Final Month of 2017
Hard to believe that we are almost half way done with our year in kindergarten!! It is flying by and the kids are learning and growing more with each passing week. Thanks for all of the work you do with your child at home! Here are a few upcoming dates to note:
Friday, December 8, 2017- Visit from Parker Library librarian
Thursday, December 21st- Holiday Party 12:30-1:40
Friday, December 22, 2017- EPR's available (report cards posted)
December 22- January7th- Winter Break- no school in session
Monday, January 8, 2018- School Resumes
Thank you to Kelly Detter for taking the lead with our holiday party.
Please look for an email from her and help out in any way that you can!
In math we have been focussing on a geometry unit in which the kids are exploring with shapes and the pattern blocks. We are taking this to a new level by learning the names of shapes like hexagon, rhombus and trapezoid. The students are learning that certain shapes can fit inside other shapes. They can see that parts can make up a whole. They can count and graph the shapes that they have used to make up a picture.
|Rolling a special die to play a game called "Fill the Hexagon!"|
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, READING AND WRITING
We have combined all of these subjects over the past few weeks to make the biggest impact on their learning about the SUN; which is a kindergarten curriculum requirement. They had some great schema from the beginning of the year when we experienced the eclipse! But now they all know quite a bit more. We used websites, the Pebble Go app, read non-fiction books together and watched video clips from BrainPop and Discovery Ed to learn more everyday. Then the students wrote in their own non-fiction book about what they learned! Here are a few examples from 4 different students' books:
|"I learned that the sun makes the ocean rise."|
|"I learned that the sun is far away! 93 million miles"|
|"I learned that the sun makes plants grow."|
|"I learned that the sun is hotter in the core."|
Here are a couple of cute kids in their pilgrim hats the Friday before we went on break!
|First Thanksgiving in the United States!|
|We enjoyed listening to and learning about being in the Army from this veteran. She visited Gold Rush on Veteran's day and has a nephew in our Buddy class. She was kind enough to answer all their great questions. They were an excellent audience.|