Archive for October 2012

Pre K and Kindergarten had a great Halloween party this morning. Thanks to all the volunteers who donated their time and/or materials. Here are some pictures of the kids having fun and participating in the activities:

Listening to directions.

Getting ready for the fun!

Making food spiders.

Making candy patterns then eating them!

That’s a yummy looking spider!

Another great spider.

Tootsie pop ghost.

Coloring on the mural.

Freeze Dance.

 

Friday at 2:00 pm the students of Room 104 will be performing in the Fall Assembly. All parents are invited to attend. Please dress your child in all black on Friday for the performance.

Today, the students voted on the eyes, nose, and mouth of our class jack-o-lantern. Above is our final product. We gave it the appropriate name of Jack-o-Lantern.

Halloween is tomorrow! Have your child come dressed to school in their costume. We will not be having library, so do no send library books. Thank you to all the families who have volunteered to donate their time or treats. The K and Pre K teams really appreciate it. If you are volunteering to help, the volunteers are meeting in the annex.

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: can, be, and
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big, a, to, we
We are going to use and write these words in sentences.
We have been learning songs for all our sight words, ask your student to share the songs with you!
Letter of the Week: Hh
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp, Jj

Theme: Our theme this week is Halloween

  • We will make a classroom Jack-o-Lantern. Students will vote on what they want all the different parts to look like then I will carve the pumpkin.
  • Students will make a skeleton out of q-tips.


Halloween Party:

  • Students may come dressed in costume on Halloween, but no masks or weapons.
  • Students may bring candy to hand out to classmates, but they will not be eating it in school. All treats will be sent home. Feel free to send a trick or treat bag to school that day.
  • The students will do Halloween coloring sheets while passing out treats, then all of kindergarten will watch It’s A Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
  • Please refer to previous post as to our literacy/Halloween celebration in the morning. Email me if you can donate your time or materials.


Performance:

  • We are part of the Fall Assembly!
  • Dress your child in all black on Friday. The performance is at 2:00 pm in the auditorium and all parents are invited to attend.


Journals:

  • Student will complete their October Journals and start their November Journals. All completed journals are kept at school and will be given to you at Report Card Pick Up.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one word to describe their picture.
  • It is very important that students spell words how they hear the sounds. Encourage your child to stretch out the word and write down the sounds they hear. Students often spell home as HOM, because those are the sounds you hear. This is developmental and what we are looking for.
  • Students will practice writing the letter /h/.


Math:

  • Students will make a shape collage with objects cut from magazines and newspapers.
  • Students will name shapes without looking at them, just feeling.
  • Which Way do I Go? We will learn about and do activities with the following vocabulary words: top, below, next to, between, behind, in front of, around, over, under, inside, outside, above, beside, up, and down.
  • Matching numbers with a spin game.


Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • Writing Center: Students will be be doing /h/ phonics practice and rainbow words. Rainbow words – writing the sight words using many different colors.
  • Art Center: Students will cut any of our sight words out of magazines, glue it on paper, and write the word.
  • Math Center: Money Sort.
  • Read Around the Room: Students will find words in our classroom and in books that start with the letter /h/ and write them down.
  • Listening Center: Students will listen to a story for the second time and draw a picture of the main character.
  • ABC Center: Students will practice writing different letters and coloring in pictures that start with that letter.
  • For reference, our literacy centers consist of listening center, writing center, art center, computer center, math center, read around the room, games, ABC center (phonics games), books center, blocks, and teacher time. Most centers change their content weekly and deal with our theme, sight words, and/or letter of the week.
  • We do many different things at Teacher Time center. One day a week the groups work on phonics and sight words with me. That day they also take a picture walk through their weekly story. We work on the weekly story for two days and on the last day we work with a social studies text or do more phonemic awareness.
  • The students will create a class book completing the following sentence: I can be a  ___________________ (to be filled in with what they are for Halloween or something they can be).
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Everybody Works. Our goal this week is text and graphic features since it is a non fiction book.


Social Studies:

  • This week we will learn about how to solve a problem.


Reminders:

  • Continue talking to your child about appropriate behaviors when playing with other children and on the playground.
  • We will not be attending Library this week due to our Halloween party. Please do not send library books.
  • Ray School collects box tops for education. These are on many items bought regularly at the grocery store. Please cut them out of the box and send to school in your child’s red folder. I will then add them to the collection in the office.
  • Thank you to the families who bought books through Scholastic this month. Not only is it a great and cheap way to get books for your kids, it also helps me to get more and important books for our theme study, books center, and listening center.


Ms. Maltz

Some Fall decorations made by the students of Room 104:

We have been very lucky in Room 104 to have an amazing Ray University experience so far. The teachers, Ms. Elizabeth and Ms. Ginger, have been wonderful. The students have learned so much and genuinely seem to be enjoying the experience; I know I am! Unfortunately the provider that was supposed to start yesterday and work with the class for three weeks has decided to no longer provide Ray University services. Due to the quick thinking and working of our administration and ancillary staff, the students in Room 104 will still be getting daily enrichment classes. Our spectacular P.E. and art teachers, Ms. Perez and Mrs. Melander, will be providing the enrichment. However, this is going to require a schedule change for this round of Ray U. The students will be getting their enrichment directly after breakfast and our literacy block will be moved to after lunch/brain boost. The students of 104 have really gotten our routine down and I know they will be successful in this temporary schedule change.

We will be participating in a Pre-K and Kindergarten Literacy Celebration on Wednesday, October 31, from 9:30-10:30. The children are encouraged to dress up in costume for the whole day. Please have your child come to school wearing their costume. The only rules are that the children may NOT wear masks of any kind or bring play weapons to school. Many kids are frightened by masks and weapons and the event is intended to be a fun experience, not a scary one. We are asking parents to assist with the set-up, during the event, and for a speedy clean up at the close of the event. Please let us know if you are available to assist us. We are asking for Kindergarten/Pre-K parent volunteers to be in the cafeteria from 8:45 – 11:15. We are also asking parents who wish, to send candy corn, candy pumpkins, and tootsie pops to school. There will be 170+ kids so please donate the above listed candy.

If you are interested in volunteering from 8:45 – 11:15 or purchasing candy corn, candy pumpkins, or tootsie pops please email me at rmaltz@cps.edu as soon as possible.

We will be passing out candy/healthy snacks to each other at the end of the day. If your child would like to pass out candy/snacks to their classmates, please bring enough candy/snacks for 24 kids. The children are allowed to bring their trick or treat bag/bucket to school so they can receive candy. All the candy that the kids receive will be taken home so that you can monitor their intake. If you have any questions please contact me at rmaltz@cps.edu.

Frightfully Yours,

The Kindergarten Team

Just a friendly reminder that Friday is PJ Day. All students should dress in some snuggly PJs. Students may also bring slippers to wear in the classroom only and a stuffed animal.

Halloween is next Wednesday. Students can wear costumes to school, but no masks or weapons with the costumes. Students may also bring treats to hand out to the class, however no candy will be eaten at school. All candy will be taken home. They should also bring a treat container to put all the goodies in. All of kindergarten will be having a Halloween party in the afternoon.

Room 104 will be part of the Fall Assembly on Nov. 2. Students should dress in all black that day. The performance will be in the auditorium at 2:00 pm. All parents are invited to attend.

Room 104 will be taking part in the Fall Assembly at Ray School. The assembly is Friday, November 2, at 2:00 pm in the auditorium. All parents are invited to attend. Please dress your child in all black that day. It should be a lot of fun and I hope people can make it!

We had a very rainy field trip today, however the students of Room 104 did an amazing job. I was very impressed with their behavior, they asked great questions, they listened very well to the tour leaders, and did not seem bothered by the rain. It was a very successful first field trip. They even went to P.E. class when we got back and received a positive report from Ms. Perez. She said they all listened so well. Also, thanks so much to our chaperones.

During our apple study, we did a science experiment with germs. After Brain Boost one day we put our germy hands all over a clean apple. We also left another apple clean. This is what it looked like after eight days:

We all agreed that it was very gross!

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: a, to, we
Previous Sight Words: I, like, see, the, is, little, big
We are going to use and write these words in sentences.
We have been learning songs for all our sight words, ask your student to share the songs with you!
Letter of the Week: Jj
Previous Letters: Kk, Pp

Theme: We are continuing our pumpkin theme this week.

  • Sink or Float? We will discuss if certain objects (apple, pumpkin, classroom materials) will sink or float in water. We will vote then test it out. Our results will be graphed.
  • The students will decorate the pumpkins they brought back from the pumpkin farm field trip. They will then be placed around the room as Fall/Halloween decorations.
  • The students will get to explore the inside of a pumpkin. Pumpkins will be cut open and they will get to touch and feel the inside. We will discuss the seeds and all the different parts.
  • PJ Party! Friday is PJ Day. Please dress your child in snuggly PJs, they may also bring a pair of slippers to wear in the classroom and a stuffed animal. For a part of the afternoon, students will get to lounge around and read, play board games, and possibly watch a short movie.


Journals:

  • Student will continue in their October Journals.
  • I will encourage using our sight words and students writing one word to describe their picture.
  • It is very important that students spell words how they hear the sounds. Encourage your child to stretch out the word and write down the sounds they hear. Students often spell home as HOM, because those are the sounds you hear. This is developmental and what we are looking for.
  • Students will practice writing the letter /j/.


Math:

  • For Wednesday Math Centers the students will: Fill in the missing number 1-10, sort jellybeans, practice writing the numbers 1-10, and complete pumpkin patterns.
  • We have been doing and will continue a daily math survey. At the beginning of math each day I ask a question and we tally the responses. Then we count (by 5’s) and talk about biggest, smallest, etc.
  • Body Height Comparisons; students will review the terms longer, shorter, and the same then go around the room finding objects either taller or shorter than themselves. After drawing themselves on paper, students will draw objects taller than themselves above them and shorter than themselves next to them.
  • Finger Count Fun. Students will play games of counting the amount of fingers up on one hand, they will even get into patterns. Once we use two hands, the goal to have students start counting at “5 and some more.”
  • AAB Patterns with a Halloween theme.


Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • The students have really gotten into the swing of centers. They are working independently and problem solving. Unfortunately, some of the students have had a hard time properly using and cleaning up the Games and ABC centers. Therefore, instead of choosing they will be told which games to play. Hopefully once we learn to respect our classroom materials more they will get to choose what to do at those centers.
  • At Writing Center, students will be be doing /j/ phonics practice and rainbow words. Rainbow words is writing the sight words using many different color crayons.
  • At Art Center, students will make jellyfish.
  • At Math Center, students will be sorting different objects.
  • For Read Around the Room, students will find words in our classroom and in books that start with the letter /j/ and write them down. They really did an amazing job with this last week!
  • For Listening Center, students will listen to a story and draw a picture about it.
  • For reference, our literacy centers consist of listening center, writing center, art center, computer center, math center, read around the room, games, ABC center (phonics games), books center, blocks, and teacher time. Most centers change their content weekly and deal with our theme, sight words, and/or letter of the week.
  • We do many different things at Teacher Time center. One day a week the groups work on phonics and sight words with me. That day they also take a picture walk through their weekly story. We work on the weekly story for two days and on the last day we work with a social studies text or do more phonemic awareness.
  • The students will create a class book completing the following sentence: We like to ___________________ (to be filled in with something their family likes to do).
  • For our Journeys curriculum we will read a story called Please, Puppy, Please. Our goal this week is story structure.


Social Studies:

  • This week we will learn about taking responsibility.


Reminders:

  • Our pumpkin farm field trip is on the 22nd. Make sure to dress your child for the weather and give them a sack lunch. Our chaperones need to be at Ray at 10:15. Thanks again!
  • Please consider donating used egg cartons for our math center.
  • Please consider donating mini pumpkins to our class for our theme study and Halloween celebration.
  • Friday is PJ Day! (We studied /P/ last week and will be studying /J/ this week.) On Friday, dress your child in snuggly PJs. They may even bring slippers to wear in the classroom and can bring a stuffed animal.
  • Continue talking to your child about appropriate behaviors when playing with other children and on the playground.
  • Scholastic book orders are due to me or online on the 29th. Please see directions on this blog.
  • Ray School collects box tops. These are on many items bought regularly at the grocery store. Please cut them out of the box and send to school in your child’s red folder. I will then add them to the collection in the office.
  • Email me your child’s birthday.

Today during math centers the students made AAB patterns with Fruit Loops. They did a great job!

We also made a class book using many of the sight words we have learned so far. Right now the pages are up in the hallway for the whole school to see, but soon I will make a class book. We have made a few class books so far that the students can read when at Books Center or when we have free reading time. The students completed the sentence: The pumpkin is ___________________. They filled in the blank with big or little then drew a picture. I truly think it is some of their best work yet!

During our theme study, each student made a pumpkin then measured the height in unifix cubes. We graphed the height of the pumpkins and 6 cubes tall was the winner.

Also, not all students are aware of when their birthday is. I received a list, but not all the birthdays were on there. I would like to know their birthdays to make them feel extra special on that day. Please email me at rmaltz@cps.edu with your child’s birthday.

Thanks!