Over the next few months we are excited to have Mr. Toomey interning in our class. He will be here on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30-2:30. The children enjoyed listening to a made up story by Mr. Toomey on his first day here. They are very excited to hear more of his interesting stories.
Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. We are back into the swing of things here in Private Kindergarten. We will be learning the rest of the letters and adding new sight words to our word wall weekly. We also have many fun stories about the winter and snow that we will be reading. Many of our activities and writings will also be based off these stories.
We are only 23 days away from the 100th day of school! (That is if we have no snow days!) We have already started to talk about this day as a class. More information will follow as we get closer, but the day will be filled with many fun activities! It is one of my favorite days of the year!
With the cold weather here, please be sure your child has appropriate clothing for outside. We will still try to get out for recess twice a day even if it is only for a few minutes.
Thank you to everyone for the generous donations of classroom supplies. We have already been able to make blue playdoh and have peppermint smelling fizz while mixing vinegar and baking soda! We are looking forward to using the shaving cream for both handwriting practice on the table as well as painting.(When mixed with glue it makes a puffy, shiny substance to paint with.)
Below you will find pictures that were taken before the holiday break. We had lots of fun doing many art activities and projects.
December already? Where is the year going? Can you believe we have already been in school 62 days! Even with the excitement of the holidays, the children have been working hard in Private Kindergarten. Before thanksgiving, we took a little break from homework and learning new letters to focus on social and emotional development. We had fun acting out skits that showed kind behavior and unkind behavior. We then discussed ways to include others and the importance of using our words to solve problems with others. The day before thanksgiving we had fun using the water table and big paints. We pretended a gallon of water was a turkey and we took turns "basting the turkey"
During the next few weeks, we will have fun learning about different holidays and celebrations that happen in the month of December. Below you will find some pictures of the fun and learning that has been happening in our class. Enjoy!
The children have been having a blast with Boks-so much that we have started doing it 3 days a week instead of only 1! We now go to the gym Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:30 to participate in fitness activities. You may wonder what exactly we do at Boks. We always start out by stretching. Next we run laps around the gym for the duration of a song. During this time, the children run at there own pace, slowing down if they need too, but continue to move during the entire song. After the song we focus on a skills that works a part of the body and then incorporate that into an activity. We finish Boks with a running game such as Mirror Tag. Here is an example of a Boks activity called Over, Under. The children take turns passing a ball over their head or under their legs then run to the end of the line. This activity was a big hit!!
We had a great week leading up to Halloween. We read some Halloween stories, did some fun art activities, and enjoyed a fun celebration! One of our art activities was creating a jack-o-lantern. The children were each given one piece of orange paper and one piece of black paper, but no tracers. They did an amazing job creating individual jack-o-lanterns by tracing and cutting their own shapes.
I can't believe we are already into October. The month of September flew by! Can you believe we have already been in school for 25 days?! We have been so busy learning new letters and words each week. We will be learning our first vowel this month. That will be exciting because then we can start to build and read many words.
We started Boks, our fitness program, first thing on Monday mornings. Boks consist of stretching, running, learning a new skill of the day (ex. plank or sit-up), playing a game involving the new skill of the day, playing a running game (ex. freeze tag), and ending with stretching again. The children love this time of the day and we plan to add another day of Boks to our schedule.
Thursday October 9th-Family Night
Monday October 13th-No School
Monday October 20th-Yankee Candle Fundraiser Due
Now that we are all settled into the schedule and routine of kindergarten, we have started exploring our curriculum. Last week we learned our first two letters Mm and Ss. We worked so hard all week that as a special treat we enjoyed milk shakes and silly sock day on Fun Friday! We also learned our first sight word, I, this week. It was a little confusing because our first sight word is also a letter.
In addition to all the other new and exciting things we have been doing in kindergarten, we also started homework! This can be fun and enjoyable for some and a difficult task for others. Please encourage your child to do their best, but homework should not take more than 15-20 minutes.
This week we are learning about the letter Rr and our new sight word a. For our Fun Friday activity we will be making Ravishing Rainbows!
Below you will find some pictures of us working hard, exploring classroom areas, and engaging in math centers.
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Welcome to Kindergarten! We had a great first week back to school! The children are all adjusting well to the classroom and new routine. We spent most of our week getting to know the classroom areas and discussing classroom rules. We enjoyed some stories including The Kissing Hand and Chester the Brave, but our favorite story was First Day Jitters. During the whole story we thought a child was nervous to begin school, but at the end we found out it was actually the teacher that was nervous!
There will be many pictures posted on our blog throughout the year so you can see what happens in our classroom. Check back often and feel free to leave a comment!