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Music Fun January 29, 2016

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As many of you probably know by now, we enjoy singing in our class. I’ve occasionally record us singing and reciting poems, and I thought you might enjoy a couple of samples.

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Our first poem inspired our snowmen shown above (click on the link, the slide may download to your computer):

Funky Snowman

And our song “Snowflakes are falling down” is a special favourite. We made crystal “snowflakes” to go along with this song:

Here is the link to this song:

Snowflakes are falling down

Have a great weekend. The weekly update will go out later this weekend, but remember to plan for sledding on Monday!

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No sledding today

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No sledding today, but it sounds like Monday might be a great day for it! So, let’s plan on that- Sledding Monday, Feb. 1.

Remember that there is no school on Tuesday Feb. 2 as it is a professional development day.

 

January 25-29 January 26, 2016

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It’s been a pretty busy few weeks in our class. I thought I’d share some pictures of what’s been happening.

We’ve combined our Science and Kitchen Centres into one to create a Science Lab. We have magnet activities, 5 senses activities, and things to build robots with! It’s a fun place to be!

 

We had some fun marble painting, then we turned the painted paper into forest in winter for a bulletin board

We’ve been reading some books by Jan Brett, especially The Mitten and The Hat. One day, during quiet time after lunch, I showed them a video by Jan Brett about how to draw a hedgehog. Now, we have a classroom decorated with Hedgie!

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Now on to this week:

We’re talking about:

-the number 7

-the sight words look, and, come

-the letters J and I

-and many, many other things!

I’m hoping to go sledding on Friday, but it’s not looking too promising right now. I have told the class that if we don’t get to go Friday, we will go the first day we can. Winter is long, I am sure we’ll get more snow before too long.

Guided Reading is going well, I hope you’re enjoying it as much as your children are. I want to remind everyone that our books need to be back by Thursday, Friday at the latest. We have a limited amount of guided reading books, and when we don’t get them back in time we can’t do some activities, and there aren’t enough books for the next group who may need them.

One question I get a lot is, “My child won’t be in today, is there anything we can do at home?” And my answer is almost always this: Give them paper and pencil/crayons/markers and have them write a story, or have them look for sight words in books. These are two very simple things that can happen pretty much anywhere!

Other than that, everything is great! If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Mrs. Marshall

 

January 18-22 January 18, 2016

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Sometimes I wish you could all be flies on the wall in the mornings when your children are coming to school. I wish you could see the joy on their faces when they see their friends, and hear the excitement in their voices when they talk about things they’ve done at home. Teaching Kindergarten is truly the best job in the world, and I am so grateful to have your children in my class this year.

We have some fun activities planned for the week. They include:

Making crystal snowflakes

Making snowman pictures

Learning about the letters T and I

The sight word Look (which has been in many of our guided reading books)

Sending home the next round of guided reading books

Learning about numbers, how we can break them into parts and manipulate them

Reading more stories about Hedgie the Hedgehog

And then there are all of the things that will happen that we don’t even know about yet!

I’m looking forward to this week (and cross your fingers that we still have snow on the 29th for sledding!)

Any questions or concerns? Let me know!

Mrs. Marshall

 

 

December 15 January 14, 2016

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Tomorrow, December 15 will be jersey or sports clothing day. Wear your favourite team jersey or shirt tomorrow! I’m deciding between my Blackhawks shirt and my Cubs shirt. Or should I wear my Bears shirt? No. They didn’t do very well this year 😉

Also, as a reminder, when sending pudding, soup, apple sauce, anything requiring a spoon- please pack a spoon!

Thanks!

Mrs. Marshall

 

December 11-15 January 12, 2016

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Big week this week! Guided Reading books will go home tonight. Please check your child’s backpack as it will be in there, along with a note explaining the expectations. Please remember to have these books returned on Thursday as we will need them for activities within the classroom.

We will be moving into learning about numbers to 10 in Math. We are also still investigating snow. Fingers crossed that we have snow on Jan 29- as that is when we plan to go sledding (if there is no snow then, we will go when there is snow. Surely we should have some in Feb or March!)

In literacy we’re reading The Hat and our letters are A and T. Our sight word is AND.

In other notes:

If you are bringing your child to school in the mornings, it is important that you drop them off in the lobby and have them come down to class on their own. Not only does this encourage independence in your child, but it does help with the congestion around the school at this time of day.

We go out every day- please make sure your child has the appropriate outdoor clothing. A change of clothes is also helpful as they sometimes get wet and muddy outside.

I think that’s it for now! Have a great week!

Mrs. Marshall

 

January 4-8 January 4, 2016

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Happy New Year! It was a great break, but I for one am glad to be back and be on a routine. It’s nice to look out of the window and see the snow falling too. Since it is definitely winter now, please remember to send your child with the proper outdoor gear: coat, hat, snow pants, mittens, boots. We go out every day unless it is over 20 below. Which means we are outside most days!

We are starting back to class hitting the ground running. This week we’ll talk about the letters G and T and the sight word me (we’ll keep this one from December. We’ll get a new sight word next week).

We’ll finish up patterns this week, and begin number sense 6-10 next week.

We had a lot of talk today about snow, where it comes from, what it looks like, etc. So for the next little bit we’ll be spending some time doing some snow activities. We’ll be looking at snowflakes, learning about how snow is made, reading stories about snow. It should be a lot of fun. And if all goes to plan (and we have snow still) we’ll go sledding on Jan. 29. We have enough crazy carpets for everyone and there is a small hill in the back of the school.

But the biggest news of all: Now that it is January, we will begin Guided Reading. It’s always an exciting time for the kids, their first in-school introduction to reading. I try to emphasize that we are just learning. I do not want your child to feel pressure or anxiety about this. It is a fun time and I want them to view reading as a fun and pleasurable activity. I will send more information home when we are ready to begin bringing books home for homework.

Today is day 3 in the cycle. If your child had a library book over the holidays, please return them as soon as you can. Thanks!

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

Here’s to 2016- May this be one of the best years!

Mrs. Marshall