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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
Friday, February 10, 2017

We Are 100 Days Smarter!

This week was all about the number 100! We looked at some photos of real centenarians, people who are 100 years old. This gave us some insight into what we may look like at age 100, which we used to make our 100 year old portraits. They look amazing! There are some huge smiles on those wrinkly faces! We also wrote about what we thought our lives will be like at age 100. The 100th Day collaborative Museum was a great success! The displays were so unique and creative!! We will keep them on display a little longer next week, so if you haven't had a chance to, please check it out! The week ended in the best possible way- celebrating the 100th day of school! We had so much fun! In the morning we had a 100th day party, with different stations to visit that all had a 100 theme. They could use 100 cups to create structures (a big hit!), build something using 100 Legos, work together to finish a 100 piece puzzle (bonus: it glowed in the dark), make 100th Day crowns, play a race to 100 game (another huge hit!), and create structures using 50 toothpicks and 50 marshmallows.

Language Arts: 
We began a new round of our literacy stations this week, and many of the kids are continuing to be challenged with a variety of complex vowel rules and blends. Although we can read many of these words, we can't always write them. We will continue to complete activities that help us with digraphs (h-brothers like th, sh, ch, wh), two vowel words (ee, ai, oa, oi, oo, ou, etc.), r-influenced vowels (ar, er, ir, or, ur), short and long vowel sounds, magic e words, and others. As you can see we're really 'packing it in' when it comes to teaching a variety of phonics rules and skills. My goal is that each child leaves my classroom confident about his/her reading skills no matter what "level" they may be reading at. 

We also started our newest round of math stations this week, many of which allowed us to continue building our strong number sense as we prepare for first grade. I challenged the kiddos this week to solve number puzzles. We also continue to challenge ourselves with the recognition and addition of coins. This has been a challenging concept for the K-Kids, (why are 3 coins the same color?!) and we will continue to practice for fluency and automaticity throughout the rest of the school year. We are also exploring the concept of measurement and used some special 'love monsters' to measure and graph our data. 

Writer's Workshop: 
We had some fun writing  focused on the 100th Day this week! We talked about what we could buy with $100, and then I gave each kid a "real" (super fake) 100 dollar bill to add to their drawing. They were so excited to get their money, and some kids talked about saving it to use in a store, so we had an exciting bonus discussion about how the lawmakers in America consider it to be an illegal activity to use fake money in a store. Then our law abiding kindergarten citizens glued their $100 dollars on to their drawings! Phew!

Coming Up Next: 
Over the next 2 weeks we will begin exploring American symbols such as the Liberty Bell, Statue of Liberty, American Flag, and Bald Eagle in great depth. Then we will switch gears a little bit to focus more on some of our country's most important presidents.


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