Hello, parents and friends!
We are off to a GREAT start! Your kinders are wonderful. This week in the Peace Fruit Stand we had morning meetings with Calendar Time, Puppet “Davey the Dragon” and “Freddy the Frog” (Dress Me for the Weather.) We began each morning with prayer and our Hello Neighbor Song from Go Noodle. Our classroom expectations are: 1. Follow directions the first time, 2. Raise your hand for permission to speak, 3. Keep your hands and feet to yourself and stay in your “bubble space,” 4. Be safe, respectful, and caring.
Your kinders learned the “Give Me Five” expectations for showing Mrs. Bonney they’re ready to learn: Give me five, zipped lips, eyes open, ears listening, legs crossed, and hands still. We have learned hand signals for the hallway and instructional time. Your child should be able to sing you our “hallway song.” We have learned Call and Response for instructional attention grabbers. We learned about how to earn Banana Bucks and how to shop at Mrs. Bonney’s Banana Buck Store on Fridays. Ask your children about their shopping experience!
Each day we have had Readers Workshop. During Readers Workshop, students have learned the steps and expectations for “read to self” in the classroom library. We are working on reading stamina. We are learning how to select books and why reading is so fun! Students have worked on capital letter recognition and letter sounds during guided reading time with Mrs. Bonney in small groups. Students are learning the procedures for the Daily Five. You can find more information on the Daily Five in the Parent Packet you received at orientation. We have begun reading our book series from the First Quarter Curriculum Map. Our book this week was “Little Miss Muffet Learns About Spiders.”
During Writer’s Workshop, we worked on pencil and crayon grip. If you are interested in working with your child on pencil and crayon grip, you can google “pencil grip flip trick.” We are learning how to properly store our pencils and crayons so we can share desk space with our friends. We completed a “First Day Survey” you can find displayed outside our classroom door. This week we worked on our “I Am Special” booklet, displayed on our classroom “WOW Work” wall. We learned about our Handwriting House: bottom line, middle line and top line. The bottom line is the floor, the middle line is the window and the top line is the roof.
During Math Workshop we learned how to use math manipulatives correctly. We practiced procedures and divided into two groups. Group 1 worked on math writing: numbers 1-5 using handheld whiteboards and expo markers. Group 2 worked on math counting with numbers 1-10 using manipulatives.
After Recess, we had Bible class. During Bible class we focused our attention on Creation, days 1-6. We talked about how peace exists in God’s creation. We read from Genesis, The Jesus Storybook Bible and Max Lucado’s “You are Special.” We designed a Peacemaking Train with Punchinello, the main character from the story. The students learned that peacemakers help, care, listen and forgive. Psalm 34:14 “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”
Parents, I began praying for your children as soon as I received the class list over the summer. I will continue to pray for academic progress, spiritual and social development, and physical and emotional health! Your children matter to God, to you, and to me. I am honored to begin this school year with such an amazing class of little people! We have had an awesome first week! Please stay tuned to learn about what we are learning on this classroom blog!
Reminder: For more pictures of your students working, please see the Bloomz App! I have posted pictures each day. You have received an invitation from our class to join. Once you join you can view all of our “classroom happenings”, personally message me, and receive reports on your child’s progress. Also, please be sure to initial your child’s G.O. Book each day 🙂
Blessings and Smiles,