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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
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, MooThe Boy Who Cried WolfApple Farmer AnniePenguin DayFlip FlopAmazing JungleThe UmbrellaIf I Ran the RainforestChameleon’s ColorsThe Judgemental FlowerThis House OnceLifeTwo Cool CoyotesDesert Night, Desert DayDesert Quails Hit Jungle TrailsGo To Sleep GroundhogLiteracy: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, iWe 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.
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 QuiltEach KindnessKindness to Share, A-ZHeart to HeartShould I Share My Ice Cream?Rhyme Time ValentineHenry and Mudge and the Valentines SurpriseThe Best Thing About ValentinesBee My ValentineThere Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Rose100 Days of SchoolDumpling DreamsNight Shift DaddyGoodnight MoonOne Dark NightLittle CloudIt Looked Like Spilt MilkLiteracy: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
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 BookTiny Mouse Big BookHow the Crayons Saved The RainbowThe Luckiest LeprechaunA Tree For All SeasonsEvery SeasonThe Lion and The BirdDragons Love TacosEllieTwelve Days of SpringtimeThink GreenThe Earth BookYou Are A LionWhistle For WillieWhose Shadow Is This?What Makes A ShadowLiteracyThe 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. MathThis 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. ScienceMarch 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 SkillsWe 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.