Mrs. Watterberg

Kindergarten News June 14 – 18

 Dear Parents,

  This week in literacy we read we read I Have a Garden, Chicka Chikca Boom Boom,

 A Bug in a Jug, and Wild Kratts learning about ocelots, jaguars and cheetahs.  We can draw our favourite part of the story and copy our sentence starter.  I have a  _________.  We can make our rhyming books from the “ug” family.  Ask me some “ug” rhyming words.  Example: jug, chug, mug, slug, bug.  We played ocelot, jaguar, and cheetah camouflage tag in the gulley for gym.

We can represent and describe numbers 2 to 10.  We can make 3-D shapes.  We can design, copy and create patterns, with a variety of materials.

                                           

 Guided drawing this week involved drawing a Indominus Rex dinosaur. 

We learned that this dinosaur was a carnivore and grew to fifty feet long. It has a sloped muzzle like Giganotosaurus down its back.  Rows of spines or quills grew on its neck.

In art we can experiment with line, colour, shape, texture and pattern, to express ideas.  We made Father's Day cards, and decorated rocks for our dads, or grandpas.  

 

Here is the poem of the week:  We sang it with letters and with the sounds. 

The Alphabet Song

Aa Bb Cc Dd

 Ee  Ff  Gg

 Hh Ii Jj Kk

 Ll Mm Nn Oo Pp

 Qq Rr Ss

 Tt Uu Vv

 Ww Xx

 Yy  Zz

 Now I’ve sung my ABC’s

 Next time won’t you sing with me

 

Gym time this week was outdoors.  We had an early morning run to the fence and back.  We played games in the gulley, and at the ball diamond.

 

Centres:  

We played at the block centre, Smart Board, with train tracks, Tub toys, beads, and marble works.  We also used our math station centres during centre time. 

 

                          

 


Kindergarten News June 7 – 11

 Dear Parents,

  This week in literacy we read we read Fidgety Fish, The Mixed- Up Chameleon,

 Go, Dog, Go, and Spend a Day in Backwards Bay.  We can draw our favourite part of the story and copy our sentence starter.  I like _________.  We can make our rhyming books from the “ay” family.  Ask me some “ay” rhyming words.  Example: day, play, stay, hay.  We drew our favourite part of the story and took home our picture today from Go Dog Go. 

We can represent and describe numbers 2 to 10, drawing pictures to represent our learning. We drew butterflies to show how many antennae, legs, and wings it has after reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar las week.  Some of us tried to solve how many 2, 3 and even 4 body parts butterflies would have if counted together.

                         

 Guided drawing this week involved drawing a Stegosaurus dinosaur.  We learned that this dinosaur was a herbivore and its brain was the size of a dogs brain.  It was a massive dinosaur with spikes on its back and on its tail.

 Here is the poem of the week:

Amphibians

 Living in water or living on land,

Being an Amphibian must be grand!

 If I were a frog, salamander, or toad.

 I would jump in a lake or crawl on a road.

 Living in water or living on land,

 Being an Amphibian must be grand!

 

Gym time was an introduction to Velcro paddles and balls and playing a variety of tag games that the students chose.  They love hotdog tag and leprechaun tag.  Ask your child how to play these games.

 

Centres:  

We played hopscotch, checker, tic tac toe, built puzzles, played with Lego,   We continued telling stories at the loose parts centre and we made a theatre using blocks and chairs.

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As announced by the provincial government on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 all students in Kindergarten to grade 12 across the province will shift to online learning beginning Friday May 7.  This means that classes will be online starting this Friday, with a potential return to in school learning on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 

Ethel M Johnson School will be offering online programming for students in kindergarten to grade six, as well as the Learning and Literacy program. Teachers are currently putting together plans to shift learning to an online environment.  This will include a mix of whole class lessons, small group lessons, individual support, as well as independent work. 

We will be working hard to provide the best opportunity for your child to access learning opportunities as consistently as possible.  We have been asked to continue to update attendance records during online learning, so if your child needs to be away at any time please let your child’s teacher know. 

If you have any questions about your child’s individual learning, please contact the appropriate teacher directly.

Please note that blogs will be temporarily suspended during online learning.


Kindergarten News May 31 – June 4

 Dear Parents,

We were able to play at the big park on Wednesday.  Our word this week was: “massive”.  We worked hard to compare things that were massive with things that were tiny.

  This week in literacy we read we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We wondered if there were any dinosaurs that were like the caterpillar and changed into a beautiful butterfly.  Rainbow Fish book of Colours, and a fact book about sharks.  Today the students drew their prediction to the story Duck on a Bike by: David Shannon.



 

We can identify the numeral from one to ten. We learned how to play number Bingo in Math this week. It was exciting to see who would be the first student to get the last number and call out Bingo.

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 Guided drawing this week involved drawing a Mosasaurus dinosaur.  We learned that this dinosaur lived in the ocean.  He was a massive dinosaur.

 

 Here is the poem of the week:

This Tooth

 

I jiggled it, jaggled it, jerked it.

 

I pushed and pulled and poked it.

 

But ------

 

As soon as I stopped, and left it alone,

 

This tooth came out on its very own.

Gym time outside this week.

 

                           

Centres:  

We played at the No Frills Supermarket this week, built puzzles, played with Lego, I wonder what I can build with Lego?  We continued telling stories at the loose parts centre and we built speakers, and a big screen television at the block centre.

. Can you guess what I am building at the light table?


        .     I am building a car out of Lego.   


     Speakers and a Big Screen T.V.



Kindergarten News April 26-30.

 Dear Parents,

I will add in some pictures from centres from last week.  It was wonderful to be back at school this week.  We had a surprise on Tuesday.  We were able to play at the big park.  We will get a few more opportunities before the end of the year.  Our word this week was: “surprise”.  We had lots of fun looking for surprises in our classroom and around the school. 

Our surprise in gym this week was that we started a new unit on basketball. 

 

  This week in literacy we read we read The Paper Bag Princess and tied the book into our math lesson on pentominoes.  We learned that there are twelve different pentomino shapes but we had to solve 5 to help Elizabeth unlock the magic doors to the dragon’s kingdom in order to rescue Prince Ronald.  Ask your child if Elizabeth married the prince or not?  We watched letter “Zz” videos.  Here is the link to the videos we watched. If the links don’t work you can always Google letter “Zz” videos for kids.  You can do this for any letter of the alphabet. 

                    


 Guided drawing this week involved drawing a cheetah for our first animal in our animal research unit.  We also watched two videos on Cheetahs as we began our animal research on cheetahs this week.  Ask your child to share one fact they learned about cheetahs.  *hint*  they are mammals, they are the fastest land animal, they live 7 – 10 years, they don’t roar, they purr when they are happy.


 Here is the poem of the week:


 Hickory, Dickory, Dock

 Hickory, dickory, dock,

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one

The mouse ran down,

Hickory, dickory, dock.

 

Hickory, dickory, dock,

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck two

The mouse tied his shoe,

Hickory, dickory, dock.

Centres:  

We played at the garden centre this week, built puzzles, played with math stations, we continued telling stories at the loose parts centre and we built the dragon’s castle at the block centre.  The students built a boat at the block centre last week.  We all went for a ride on the big ship. 

    .   Our big ship.      The dragon's castle

          Marble Mazes    


    What can we create at the light table?


 

Kindergarten News March 15 - 19

 Dear Parents,

The leprechaun came to our classroom and made a mess, he even hid all our shoes!

             Where did our shoes go?

 This week in literacy we read How to Catch a Leprechaun over two days.  We listened to our teacher tell us a story about Myrtle the Turtle meeting the Leprechaun.  We talked about how Myrtle was happy being Myrtle. We read the story We Are All Different by: Todd Parr.

I can express my feelings, feelings are okay but  I am learning that not all behaviours are okay.

I can draw my favourite part of a story in my journal and talk about my picture to a scribe.

 I can do the letter “Tt” and “Uu” in my alphabet book.  I can find lots of words that begin with “Tt” but “Uu”, is more challenging to find at the beginning of a word in our reading books.

Here is a link to the letter “Tt” video and the letter “Uu” video.

 



 

Guided drawing this week: I can follow directions and draw a leprechaun.

I can respond to an artist and create my own picture.

           

 We continued our skipping unit in gym this week.  We can twirl, jump over and walk under a skipping rope. We are learning to turn a long skipping rope with a partner.

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   I can see the number of the day in a variety of ways.  I can draw a variety of shapes and make pictures. 

       

Centres:  

We played at the hospital centre this week, built puzzles, played with math stations, we continued telling stories at the loose parts centre. The students became very involved at the magnet centre this week.  They traveled all over the room looking for objects that are attracted to magnets.  Our filing cabinet was very creatively decorated with a variety of magnets.

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I can use blocks to design a creative trap and plan and work cooperatively with my peers. The students designed and created an elaborate trap to catch a leprechaun at the block centre.  Check with your child to see if they caught a leprechaun.


   

Kindergarten News March 8 - 11

 Dear Parents,

 Thank you for taking time to meet with me during Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday or Friday.  It was wonderful to see so many of you online and to talk with others on the phone.  If you were unable to meet with me please send me an email at slwatterberg@cbe.ab.ca or please send a note in your child’s red communication folder.  We will work out a time to discuss your child’s progress to date.

 

  This week in literacy we read we read more Piggy and Elephant books. We noticed that every Piggy and Elephant book has the pigeon disguised somewhere in the book.  We read the story The Dot , and learned that we are all artist.  We can make our own art pictures beginning with just a dot.  Our poem this week demonstrated a variety of punctuation marks.  We can use our voices to demonstrate excitement, warnings, questions, etc.  We are looking for punctuation marks in our story books now.

 

Here is the poem we did this week:

 

Stop!  Look!  Listen!

 

Stop!

 

Look!

 

Listen!

 

Before you cross the street.

 

Use your eyes, use your ears,

 

Then use your feet.

 

I can do the letter “Rr” and “Ss” in my alphabet book.  I can find lots of words that begin with “Rr” and “Ss”, in our reading books.

Here is a link to the letter “Rr” video and the letter “Ss” video.


 

Guided drawing this week involved drawing Sonic the Hedgehog to represent the Letter ”Ss”. 

 

 We started our skipping unit in gym this week.  We can twirl, jump over and walk under a skipping rope. 

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   I can see the number of the day in a variety of ways.  I can draw a variety of shapes and make pictures. We worked on the number ten (10) in our math books.  We went on a scavenger hunt around the room and looked for 10 circles, 10 squares, 10 red things and 10 green things.  Math stations included making patterns. I can use  different colours to make 2-part, 3-part and 4-part patterns.

       

 

Centres:  

We played at the hospital centre this week, built puzzles, played with math stations, we continued telling stories at the loose parts centre. The students became very involved at the block centre this week and built a car with a hot tub in the back of the car.  They had a remote to turn on. The hot tub and all the jets and controls.  

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Kindergarten News March 1-5.

 Dear Parents,

Parent Teacher Conferences are this Thursday and Friday.  They are online.  Please book an appointment with me for Thursday March 11 or Friday March 12.  Thursday times are 1:30 - 7:30 p.m.  Friday times are 8:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

The last day to order for our fund raiser is Monday March 8th.    The flyer is attached if you wish to order.  

 

  This week in literacy we read we read more Piggy and Elephant books.  We discussed whether we would share our ice cream with our best friend or not.  We talked about how we are not able to share any type of food due to the pandemic.  We can share smiles, and ideas with our friends though.  We brainstormed things we can share with our friends that would keep us and our friends safe.

I can do the letter “Pp” and “Qq” in my alphabet book.  I can find lots of words that begin with “Pp” in our reading books, “Qq”was more challenging.

Here is a link to the letter “Pp” video and the letter “Qq” video.

 

Guided drawing this week involved drawing spring trees. 


 We continued our hoop unit in gym this week.  We can spin, twirl, go over and under a hoop.  We can throw and catch a hoop.  We can skip with a hoop and we can share a variety of tricks with hoops. We were even able to try working with two hoops together this week.

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   I can see the number of the day in a variety of ways.  I can draw a variety of shapes and make pictures. We worked on the number nine (9) in our math books and coloured the title page with ten different colours because number book has ten letters.

 

Centres:  

We played at the hospital centre this week, built puzzles, played with math stations, we continued telling stories at the loose parts centre.  One such story was about an alien. We played with tub toys and the light table and created a variety of structures. 

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Kindergarten News February 22-26.

 Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support with pink shirt day.  The students were excited to share ways they can show kindness to others.

  This week in literacy we read the stories: We read kindness stories.  One story we found online and we liked it so much we listened to it twice this week. #FunStoriesAndPlay  I’ve included a link for you to access stories on kindness, mindfulness, and empathy.  We listened to Kindness is our Superpower.  We read more Piggy and Elephant books.  The one we drew in our journal about was Happy Pig Day.      


 We learned that elephant felt left out because he wasn’t a pig.  We talked about how it feels to be left out and showed various facial expressions to share our feelings with our friends.  We talked about being included and we realized that just smiling at someone can sometimes make them feel included.  I can draw my favourite part of a story.   I can do the letter “Oo” in my alphabet book.  I can find lots of words that begin with “Oo” in our reading books.  We will be doing two letters a week starting next week.  Here is a link to some alphabet videos we watch to practice learning our letters and sounds.   

https://youtu.be/RWbvHZBmrqk

Guided drawing this week involved drawing our own kites.  We also painted in art this week a field of Tulips was our design to follow. 

 

We continued our hoop unit in gym this week.  We can spin, twirl, go over and under a hoop.  We can throw and catch a hoop.  We can skip with a hoop and we can share a variety of tricks with hoops.

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   I can see the number of the day in a variety of ways.  I can draw a variety of shapes and make pictures. We continued using the number centres this week that we explored with during our 100 days of learning.


                                    

Centres:  

We played at the hospital centre this week, built puzzles, played with math stations, we added a loose parts centre where we could design pictures and tell stories.  One such story was about a campsite.  We played with tub toys and created a variety of structures.  Lego is one of our favourtie tub toy activities.

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 Upcoming Dates: 

Parent / Teacher Conferences March 11 and 12. 

Spring Break: March 29 - April 5th

Classes resume April 6th.


Kindergarten News February 16-19.

 Dear Parents,

Thank you for the lovely Valentine’s cards. 

  This week in literacy we read the stories: Here We Are! By: Oliver Jeffers and we drew our favourite part of the story in our journals.  We read another Piggie and Elephant book Let’s Go for a Drive.  We discussed all the things the two friends wanted to take on the drive and what the problem was in the story.  Ask your child to share what the problem was and how the two friends solved it.  *hint* (they didn’t have a car)

We took pictures of ourselves and used an aging app to watch ourselves grow old in a matte or seconds.  We had a lot of laughs with this app.  We will continue writing our personal narratives on what we think we will look like at one hundred years of age.

 

We began our hoop unit in gym this week.  We can step in and out of a hoop without touching it. We can spin a hoop and run around it several times before it touches the floor.  We can walk around an obstacle course of hoops without touching one.  We can sit inside a hoop without making a sound.

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We can see the number of the day in a variety of ways. We explored ten centres to see how much one hundred looks like.  We had a passport to put stickers on as we visited various stations.  We can count to one hundred by tens and ones.  We can see pattern the learning carpet. We can measure how long our row of desks are using links.  We can create our own patterns with pattern blocks.  We can graph shapes.  We can draw a variety of shapes and make pictures. 

                                    


Centres:  

        

**Please Note: Pink Shirt day is Wednesday not Tuesday as I indicated on our February calendar.**.

Pink shirts represent anti- bullying day!  Thanks for your support.  If you do not have a pink shirt adding a pink square or design on paper it a great alternative. 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten News February 1- 5.

 Dear Parents,

Thank you for sending in all the valentine’s cards.  The children were so excited.  We made a Valentine folder in art on Friday.

                .   Valentine Folders


We went for our winter walk on Wednesday.  We had fun making new tracks in the fresh snow, looking at the winter colours.  We looked for animal tracks in by the trees by the ball diamond.  We had fun making snow angels too.


   snow angels      making tracks

  winter walk      Our tree in winter and winter colours


  This week in literacy we read the stories: The Darkest Dark, a story about Chris Hatfield our Canadian Astronaut.  We drew a picture of an astronaut for our guided drawing on Tuesday.  We read Papa Please Get the Moon for me a story by Eric Carle and we shared and wrote about our favourite part of the story in our journals. 

           

We can ask questions to make meaning about space.  We can listen to others when they share about interesting facts.  We can share ideas and information about our own drawings.  We can follow one and two step instructions when we are doing our guided drawings.

.   We can sound out words and practice writing the sounds we hear.


We continued our soccer unit in gym this week.  We can kick a soccer ball in a variety of ways. With our toes, the inside of our foot, the outside of our foot, the heel of our foot.  We can alternate feet to kick a ball.  We can aim at a target to kick a ball.  We can kick a ball to a partner and we can dibble our soccer ball around the gym and score goal on a goalie.

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We can see the number of the day in a variety of ways. On Wednesday we watched number block videos and matched patterns. We continue to practice the number that comes before and the number that comes after the number of the day.  We can do one to one matching using two sided counters.  This week we worked on the number eight.  We learned that we can make eight in a variety of ways.

 

Centres: 

We continued working with our space centres this week.  We continued experimenting with imaginary telescopes, magnifying glasses, and headphones to contact the space station.  We have a moon rock exploration centre set up.  We are using blocks to build a space station.  Our mission at the light table is to build a rocket or a space station.  Our mission at the sand table is to find hidden letter objects in the sand. 


  building a rocket at the light table

      building puzzles at centre time

Kindergarten News January 25- 28.

 

Dear Parents,

For Valentine’s day cards if you wish to send them we have 19 students in our class.  You may just want to have your child write their name on the cards and we can distribute to each child.  If you are sending in Valentine’s cards please make sure you have a card for each student.  The cards must be in by this Friday, February 5th in order to send them home before Valentine’s Day. 

This is optional please do not feel that you must participate!

 * Valentine’s Day-this is a bit of a tricky one.  If they want to participate, students will need to have their cards in to the school no later than the end of day Friday, February 5th to be distributed on the 10th (as they need to sit for at least 72 hours).  If they come in on Monday the 8th or later, they will have to go out after the long weekend. *

  This week in literacy we read the stories: My Friend the Moon, Far Away from Home which we took two days to read and share our predictions and write about our favourite part of the story in our journals. 

We can ask questions to make meaning about space.  We can listen to others when they share about interesting facts.  We can share ideas and information about our own drawings.  We can follow one and two step instructions when we are doing our guided drawings.

We began our soccer unit in gym this week.  We can kick a soccer ball in a variety of ways. With our toes, the inside of our foot, the outside of our foot, the heel of our foot.  We can alternate feet to kick a ball.  We can aim at a target to kick a ball.

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We can see the number of the day in a variety of ways. On Wednesday we watched number block videos and counted to one hundred by ones and by tens. We continue to practice the number that comes before and the number that comes after the number of the day.  We can do one to one matching using dominoes and dice.

  matching quantities to the number I can roll on the dice


In gym this week we continued using scoops and added in balls. We learned how to walk with the scoop holding it flat, how to throw and catch against a wall and with a partner.

 Centres: 

We continued working with our space centres this week.  We continued experimenting with imaginary telescopes, magnifying glasses, and headphones to contact the space station.  We have a moon rock exploration centre set up.  We are using blocks to build a space station.  Our mission at the light table is to build a rocket or a space station.  Our mission at the sand table is to find hidden letter objects in the sand. 


building a rocket to the moon

  taking my dog to the moon

  alien?

  building a rocket with small blocks

  building an airplane with Lego

  

Kindergarten News January 18 - 22.

 

 This week in literacy we read the stories: I Am A Frog, Piggy Loves Slop, How to Catch a Star and shared some information about space.

We can ask questions to make meaning about space.  We can listen to others when they share about interesting facts.  We can share ideas and information about our own drawings.  We can follow one and two step instructions when we are doing our guided drawings.

                 

 

 For art this week we used Q-tips to paint letters and articles we wear in winter to keep us warm. 

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We can see the number of the day in a variety of ways. We usually run, walk, skip, gallop, or travel in a variety of ways to the number of the day during our warm-up in the gym.  We continue to practice the number that comes before and the number that comes after the number of the day.  We did memory matching with cards during math stations this week.

In gym this week we continued using scoops and added in balls. We learned how to walk with the scoop holding it flat, how to throw and catch against a wall and with a partner.

 Centres: 

We began our space centres this week.  We have been experimenting with imaginary telescopes, magnifying glasses, and headphones to contact the space station.  We have a moon rock exploration centre set up.  We are using blocks to build a space station.  Our mission at the light table is to build a rocket or a space station.  Our mission at the sand table is to find hidden letter objects in the sand. 


                 

                


Kindergarten News January 11 - 15.

Kindergarten News January 11 – 15

 

 Happy New Year!  It was wonderful to have the students back at school this week.  We heard a lot of laughter throughout the room this week.

 

This week in literacy we read the stories: The Mitten, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late, How to Catch a Snowman and Sadie and the Snowman. 

We can act out a story and make puppets. We can colour with markers, pencil crayons and crayons.  We can illustrate the beginning, middle and end of a story and act out our story in sequence.  We did this with the story The Mitten.  

                 



For art this week we made a winter picture and painted over it with liquid starch salt and glitter. 

 In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We can see the number of the day in a variety of ways. We usually run, walk, skip, gallop, or travel in a variety of ways to the number of the day during our warm-up in the gym.  We continue to practice the number that comes before and the number that comes after the number of the day.  We did pattern block designs and learned how to play War with cards during math stations this week.

 

In gym this week was an introduction to scoops and bean bags.  We learned how to walk with the scoop holding it flat, how to throw and catch against a wall and with a partner.

             

                          

Centres: 

We continued to use our Tim Horton's restaurant centre this week.  We have been experimenting with reading and ordering from menus, using money to pay for our items, using a cash register, and making food in our kitchen centre.  At tub toys the students are making bay blades and snowflakes with the connecting blocks.  We built train tracks to go to places all over the world.  We created a family of Mr. Potato Heads.  Puzzles continue to intrigue and guide our sense of problem solving.

                              



Kindergarten News December 6 - December 11

 There is one new item to add to the calendar.  On Monday  DECEMBER 14, will be holiday attire day.  Example: You can wear red or green, Santa hats, reindeer headbands, Flames or other sports team or a favourite hat or a Christmas outfit.  You can wear Christmas or holiday attire all week if you wish.

DECEMBER 18 is Pajama Day, come to school wearing your favourite pajamas.

We will have some other fun things planned along the way.  There is NO FOOD allowed to be shared at this time.  Thanks for understanding.  If you wish to send in a fun treat for your own child please feel free to do so for snack time.

This week in literacy we read the stories: The Magical Snowman, The Wild Christmas Reindeer and Auntie Claus.  Melody our Elf on the Shelf continues to surprise and delight us with her attempts at writing our morning messages and moving all over the room.  We never know exactly where she will turn up.

We can draw a reindeer and add details. We can colour with markers, pencil crayons and crayons.  We can illustrate the beginning, middle and end of a story and tell a scribe what we drew or add a beginning letter to start our writing process.   

                          

In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We can see the number of the day in a variety of ways. We usually run, walk, skip, gallop, or travel in a variety of ways to the number of the day during our warm-up in the gym.  We continue to practice the number that comes before and the number that comes after the number of the day.  We did geo board designs for math stations this week and we worked on the number 3. 

           

The blue sign is water, 

the orange means fire.

                                           The number 3.  How many letters are in the word three?  This was our number of the day on Friday.

Centres: 

We continued to use our Tim Horton's restaurant centre this week.  We have been experimenting with reading and ordering from menus, using money to pay for our items, using a cash register, and making food in our kitchen centre.  At the light table we have been exploring creating parking structures, and houses.  At the block centre we have been building different homes for our imaginative play.  This week we pretended to be half horse half dragons, or half unicorn half kitty.  The students came up with a variety of unique creations.  

       


Kindergarten News November 30 - December 3

Our December calendar was sent home on Thursday.  There are 2 new items to add to the calendar.  Next Friday  DECEMBER 11, will be holiday attire day.  Example: You can wear red or green, Santa hats, reindeer headbands, Flames or other sports team or a favourite hat.

DECEMBER 18 is: Pajama Day, come to school wearing your favourite pajamas.

We will have some other fun things planned along the way.  There is NO FOOD allowed to be shared at this time.  Thanks for understanding.  If you wish to send in a fun treat for your own child please feel free to do so for snack time.

This week in literacy we read the stories: The Snow Tree, and The Giving Tree.

We can draw a Christmas Tree and decorate it following directions when watching an art video.  We can colour with pastels, pencil crayons and crayons.  We can illustrate the beginning, middle and end of a story and tell a scribe what we drew.

                              

In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We can see the number of the day in a variety of ways. We usually run, walk, skip, gallop, or travel in a variety of ways to the number of the day during our warm-up in gym.  We continue to practice the number that comes before and the number that comes after the number of the day.  

Centres: 

We opened our Tim Horton's restaurant centre this week.  We have been experimenting with reading and ordering from menus, using money to pay for our items, using a cash register, and making food in our kitchen centre.  The students discovered they could make bay-blades with our connector blocks.  At the light table we have been exploring with building: apartment buildings, parking structures, and houses.  At the block centre we have been building zoos, for our plastic animals, parking structures for the cars, and a variety of other buildings.

       

       

TO our Parent Council:  

A HUGE HUGE THANK YOU!  We have been enjoying our new books very much.  Ms. Watterberg tries to read us a new story everyday and then we get to add it to our book bins.  We really enjoyed the story Please Don't Open This Book!

       



Kindergarten News November 2 – 6

This week in literacy we began learning about good nutrition choices.  We can make good nutrition choices for our snacks.  We made a mini fruit booklet.  We took it home to read to you on Friday.  The students were so excited and proud of their first book.  We discussed different kinds of fruit and we learned that half of our plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables.  One quarter of our plate should be whole grains and the other quarter should be proteins. 

In math this week we continued doing number talks.   We are learning to see the number of the day in a variety of ways. We usually run, walk, skip, gallop, or travel in a variety of ways to the number of the day. that number of the day.  We continue to practice the number that comes before and the number that comes after the number of the day.  We acted out the story The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins which is a division story. We can share cookies equally with many friends.   This was the premise of the story.

In gym this week we played some cooperative games.  We learned a new game called Dinosaur Island.

The November calendar was sent home on Friday and should be in your child’s red communication folder.

Conferences are coming up very soon.  It is important to book a conference with me online as I will have important information to share with you on the EYE ( Early Years Evaluation ) teacher assessment.

 

Kindergarten News October 26 - 29

Dear Parents,

In literacy, this week we read the stories The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Pumpkin Eyes, We’re Going on a Ghost Hunt and Too Much Candy.

We can make predictions.  We can draw and scribe for an adult in our journals.  We can follow directions and create pictures in our art journals.

In math, we can say the number sequence from one to ten.  We can identify the number that comes before and after a given number.  We can match the number of objects to a number.  We can find the number on the number line. We had math stations this week. 

On Thursday, we had Halloween stations. We can make patterns, we can match a quantity to a given number, we can create our own jack o’ lantern faces. 

In gym, this week we continued working on ball skills. We kicked to a partner and we threw and caught with a partner.  We even tried to throw the ball high in the air to make a basket on the basketball net. We also practiced our skipping skills.


Kindergarten News October 19 -23

Dear Parents,

In literacy, this week we read stories about autumn and harvesting.  We followed directions on Art hub for kids and drew a flower garden and a pumpkin.  We read the stories The Turnip and The Enormous Carrot. We made predictions.  We can draw and scribe for an adult in our journals.

In math, this week we practiced counting forward and backwards from one to ten and ten to one. We began our Number of the day Number talks in math.  We can write the numeral, count objects, put markers on ten frames and find the number on the number line.  We are also learning to identify the number that comes before and after our number of the day.

In gym, we practiced throwing and catching a ball to the wall and with a partner.

We love playing at centres.  

We are continuing to learn that we can belong to many different groups and we can develop an awareness of sharing and caring for one another. Ask your child to share their favourite centre activity this week.


Kindergarten News October 13 -16

Dear Parents,

In literacy, this week we read stories about autumn and leaves changing colour.  We learned that we are all scientists. This week we learned that we can draw a fall tree and we can draw different kinds of leaves following the directions on Art hub for kids.

 In math, this week we practiced counting forward and backwards from one to ten and ten to one. We can count to ten. We matched stickers to the numbers on the number line this week. 

We can separate the colour black to make rainbows. We also learned that leaves are green in the summer because they have a chemical called chlorophyll. The leaves change colour in the fall because the weather turns colder.  Did you know that the leaves already have the colour pigment in their leaf even before fall comes? 

In gym, we practiced running and kicking a ball independently, we used our toes, the back of our foot, the inside and outside of each foot.  Ask your child to share their favourite foot to kick with and the best part of the foot to kick with.

We love playing at centres.  

We are continuing to learn that we can belong to many different groups and we can develop an awareness of sharing and caring for one another. Ask your child to share their favourite centre activity this week.

 

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