Monthly Focus

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  1. Welcome Kinderstars,

    Thank you for visiting the Kinderstars blog! I am looking forward to working, learning, and playing with your children this year. Please feel free to contact me at msmith@bpsk12.org if you have any questions or concerns.

    The blog will be updated biweekly to inform you of the activities, books, songs, and topics we are learning about in class. Please use this information to discuss what is happening at school with your child.

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  2. The Kinderstars have been very busy the past two weeks! During the first week of school we spent lots of time getting to know each other and learning the rules and schedule of the Kinderstar day.

    Every morning our day begins with a Morning Meeting. This meeting includes a daily message, greeting, sharing and an activity. The children have played lots of welcoming activities such as Knock, Knock, as well as Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar and ball rollling greeting. This is a time that we bond as a class and get to know and appreciate our classmates.

    Here are some of the books we have read:

    Don't Eat The Teacher - Nick Ward
    Pete the Cat Rocking In My School Shoes - Eric Litwin
    The Lion & The Mouse - Bernadette Watts
    A My Name Is
    Pelican and Pelican't - Sarah Froeber
    Corduroy - Don Freeman
    My Friend Is Sad - Mo Willems
    I Broke My Trunk - Mo Willems
    Ten Apples Up On Top - Theo LeSieg

    Literacy Centers

    Name Dobbers
    Sorting Letters into Uppercase and Lower case - T/F/B
    Alphabet Match Games
    K My Name Is Kinderstars book

    Math

    Daily we have Calendar time and review the Month, Day and Date.
    Counted the letters in our names.
    Picked #s and made a book with apples on top.
    Played dice games.
    Went on a Shape Scavenger Hunt.

    Social Skills

    We have spent time discussing Life Skills 1

    When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me and say "yes".

    We have read books about the importance of sharing (The Selfish Crocodile and Let's Share).

    Art:

    We have made our own Corduroy.
    September Self Portrait
    Apple Basket Painting

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  3. The past two weeks have been filled with lots of learning and activities. We have spent a great deal of time learning how to be a good friend, and how friends get along.

    We have learned many more uppercase letters, learned about syllables, and vowels.

    These are the books we have read:

    We're Going on a Leaf Hunt - Steve Metzger
    The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister
    Wimberly Worried - Kevin Henkes
    My Friend Is Sad - Mo Willems
    My Friends - Taro Gomi
    Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - James Dean
    Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes - James Dean
    Pumpkin Jack - Will Hubbell
    The Lonely Scarecrow - Tim Preston
    Owl Moon - Jane Yolen

    Literacy Centers:

    Uppercase Letters - T, F, B, C, S, N, M, U, O, D, G
    Alphabet Match Games
    Apple Poem
    Five Pumpkins On A Gate Poem
    Family Journal Page

    Math:

    Practiced writing our numbers, played number bingo games, 1:1 correspondence for the numbers 1 - 9. We have begun a Farm Counting Book.

    Science:

    We have discussed the Five Senses, and talked about food groups and healthy food choices. A special visitor, Wendy Pavlicek, from the Science Center visited us with a tarantula, corn snake, and an owl. The children got to see these animals up close and were able to touch the snake, and the owl!

    Social Skills:

    We continue to work on Life Skills 1 - "When I call your name, stop what you are doing, look at me and say yes."

    We also learned Life Skills 2-
    "When I give you an instruction you do it right away."

    We were fortunate to visit Scooter, the therapy dog from the Burlington High School.

    Art:

    Rainbow Fish - made with dobbers
    Painted a Fall Tree with tissue paper leaves
    Marble Painted Stars
    Made Witch Puppets
    Made Candy Corn - with torn orange, yellow, and white paper

    Thank you to all the parents who came to Open House.

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  4. The Kinderstars have spent lots of time discussing how families care for one another, how families help one another, and what families do together for fun. We have had the pleasure of having a Harvest Soiree through the high school, and have had a visit from Mr. Maguire’s (high school french teacher), class come visit and speak to us in French. Along with this we also went on a leaf hunt.

    Books we have read:

    Oonga, Boonga
    Keisha Then & Now
    The Very Busy Spider
    Kevin & His Dad
    I Know a Lady Who Swallowed a Bat
    Antonio’s Birthday Fiesta
    Tasting Time on Harmony Street
    The New Small Person

    Letters:

    Uppercase letters:
    E, P, J, L, H, R, K, V, W, Y, X, Q, Z

    Math:

    We are continuing to work on 1:1 correspondence up to 10.
    We made a number farm book, made November turkey calendar pieces, subsitizing leaf activity. The next few weeks we will begin discussing number addition and subtraction stories up to 5.

    Science:

    Pumpkin carving, and labeling parts of a pumpkin. The class made orange slime.

    Social Skills:

    We read the book The Group Plan and discussed the importance of following the Group Plan. We also read Thinking With Your Eyes and did an activity to find out what Mrs. Smith was thinking with her eyes about. This helps the students see other’s perspective, and gain social awareness.

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  5. The month of November has been a busy time for the Kinderstars. We have been spending lots of time learning about our community. We have learned what a community is, what workers do in the community, and what you can do in the community. We have had many special activities including a visit from a nurse, Mrs. Tulipano, from Mass. General Hospital, a visit from two firemen Rob & Paul, and we also attended the Burlington High School pep rally! The Burlington firemen also brought their truck and showed us all the different parts of the fire truck.

    Books We Have Read:

    The Two-Promise Walk
    Put Me In The Zoo
    The Night Gardener
    The Thank You Book
    A Day In The Life of a Firefighter
    The First Thanksgiving Day
    Thank you, Thanksgiving
    The Littlest Pilgrim
    Thankful
    The Little Red Hen

    Literacy Activities:

    This month we have focused on rhyming, the number of syllables in words, and onset-rime for simple words. The Kinderstars continue to practice letter writing and letter identification. The poems this month included The Turkey Is A Funny Bird, and Firefighter.

    Math:

    The Kinderstars continue to work on their 1:1 correspondence up to 10. We have also done simple addition and subtraction stories. We have been working on writing our numbers, and we have talked about different 2D and 3D shapes.

    Social Skills:

    This month we have worked on Life Skill #4 - When something is too hard find a teacher and say “Help Me Please”. Along with this we have read the book Body In The Group and discussed that it is important to be in close proximity to the group since it is a key ingredient to social interactions. This book also focused on your body in the group also means not being too close, or too far away from others, and when you are in the group this lets others know you are interested and part of the group plan.

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  6. The month of December the Kinderstars were busily preparing for our special snowman show for our families. The students did a wonderful job reciting the poem, S Is For Snowman, and singing both I'm A Little Snowman, and 5 Little Snowman songs.

    This month we completed our unit on communities. We learned about different types of communities (country, city). The remainder of the month we began learning about life on a farm. We discussed what a farm is, and what machines help farmers.

    Books We Have Read:

    The Little Red Hen
    The Sandwich Shop
    The Not So Quiet Library
    The Ugly Vegetables
    Happy Dreamer
    Pajama Time
    Pajama Day
    Farm Book
    The Gingerbread Man
    The Gingerbread Girl
    The Ninjabread Man
    Otis

    Literacy:

    We continue working with all the letters of the alphabet. Also, we have spent a great deal of time learning about the first sound you hear in words. We continue to practice our rhyming skills, as well as the number of syllables you hear in words.

    Math

    The Kinderstars continue working with both 2D and 3D shapes. The children really enjoyed using pattern blocks to make snowman, and snowflakes. We continue to work on our numbers 1 - 10. We have introduced adding one more to numbers, as well as simple word problems.

    Social Skills

    This month we began a whole class behavior plan. When the class as a whole does what is asked the students receive a star. When the class completes the star chart (10 stars), we have a special reward. The students did get all 10 stars and we had a pajama party. All the students came in with their Pj's on and we had a great day. We are now working on another 10 to have a Super Hero day. We are half way there, so we will let you know when we can schedule this special reward!

    Since December is the time of year full of excitement we have spent time reviewing the previously taught life skills. The main focus was to review and be secure in Life Skill 1 - "when I call your name, look at me and say yes".

    We continue to use the group plan, and Thinking With Your Eyes.

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  7. REMINDER**

    NO SCHOOL - JANUARY 15, 2018 - Martin Luther King day

    NO SCHOOL - FEBRUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - February Vacation

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  8. It is hard to believe it is already February and we have reached the halfway point of our year!

    Since January we have been learning about farmers and why they have animals, how farmers get food from the farm to our house. Our next unit was all about the jungle, and what animals live there. Recently, we have moved on to the desert and learned what it is, and the animals that live there.

    Books We Have Read:

    Click, Clack, Moo
    The Boy Who Cried Wolf
    Apple Farmer Annie
    Penguin Day
    Flip Flop
    Amazing Jungle
    The Umbrella
    If I Ran the Rainforest
    Chameleon’s Colors
    The Judgemental Flower
    This House Once
    Life
    Two Cool Coyotes
    Desert Night, Desert Day
    Desert Quails Hit Jungle Trails
    Go To Sleep Groundhog

    Literacy:

    We have been slowly introducing lowercase letters and working hard on the correct letter formation of these letters.

    The letters we have worked on are:
    a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i

    We continue working on our rhyming, the amount of syllables in words. Recently we have spent time learning and practicing the first sound you hear in words.

    Math:

    The Kinderstars continue to work on their number sense. We have played dice games, we have made patterns with cubes, recognizing patterns around us, both visually and while listening. Ten frames were introduced and the students wrote the numbers of dots in the ten frame.

    Social Skills:

    We have read the book Whole Body Listening and the students have been practicing using these skills throughout the day.


    This past month included a whole class reward, Superhero Day. The Kinderstars all came in with their Superhero attire on and we made superhero puppets. The class loved this reward and are looking forward to their next reward, a Disney day. I will let you know when they reach this reward.

    Today the students enjoyed the school wide Patriots day to cheer on the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl. We visited the Burlington High School and saw an inflatable football player, named Tiny, and took our picture with him.

    The month of February will bring a Valentine’s Day celebration. We will be making a Valentines bag in class and students can bring in Valentines to share with all of the students. Please be advised that no food can be included with the valentines. A note will be sent home in your child’s folder next week with all of the information.

    February vacation begins 2/19/18 and school will resume on 2/26/18.

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  9. During February the Kinderstars have spent lots of time learning how to be a good friend, and what it means to be kind. Also, we have learned what happens when day changes to night, and what happens when the weather changes.

    Since the last blog we have had lots to celebrate including the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, Olympics, and Chinese New Year.

    Books We Have Read:

    The Kindness Quilt
    Each Kindness
    Kindness to Share, A-Z
    Heart to Heart
    Should I Share My Ice Cream?
    Rhyme Time Valentine
    Henry and Mudge and the Valentines Surprise
    The Best Thing About Valentines
    Bee My Valentine
    There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose
    100 Days of School
    Dumpling Dreams
    Night Shift Daddy
    Goodnight Moon
    One Dark Night
    Little Cloud
    It Looked Like Spilt Milk

    Literacy:

    The students have worked on sequencing a story, a kindness quilt with journaling, letter writing, matching uppercase letters to lowercase letters, phoneme segmentation, and first sound letter sorts.

    Math:

    The Kinderstars have continued to work on number sense, counting from 1-20, building cube towers to 20, understanding simple addition using cubes, number facts of the numbers 6, 7, and 8.

    Social Skills:

    During February the social skills focus was on being a good friend, and showing kindness. During circle time the students are using their Whole Body Listening Skills.

    The Kinderstars continue to display positive behavior. The whole class earned ten stars and were rewarded with a Disney Day. The students were given Mickey Mouse headbands, wore their Disney clothing, were allowed to bring in their favorite Disney stuffed animals, and we watched and sang several Disney songs.

    Reminders:

    **No School - Friday, March 30, 2018 in observance of Good Friday.

    April vacation is the week of April 16, 2018


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  10. It is hard to believe it is already April! March flew by since we had several snow days, as well as Good Friday off from school.

    During March we have discussed the four seasons, and what changes in each season. Kinderstars have learned how they can take care of the Earth. They have learned the importance of recycling, reusing, and reducing waste. The Kinderstars even reused boxes to make our own robot named Thunder. This week we have begun Unit 7, Shadows and Reflections. The children learned what a shadow is and how to make different shaped shadows using their arms and fingers.

    Books we read:

    The Cloud Book
    Tiny Mouse Big Book
    How the Crayons Saved The Rainbow
    The Luckiest Leprechaun
    A Tree For All Seasons
    Every Season
    The Lion and The Bird
    Dragons Love Tacos
    Ellie
    Twelve Days of Springtime
    Think Green
    The Earth Book
    You Are A Lion
    Whistle For Willie
    Whose Shadow Is This?
    What Makes A Shadow

    Literacy

    The Kinderstars are continuing to practice proper letter writing. Also, we are still working on the first sound fluency of letters. We have read several poems including I’m A Little Leprechaun, Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Goodbye. This month we also read a story that the students illustrated called We Can Help The Earth.

    Math

    This month the main focus is for all students to be secure in numbers 1-20. We have introduced a twenty chart, played dice games to find the numbers and write them, also we cut and pasted numbers in the correct order up to twenty.


    Science

    March was full of experiments for the students. We made a walking rainbow, a liquid rainbow, a windsock, kites, and discussed the weather and seasons.



    Social Skills

    We continue to work on all the Life skills that have been taught especially when the teacher calls Kinderstars all the students answer back yes right away. Also, we continue to incorporate mindfulness activities into our day including breathing exercises, as well as watching Zen Den on the Apple Television.

    Reminders

    ***No School - April vacation - the week of April 16-20. School resumes on Monday, April 23, 2018.

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  11. It has been a busy and exciting few months for the Kinderstars. The year is quickly coming to a close. It has been so exciting to see all these students learn and grow this year.

    This month we discussed both shadows and reflections. We learned what makes a shadow, and how shadows change, and also learned about what a reflection is. During May we have begun the final unit called Make It Move.

    Books We Read:

    Moonbear’s Shadow
    The Three Billy Goats Gruff
    When Tomo Moves
    The Paper Bag Princess
    Raccoon On His Own
    Birds
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    The Puddle Pail
    Llama, Llama Home With Mama
    The Very Lazy Ladybug
    The Grouchy Ladybug
    What Do You Do With An Idea
    What Do You Do With A Problem
    Oscar and the Cricket
    Owl Babies
    The Dot
    Are You My Mother?
    A Little Bit More
    Push! Pull! Go!
    The Copycat Fish
    Gilberto And The Wind
    Like A Windy Day
    Bug Bear
    The Cool Pool
    Bulldozer’s Big Day
    Big Tractor
    The Truck Book

    Literacy

    We are continuing to work on perfecting our letter formation skills. Also, we have been working on mastering writing our name with an uppercase first letter followed by lowercase letters. We have read several poems including Rain, I Like I Can, and I Have A Little Wagon. This week we have introduced the final poem of the year, Here Is The Sea. These poems include many sight words the students will be required to know by the end of Kindergarten. The poetry journals will be sent home at the end of the year for the Kinderstars to read to you and practice during the Summer.

    Math

    In Math we continue to master number correspondence of the numbers 1 - 20. We have discussed shapes and their attributes, 2D and 3D shapes, and have worked on math facts up to 10. The students have learned about the math vocabulary, more or less, tallest and shortest, and the math symbols, +, -, =.

    Science

    During May we were fortunate to have Sean Musselman from the Science Center come and put on a demonstration on How Things Move. The children learned how things move by forces, pushing, and pulling. They also had the opportunities to experiment using a Marble Maze in our classroom.

    Also, this month Wendy Pavlicek came to visit and put on a presentation about The Five Senses. Her show included several different animals including a rabbit, snake, and an alligator. All the students had the opportunity to pet the alligator!

    Reminders

    End of the Year Kinderstar Presentations
    Friday, June 25, 2018 - 11:45 am

    Last Day of School -
    Friday, June 22, 2018

    Please be sure that your child comes into school with lots of water, and has sunscreen on. We do go outside everyday and the temperature is warm.

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