Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Gingerbread Baby Houses


KB has been reading different versions of the Gingerbread Man this week. We read "The Gingerbread Man," "The Gingerbread Boy," and "The Gingerbread Baby" this week. We finished the week by making gingerbread baby houses!
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Friday, December 9, 2011


Calling all parents! I need your help! Picture for a moment, 22 kids getting ready for recess....snow pants, boots, coats, hats, and mittens....yikes! Preparing to go out into the cold and coming back in from the cold is quite chaotic. Getting all buttoned, zipped, and tied can be a chore. However, if kids practice these skills at home, they become much faster!
Please work at home on helping your child learn how to dress and undress for the winter weather independently. Being a parent myself, I understand the temptation to hurry things along and do everything for your son or daughter. The problem with this is that at school, they are expected to be able to get ready for recess without much help.
If your child would like to play in the snow, they have to wear 5 things: coat, snow pants, boots, hat, and mittens/gloves. If they are lacking something, they will need to stay on the hard surface.
One last thing....please label each item with your child's name or initials to help us identify the owners of lost things.
Thanks so much for your assistance! Happy Winter!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Reading Strategies


Have you been hearing about "Ollie Owl", "Sammy Snake" or "Andy Alligator"? They are our reading strategy buddies. Ollie Owl tells us to look at the picture. Sammy Snake tells us to stretch the sounds in a word, and Andy Alligator reminds us to get our mouths ready. Kindergarteners are using different strategies to decode words and read. Finger flashlights help them keep track of the print in the story, and slinkies are used to be Sammy and stretch the sounds out.
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Buddy Reading


When we buddy read, we sit with our partner elbow to elbow, knee to knee. Listening when it is our partners turn and following along in the book. Kindergartners are doing a great job reading!
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