March 19th, 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

We will like to tell our students that we miss them dearly and hope that they are staying healthy.

For your information, we are attaching the Kindergarten at a Glance document that highlights the kindergarten program of studies as mandated by Alberta Education. Please be assured that as of last Friday, we have covered the majority of the content and have been continuously working on skill development in order to prepare our kindergarten students for further learning. There are some letters of the alphabet that have not been reviewed in depth but that we will do our part in providing support to kindergarten students in this area of literacy and in other curricular areas.

As we receive direction from the Chief Superintendent, we will communicate further details on how to approach our current situation.

In the meantime, we are providing a list of video links students are familiar with that you can use at home to review what we have learned so far in class. The videos are Youtube videos so lease be aware that there will be some advertising. It is important to preview.


Attachments:

Kindergarten at a Glance:

https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/gradeataglance/kindergarten.pdf

For this week, in English Language Arts we would have looked at the letter O (short and long sounds). The following are the video links to the letter O.

*O: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EgEt0aru90

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0LOjbDKvq4

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weQXyimKUPA

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV20lFtL4i8

An important reminder to wash their hans! Here is a video that we shared with them in Spanish :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5ALoHKqMLI&t=317s



Also, please be aware that we have changed the reading levels on Raz-Kids to give students more access to books. If you have misplaced the sign-in information for Raz-Kids, please contact us.

Another resource for online books is Epic! Like Raz-Kids, students have access to a variety of books they can listen to and view. The following is the link:

https://www.getepic.com/. (The free version of this website is CBE approved, however not the Full Version is not) 

It is important for students to continue developing their fine motor skills. Practicing writing their names, copying words, drawing, colouring, and working with modeling clay are good activities that support motor development.

In mathematics, we encourage that students continue practicing counting forwards and backwards from 1-10. Use dice in games, to recognize groups of 1-5 objects arranged in familiar ways. Students may use a number line or a ruler to play simple games to help increase recognition and find patterns.

We invite students to continue practicing identifying patterns (AB and ABC) and creating their own by drawing, using beads, colouring or playing games. The following are links to online games students may use to practice pattern recognition and continuation.

https://www.abcya.com/games/patterns

https://www.abcya.com/games/shape_patterns

Take some time to look at the shapes that are a part of our world. What shapes can you see at home? At the park? Practice identifying the shapes you see around you.  Playing simple games such as I SPY can help provide fun practice for identifying and sorting shapes. Here are a few online practice games.

https://www.abcya.com/games/shape_match

https://www.abcya.com/games/shapes_geometry_game

For Spanish, we are attaching a document with some YouTube video links of videos we have used in class that students are familiar with. Please refer to them, review and enjoy.

For more ideas, please refer to the following website provided by the Calgary Board of Education for ideas and activities to do with students at home.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/learning-at-home/Pages/k-6.aspx

Thank you for your understanding and patience. 


March 4th, 2020

Dear parents and guardians, 

Our storytelling residence celebration is taking shape. Please ensure that you have plans for attending on March 13th. AM Kindergarten classes are going to be presenting during show A and PM class will perform in Show B. 

AM Kinders will be at school for a long time on Friday March 13th. We will try our best to keep them entertained and rested for the Storytelling celebration. Show A will stat at 1:30 sharp in the gym. Doors will open to parents at 1:15. At the end of the Kindergarten piece, Sra. Galvez and Sra. Fleischer will be handing out Students to their parents. If you have other children in the school, please attend their presentation with your kindergarten child. If you don't have other children in the school, you are free to take your child home for a well-deserved and restful weekend :)

PM Kinders Please bring your child to the school at 2:30. Sra, Galvez will be expecting them at the usual Kindergarten door. They don't ned backpacks or snacks. The front doors will be open for Show B at 2:45. Please proceed to the gym and enjoy the show. At the end of the Kindergarten piece, Sra. Galvez  will be handing out Students to their parents. If you have other children in the school, please attend their presentation with your kindergarten child. If you don't have other children in the school, you are free to take your child home for a well-deserved and restful weekend :)

Pn March 13th for please encourage your children to wear something that empowers them to feel great! 

If you have any questions about the schedules on that day, please email Sra. Fleischer (mafleischer@cbe.ab.ca).

We continue sharpening our Spanish skills on a regular basis with everyday routines and songs. We continue learning and reviewing vocabulary for the colours, the shapes, body parts and clothing. In connection with our Storytelling Residency, we have been learning descriptive words to help our story come alive.

In ELA we continue practicing letters and their sounds. We will be doing a review of the letter sounds we have done in the next week. Using our understanding and knowledge of how the letters sound and matching them to pictures that begin with that sound. We hope you continue practicing!

Consonants we have done: M, L, B, F, S, H, D, N, P, W, C, R and K 

Vowels: A (long and short sounds) and E (long and short sounds). We will be introducing the I  (long and short sounds).

Thanks for your continued support!


February 20, 2020

Dear parents,

Our storytelling residence celebration is taking shape. Please ensure that you have plans for attending on March 13th. AM Kindergarten classes are going to be presenting during show A and PM class will perform in Show B. If you have any questions about the schedules on that day, please email Sra. Fleischer (mafleischer@cbe.ab.ca)

We are sharpening our Spanish skills on a regular basis with everyday routines and songs. We continue learning and reviewing vocabulary for the colours, the shapes, body parts and clothing. In connection with our Storytelling Residency, we have been learning descriptive words to help our story come alive.

In ELA we continue practicing letters and their sounds. We will be doing a review of the letter sounds we have done in the next week. Using our understanding and knowledge of how the letters sound and matching them to pictures that begin with that sound. We hope you continue practicing!

Consonants we have done: M, L, B, F, S, H, D, N, P, W, C, R and K 

Vowels: A (long and short sounds) and E (long and short sounds). We will be introducing the I  (long and short sounds).

Thanks for your continued support!



February 5th, 2020

Dear parents, 

We continue with our storytelling residency... We are sure that you have heard about it...our students are loving it!

We meet with Mr. Stockton 1-3 times per week. We are currently building a lovely story that you will very much enjoy on the day of our celebration. Please stay tuned for details on the celebration of learning. 

In ELA we continue practicing letters and their sounds. We will be doing a review of the letter sounds we have done in the next week. Using our understanding and knowledge of how the letters sound and matching them to pictures that begin with that sound. We hope you continue practicing!

Consonants we have done: M, L, B, F, S, H, D, N, P, W, C and R

Vowels: A (long and short sounds) and E (long and short sounds)

In SLA, we continue learning and reviewing vocabulary for the colours, the shapes, body parts and clothing. In connection with our Storytelling Residency, we have been learning descriptive words to help our story come alive.

In Mathematics, we are also reviewing the numbers 1-10. Practicing counting forward, backwards and beginning at different points. We are also looking more closely at the quantities numbers represent and learning how we can represent them in our own way. We will be reviewing shapes and their characteristics along with creating patterns using imagination!

January 22, 2020

Dear parents,

What a wonderful warm week we are enjoying so far. We hope the trend continues for a little longer.

In kindergarten we continue to review the letters and routines. For the next few weeks we will be focusing on the letter names and sounds for the following: /c/, /e/ (both long and short sounds), /k/ and the letter /i/.

In mathematics, we continue exploring patterns and number sense. 

Our experience with Mr. Jeff Stockton has been exciting and full of so much learning. Students are exercising their imaginations as we learn the power of stories and storytelling. We continue to practice our storytelling using stories such as, The Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare, etc.

Along with our work on learning the tricks to good storytelling, we will be creating small houses for the three little pigs. As you may remember, the material for the three homes built by the three little pigs were: straw, sticks and bricks. 

We will be needing materials to build their homes and we ask that if you have any materials that can be used to build them, please send them with your child.


Important Dates:

Student Led Conference  Thursday January 30th & Friday January 31st


Thank you for your support!

Sra. Fleischer and Sra. Gálvez Castro


January 08, 2020

Dear parents,

Happy New Year!

We will start this Winter Season with a review of the letters and routines of kindergarten. 

With the upcoming cold weather, we are reviewing the seasons, the weather, and the appropriate clothing for each season. Please ensure that the children are well dressed. 

We continue exploring patterns and number sense in Mathematics and we are starting to count backwards from 10-1.

We are very excited about the beginning of our Storytelling Residency on January 15th. Mr. Jeff Stockton will be performing for our students and we will have our first session with him on January 16th. Within this residency, we are learning about the important elements of a good story and of a good performance. Students will practice with well known stories such as The Three Little Pigs, in Spanish. 

We are also working on building and following the story of the Three Little Pigs, and will be building houses with different materials.  

Stay warm!

Sra. Fleischer and Sra. Gálvez Castro


December 12, 2019

Dear parents,

We hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sights of this winter season.

Our kindergarten students continue learning about numbers, patterns and shapes in math. We are using what we have learned about the shapes and learning to compare and describe the individual shapes, using as much of our Spanish vocabulary. We continue to explore and create patterns using a variety of materials (connecting blocks, shapes, colours, etc.).

For English Language Arts, we continue learning and practicing the letter sounds. Focusing on initial sounds in words we hear and see. This coming week we will be focusing on the letters D and W as we finish off 2019. Please take some time over the winter break to review the letter sounds, songs, rhymes to support your child's literacy.

In Spanish we continue to learn and practice vocabulary for the the body and the winter clothing articles.

One important item. The Early Year Evaluation Reports were sent home a few weeks ago. If you have not yet returned it signed, please do. We need a copy signed by parents.


Important dates coming up:

December 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Grade 1 and 2 Winter Musical

December 17, 2019 Report Cards going home

December 19, 2019  Last Day of Classes

Thank you for your support! 


November 27, 2019

Dear parents, 

In math we will continue learning represent, describe and compare quantities and numbers from 1 to 10 through a variety of activities and demonstrate understanding of repeating patterns.

These video may help your child review the idea of patters at home. It would be great for you to play with your child as you together identify and describe patters in the environment. 


In ELA, we continue working on letter identification and starting to read high frequency, and familiar words words. So far we have learned the following letters: M, L, F, S, B, H, A, N and P. 

We are also learning the short and long sounds for the vowels . This video can help students review the sounds.


In Spanish, our main goal continues being developing of oral language by introducing vocabulary. Please refer to the items below referring to body parts. 

Thanks for your continued support!

November 13, 2019

Dear parents,

We will continue practicing the letters Aa, Nn, and Pp, as well as, continue reviewing the previously learned letters. We will focus on the two main letter A sounds (short and long) and we will continue practicing printing skills by using the letters that we have learned and will be learning.

In math, we continue working with shapes their names and how they are used to create or/and construct things around the classroom. 

In Social Studies,  we continue working and talking about communities, community roles, jobs, etc.

In Science, we continue working with weather changes and appropriate clothing for the conditions.

In Spanish, we will be introducing vocabulary pertaining to clothing articles and body parts. 

Video for body parts


Video for geometric shapes


Video for Community Jobs


October 30, 2019

We can't believe that October is almost gone!

We have been learning lots and here is what is coming in the next couple of weeks. 

We will continue reviewing the letters S, B and H as we add the first vowel Aa, the Nn and  the Pp. We will start with our online reading program. Please wait for instructions from your child's teacher to log in. As you read with your child, please make predictions about the story based on the title and the illustrations. Also acknowledge the author and the illustrator of the book. Help your child with the more challenging words but ensure that they give it a try when sounding the letters. After reading, have a conversation discussing your predictions and making connections with other stories, real life, etc. 

Math continues to be an ongoing exploration of number sense, patterns and shapes. Students are able to count 1-10+, recognize 1-10 digits, and identify shapes. Please take every opportunity to speak with your child about the numbers and shapes as seen in their authentic environments., at home, in the neighborhood,  while driving, etc. 

We continue learning the colors in Spanish. 

Please continue to visit the following sites to practice:

Los Colores

Las Figuras Geometricas

Figuras geometricas 2

Muchas gracias!

October 16, 2019

We are so delighted with the great abilities that our students have and their readiness to learn! As we continue exploring the program of studies, these are the activities that we are working on:

For the next couple of weeks, the Kindergarten students will continue reviewing the letter M, L and F sounds. We will also begin working with the following letters:  S, B and H. We will continue focusing on identifying the initial and ending sounds in familiar and new words that begin with the letters of the week, as well as practicing printing. Please take some time practicing the letter sounds at home.

In Math, we are practicing recognition and printing of the numbers 1-10 and building number sense. We are learning to represent numbers in various ways such as: using manipulatives, tally marks, pictures, etc.  We are learning to recognize and name geometrical shapes in English and in Spanish. We are seeing the math around us and exploring the world through the eyes of math.

In physical education, we continue practicing our motor skills while having fun! We are practicing jumping, skipping, balancing, throwing and catching.

We continue exploring and learning about different professions in the community. We have talked about what we would like to do when we grow up.

 

The following are some more Spanish songs to listen and practice at home together!

Sra. Fleischer’s class:

Los Colores

 

Las Figuras Geometricas

 

Figuras geometricas 2

 

Los Numeros

Rojo, Amarillo, verde y azul –Sra. Gálvez-Castro

Veo algo azul—Sra. Gálvez-Castro

¡A ordenar!—Sra. Gálvez-Castro


October 2 

Dear parents, 

We continue practicing subitizing (ability for quick visual number recognition) and also exploring the concepts of adding and subtracting as they relate to common classroom routines (for example during attendance we discuss: we have 22 students in our class, if two of them stayed home, how many students do we have in the classroom today?). We will continue developing number sense by practicing and adding patterns to our math centers.

 

For the last couple of weeks, we have been exploring the letter sounds for the letters M and L. Collecting words that begin and end with those sounds and practicing printing them. We will continue to explore new letters and practicing the visual recognition of the entire alphabet!

We are looking at sequencing as we review our daily routines and talk about life cycles and the weather.

 

In physical education, we are practicing motor skills while having fun! Skills such as jumping, skipping and balancing are part of our everyday practice.

We are also exploring professions and community workers. Please share with your child some details about your profession/occupation that they could share with the class.

Our students are also learning design thinking through empathy. We will be soon exploring the necessary skills to identify issues and how to design solutions. We have a bright bunch!

 

Here are a few of the songs that we are listening to and learning in class. Please play them at home too ;)

 

Saco una manita. Sra. Fleischer's class

 Buenos dias, buenos dias. Sra. Fleischer's class

Este dedito compro un huevito. Sra. Fleischer's class

¡Hola!—Sra. Gálvez

¿Cómo está el clima?—Sra. Gálvez-Castro

Un pulpito—Sra. Gálvez



Bienvenidos to Kindergarten!

Hola Padres!

It is with great pleasure that we share with you the wonderful things that we are working on in Kindergarten!

We have been learning how sounds and letters are the building blocks of literacy by working on alphabet recognition activities and phonemic awareness exercises. We are particularly learning the sound /m/ and the letter “M”. Students will be practicing how to write the capital “M” and lower case and “m” as they also learn to identify /m/ sounds in a variety of familiar words. Next in our list are the letters “L” and “F”. Stay tuned!

Also supporting literacy, we have been learning lots of Spanish through everyday routines and greetings. We have learned songs that are not only fun but that teach our students important vocabulary, such as, the days of the week, the months, greetings, body parts, etc. All that in just a couple of weeks! Our Spanish songs are also a fun way of learning numbers, colors and motor skills… and many other things, really… the sky is the limit! These kinders’ passion for learning Spanish is unique! In the next couple of weeks, we will continue developing other listening and speaking skills to support building a strong foundation for language learning. In particular, we will learn and reinforce vocabulary (both in English and Spanish) regarding school and self-identity, celebrating the uniqueness of all of our class members.

Mathematical Literacy is also a big part of our daily routines. Students are working on recognizing and naming numerals from 1 to 10 in both languages of instruction. We will continue building number sense by sorting objects in sets of specific quantities, printing digits, etc.

We are also pleased to announce (although we are sure that you have already heard from your child…) that our kindergarten classes have music lessons. The music curriculum teaches students to appreciate music and to feel comfortable when performing in front of an audience, but most importantly, they are learning to have fun with music!

As you may realize, the diversity in our classrooms is huge in many areas. Please be assured that we will do our best to personalize learning and provide our students with the challenges that their individual developmental stages require. In order to support our kinders learning, please encourage your child to practice reading environmental printing as you drive around with them, writing their name, counting objects, etc. Every bit of practice helps!

Gracias and we look forward to a wonderful 2019-20 school year!

Sra. Galvez y Sra. Fleischer

Kindergarten

March 19th, 2020

Dear parents and guardians,

We will like to tell our students that we miss them dearly and hope that they are staying healthy.

For your information, we are attaching the Kindergarten at a Glance document that highlights the kindergarten program of studies as mandated by Alberta Education. Please be assured that as of last Friday, we have covered the majority of the content and have been continuously working on skill development in order to prepare our kindergarten students for further learning. There are some letters of the alphabet that have not been reviewed in depth but that we will do our part in providing support to kindergarten students in this area of literacy and in other curricular areas.

As we receive direction from the Chief Superintendent, we will communicate further details on how to approach our current situation.

In the meantime, we are providing a list of video links students are familiar with that you can use at home to review what we have learned so far in class. The videos are Youtube videos so lease be aware that there will be some advertising. It is important to preview.


Attachments:

Kindergarten at a Glance:

https://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mychildslearning/gradeataglance/kindergarten.pdf

For this week, in English Language Arts we would have looked at the letter O (short and long sounds). The following are the video links to the letter O.

*O: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EgEt0aru90

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0LOjbDKvq4

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weQXyimKUPA

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV20lFtL4i8

An important reminder to wash their hans! Here is a video that we shared with them in Spanish :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5ALoHKqMLI&t=317s



Also, please be aware that we have changed the reading levels on Raz-Kids to give students more access to books. If you have misplaced the sign-in information for Raz-Kids, please contact us.

Another resource for online books is Epic! Like Raz-Kids, students have access to a variety of books they can listen to and view. The following is the link:

https://www.getepic.com/. (The free version of this website is CBE approved, however not the Full Version is not) 

It is important for students to continue developing their fine motor skills. Practicing writing their names, copying words, drawing, colouring, and working with modeling clay are good activities that support motor development.

In mathematics, we encourage that students continue practicing counting forwards and backwards from 1-10. Use dice in games, to recognize groups of 1-5 objects arranged in familiar ways. Students may use a number line or a ruler to play simple games to help increase recognition and find patterns.

We invite students to continue practicing identifying patterns (AB and ABC) and creating their own by drawing, using beads, colouring or playing games. The following are links to online games students may use to practice pattern recognition and continuation.

https://www.abcya.com/games/patterns

https://www.abcya.com/games/shape_patterns

Take some time to look at the shapes that are a part of our world. What shapes can you see at home? At the park? Practice identifying the shapes you see around you.  Playing simple games such as I SPY can help provide fun practice for identifying and sorting shapes. Here are a few online practice games.

https://www.abcya.com/games/shape_match

https://www.abcya.com/games/shapes_geometry_game

For Spanish, we are attaching a document with some YouTube video links of videos we have used in class that students are familiar with. Please refer to them, review and enjoy.

For more ideas, please refer to the following website provided by the Calgary Board of Education for ideas and activities to do with students at home.

https://www.cbe.ab.ca/programs/curriculum/learning-at-home/Pages/k-6.aspx

Thank you for your understanding and patience. 


March 4th, 2020

Dear parents and guardians, 

Our storytelling residence celebration is taking shape. Please ensure that you have plans for attending on March 13th. AM Kindergarten classes are going to be presenting during show A and PM class will perform in Show B. 

AM Kinders will be at school for a long time on Friday March 13th. We will try our best to keep them entertained and rested for the Storytelling celebration. Show A will stat at 1:30 sharp in the gym. Doors will open to parents at 1:15. At the end of the Kindergarten piece, Sra. Galvez and Sra. Fleischer will be handing out Students to their parents. If you have other children in the school, please attend their presentation with your kindergarten child. If you don't have other children in the school, you are free to take your child home for a well-deserved and restful weekend :)

PM Kinders Please bring your child to the school at 2:30. Sra, Galvez will be expecting them at the usual Kindergarten door. They don't ned backpacks or snacks. The front doors will be open for Show B at 2:45. Please proceed to the gym and enjoy the show. At the end of the Kindergarten piece, Sra. Galvez  will be handing out Students to their parents. If you have other children in the school, please attend their presentation with your kindergarten child. If you don't have other children in the school, you are free to take your child home for a well-deserved and restful weekend :)

Pn March 13th for please encourage your children to wear something that empowers them to feel great! 

If you have any questions about the schedules on that day, please email Sra. Fleischer (mafleischer@cbe.ab.ca).

We continue sharpening our Spanish skills on a regular basis with everyday routines and songs. We continue learning and reviewing vocabulary for the colours, the shapes, body parts and clothing. In connection with our Storytelling Residency, we have been learning descriptive words to help our story come alive.

In ELA we continue practicing letters and their sounds. We will be doing a review of the letter sounds we have done in the next week. Using our understanding and knowledge of how the letters sound and matching them to pictures that begin with that sound. We hope you continue practicing!

Consonants we have done: M, L, B, F, S, H, D, N, P, W, C, R and K 

Vowels: A (long and short sounds) and E (long and short sounds). We will be introducing the I  (long and short sounds).

Thanks for your continued support!


February 20, 2020

Dear parents,

Our storytelling residence celebration is taking shape. Please ensure that you have plans for attending on March 13th. AM Kindergarten classes are going to be presenting during show A and PM class will perform in Show B. If you have any questions about the schedules on that day, please email Sra. Fleischer (mafleischer@cbe.ab.ca)

We are sharpening our Spanish skills on a regular basis with everyday routines and songs. We continue learning and reviewing vocabulary for the colours, the shapes, body parts and clothing. In connection with our Storytelling Residency, we have been learning descriptive words to help our story come alive.

In ELA we continue practicing letters and their sounds. We will be doing a review of the letter sounds we have done in the next week. Using our understanding and knowledge of how the letters sound and matching them to pictures that begin with that sound. We hope you continue practicing!

Consonants we have done: M, L, B, F, S, H, D, N, P, W, C, R and K 

Vowels: A (long and short sounds) and E (long and short sounds). We will be introducing the I  (long and short sounds).

Thanks for your continued support!



February 5th, 2020

Dear parents, 

We continue with our storytelling residency... We are sure that you have heard about it...our students are loving it!

We meet with Mr. Stockton 1-3 times per week. We are currently building a lovely story that you will very much enjoy on the day of our celebration. Please stay tuned for details on the celebration of learning. 

In ELA we continue practicing letters and their sounds. We will be doing a review of the letter sounds we have done in the next week. Using our understanding and knowledge of how the letters sound and matching them to pictures that begin with that sound. We hope you continue practicing!

Consonants we have done: M, L, B, F, S, H, D, N, P, W, C and R

Vowels: A (long and short sounds) and E (long and short sounds)

In SLA, we continue learning and reviewing vocabulary for the colours, the shapes, body parts and clothing. In connection with our Storytelling Residency, we have been learning descriptive words to help our story come alive.

In Mathematics, we are also reviewing the numbers 1-10. Practicing counting forward, backwards and beginning at different points. We are also looking more closely at the quantities numbers represent and learning how we can represent them in our own way. We will be reviewing shapes and their characteristics along with creating patterns using imagination!

January 22, 2020

Dear parents,

What a wonderful warm week we are enjoying so far. We hope the trend continues for a little longer.

In kindergarten we continue to review the letters and routines. For the next few weeks we will be focusing on the letter names and sounds for the following: /c/, /e/ (both long and short sounds), /k/ and the letter /i/.

In mathematics, we continue exploring patterns and number sense. 

Our experience with Mr. Jeff Stockton has been exciting and full of so much learning. Students are exercising their imaginations as we learn the power of stories and storytelling. We continue to practice our storytelling using stories such as, The Three Little Pigs, The Tortoise and the Hare, etc.

Along with our work on learning the tricks to good storytelling, we will be creating small houses for the three little pigs. As you may remember, the material for the three homes built by the three little pigs were: straw, sticks and bricks. 

We will be needing materials to build their homes and we ask that if you have any materials that can be used to build them, please send them with your child.


Important Dates:

Student Led Conference  Thursday January 30th & Friday January 31st


Thank you for your support!

Sra. Fleischer and Sra. Gálvez Castro


January 08, 2020

Dear parents,

Happy New Year!

We will start this Winter Season with a review of the letters and routines of kindergarten. 

With the upcoming cold weather, we are reviewing the seasons, the weather, and the appropriate clothing for each season. Please ensure that the children are well dressed. 

We continue exploring patterns and number sense in Mathematics and we are starting to count backwards from 10-1.

We are very excited about the beginning of our Storytelling Residency on January 15th. Mr. Jeff Stockton will be performing for our students and we will have our first session with him on January 16th. Within this residency, we are learning about the important elements of a good story and of a good performance. Students will practice with well known stories such as The Three Little Pigs, in Spanish. 

We are also working on building and following the story of the Three Little Pigs, and will be building houses with different materials.  

Stay warm!

Sra. Fleischer and Sra. Gálvez Castro


December 12, 2019

Dear parents,

We hope you are all enjoying the beautiful sights of this winter season.

Our kindergarten students continue learning about numbers, patterns and shapes in math. We are using what we have learned about the shapes and learning to compare and describe the individual shapes, using as much of our Spanish vocabulary. We continue to explore and create patterns using a variety of materials (connecting blocks, shapes, colours, etc.).

For English Language Arts, we continue learning and practicing the letter sounds. Focusing on initial sounds in words we hear and see. This coming week we will be focusing on the letters D and W as we finish off 2019. Please take some time over the winter break to review the letter sounds, songs, rhymes to support your child's literacy.

In Spanish we continue to learn and practice vocabulary for the the body and the winter clothing articles.

One important item. The Early Year Evaluation Reports were sent home a few weeks ago. If you have not yet returned it signed, please do. We need a copy signed by parents.


Important dates coming up:

December 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Grade 1 and 2 Winter Musical

December 17, 2019 Report Cards going home

December 19, 2019  Last Day of Classes

Thank you for your support! 


November 27, 2019

Dear parents, 

In math we will continue learning represent, describe and compare quantities and numbers from 1 to 10 through a variety of activities and demonstrate understanding of repeating patterns.

These video may help your child review the idea of patters at home. It would be great for you to play with your child as you together identify and describe patters in the environment. 


In ELA, we continue working on letter identification and starting to read high frequency, and familiar words words. So far we have learned the following letters: M, L, F, S, B, H, A, N and P. 

We are also learning the short and long sounds for the vowels . This video can help students review the sounds.


In Spanish, our main goal continues being developing of oral language by introducing vocabulary. Please refer to the items below referring to body parts. 

Thanks for your continued support!

November 13, 2019

Dear parents,

We will continue practicing the letters Aa, Nn, and Pp, as well as, continue reviewing the previously learned letters. We will focus on the two main letter A sounds (short and long) and we will continue practicing printing skills by using the letters that we have learned and will be learning.

In math, we continue working with shapes their names and how they are used to create or/and construct things around the classroom. 

In Social Studies,  we continue working and talking about communities, community roles, jobs, etc.

In Science, we continue working with weather changes and appropriate clothing for the conditions.

In Spanish, we will be introducing vocabulary pertaining to clothing articles and body parts. 

Video for body parts


Video for geometric shapes


Video for Community Jobs


October 30, 2019

We can't believe that October is almost gone!

We have been learning lots and here is what is coming in the next couple of weeks. 

We will continue reviewing the letters S, B and H as we add the first vowel Aa, the Nn and  the Pp. We will start with our online reading program. Please wait for instructions from your child's teacher to log in. As you read with your child, please make predictions about the story based on the title and the illustrations. Also acknowledge the author and the illustrator of the book. Help your child with the more challenging words but ensure that they give it a try when sounding the letters. After reading, have a conversation discussing your predictions and making connections with other stories, real life, etc. 

Math continues to be an ongoing exploration of number sense, patterns and shapes. Students are able to count 1-10+, recognize 1-10 digits, and identify shapes. Please take every opportunity to speak with your child about the numbers and shapes as seen in their authentic environments., at home, in the neighborhood,  while driving, etc. 

We continue learning the colors in Spanish. 

Please continue to visit the following sites to practice:

Los Colores

Las Figuras Geometricas

Figuras geometricas 2

Muchas gracias!

October 16, 2019

We are so delighted with the great abilities that our students have and their readiness to learn! As we continue exploring the program of studies, these are the activities that we are working on:

For the next couple of weeks, the Kindergarten students will continue reviewing the letter M, L and F sounds. We will also begin working with the following letters:  S, B and H. We will continue focusing on identifying the initial and ending sounds in familiar and new words that begin with the letters of the week, as well as practicing printing. Please take some time practicing the letter sounds at home.

In Math, we are practicing recognition and printing of the numbers 1-10 and building number sense. We are learning to represent numbers in various ways such as: using manipulatives, tally marks, pictures, etc.  We are learning to recognize and name geometrical shapes in English and in Spanish. We are seeing the math around us and exploring the world through the eyes of math.

In physical education, we continue practicing our motor skills while having fun! We are practicing jumping, skipping, balancing, throwing and catching.

We continue exploring and learning about different professions in the community. We have talked about what we would like to do when we grow up.

 

The following are some more Spanish songs to listen and practice at home together!

Sra. Fleischer’s class:

Los Colores

 

Las Figuras Geometricas

 

Figuras geometricas 2

 

Los Numeros

Rojo, Amarillo, verde y azul –Sra. Gálvez-Castro

Veo algo azul—Sra. Gálvez-Castro

¡A ordenar!—Sra. Gálvez-Castro


October 2 

Dear parents, 

We continue practicing subitizing (ability for quick visual number recognition) and also exploring the concepts of adding and subtracting as they relate to common classroom routines (for example during attendance we discuss: we have 22 students in our class, if two of them stayed home, how many students do we have in the classroom today?). We will continue developing number sense by practicing and adding patterns to our math centers.

 

For the last couple of weeks, we have been exploring the letter sounds for the letters M and L. Collecting words that begin and end with those sounds and practicing printing them. We will continue to explore new letters and practicing the visual recognition of the entire alphabet!

We are looking at sequencing as we review our daily routines and talk about life cycles and the weather.

 

In physical education, we are practicing motor skills while having fun! Skills such as jumping, skipping and balancing are part of our everyday practice.

We are also exploring professions and community workers. Please share with your child some details about your profession/occupation that they could share with the class.

Our students are also learning design thinking through empathy. We will be soon exploring the necessary skills to identify issues and how to design solutions. We have a bright bunch!

 

Here are a few of the songs that we are listening to and learning in class. Please play them at home too ;)

 

Saco una manita. Sra. Fleischer's class

 Buenos dias, buenos dias. Sra. Fleischer's class

Este dedito compro un huevito. Sra. Fleischer's class

¡Hola!—Sra. Gálvez

¿Cómo está el clima?—Sra. Gálvez-Castro

Un pulpito—Sra. Gálvez



Bienvenidos to Kindergarten!

Hola Padres!

It is with great pleasure that we share with you the wonderful things that we are working on in Kindergarten!

We have been learning how sounds and letters are the building blocks of literacy by working on alphabet recognition activities and phonemic awareness exercises. We are particularly learning the sound /m/ and the letter “M”. Students will be practicing how to write the capital “M” and lower case and “m” as they also learn to identify /m/ sounds in a variety of familiar words. Next in our list are the letters “L” and “F”. Stay tuned!

Also supporting literacy, we have been learning lots of Spanish through everyday routines and greetings. We have learned songs that are not only fun but that teach our students important vocabulary, such as, the days of the week, the months, greetings, body parts, etc. All that in just a couple of weeks! Our Spanish songs are also a fun way of learning numbers, colors and motor skills… and many other things, really… the sky is the limit! These kinders’ passion for learning Spanish is unique! In the next couple of weeks, we will continue developing other listening and speaking skills to support building a strong foundation for language learning. In particular, we will learn and reinforce vocabulary (both in English and Spanish) regarding school and self-identity, celebrating the uniqueness of all of our class members.

Mathematical Literacy is also a big part of our daily routines. Students are working on recognizing and naming numerals from 1 to 10 in both languages of instruction. We will continue building number sense by sorting objects in sets of specific quantities, printing digits, etc.

We are also pleased to announce (although we are sure that you have already heard from your child…) that our kindergarten classes have music lessons. The music curriculum teaches students to appreciate music and to feel comfortable when performing in front of an audience, but most importantly, they are learning to have fun with music!

As you may realize, the diversity in our classrooms is huge in many areas. Please be assured that we will do our best to personalize learning and provide our students with the challenges that their individual developmental stages require. In order to support our kinders learning, please encourage your child to practice reading environmental printing as you drive around with them, writing their name, counting objects, etc. Every bit of practice helps!

Gracias and we look forward to a wonderful 2019-20 school year!

Sra. Galvez y Sra. Fleischer

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