Monthly Archives: September 2018

New Games & New Friends

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GAMES, EARLY LEARNING SKILLS & FRIENDS

***Please see notes at the end of the post regarding this week’s field trips.***

Last week the kindergartners learned some new games to play together.  They learned them as a class group first and then played them in smaller groups. Using games as a learning tool helps them to build their cooperation, sharing & compromising skills, as well as their math skills.

The math game is called “Roll & Record”.  You have to roll the die and record the number rolled on your game sheet.  The first number to get filled up is the winner.  This is an easy game that you can play at home.  It helps kids to become much more automatic and fluent with numbers 1-6.

Other easy ways to build up your child’s familiarity with numbers is to have them count, count, count & then count some more…count everything.  Have them count the steps it takes to walk from one room to another.  Count the plates & cups as they set up for dinner and the vegetables on their plate.  Have them count out loud in the car. Once your child is consistently solid counting items one at a time 1-10, move on to 1-20 and so on.  By the end of kindergarten we will be up to 120.

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The other game focuses on the beginning sounds and corresponding letters in words.  It is called “Apple Days”.  The children took turns spinning the spinner and identifying the beginning sound of items such as a snake, tie, butterfly, and man. The game focuses on the letters S, M, F, B & T.

Talking about the beginning sounds in words and identifying the corresponding letter is a great learning activity to continue to work on with your child at home.

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The forecast for this Tuesday and Wednesday calls for lots of rain.  Please make sure that your child is dressed for the rainy weather on Tuesday (raincoat, rain boots, rain pants if they have them).  We will still go apple picking even though the weather isn’t looking like it will be ideal.

That is not the case for our All School Lake trip. A school decision will be made tomorrow afternoon regarding whether or not we will be going to Kingsland Bay.  The weather isn’t looking good.

UPCOMING DATES:

Tuesday 9/25  Adams Apple Orchard Field Trip 8:15-11:30 (Traveling by Bus)

Wednesday 9/26  Kingsland Bay ALL SCHOOL TRIP (Traveling by Bus)***

Thursday, 9/27  Robinson Open House 6:00-7:00

Tuesday 10/2 Early Release 11:45

 

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Welcome to Kindergarten

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Our first 12 days of Kindergarten have been filled with fun & learning!  We’ve spent time getting to know each other, explored the Outdoor Classroom, made new friends during choice time, made a beautiful nest together for our classroom wormlings, read books, played math games, practiced writing our names, and learned daily routines.  I hope you enjoy the photos below.

***If you haven’t already completed the Volunteer/Driver Application for MAUSD I’d like to encourage you to do so.  Over the last 2 years we were able to take the children on several field trips that provided rich learning opportunities that extended beyond the classroom.  Some of the places that we were able to visit thanks to parent drivers were Shelburne Farms, Shelburne Museum, ECHO Aquarium, & the Audobon Center.  The only way that these field trips are affordable is if we use parent drivers for the transportation-so we need your help.  Please consider completing the application process if you haven’t already. Thank you.

Practicing Our Names & Chicka Boom Boom Trees

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

MORNING EASE-IN TIME

MAKING OUR CLASSROOM NEST & EXPLORING THE OUTDOORS

UPCOMING DATES:

Tuesday 9/25  Adams Apple Orchard Field Trip 8:15-11:30 (Traveling by Bus)

Wednesday 9/26  Kingsland Bay ALL SCHOOL TRIP (Traveling by Bus)

Tuesday 10/2 Early Release 11:45