Sunday, May 20, 2018

Week 38 May 21- May 25

Happy Sunday! Woah! How is it possible that we made it to the last week of kindergarten already?!  I have had an incredible time getting to know each and everyone of your amazing kiddos! Thank you for entrusting them to me. 
A couple quick things for next week, Monday/Tuesday are full days the rest of the week Wednesday/Thursday/Friday are half-days, release starting at 11:45. Promotion is on Thursday evening. We will be sending our kindergarten t-shirts on home on Wednesday or Thursday, students may wear them on Friday with their uniform bottoms. Friday we will enjoy a few treats and fun time as we send them off to first grade! I look forward to fun and busy final week with your sweet children!

Yesterday was a pretty wonderful day in my world. Jay took me on a fun day trip and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him! 
I said "yes!"

Spalding: We will continue reviewing all Spalding phonograms and words.  There will be no official test this week, however there will still be homework Monday-Wednesday.

LiteratureThis week will read the Wolf and the Seven Little Kids.  We will re-read Little Red Riding Hood so that we can compare and contrast the two stories. We will also spend our final week in kindergarten writing about our awesome school year in a memory book.  Our poem this week will be Hot Cross Buns.

Math:Our last week of math! Wow!  We will be finishing up with some review.  On Tuesday, we will be learning coin names and their values.  Don’t forget to keep working on math over the summer! 

Science: We will wrap up the school year with a couple fun lessons exploring space. We will learn the names of the 8 planets and how they move in space. We will also talk about stars and constellations. Students will get to create and name their own constellation as well!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Week 37- May 14- May 18

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother's Day! I cannot believe we are about to start our final full week of kindergarten. THANK YOU!!!!!From the bottom of my heart! You all spoiled me rotten this week for Teacher Appreciation and I couldn't feel more honored and blessed. Your love and thoughtfulness mean so much to me. Teaching your child this year has brought be so much joy! Thank you!

Ally was one of our scholars of the week this week! She
wants to be a ballerina when she grows up and
she loves gymnastics and swimming!

Bennett was also a Scholar of the Week this week! His
favorite thing to do is to play and be silly and
he wants to be an artist when he grows up!

Our caterpillars are in their chrystalis'

SpaldingWe have now completed all of the Spalding words and phonograms for Kindergarten.  We will review words that were previously learned for practice and reinforcement.  Note, students will receive Spalding homework until Wednesday, May 24th.

Our time with Little Bear has come to an end, we will finish out our unit this week.  The students have done such an excellent job following along and reading with us. They have really enjoyed the short stories in the series. I encourage you to read this stories with your child at home over the summer. Our poem will be Mary Mary Quite Contrary and we will also learn a special poem for our promotion ceremony. 

Math:This week we will be going back in our book to complete a few pages for review.  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will be taking a Great Hearts Singapore Math Test.  There is no need to study for this test, as we have been reviewing topics throughout the year.  Tests will not be sent home, and are used to see progress that has been made throughout the year.  Homework will be a combination of review items.

Science: We will continue to watch our chrysalis’ in hopes for our butterflies to emerge! While we wait, our scholars will learn more about insects. They will learn that all insects have 3 body parts, 6 legs, and a pair of antennae. Students will learn more about ants and bees as well as how they use their mouths differently to eat. At the end of the week, students will “invent” their own insect using the insect criteria.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Week 36 - May 7- May 11

How is it possible that we only have 15 school days left? Time has flown by. A couple quick things for this week. If you have not brought your child's Little Bear book please have your child bring it on Monday. We are having students read aloud so it is important that they have their books. Cap and Gown pictures were sent home on Friday.  If you do not wish to keep the pictures please return the envelope according to the instructions.
 Don't forgot to order some books for summer reading from the Scholastic order! I will submit a final order on Thursday  this week. The final day of clubs is Friday, May 11, exception: K-1 Art which ends 
Logan T was our scholar of the week! He wants to be
a police officer when he grows up and if he had
one with he would want to be as fast as
the Flash and as strong as Superman!

Spalding:  We continue to incorporate our first 26 phonograms in with our multiple letter phonograms.  It has been a great review for the students.  We will finish all of our Spalding high frequency words this week.  There will be no new concepts taught this week.  Students will have learned how to read and write approximately 180 words, that’s pretty amazing!

Literature:  This week we will continue our adventures with Little Bear.  Students are doing an excellent job following along in their books and taking turns reading aloud. We will continue to practice writing sentences using Little Bear as inspiration for our writing.  Our poem will be Row, Row, Row Your Boat.

Math:Students will be introduced to fractions.  They will start by identifying equal parts.  We will use some yummy food to help us understand equal parts.  We will then discuss a half and a fourth.  On Friday, we will have a little pizza party to finalize our unit on fractions.

Science: It’s butterfly week in science! Our class will receive our very own live caterpillars! Scholars will observe the little caterpillars daily and keep track of their growth in their own butterfly journal. We will learn all about the life cycle of a butterfly, the parts of a butterfly and how they eat. At the end of the week, the kids will use different kinds of pasta to depict the life cycle.  

Friday, April 27, 2018

Week 35 - April 30- May 4

Happy Friday! We had another fun and busy week in kindergarten! You can see lots of fun pictures below. Our Spring Concert is this coming Wednesday, May 2nd at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts located at 4132 E. Pecos Road Gilbert, AZ 85295. The K-2nd concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. with Kindergarten students arriving promptly at 4:45 and 1st & 2nd grade students arriving promptly at 5:00.
 Students are required to wear concert attire. Boys: Black pants, white dress shirt, black dress shoes, and black socks. Hair should be combed neatly. Girls: Black skirt, white top, black tights, and black dress shoes. Hair should be pulled away from the face with no distracting adornment. Please follow the Archway Arete dress code for guidelines on jewelry.
Our Scholar of the Week was Pierce! He loves pizza and the color gold.
When he grows up he wants to be a police officer.

Spalding:  We will start adding back our first 26 phonograms into our daily review and homework.  Words will include two syllable words.  Job 4 of silent final e: each syllable must have a vowel.  Rule 18: “a” can not stay the 2nd sound of “a” at the end of an English word, so we use “ay” instead.

Literature:  We are continuing our unit on the Little Bear Series by finishing "Father Bear Comes Home," and starting "Little Bear." Students are writing a journal about each chapter to share with you after we finish the series. Our poem will be Little Boy Blue.

Math:Now that we have learned about numbers to 100, we will discuss what even and odd numbers are.  We will do this by grouping items by twos and noticing that sometimes they always have a partner, and sometimes they don’t.  Students will be able to tell when seeing a number, whether it is even or odd.

Geography: This week we will explore our final continent this year; South America. Students will learn that Spanish is the native language spoken in South America and we will learn some Spanish words! Scholars will learn about the culture, landscape, and foods in Brazil. They will explore Macchu Picchu and even create their own Play-dough ruins. Finally, we will compare the Colombian pledge of allegiance with the US pledge and the kids will get to taste some authentic arepas. 

We made little bird feeders for Earth Day!

Race to 100  math game!

Creating water pollution experiment! 

Spalding Fun!