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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
Monday, October 3, 2016

Fall Harvest Happenings

This week we finished up our Fall Harvest unit and the kids loved finishing our comparisons between all of the Fall fruits and vegetables. We made observations with sweet potatoes, pumpkins, potatoes, apples, and squash, looking at both the inside and outside of each. The kids really put on their 'scientist' caps as they explored each fruit/veggie and made observations. 

We also finished up another round of literacy work stations based on the Fall Harvest activities. We have worked really hard this week in both the writing station and in a variety of games that tackle our phonemic awareness. As you are reading or playing with your child see if he/she can isolate the initial, middle, and ending sound in simple words. The past few weeks each partnership also worked on different rhyming games and many of them are becoming pros!

As we continue trucking along with our math program, you may hear your kiddos talking about some addition and subtraction we have been doing in the classroom. We have also been working on 'counting with our eyes' and finding new ways to build different numbers. For example, the number 6 can be made with 6+0, 0+6, 1+5, 5+1, 4+2, 2+4, and 3+3. This is a fantastic number sense concept that we will work on all year long! We also learned about the +, - , and =. Our last big math discussion this week focused on the difference between 2D and 3D shapes. Ask your K-Kid to explain what makes them different at home! Also, see if you can find any 3d or 2d items at home. 

This week in Writer's Workshop we began writing our first books as we continued into our second writing unit of the year. We read a book called BigMama's by Donald Crews, which tells the story of a young boy going to visit his grandmother's house. At the end of the story you find out that the young boy is now an adult and he has been retelling this story from his childhood. The K-Kids have made many connections to this book and have used Donald Crews as an inspiration as they start their own stories. The kids have absolutely blown me away with their interest in writing, and it is quickly becoming our favorite part of the day. We have built our stamina up to 20 minutes of silent writing time each day, which allows me to conference (meet) with 2-4 kids each day to discuss various independent writing strategies. As time moves on, the kids will be working at his or her own pace to write each story. 

Next week we will start our spider unit! Can't wait to discuss these creepy crawlies!


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