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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 WardPete the Cat Rocking In My School Shoes - Eric LitwinThe Lion & The Mouse - Bernadette WattsA My Name IsPelican and Pelican't - Sarah FroeberCorduroy - Don FreemanMy Friend Is Sad - Mo WillemsI Broke My Trunk - Mo WillemsTen Apples Up On Top - Theo LeSiegLiteracy CentersName DobbersSorting Letters into Uppercase and Lower case - T/F/BAlphabet Match GamesK My Name Is Kinderstars bookMathDaily 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 SkillsWe have spent time discussing Life Skills 1When 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 PortraitApple Basket Painting
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 MetzgerThe Rainbow Fish - Marcus PfisterWimberly Worried - Kevin HenkesMy Friend Is Sad - Mo WillemsMy Friends - Taro GomiPete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - James DeanPete the Cat I Love My White Shoes - James DeanPumpkin Jack - Will HubbellThe Lonely Scarecrow - Tim PrestonOwl Moon - Jane YolenLiteracy Centers:Uppercase Letters - T, F, B, C, S, N, M, U, O, D, GAlphabet Match GamesApple PoemFive Pumpkins On A Gate PoemFamily Journal PageMath: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 dobbersPainted a Fall Tree with tissue paper leavesMarble Painted StarsMade Witch PuppetsMade Candy Corn - with torn orange, yellow, and white paperThank you to all the parents who came to Open House.
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 & NowThe Very Busy SpiderKevin & His DadI Know a Lady Who Swallowed a BatAntonio’s Birthday FiestaTasting Time on Harmony StreetThe New Small PersonLetters:Uppercase letters:E, P, J, L, H, R, K, V, W, Y, X, Q, ZMath: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.
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 WalkPut Me In The ZooThe Night GardenerThe Thank You BookA Day In The Life of a FirefighterThe First Thanksgiving DayThank you, ThanksgivingThe Littlest PilgrimThankfulThe Little Red HenLiteracy 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.
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 HenThe Sandwich ShopThe Not So Quiet LibraryThe Ugly VegetablesHappy DreamerPajama TimePajama DayFarm BookThe Gingerbread ManThe Gingerbread GirlThe Ninjabread ManOtisLiteracy: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.MathThe 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 SkillsThis 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.
REMINDER**NO SCHOOL - JANUARY 15, 2018 - Martin Luther King dayNO SCHOOL - FEBRUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - February Vacation