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Letter & Sound Tt
Letter & Sound Pp
Blending Sounds: Word families _at and _ap
This week we are beginning with the first two sounds of the Jolly Phonics Program- The letter Ss and the Letter Aa. You can support your child at home by learning the actions, listen to the songs, and watch how they should be wrote (always top to bottom- left to right!)
Letter & Sound: Ss
Letter & Sound: Aa
Our sight words for the next two weeks are "I"and "am". Have your children practice these words at home by writing "I am ____" sentences. For example: I am Laura, I am hungry, I am 5 years old, or I am Australian.
When you are reading stories aloud and you see the sight words in a text; ask your child, "I see the word 'I' on this page, can you find it?" Click on the picture of the book below to read a story that frequently uses the words 'I am' or click on the videos to listen how to spell I and am.
What's in my name?
All week kindergarten have participated in hands-on activities of trying to spell their names- the word that each of us will write the most for the rest of our lives!
Writing with a variety of materials like chalk, white board markers, and pencils was fun but trying to stamp our names, mold them with play dough, cutting them out of magazines or using magnetic letters was a little more exciting and challenging!
While working with the magazines or magnets, many students had difficulty recognizing the uppercase form of the letters spelled in their name. Students can play these games above to help reinforce the relationship between upper and lowercase letters.
Amelia, Giuliana, Martina and Gretel were our first risk-takers today as they got up in front of the class to talk about their summer vacation and share their photos up on the BIG interactive screen! The class did an amazing job listening to their peers share and asked them follow-up questions.
Today Kindergarten read a funny story called Chicka, Chika, Boom Boom! and used this story to help review the alphabet (there was even a real coconut!)
Reviewing the alphabet through songs, games and activities helps a child learn how to identify letters automatically. Without this they will have difficulty in matching sounds to letters, identifying initial and final sounds and blending sounds together (all the skills needed in reading and writing!)
This afternoon students rotated through 3 centers relating to the alphabet and letters.
One group listened to 3 funny alphabet stories on the iPad then tried completing an alphabet dot to dot of a coconut tree. Another group rhymed letter names with pictures. Meanwhile, the final group participated in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) activity. Their objective was to build a three-dimensional Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! alphabet tree that can hold the most alphabet letters. It was interesting to watch students work collaboratively and be persistent in trying new designs when the first one failed- exactly what we want to see from ISS students!
Some of you may have heard your children talking about buckets and filling and dipping from them and thinking...."What is Mrs. Brown teaching them???"
Bucket Filling is the character education and bully prevention program that I will be using in the Kinder classroom to help your children learn to be good people. Believe it or not, young children need to learn how to be kind.
The concept is that each of us has an invisible bucket. It is constantly emptied or filled depending on what others say or do to us. When our buckets are full we feel great! When it is empty we feel awful.
A person can be a bucket filler or a bucket dipper. The way to fill a bucket is to be kind to someone. A smile is an excellent way to fill a bucket and it makes you happy. And when you fill someone else's bucket you fill your own. On the other hand, an unkind-type person can dip into your bucket and then you feel sad-but he feels sad too. They not only dipped into your bucket, but emptied their own as well. What a concept we can teach little kids!
You will learn more about "Bucket Filling" and how we will use it in the kindergarten classroom when you come to the "Meet the Teacher Night" on Thursday 7th September.
However, children are beginning to learn that they can fill their teacher's bucket when they follow the classroom rules! The students all participated in picking the classroom rules since they are the ones that have to follow them. The rules were put up on a big poster and all the students signed their name to promise to do our best.
When the whole class works together as Bucket Fillers and spell the word SUPER, they get a token towards filling up the class bucket.
Mrs. Brown's Class BLog
Check here for class photos, projects, information about what we are learning and how you can help at home!