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Kindergarten News - October 8, 2014
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 8:50 PM

October 8, 2014
Room 114 Families,
I hope to see many of you this Thursday evening at the Kindergarten Pizza Dinner.  The event starts at 5:30pm and the families from Kgn. Class Room 114 are asked to bring desserts or treats.  Look in the folder today for all the info on this very fun event.
I am almost finished assessing all the children in the class.  This is a one on one assessment that I keep students back from specialist’s class to work with each child.  It allows me to find out where they are in literacy and phonemic awareness (skills that get children ready to read:  rhyming, alliteration, playing with letter sounds).  Once I know where each child is in their journey in reading I can pick out books at a level that helps them become readers or more fluent readers.  The children have been learning how to pick out a “just right fit” book to practice with in their book bags.  We are gaining stamina, longer times, quietly “reading” the books from their book-bag, by themselves or with a reading partner.  Children keep tally marks on a post-its and keep track of how many times they read each book.  After reading a book three times they can take it home to read to a family member or read it to me at school.  The children can then choose a new book from the book bins (lettered:  PIX-picture books through Level M.) to put in their book bag and continue to read.  Now that I know the children’s reading levels I can group and tailor literacy lessons.
In Writers Workshop this week the children listened to the story, “Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst.  After hearing about Alexander’s bad day the children were ready to think about a time when they also had a bad day.  I told them about my bad day; when I locked myself out of my house along with my car keys!  Ask your child what bad day they wrote and drew a picture of for their “bad day”.
The children are almost finished with their own version of the book, “What Can You Make With Ten Dots?”  Our Big Buddies are going to help us with the last page, “Ten dots can make…”  and you will see your child’s book at conferences or if you have already had our goal setting conference, in next week’s folder.  We are starting a new math unit learning about the attributes of buttons.  The children will use many buttons to sort and classify by attributes listed by the children: size, shape, color, number of holes and
thickness.  The children will use a large collection of real buttons and then make their own special BIG button.  They will “shop” at the button store with 10cents and buy the materials to make their button.  We will then play class button games, eliminating buttons by attributes.  
We finished the last “Mercy Watson “ chapter book on Monday, #6 and we have started the Junie B. Jones series.  If you are not familiar with the Junie B. Jones books, she is a “sparky” almost six-year-old girl who is just starting kindergarten.  Barbra Parker, the author, really understands kindergarten humor.  I have read every book at least ten times and they still make me laugh!  Better yet, I get to hear the laughter of my class as they listen…magical really!
See you Thursday evening.  Your children will sing and dance to your delight! 
Star Student this week:  Fritz Totzke
No Star Student next week due to a short week of school
Star Student Oct. 20 -24th: Kai Siebler-Randsom 
Thanks to the Silpala family for washing the class water bottles and snack cups this weekend!