other writing from this unit went home on Thursday.

 

Readers Workshop

This week in reading the kinders practiced sounding like a teacher when they were reading!  They also learned how to be storybook readers.  Storybooks are books that readers may have read before and can enjoy reading again and again.  Some of the story books that we are reading in the classroom are the Three Billy Goats Gruff, Hansel and Gretel, Chicken Little, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs!  We will continue to use these texts while we explore the story book unit!   

Private Reading

Partner Reading

 

Math

We practiced comparing, identifying and counting numbers 1-10 using graphs and our counting mats! We also worked on writing numbers 1-3 and identifying groups of numbers 1-5. 

ABC Bootcamp:

We worked on the following letters this week Mm, Nn, Oo, Pp and Qq.  Free ABC Cliparts, Download Free ABC Cliparts png images, Free ClipArts on Clipart Library

Walk-a-Thon:

We had the walk-a-thon this morning and had a blast!!  The weather was perfect and the kids burned off their energy first thing this morning by running.  Thank you to everyone for participating and collecting donations! Donations are accepted through October 1st. Please check out the pictures below:

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

LIBRARY: Every week we go to the Library on Tuesday.  Please have your child return their library book by Tuesday morning so they can check out a new book!

 

Librarian Clip Art - Librarian Image | Library activities, Library skills, Librarian

OCTOBER CALENDAR: The new October calendar will be coming home today.  Please be on the look out for it.

 

 

 

UPCOMING DATES

*Monday, Sept. 27—STEAM

*Tuesday, Sept. 28—Music

*Wednesday, Sept. 29 —Gym, Homework Packet is Due, Happy Birthday, Riley!

*Thursday, Sept. 30 –Art, Picture Day @ 9:50am

*Friday, Oct 1—STEAM, Wear PURPLE

Weekly Update (9/13-9/17)

Popcorn Words: the, dog, blue

 

Writers Workshop:

This week in kindergarten we started our writing time by talking about how sometimes our tasks as writers can feel really hard, we might even think about giving up.  However, we decided that we don’t want to give up, we want to copy the “Little Engine That Could” character.  Reminding ourselves when something gets hard we should say, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.”  The kinders worked hard on writing all they knew about the playground.  They picked three things about the playground early in the week and wrote about them across three pages! The kindergartners did a great job working each day on adding labels, details and even trying to add a sentence to their writing by the end of the week! Our jobs as writers are getting tough but we are having a blast learning how to stretch words, and doing the best that we can!

 

Readers Workshop:

This week in readers workshop we worked on reading books over and over.  We learned that when we read a book over and over we learn new things about it!  One thing we learned is that pages of a book go together.  We also learned that when you reread a text you are able to rethink the book and this can take you beyond the book!  We had fun reading nonfiction text alone and with our partners this week. 

Partner Reading:

Private Reading:

Math:

This week in math the kindergartners talked about adding and subtracting.  We practiced these concepts by using our “math tools.”  They used these tools to also compare numbers.  We also practiced drawing 2, 3, 4, and 5 items and counting 1-5 objects.  We also explored the attributes of circles, they have no corners, no straight lines, but can be different sizes.

 

Constitution Day-September 17th

We celebrated Constitution Day this morning. The kinders learned that the Constitution is like the rules that we have for school. We also made an American Flag crown which many of the kiddos loved wearing throughout the morning!

Outside Play Fun:

Birthday Celebrations

We had a blast celebrating Lucas’ birthday this week!  He turned 5 on Monday:)

 

 

We had a blast celebrating Carson’s birthday this week!  He turned 6 on Tuesday:)

Important Information

  • Send your child’s blue folder back and forth to school each day.
  • Please remember to send TWO healthy snacks for your child.  Please insure these snacks are NOT placed in a lunch box. Instead place them in container or baggy in your child’s backpack.  Show your child where these snacks are located and please make sure they are snacks your child likes to eat:) This will help to lessen confusion when ordering hot lunches each morning.
  • If you would like your child to receive milk with their cold lunch—please attach a note to the outside of their lunch box.  This will help make the milk ordering smoother each day:)
  • Please send your child’s blanket/towel and cuddle buddy back to school on Monday–they went home on Thursday so they could be washed over the weekend.
  • Hot lunch is now FREE for ALL students until June 2022.

 

Important Dates

Image result for calendar clipart*Monday, Sept 20 – Art, Tie-Dye Day

*Tuesday, Sept 21– STEAM, Library Day, Crazy Hair Day

*Wednesday, Sept 22 – Music, Spirit Day

*Thursday, Sept 23– Gym, PJ Day

*Friday, Sept 24– Art, Wear Green and/or Sports Day, Walk-a-thon

Lost and Found

LOST AND FOUND BOX Clip Art

There are a few items that have been left behind and no one is claiming them in the classroom so I wanted to send out a blog post before I walk it all down to the main lost and found. 

Please look carefully at each item and let me know if it belongs to your child.  The extra bag of clothes was left on the floor with no name.  Please let me know if this is your child’s and I will make sure it gets in their backpack.

 

Weekly Update (9/6-9/10)

Popcorn Words: I, see, yellow

We had fun celebrating the color yellow this week.

Writers Workshop

This week in writers workshop we focused on learning that when writers have problems and do not know what to do they, solve the problem and do the best that they can!  We are continuing to learn that we do not waste precious time in writing, we continue to do our best and try, try and try!!!  The students are doing a wonderful job of putting this into practice and working the whole time during their writing workshop time. Each day at the end of our writing time we have the opportunity to share with a partner sitting near us and with the whole class! 

Reading Workshop

This week in readers workshop we focused on what it means to private read and partner read.  On Wednesday, we learned where our private read spots were and the students picked one book to read while they were in that spot.  We are learning that we can read the pictures in the book and we need to start reading at the cover.  We then read page by page until we get to the end.  We are up to 5 minutes of private read time of everyone staying on task:) We also worked on partner reading with our partners and finding our partner reading spot. Their job this week was to teach their partner about the book that they had chosen!

 

 

 

 

Math

This week in math we worked on drawing scenes!  The students each drew a scene for the numbers 2, 3, and 4.  These went home in their folders.  We also practiced ordering, counting and visualizing the numbers 1-5 by using our counting mat!  This year we did this whole group and the kids did a nice job of being patient and taking turns with the math manipulative pieces.  Today the students enjoyed working on counting by placing play doh balls on a bus mat.  We did this all together and discussed the concept of adding one more to get the next number.

Handwriting

In handwriting we worked on writing the letters Ee, Ff, Gg and Hh and the numbers 1-5.  The students are practicing their handwriting by writing the letters/numbers in the air, on paper or on whiteboards!  We are really focused on taking our time to produce quality letters/numbers.

 

 

Library

We visited the library for the first time on Tuesday!   We took a tour of the library and learned where we can find books to check out!  At the very end of our time, we were able to check out one book.  These books are due back to school on Tuesday, September 14.

Birthday Celebrations

We had a blast celebrating Ellie’s birthday this week!  She turned six on Wednesday:)

 

Important Information

  • Send your child’s blue folder back and forth to school each day.
  • Please remember to send TWO healthy snacks for your child.  Please insure these snacks are NOT placed in a lunch box. Instead place them in container or baggy in your child’s backpack.  Show your child where these snacks are located and please make sure they are snacks your child likes to eat:) This will help to lessen confusion when ordering hot lunches each morning.
  • If you would like your child to receive milk with their cold lunch—please attach a note to the outside of their lunch box.  This will help make the milk ordering smoother each day:)
  • Please send your child’s blanket/towel and cuddle buddy back to school on Monday–they went home on Friday so they could be washed over the weekend.

 

Important Dates

Image result for calendar clipart*Monday, Sept 13 – Art, Happy Birthday Lucas!

*Tuesday, Sept 14– STEAM, Library-Books are due back, Happy Birthday Carson!

*Wednesday, Sept 15 – Music

*Thursday, Sept 16 – Gym, PTC Meeting 7-8pm (notice the time change)

*Friday, Sept. 17 – Early Release, dismissal 12:15pm, wear blue

*Friday, Sept. 24—Walk-a-Thon

Weekly Update (8/30-9/3)

Popcorn Words: a, red

Writers Workshop

This week in writers workshop we learned that we can think of something that we know about, draw it and write the beginning sounds while labeling our drawings.  The students did an excellent job coming up with different topics they know a lot about.  We also learned that when we think we may be done with a piece  of writing, we need to check it over.  We are starting to learn that when we are done, we have just begun!  We can always add to our picture, add to our writing or start a new piece of writing.  We need to work the whole time to make the most out of our writing workshop time.

 

Reading Workshop

On Monday, we kicked off our first reading workshop lesson by learning that readers walk through the world in a special way.  They don’t just see things, they read things too!  We learned that we are readers and can already read different signs in our school and out in our world! We looked at pictures of items on our screen and the we talked about how we can read them!  We are learning to Look, Think and Read!

 

On Tuesday, we talked about what it means to be a “Book Lover”.  We learned that a book lover takes care of their books by being gentle with them, not eating or using supplies around them and putting them back where we got them from.  As a class, we pledged to be book lovers, then we each made a book love bookmark for our book bins.

Cool Tools

On Monday, we kicked off our “Cool Tools” lesson with reading “Franklin’s Bad Day”.  We learned when it is time to get out of a situation, sometimes the best thing is to walk away.  Our big inflatable “Cool Tool” shoe helped us to remember this.

On Tuesday, we read Rainbow Fish and learned that our words matter.  We learned that we need to be like an ERASER and forgive ourselves for mistakes that we make and learn from them. We also need to forgive others too who may say or do hurtful things to us. We colored a picture of a rainbow fish…and even got a shimmery and shiny scale to put on it!Image result for book rainbow fish

On Wednesday, we read when “I Feel Angry”.  We discussed what to do if we feel upset and angry at school such as talk to an adult, take a walk with an adult, walk away from the situation, count to 10, etc…  We looked at ice melting in a bag and discussed how it is important for us to cool down when we feel angry.

On Thursday, we read Chrysanthemum and learned that words spoken hurt other’s feelings and are impossible to take back, like toothpaste.

 

Image result for chrysanthemum book

Math

On Monday, we started Unit #1 in our math curriculum!  The students were introduced to “Anno’s Counting” Book and together we read the book and discussed numbers 1-10.  We also practiced counting numbers 1-10 by using the number parade.  Later in the week we explored with our math manipulatives!  The students were introduced to the number tiles 1-5, 10 counters and the math tray.  We had fun exploring and counting with our manipulatives.  We also practiced writing our numbers 1-5 on white boards. 

 

     

ABC Boot Camp

Over a long summer break some kinders may need a refresher with their letter names and sounds!  So on Monday, we started our ABC Boot Camp.  We started with the letter Aa and discussed its name, sound and how to write upper and lowercase Aa.  The students had fun making an Aa book, coloring an Aa page and writing uppercase and lowercase Aa.  We continued on with Bb, Cc, Dd throughout the week.  It is our hope to do a letter a day until we finish all 26!

 

 

  

SOAR

As a class we are learning how to SOAR- Be Safe, Own It, Act Responsibly and Be Respectful at school!  This week we learned about noise levels.  When Mrs. Tindall has a fist in the air it means that we need to be quiet.  We use this procedure in the hallway.  Please see our school wide expectations below.

 

A Special Visit

We were SO EXCITED to have our principal, Mr. Waldie visit us and read one of his favorite books to us, Elephant and Piggie, A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems.  We LOVED having Mr. Waldie visit with us!  He is just like us, it was his first week of school too at Georgetown.  Thanks for visiting with us, Mr. Waldie!

 

Red

We had a blast celebrating the color RED today!  The students enjoyed discussing the color, reading a red poem, singing a red song, reading a Clifford book, making a Clifford and making a small flip book on the color red!  Check out some of our pictures below:

Indoor and Outdoor Play Fun

 

Birthday Celebrations

We had a blast celebrating Laken’s birthday this week!  He turns six tomorrow:)

 

Important Information

 

  • Send your child’s blue folder back and forth to school each day.
  • Please remember to send TWO healthy snacks for your child.  Please insure these snacks are NOT placed in a lunch box. Instead place them in container or baggy in your child’s backpack.  Show your child where these snacks are located and please make sure they are snacks your child likes to eat:) This will help to lessen confusion when ordering hot lunches each morning.
  • If you would like your child to receive milk with their cold lunch—please attach a note to the outside of their lunch box.  This will help make the milk ordering smoother each day:)
  • Please send your child’s blanket/towel and cuddle buddy back to school on Tuesday–they went home today so they could be washed over the weekend.

 

Important Dates

Image result for calendar clipart*Monday, Sept 6 – No School

*Tuesday, Sept 7– Art

*Wednesday, Sept 8 – STEAM, Happy Birthday Ellie!

*Thursday, Sept 9 – Music, Jet’s Pizza Night 4-9pm.

*Friday, Sept 10 – Gym; Color Day—-Wear Yellow

*Friday, Sept. 17 – Early Release, dismissal 12:15pm