Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Griffin Gazette and more!

Hello great parents! Kindergartners have been working hard on their rules, routines and classroom procedures. When we come back from a break we always review the rules of the school. Your child got re-trained on Friday on the rules all around the school. It is important that students follow the rules so that we are safe and we can learn. Please go over the rules with your child at home!
I am beginning to set up a few parent/teacher meetings this week. If I haven't contacted you and you want to meet about your little one please let me know.

on another note....

As the year progresses, you may notice that our classroom doesn’t run like other classrooms. We will be learning through Whole Brain Teaching, a research based system that utilizes all areas of the brain, keeps children engaged throughout their lessons, and helps them retain much more information than the standard lecture-discussion model.

Whole Brain Teaching is a highly interactive form of instruction that delivers information to students in short “chunks.” Kids then teach what they have just learned to their partners, using hand-gestures to help remember specific vocabulary.  While students teach each other, the teacher walks around the room to discover who understands the lesson and who needs more instruction.

Research shows that children retain more information when they have an opportunity to put it into their own words and use gestures to emphasize key instructional units …plus, it’s amazingly fun! For more information about Whole Brain Teaching please contact me, come by for a classroom visit and/or go to www.WholeBrainTeaching.com.

This week in reading we have been focused on Nonfiction. Students have been exploring, reading, sorting and asking questions around nonfiction text. 
What is NONfiction?
BEST ANSWER of the week said by Chloe..."It's where your brain gets to have a REAL experience!"...wow!!!!

Letter of the week: R
*Remember to bring in sharing Wednesday - Friday...and it MUST begin with letter R!
Snap words: little, she, with, me

Phonics- blends in words such as (flip, flower, fly, shake, sham, ship)
final sounds

This week in math we are working on patterns, printing numbers in our brand new MATH WORKBOOKS, and the birthday board!
Games students learned this week is called GUESS my NUMBER!
What is 1 more than 9?
What is 2 less than 5?
What is five more than 0?
What is 1 less than 20?
Play this at home in the car...in the tub...or in the bed!

Writer's workshop-
This week we began brainstorming our idea for our small moment story. This story will be our YOUNG AUTHOR's story. Stay tuned on more information on that topic!

Things to know....NO SCHOOL next MONDAY!
ENJOY the pictures below and stayed tuned for MORE TO COME!!!

Just some good 'ole bell-work on the morning

And sometimes you just need a break, so you CRAB crawl  in the hallway

During centers, kids have been loving to choose OPERATION

And in Math centers they love pattern blocks

Reading center

Building science

Free drawing

or playdoh if you wish

Reading workshop anchor chart
This has been a BIG lesson....RAISE YOUR HAND to talk....:)
Discovering what they know
Can your child get dressed in under 2 minutes? If not...help at home...time them! Practice! Zip! Get outside!

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