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Kindergarten Blog

Having Fun in Kindergarten!

Dear Kindergarten Families, While it was cold and windy outside, we had lots of fun and learning inside! We are looking forward to welcoming grandparents and special friends on Monday, March 27th, for Kesher Day! In English Language Arts,  students were introduced to a new Author Study  of Eric Carle. We read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” and students wrote “I see a ___ looking at me,” along with practicing writing and reading color words. Students also read the book “Little Cloud” and wrote “My little cloud looks like a ____.”  Over the next few weeks, we will be making a...
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Three Piggy Opera and Purim Celebration!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had an amazingly fun week that began with our Three Piggy Opera, included lots of learning about Purim, making Hamantashen and Mishloah Manot baskets, learning, playing and, finally, celebrating Purim at school! In Language Arts, we reviewed letter Xx. Students were introduced to various kinds of xylophones in Music class, practiced playing these amazing instruments, looked at different x-rays and practiced letter x in their Handwriting Without Tears books. The children loved performing Three Piggy Opera for the parents and their buddies! After our performance for parents, students wrote in their journals about what their favorite...
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Pajama Day and 100th Day of School

Dear Kindergarten Families, It was great to welcome all of our wonderful happy students back to school! They were very excited and cute in their cozy pajamas leading the school parade and singing Mishenichnas Adar. We had many fun activities related to the Pajama Day and 100th Day of School. The children were very excited to share their 100 items and were very clear explaining how they counted (by 10, by 5, by one and so on). In Language Arts, we worked on letter Ww. Students practiced in their Handwriting Without Tears books, made large lists of words with the...
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Week of Presidents’ Day

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a fun week full of learning about Purim, Presidents’ Day and our favorite books and characters! In Language Arts, we reviewed the  letter V and the sound it makes /v/. Students were detectives and searched our classroom for two objects with which they could make a v shape. Students practiced writing lower- and uppercase Vv  in their Handwriting Without Tears books. We did a science experiment combining baking soda and vinegar to create a VOLCANO! In spelling practice, we reinforced the two short vowel sounds we learned last week /u,i/ and were introduced to the...
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Read-A-Thon, Tu B’Shevat and more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, It was wonderful to see all of you at the 2017 Seconds  Read-a-thon event! Thank you for coming and thank you for the wonderful pictures of your families reading at home together – all of them are displayed in this blog post! In Language Arts, we reviewed the  letter U and the short and long /u/ sounds (as  in “umbrella” and “unicorn.”)  It is a challenging letter and we worked on finding many words with the letter U. Students practiced writing the lower and uppercase letter U/u in their Handwriting Without Tears books. This week, students were...
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New Math Books, Writing Fairy Tales and Celebrating Chinese New Year!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a fun week, with lots of learning and playing indoors and outside! We began practicing our “Three Piggy Opera” and celebrated the Chinese New Year! In Language Arts, we reviewed and practiced writing lower- and uppercase letter Tt. We raced against the clock and found over 100 words that start with letter T. We practiced in our Handwriting Without Tears books and then used dictionaries and “read the room” looking for words that start with T to write on our papers. We read the book “Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza” by Philemon Sturges and...
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Learning about Weight and Capacity, Exploring the Three Little Pigs and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, It is a great pleasure to observe and lead your children in learning and exploration. They are so excited about everything we learn, whether it’s measuring in Math, reading and writing, planting or exploring family traditions. We have seen some great results of changing groups with many new friendships and positive interactions. This class is also very interested in creative play: chess and checkers, Lego and architectural design! In Language Arts, we worked on the letter S. The children raced against the clock (5 min.) and came up with 96 words that begin with S! Students practiced writing...
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Fairy Tales, Planting, Measuring, Tu B’shvat and much more!

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a fun and busy week, learned many new concepts and had lots of time to play! In Language Arts, the students reviewed the letter Rr. While playing Charades, they were able to act out familiar words beginning with the sound /r/. They practiced writing lower- and uppercase Rr and were able to find, illustrate and write down many words that begin with this letter. Students practiced a new spelling sort this week: one group worked on reading and writing the  -at word family (bat, mat, etc.) and the other practiced identifying beginning blends such as...
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MLK Tekes, Art Museum and more

Dear Kindergarten Families, We had a fun week playing in the snow, visiting the Children’s Museum of the Arts.  We also  learned about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,. and participated in a school-wide Tekes (assembly) dedicated to his birthday and legacy. Here is the video of our presentation during Tekes. In Language Arts, we reviewed and practiced writing uppercase and lowercase letter Q. It is a tricky letter because it makes a sound similar to letters C and K and the students worked hard to find more than 20 words that begin with this letter. We also learned that the letter...
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The First Week of 2017!

Dear Kindergarten Families, Welcome back to school! We would like to wish you a happy and healthy New Year! The children were excited to be back and to see their friends and teachers, had many stories about their winter break adventures and were enthusiastic about joining their new groups and playing with friends! In Language Arts, we reviewed the letter P and the sound /p/ makes. We raced the clock and came up with almost 100 words that begin with P! We practiced writing upper- and lowercase Pp. On the first day of school, the children wrote about all the...
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