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Popcorn Words

Please read these weekly Popcorn Words with your K-Kid each night!

*I *it *run *help *away
*a *in *jump *down
*is *we *one
*am *big *two
*to *for *make
*the *this *get
*go *red *play
*me *like *find
*see *my *funny
*and *come *look
*can *up *blue
*you *not *yellow
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fall is Here!

We had a blast this week beginning our Fall Harvest unit. We began this unit by discussing our 'schema' related to Fall fruits and vegetables. The K-Kids came up with quite a list of facts they already knew. Next, we had a big discussion about what 'Harvest' actually means! Many of the K-Kids made connections to visiting the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, etc. and were enjoying telling us stories of their adventures. Next, we put on our 'scientist' caps to begin making observations about the outside of each fruit/veggie. We even charted our observations! Remember, writing is just 'telling on paper!' at this point, so writing and drawing helped get our message across. Next week, we will cut open each fruit/veggie to make similar observations for the inside. 

We are now going through our typical daily routine of literacy and math workstations, and the kiddos are moving quickly through our transitions. I have loved meeting with each group during guided reading and math groups, and I have already seen so much progress! I hope you enjoy hearing your kids read the books that have been coming home. Remember that often they have read these books with me multiple times, so for the beginning of the year it should be fairly easy. That being said, I will NOT send books home until I feel like they have  had adequate time to spend with the story. Please understand that books may not be coming home every time your child's reading group meets. I cannot wait to watch these K-Kids soar!

We have also continued doing Writer's Workshop each day and this week finished our first unit. I will be holding onto all of the K-Kid writing throughout the year and in May you will have quite the folder of stories to take home. I have been 'conferencing' one-on-one with each K-Kid to challenge them while writing in a way that makes sense for his/her individual writing strengths. The kids are working hard on stretching out sounds and writing letters/words/sentences that make sense for the reader. The best part of Writer's Workshop is that each child is allowed to work at his/her own pace. The kids' are doing a nice job of monitoring the writing they do each day, and letting me know if they are going to 'keep working on it' or if they are 'all done.' This is another way we strive to encourage independence. 

We have also begun introducing our Leader in Me character/leadership program. The past few weeks we have focused on the first two habits for happy kids. 1. Be Proactive reminds us that we should do the right thing even when no one is watching. It also reminds us that we are in charge of our own moods, feelings, and attitudes. The K-Kids have worked hard to be proactive the last few weeks taking care of themselves, their friends, and our classroom. 2. Begin with the end in mind reminds us about goal-setting. We should strive to achieve our goals and think about cause and effect when making decisions. As we continue learning and emphasizing different habits, you will see these posted on the cubbies.

The last thing we did this week was create a class promise. Hanging on our classroom door you will find the things we promise to do this year, which includes: "We promise to always do our best." "We promise to listen and care for ourselves and others." "We promise to make mistakes and work through them." These promises will help shape our behavior all year long and you are more than welcome to use these at home!

This week we will continue our Fall Harvest stations and I can't wait for another great week!

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