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Handwriting practicePosted by Lisa Thomas on 3/30/2020
Here is a link to the Handwriting Without Tears program that we use at school. They are offering a free access for remote learning. This was sent to teachers from the MCPS ocupational therapist. THANKS
UPDATE 3-30-20Posted by Lisa Thomas on 3/30/2020
Happy Monday KT families,
I hope this message finds you all well. As things get more intense with the virus please take care.
My conference about Daily 5 was done on line this weekend. My mind is FULL of Daily 5! While going to Chicago and doing it LIVE would be GREAT, I do have a lot of resources from the online learning. One thing you can do at home is having your child practice the jobs we do at school at home. These jobs are done for 7 minutes at school, please adjust as needed for your home. Read to Self, stay in one place, keep reading, a quiet voice that only you can hear. If you do not have books for this you can access the IRLA site and check out the yellow and green level books for your child to read to self. Read to Someone (buddy read), elbow to elbow and knee to knee, one reads and the other listens, keep reading, you can coach the reader if they ask, you can ask a question about the book after the reading is done. You can use IRLA books for this too, Siblings can use this for great read together time. Listen to Reading, listen and follow along, keep listening through the whole story, you can use TumbleBooks and Starfall for listen to reading, it is best to listen to stories that show the text during listen to reading.
Keep well and keep in touch,
Miss Thomas aka... Lisa
March 23rd UPDATEPosted by Lisa Thomas on 3/23/2020 10:00:00 AM
Good Morning KT families,
Welcome... What a different way to come back from spring break. I hope you all are doing well and remain healthy. I did go to London during the break and had a wonderful visit. I am now at home. Teachers are setting up home work spaces today and will be communicating wiht you about activities your child can do at home to keep them engagned in learning while schools are closed. The district and Mrs. Wright are also communicating with you through the Black Board connect system. I will also be using that, so please check in daily.
Class UpdatePosted by Lisa Thomas on 3/6/2020
Hello KT Families,
March has come in like a lamb. We never had a Lion of a winter either. I hope you are all looking forward to the break and more time with your kindergartner. I wish you all safe travels wither they be near or far. I will be leaving for London on Thursday the 12th and will have a substitute for the half day. I have a week of theater, museums, and palaces to keep me busy. The week we get back to school I will also be out on Thursday and Friday to attend the Daily 5 Kindergarten Conference. I am so excited to attend!
We are enjoying the Cat in the Hat comes BACK book on Monday next week and trying a how to draw video of how to draw the Cat in the Hat. Tuesday and Wednesday will be touching on Luck and Leprechauns. On Thursday the 4 Kindergarten classes will be sharing our SPARK work with each other. This work is also part of our spring music performance coming on March 31st at 1 PM.
After the break we will begin a Folktale Unit including 3 Bears and 3 Pigs. This will be a comparative literature unit as well as a stem science experience with forces push and pull. We read a variety of versions of each folktale, some from around the world.
In Math we are working with teen numbers. We are using a ten frame (also referred to as the ten bug) and counting on from ten to build teen numbers.
Specials next week
Monday Library (special time 8:45)
Up coming events
Monday -Wednesday: Conferences
Tuesday March 10th: ART with the art teacher
Friday March 13th: NO SCHOOL
Monday-Friday March 16th to 20th SPRING BREAK
Tuesday March 31st Spring concert @ 1PM
2-14-20Posted by Lisa Thomas on 2/14/2020
Happy Valentine's Day,
I hope you hear lots of "I love you" from you child. It was so nice to see the class so excited to give valentine cards this morning. Thank you for your efforts to address and prepare our notions and cards. We will continue with some more valentine and 100 activities next week too.
To follow up on the MSU nursing student dental presentation we will have a dental clinic in the drama area next week. We will also have some fun dental health activities out for choice time. With all the "sugar bugs" out at this time of year it is a good reminder to take care of that smile. :) On Wednesday we watched a Mystery Doug lesson on the heart beat. We will follow up on that next Wednesday with some in class movement and listening to each others' heart beats. We are using strong paper towel tubes to hear our heart beats.
Our reading program is still covering weather on non-fiction texts. I am including other readings too. We are using instruments to make weather sounds and create rain storms in the classroom. Our newest set of sight words are... see, look, with, for, they, you, of, and she. I am checking sight word knowledge to prepare spring report cards and many in the class are doing well with these frequently used words.
In Math we are using ten frames (2 groups of 5 side by side) as a base to build teen numbers.
Monday NO SCHOOL President's day
Monday NO SCHOOL
Friday SPARK Theater
March 9, 10, 11 CONFERENCES
March 13th NO SCHOOL
2-7-20Posted by Lisa Thomas on 2/7/2020
Dear KT families,
What a fun 100th day! We are all so excited to be 100 days smarter. Due to the fabulous play, Wendy and Peter with MCT, this afternoon we will be continuing some 100 day activities on Tuesday. THERE IS NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY. Teachers will be hearing from a national speaker from our reading assessment tool in the morning and at a staff created Ed Camp in the afternoon.
We are reading non-fiction weather books as part of our reading series. The class amazed me with vocabulary comprehension yesterday morning. We will be making weather reports after next week. They will be available at Conferences in March.
Next week we will be off the routine to celebrate Valentine's day. We like to read and share about love in Kindergarten! Our Valentine exchange will be Friday morning.
We will begin our SPARK theater experience next Friday. We will be combining our weather unit with a performance of the water cycle. Rosie Ayers is our SPARK artist. She just directed Leading Ladies and the MCT. We are very excited to work with her.
Our Moose drawings, instructed by Jan Brett via video, will be on display at Stella Blue beginning tonight, First Friday. They will hang for the month and then come home. They are wonderful and I encourage you to find your way to the exhibit this month if not the opening tonight.
Monday NO SCHOOL
UP coming Events
Monday NO SCHOOL
Wednesday Dental Health presentation
Friday VALENTINE'S DAY
Monday February 17th President's Day
Thank you so much for everything you do!
Halloween and updatesPosted by Lisa Thomas on 10/25/2019
Happy Fall everyone,
Next week is one of the most exciting weeks of the year for kindergarten children. We will be having a celebration in the classroom from 12:30 to 1:30 on Thursday the 31st. Below is a sign up genius link to help at the party or send in treats. Please refer to the school website and previous messages to you about Halloween costumes and healthy treats.
We are looking at trees, what they need to grow and survive, who needs a tree, and what comes from trees. This will include apples and apple trees that have history in the Rattlesnake valley.
In reading we will read science and scary books. Our drama area is set up for pretend trick or treat. We will have pumpkins to explore and decorate. This exploration will also focus on what plants need to grow and survive.
On November 5th we will be going to UM for a basketball game. A lunch order form was in the Boomerang folders yesterday. It will need to be returned by Wednesday next week. I do need 3 parent helpers to attend with us. If you are available and interested please let me know by email. The first 3 will come with. We are limited to only 3 per class.
Parent teacher conferences are November 13th and 14th. A sign up genius sign up will to out next week. There will be no school on Friday the 15th. I am looking forward to seeing you all and sharing your child's progress and success.
10-05-19Posted by Lisa Thomas on 10/25/2019
Greetings KT families,
I hope you did not get too wet at homecoming. Sunday was the real fall beauty. Kindergarten will be looking at fall and the change of season after the State teacher"s convention. There is NO SCHOOL on October 18th or 19th.
This week is a continuation of our unit on Home. We are branching out to our community and people who work there. This focuses around the book Miss Bindergarten Takes a Field Trip with Kindergarten and the fire safety puppet show we had last week. If you did not hear about fire safety last week, ask your child about smoke detectors, fire drills, and stop/drop/roll. Our Drama area is set up as a fire station; with hoses, hats, maps, and fire reports to fill out. We have house blocks and Lincoln logs in construction, and an art activity on how to draw a house. Our next book is A House for Hermit Crab. Our class pet hermit crabs will be the stars of that read.
Unit one of Math is lots of rote counting and counting of objects. This will continue with math games, daily counting routines, and counting books. We are counting the days of school using groups of ten.
Science is our own habitat and social studies exploration of our community.
Specials this week is Counselor, Library, PE, Music, PE
October 17-18 NO SCHOOL
October ART and vision screening
October 31 Halloween (party 12-20 to 1:30)
November 13-14 Parent -Teacher conferences
November 15th NO SCHOOL
August 30thPosted by Lisa Thomas on 8/30/2019
Our first week was a great introduction to our school. We reviewed and practiced school expectations.
Next week we will begin our Kindergarten color unit. There is a letter about this 2 week unit in the parent pack. During this unit we will introduce and practice many classroom tools and routines through art, science, and literature.