Learning to tie shoes can be quite challenging, but this video may provide some help for you and your child.
This video is great for helping students with number writing! Sing along and practice together at home.
10/8- School Closed for Columbus Day
10/16- Kindergarten Family Tuesday @ 8:30am
10/18-10/19- Picture Day (K210 picture day TBD)
10/20- Taste of the Seaport
10/31- Halloween Parade
Dear K210 Families,
So much has happened this last month! Not only did we begin our journey together as a class, but we also learned the rules of Peck Slip School and we are continuing to practice them everyday. We also explored different math manipulatives and discovered the different ways we can use them in math. As our class continues to learn and grow, we will continue to learn to become independent and learn how to work in small groups. These small groups will give me a chance to work with every student and get to know them individually as learners. Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:
We have completed a month of school!
Bill Gordh came to visit our classroom.
We had our first fire and lockdown drill.
We learned the Sight Words “like”, “the”, “me”, and “can”.
We learned the letters t, b, f, m, and n as well as their corresponding sounds.
We practiced reading in our “Reading Bubbles” (a quiet independent reading time) to help build our stamina.
We received writing folders to store our writing pieces.
We received our very own sight word books!
We met our Class Buddies
This month has been filled with exciting events. I can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.
Guess what we are learning?
THIS MONTH IN READING…
We will continue to practice Reading Bubble and learn how to choose books that interest us. Later we will also learn how to read with a partner and discuss favorite parts of the book. We will also learn how to take a Picture Walks (looking at the pictures of the book), and the terms characters, setting, beginning, middle and end.
we may even have a guest reader or two as well.
THIS MONTH IN WRITING…
While we are still practicing the routines of writing, students are learning what writers write about. Each student has had the opportunity to free write their own stories and learn how to make each story better with the help of labels and backgrounds. This month, K210 will learn how to write about what they know, love and something that happened to them. As the class learns how to become Storytellers, they will learn to create stories that are real or made up in order to entertain the readers or listeners. We are also learning how to create these stories and drawing the pictures to match. Soon we will start expanding on those stories and learn to add more labels and words.
THIS MONTH IN MATH…
We have had the best time learning how to use math manipulatives such as snap cubes, pattern blocks, attribute blocks, dice and number cards. Now that we have learned how to use all the manipulatives, we practiced number writing by singing The Number Song. Although some numbers are still backwards, students are learning to be comfortable with simply just trying their best. Later this month we will begin to discuss patterns. We will spend time thinking about what a pattern is and explaining how we know. As we build and create patterns of our own, students will also learn how to record the patterns they make. By the end of the unit they will begin to play their first partner game about patterns.
- We will learn the letters u, i, c, o, a, g, d and s as well as the corresponding sounds. We will also review the letters b, t, f, m and n
- Sight Words we are learning this month are: you, we, I, see, to, was, A/a, love
- We will practice Flower Power and learn how to resolve conflicts with friends.
- We will start the Snoopy Project.
Add these dates to your September calendar:
- September 10th & 11th- School Closed (Rosh Hashanah)
- September 17th- Back to School Night
- September 19th- School Closed (Yom Kippur)
WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN!
Dear incoming kindergarten families,
Welcome to Peck Slip! I am so excited to welcome you to my kindergarten class. This is going to be an amazing school year full of fun, play and plenty of learning. I am so excited to meet all of you and I can’t wait to start our year together.
Allow me introduce myself, my name is Camille Trotman and yes I do have purple hair. But, don’t be surprised if you see it change during the year, I’m always mixing it up. This will be my fourth year at Peck Slip and my sixth year teaching in New York City. I can’t believe that I have been teaching kindergarten for five years and I have truly fallen for this grade. I am a born and raised New Yorker and currently live in Harlem with my best friend and few pet fish. Our classroom also has a pet fish named Rainbow, I’m sure he’ll be excited to meet you! Little known fact around the school, I LOVE TO EAT and also cook, but mostly eat. I am always trying new recipes and usually use my friends as guinea pigs to try the food. Needless to say, everyone is always at my apartment for dinner. When I’m not cooking, I’m trying to add stamps to my passport. I’m hoping to add two more next year and at least four more by 2020.
I am really looking forward to growing and working together this year. If you have any questions or concerns before then please feel free to email me at email@example.com. I will begin checking emails on Monday, September 3rd. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you soon!
Your new teacher,
Dear K210 Families,
Well, we did it. We have officially made it to June and survived a year together. While we all knew this day would come, I can’t tell you enough what a pleasure it has been teaching the students of K210. They have truly grown from the tiny tots they first were when entering kindergarten and are now leaving holding their heads up a little taller, ready for first grade. Well, it may be June, but that hasn’t stopped K210 from working or learning. With the Pet Expo around the corner, students have been working on building supplies, making signs, working together in order to build teamwork and collaboration, and of course learning how to do our jobs. I’m sure by now your children have been talking non-stop about the expo and hopefully they haven’t revealed too much already, but in case you haven’t heard, it’s going to be Thursday, June 14th at 9AM. Be ready to play, pretend, and learn more about pets. An email will be sent soon detailing the rules and expectations families MUST follow while participating in the expo. Although the expo has taken over, here are a few more things to look forward to during this last month:
- PET EXPO!!!
- Interviewing first grade teachers and students
- Visiting a first grade classroom
- Recalling best/favorite/worst kindergarten memories
- Finishing our Kindergarten Memory Books
- Packing up our classroom
- Saying goodbye
- Summer vacation
This expo will be the cherry on top of an amazing year. It was truly a pleasure being K210’s teacher and I know all of K210 will flourish in first grade. I hope you all visit me next year. Enjoy your summer!
Guess what we’re learning in reading….
Now that the year is coming to a close, students will be taking home their last round of Take Home Books and review learned reading strategies to maintain content. Students will also get the opportunity to read to another kindergarten teacher and display their reading skills. Over the summer, continue reading everyday and share your favorite parts of the books with each other. You can also review sight words by creating flashcards and play your own version of Head’s Up.
Guess what we’re learning in math…
Like reading, we are spending time reviewing math content that students struggled with over the year. Through the use of Just Right Games and small groups, students will continue to work on their math skills and practice learned strategies. Over the summer, continue counting objects, play addition/subtraction games, practice explaining how you arrived at your answer, etc.
Guess what we’re going to do…
Once the pet expo is over, we will be visiting a First Grade classroom and interview teachers and students. These interviews help relieve some anxiety students are feeling about moving up to another grade. Students will also get the opportunity to write letters to first grade teachers and tell them all about themselves. Letters will be given to their new teachers over the summer.
Over the summer…
Continue to do the following:
- Read to each other
- Write stories about your summer vacation
- Play math games
- Talk about feelings for the upcoming year
- Relax and have fun
Add these events to your calendars:
- June 4th- Read with a Kindergarten Teacher Day
- June 7th- Students not in attendance (DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL)
- June 11th- Students not in attendance (DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL)
June 14th- PET EXPO!!!!!!!! 9am (wear something with an animal on it or animal print)
- June 15th- School closed for Eid al-Fitr
- June 19th- Kindergarten and First Grade Concert
- June 20th- Crazy Appearance Day (come to school with crazy hair or a crazy outfit)
- June 21st-Pajama Day (wear pjs to school)
- June 22nd- Color Day (Kindergarten color: YELLOW)
- June 22nd- Summer Birthday Celebration
- June 25th- Look-Alike Day (wear the same outfit as someone else #twinning)
- June 26th- Last day of school for all students (wear Peck Slip shirt/attire)
I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. Let me start off by saying a huge “Thank You” to all the families who have been coming in to help build, paint and decorate 3D Pets. You all have been a big help to our class and I can’t thank you enough for all that you have done. Even though Pet Study has taken over the classroom, and the hallway, it hasn’t stopped the learning in the classroom. Over the last month, students have been working on How-to Books and learning all about Teen Numbers (details below). We have also spent the last few weeks going on trips to various pet businesses and learning as much as we can from the workers. These trips have really helped students learn the names of jobs, tools and even a desire to learn more about these jobs on their own. While I’m sure most students have told you all about the trips and projects they have been working on, you will not be able to see anything until June during the final Family Friday. Among these exciting accomplishments, here are a few more highlights of the month:
- We interviewed Heather, the owner of Paws on Pine a local dog walker.
- We visited Petco, and interviewed Mike, one of the employees.
- We visited the Seaport Animal Hospital, a local vet clinic and interviewed the employees there.
- We visited the Seaport Paw, a local groomer.
- We also finished our How-to Take Care of a Pet Book.
- We learned about Teen Numbers.
- We started building materials for the Pet Expo.
This month has been filled with exciting events. We can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.
Guess what we’re learning?
This month in Writing…with a dash of Pet Study
Students have just finished publishing their How-to Take Care of a Pet Books. These books are written based on the 3D pets made by the class and describe how someone else would clean, feed, exercise and even train their chosen pet. With these books now published we will learn how to write Persuasive Letters. This unit of writing will still align with Pet Study and will require students to write convincing letters in order to persuade the reader. Students will start this unit by writing a letter to me where they will describe what job they want for the Pet Expo. They will do their best to convince me why they deserve to have that job and after some practice students will write letters to their parents in an attempt to persuade them to get a pet. Whether or not you decide to get the pet is your decision. We can’t wait for you to read our letters.
This month in Math…
We are learning all about Teen numbers. Through math games like 10 and, Teen Number Bingo and a counting book, students learned placed value and the ability to recognize teen numbers in different ways. As the year gets ready to come to a close, we will spend time reviewing learned math material and really focus on strengthening our math skills.
This month try this…
Students sense that the year is about to end. They know changes are going to happen and after becoming comfortable with things in kindergarten, wrapping their minds around leaving this wonderful grade can be tough to cope with and with this comes the big R….REGESSION. Yes, this is a real thing that happens among 5/6 year olds. These articles have been really helpful in dealing with regression. Take some time to read these in order to understand what your child may be feeling or thinking:
- We will continue making our 3D Pets (please sign up!)
- We will continue building materials for our Pet Expo.
- We will learn the sight words: little, help, make, wake, of, or, take, his, her, some. We will also spend time reviewing any sight words students are still struggling with, for example: on and no
Save the Dates
- May 4th- Trip to the Seaport Animal Hospital
- May 8th- Teacher Appreciation Day (thank a teacher this day)
- May 8th- Trip to Petco Union Sqaure
- May 11th- Walking trip to Seaport Paw
- May 16th- Math Games with Camille
- May 21st- 25th- Book Fair
- May 28th- NO SCHOOL- MEMORIAL DAY