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February Events

February 5th- Lunar New Year (school closed)

February 7th- Butterfly and Moth Celebration begins at 8:30am

February 8th- Read with Camille day

February 14th- 100th Day Celebration (for students only)

February 18th-22nd- School closed for Mid-Winter Recess

January/February Newsletter

Dear K210 Families,

Can you believe it’s February? The months are flying by and 2019 is shaping out to be a great year for K210 students. Our class has done some amazing work over this month. We finished our Butterfly and Moth unit, started Guided Reading groups, explored 2D and 3D shapes, learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., learned how to book shop and took books home! This time of the school year becomes the big academic push within kindergarten. Students will continue to learn how to read and strengthen their reading skills as seen on the Thinkmarks that have been sent home. They will also begin to learn addition, subtraction, reasoning and problem solving as their math skills, or as I call them, superpowers, improve. Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:

  • We had a visit from NYC Kids Project
  • We watched our Luna Moths come out of their cocoons.
  • Learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Ruby Bridges
  • We learned the sight words up, am, and, are, in, at, on, not, got, said, her.
  • We are practicing Tap, it out.
  • We can read for 8 minutes!
  • We learned about 2D and 3D shapes.

This month has been filled with exciting events. I can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure. Also, see you on Thursday at 8:30am for the Butterfly and Moth Celebration!

Best,

Camille

 

Guess what we’re learning?

This month in reading…

We are still learning how to become better readers and enhancing our Super Reader Power with the help of a few new reading strategies. The strategies are STOP if it does not make sense, and Tap it out. Guided Reading Groups also started in the classroom this month! I’ve been pulling students for small groups and they have each been working on strengthening these skills. While I meet with small groups, the rest of the class works within Literacy Centers which vary from handwriting, sentence structure, independent reading, sight word practice and blending. This week students also learned how to shop for books that are the appropriate reading level for them. These books allow them to independently practice skills and read on their own. With books going home, you can help students practice reading as well.

This month in writing…

Now that the Butterfly and Moth Celebration is coming to an end, so will our butterfly writing unit. We are now going to move into our author study of Mo Willems. During this study, students will learn how to write their own books similar to the author and attempt to copy his style. By reading books by Mo Willems, students are exposed to the language he uses, as well as the variety of characters. Once students are ready to write their own books, they can combine characters, uses speech bubbles, and create their own versions of these books.

This month in math…

We spent all of January learning about 2D and 3D shapes! We learned about the different shapes and kept track of the number of sides, vertices/points, and faces. Now that we are in February, this month students will dive into addition and learn how to problem solve. A big part of this unit will also be explaining your thinking. Since students have learned counting strategies, they will use learned strategies to help solve addition problems. This is an exciting step as students become mathematicians and it will be amazing to see.

This month in Social Emotional Learning…

We are learning all about being Superfelx and how to avoid being a Rock Brain. Superflex and Rock Brain are fictional characters used to help students understand flexibility. Students want to be like Superflex because he/she changes their thinking and is okay with things not going their way or plans changing. Needless to say Superflex is very flexible. Rock Brain on the other hand is stubborn, rigid, and only wants his/her way. As we learn about these characters, students are starting to think about which character they are being or want to be. Think about it for yourself, are you Superflex or Rock Brain?

This month and later…

  • We will learn how to write the uppercase letters, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W.  We will also review the letters we have learned.
  • We will continue to practice Tap it out and blending.
  • Sight Words we are learning mom, dad, come, day, did, say, sat, with, how, very. 

December and January Events

December 14th- Birthday Celebration

December 18th- Family Visit @ 8:30AM

December 24-January 1st- School closed for Winter Recess

January 2nd- School Resumes

January 21st- Dr. Martin Luther King Day, school closed

 

December/January Newsletter

Dear K210 Families,

Our class is in full Butterfly Mode as we continue to learn more about butterflies and their lifecycle. This month our Painted Lady eggs and caterpillars arrived. We are beginning to learn how to be lepidopterist and use special tools that will help us learn more about butterflies. Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:

  • We had our first conferences!
  • We are learning how to write Non-Fiction books.
  • We learned the Sight Words “she”, “go”, “so, “no”, “as”, “by”, “be”, “have”, “my”, “do”.
  • We learned the letters p, j, l, h, k, v and w, as well as their corresponding sounds.
  • We are practicing our Super Reader Powers by reading in our “Reading Bubbles” (a quiet independent reading time) and Partner Reading (reading one book with a partner) for 6 minutes.
  • We are learning how to do Flower Power and solve problems with our friends.

This month has been filled with exciting events. I can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure. Also, please make sure you sign up to bring in snack to our classroom. Several slots are still open and you would really be helping out the class. Thank you in advance! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YFp–rtM9GLXFTQZO7KZ4B1nNFaJ16tmDeiRO_9iK94/edit?usp=sharing

Best,

Camille

Guess what we are learning?

This month in reading…

We are learning how to become better readers and enhancing our Super Reader Power with the help of a few reading strategies. The strategies are Quiet Bubble, Picture Walk, Point from left to right, Mouth & Picture, Look for Sight Words and more to come. After the break, students will get their own Reading Thinkmark bookmark to practice their reading skills at home as well as individual Book Baggies!

This month in writing…

We are learning how to write Non-Fiction books. So far students have written and published at least one book detailing something they know all about. Most students are beginning to take the first steps in sounding out words to create sentences by using learned writing strategies like “Stretch the word”. Other strategies include, using the Word Wall and ABC Line to sound out unknown words. Later, students will learn to write like lepidopterist. This means learning how to write facts, like the ones we have learned about in the butterfly non-fiction books we have been reading. Some students may using the sentences starters Butterflies have… Butterflies can, and Butterflies are… or create their own, to help write these all about books. We can’t wait for you to read them!

This month in math…

We learned all about counting. We have been thinking about ways to count efficiently and accurately, since that is what great mathematicians do. We played partner games to help enhance our “Super Counter Power” and also learned how to move in stations during math. Later this month, we will begin learning about measurement. Students will learn terms like longer, shorter, same, length, size and measure. After the break, we will start Geometry and begin to lean all about 2D and 3D shapes!

This month in Social Emotional Learning…

Students have been learning how to be a better friend with the help of Flower Power. Flower Power is a school-wide program that allows students to independently solve peer conflicts. Right now, most students still need some teacher assistance to help navigate these conflicts, but overtime, students will be able to do this on their own.

This month and later…

  • We will learn the letters v, w, x, y, z, and qu as well as the corresponding sounds. We will also review the letters we have learned.
  • Sight Words we are learning up, am, and, are, in, an, on.

We are lepidopterist! As our class learns more about butterflies and their life cycles, we also observe how they change and learn vocabulary to describe what we see.

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November Events

November 6th- School closed to students for Election Day

November 8th- K210 Family Mixer (after school)

November 12th- School closed for Veteran’s Day

November 14-19th- Book Fair

November 15th- Parent Teacher Conference

November 20th- Family Tuesday @8:30am

November 22nd-23rd- School closed for Thanksgiving Recess

 

November Newsletter

Dear K210 Families,

October came and went within the blink of an eye and boy did we have some exciting moments. From learning new letters, to an eye check, writing new stories and of course the Halloween Parade, it has been an exciting month. Over the course of the last month, students spent time learning how to write stories with the help of writing strategies and different writing tools. This anchor chart have been helping students keep track of the steps writers have to take in order to produce amazing stories.

This month our class will begin our Content Study. Students will learn how all about butterflies and luna moths(SHHH THEY DONT KNOW YET SO DON’T TELL). They will become Lepidopterist, a person who studies butterflies and moths. By the end of the study, students will be able to tell you what these insects eat, how long their life cycles are, and provided dozens of interesting facts to tell to anyone who will listen.

Among these exciting events, here are a few more highlights of the month:

  • We played our first partner game during math.
  • We learned how to be a Storyteller.
  • We learned the letters i, u, c, o, g, a, and s as well as their corresponding sounds.
  • We practiced reading in our “Reading Bubbles” (a quiet independent reading time) and Partner Reading (reading one book with a partner) for 6 minutes.
  • We talked about different ways to solve problems with a friend.
  • We learned the difference between “reporting” and  “tattling”

This month has been filled with exciting events. We can’t wait to continue on this awesome adventure.

Best,

Camille

This month in reading…

We learned how to take a Picture Walk and look for the characters and setting. Students are learning how to use the pictures to help tell the story without reading the words. With the help up a reading tool called 5 Finger Retell. Students can use their own hand to keep track of the story elements within a given text. After identifying all the story elements,  student can begin to retell the story to another student. On occasion, you might even find them acting said story out. Over the course of this month, students will continue to practice 5 Finger Retell and learn how to have a strong feeling about about different books.Image result for five finger retell anchor chart

This month in writing…

We are learning how to become storytellers. We have learned how to put on our storyteller backpacks full of stories we know, a nice talking voice and our imagination. As we write our own stories, students are learning how to write sentences by stretching out sounds and jotting down the initial letter sounds.

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This month in math…

We have been learning all about patterns. We have made pattern snakes with pattern blocks, questioned if color mattered in a pattern and even learned how to build patterns with colored tiles. We also played our first partner game called What Comes Next, as well as the game Add on. Both of these games required students to either guess the missing part of a pattern or add on and complete the pattern. As we wrap up patterns, students will be practicing counting this month. We will discuss ways students can become an accurate counter and a strong mathematician.

This month…

  • We will learn the letters e,r,p,j,l, and h as well as the corresponding sounds. We will also review the letters we have learned.
  • Sight Words we are learning go, so, no, in, an, on.
  • We will learn how
  • We will become lepidopterist! Pretty soon, we will begin our Content Study and start learning about butterflies and luna moths. We also observe how they change and learn vocabulary to describe what we see.

October Events

  • 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

October Newsletter

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.

Best,
Camille

 

 

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.

  

THIS MONTH…

  • 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.