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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, October 23, 2016

So Long Arachnids!

We had a fantastic week finishing up our spider unit. The K-Kids helped share all of the 'new information' and we added this to our schema chart. You will find all of our learning outside in the hallway underneath our giant spider web!

Language Arts:
As we finished up our language arts stations, the K-Kids are beginning to show a great deal of interest in reading all of the things around them. I have overheard many of them reading from bulletin boards and posters from around the school. I have also noticed a great deal of teamwork, specifically as we have continued talking about The Leader in Me. The K-Kids are problem solving when issues should arise, and they are extremely proud to share with us how they came to "think win-win" (more on this later!). 

We also completed our math stations this week, which allowed us to do a lot of work demonstrating our number sense. We discussed greater and fewer, and realized that we have to look at the whole 2-digit number before we can figure out which number is bigger or smaller. We have also begun discussing how to compose and decompose various numbers. The K-Kids have started to realize that there are many different ways to make our numbers. For example, 4 is 0+4, 4+0, 1+3, 3+1, and 2+2! We like to act like number detectives to figure out all of the various solutions. 

As we finished up our spider unit, we charted the facts we had learned about spiders. We focused on two main catergories: 'Spiders have' and 'Spiders are.' The K-Kids helped me distinguish which facts went under a certain category and which facts were not even about spiders! Next, we selected the two facts that most interested us and each kiddo wrote down his/her facts. These are on display under our self made spiders on the big spiderweb in the hallway. We also took a 'Roycemore Field Trip' and visited the HUGE spiders and their webs hanging out in the corner of our playground. 

Writer's Workshop:
As we continue through our second unit of Writer's Workshop, we have focused on how to make our stories come alive for the reader. We are working on putting emotions into our illustrations, adding in speech bubbles, and other various ways to help our reader jump into our writing. I have loved watching our smartie spelling develop. Remember, spelling is a process. The most important thing you can do at home to help your K-Kid is encourage them to write and spell independently! Praise them when you see any writing, even if the letters don't match up with what they are saying! This is part of the writing process in K. 

Social Studies: 
This week we focused on our fourth habit for happy kids. Think Win-Win allows us to comprehend how to compromise and work with our friends to make sure that everyone leaves the disagreement happy. I hope you are using our Leader in Me language at home to promote positive "leader" behavior! Also, we learned how to say sorry the K-Way this week. Here are the steps: 1. I'm sorry for ________. 2. It was wrong because _______. 3. Next time I will ________. 4. Is there anything else I can do for you? Feel free to use this 'way to apologize' at home! 


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