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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
Saturday, October 8, 2016
We have had such a fabulous week beginning all of our spider literacy and math workstations. It was quite encouraging as I watched the kids work together in their partnerships, solving problems, discussing new topics, and making connections to old workstations we have completed. Below is a recap of our week's activities.

Language Arts: We have introduced 9 new literacy workstations to the kiddos this week. This K Class has loved the challenge of various phonemic awareness skills. They are quickly learning how to identify the various parts in words and I am loving my opportunity to teach so many fantastic readers! Another exciting new workstation this week was a game called "Spider Snack" where each child took a turn hiding two flies behind rhyming words while their partner tried to find Little Spider's snack of flies. I loved hearing the giggles coming from the pocket chart area.

Math: We have continued building our number sense in math stations, guided groups, and with math journals. I have loved watching the K-Kids create various pictures and number sentences to show their thinking while solving various story problems. We have also started our new math workstations. This week, many of our stations focus on identifying the number that is greater or fewer. While this is easy with single-digit numbers, it gets a bit more confusing with double-digit numbers. While looking at double-digit numbers, it's easy to make mistakes by simply looking at the one's column. By the end of the week it turned out that while my initial goal was to explore and manipulate greater or fewer amounts, this led to a great discussion of place value. 

Social Studies: We continue to focus on our Leader in Me habits as a way to personalize our ability to become happy leaders in and out of the classroom. I am hoping you are noticing some positive changes at home! Please remember to ask your K-Kids how they show the following habits: 1. Be Proactive 2. Begin with the end in mind 3. Put first things first. This week we also started our 5 week Junior Achievement program. The JA program helps teach us various aspects of our community, such as neighborhoods, families, leadership, etc. 

Writing: Each child continues to work on story writing during Writer's Workshop, and this week we introduced the idea of making our stories come alive. The K-Kids have been working very diligently during Writer's Workshop, stretching out sounds and creating stories about everything from travel to family celebrations to neighborhood exploration. I have loved working with each child independently to grow and his/her own pace throughout the writing process.


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