Kindergarten Class

 2017  Kindergarten Homework Assignments (30)

May 15th  – May 19th

 

End of the Year Field Trip to Bladensburg Park:

Our last field trip is scheduled for Friday. June 2rd. We are going to the Aquatic Center at Fairland.  We will have an all day trip together with K-5th grades. We will have an early pizza lunch before boarding the bus to the Aquatic Center.  Reserve the day if you would like to come with us. There will be no limits on the number of chaperones.

 

Field Trip to Aviation Museum on Next Monday:

This field trip is scheduled for Monday May 22rd. We are going to the College Park Aviation Museum. It is a wonderful hands-on museum that children really enjoy.  We will have a picnic bag lunch before returning to school.

 

Write-A-Book Project:

      Each child needs to bring a 16” x 24” piece of fabric to cover the books and two pieces of cardboard that are 10” x 12” in size! Last week I began collecting the books that appeared to be completed and began the binding process.

Send a note requesting more pages to write on if your child needs them. Please encourage your child to illustrate each page and try to make the pictures large and colorful.  

 

Living Things Science Unit:

We are reading books about living things and their life cycles. We have been talking about how to tell if something is a living thing. We have been talking about different groups of living things: mammals, reptiles, plants, fish, amphibians, etc. Ask your child if they can tell you what group a cat or a horse belong to. (mammals: they have hair, carry babies in the tummy, feed the babies milk and are warm blooded) Then you can try to see if they can figure out animals from the other groups as well. This can be fun game you can play in the car.

 

Water bottle donations:

Another case or two of water bottles would be much appreciated because we will soon run out of fresh water bottles with the warmer weather finally arriving. We will start drinking more water. I am happy to see that these children know how important it is to stay hydrated.

 

Fourth Annual Music Performance Next Week on May 25th.

What are We Doing in Class Right Now?

 

Math:  This week we will look at multiplication. We are not memorizing multiplication tables or even doing multiplication problems to practice. We will begin with multiples of  2, and  3, using special blocks. We add like groups and look at 1x 3, 2 x 3 ….up to 10 x 3.  

This is a way of showing children how multiplication works using manipulatives. They will learn multiplication tables later in school. Right now we are trying to understand the concept of multiplication and see that it is adding like groups together.

 

We will also have fun exploring tangram puzzles. The puzzles are from Asia and were developed hundreds of years ago. Tangram puzzles consist of  7 pieces: 2 large triangles, 2 small triangles, 1 medium size triangle, a square and a parallelogram. The shapes come in a certain proportion to each other and they can be used to make many different types of figures.

 

Reading: 

Many of the children are getting close to completing all of the work in their reading folders and workbooks. This week we will start in Unit 8 (of 9 units) with the Six Ducks group. All of the children are on way to complete this book and take a Unit Test on the “Blue Book”. In First Grade all the children will begin 1st Grade with a review of the Blue Book. They will do some of the comprehension worksheets and read some of the stories of the “Blue Book” in 1st Grade before starting the next book. Completing the Blue book places the children at a 3rd quarter of First Grade for their reading level. WE ROCK J

 

Science: Last week we watched our caterpillars emerge from the chrysalis and become butterflies! We freed them to the wild on Monday afternoon because it was raining so much last week. It was exciting to observe this process in class. Every morning the children eagerly checked the status of the developing butterflies. This week we will have more discussions about what living things need for life and try to figure out what is the difference between living and non-living things in more detail.

 

 

 

 

Monday 5/15

 

1.         Read from your reading book or a book of choice and have your parent

sign the  reading log to go “up a step”. .  

2.         Continue to work in your Write-a-Book. I will be collecting the books

 this week and starting the process of binding them. Please  indicate to

 me when you have completed your book.  Please send in cardboard and

 fabric to use for covering your book when it is bound.

 

 

Tuesday 5/16

 

1.         Read from your reading book or a book of choice and have your parent

sign the  reading log to go “up a step”.

2.         Take a walk outside with a parent and write down 5 living things you see

and 5 non-living things you see. How do you know when something is

alive or not? Be ready to give your ideas in class.

3.         Continue to work in your Write-a-Book if you are not done. Does your

           story make sense to someone who reads it? Does it have a clear beginning,

           middle and ending? Do you need to add more sentences for it to read

           better? Have you completed all of your illustrations?

4.         Read a “The Cold Troll” book 30. What problem did the troll need

Help with?

 

 

Wednesday 5/17

 

 1.        Read from the Blue book and have your parent sign the reading log.

 2.        Insect Parts, Please color the insect

 3.       Continue to work in your Write-a-Book. You should be close to completing

It, or you should already be done. Please let me know if you will need extra

time to complete your book.

 

Thursday 5/18

 

   1.       Read from the Blue book and have your parent sign the reading log.

   2.       This is a cross word puzzle about insects. Please ask an adult to help you

 solve the puzzle.

   3.       Continue to work in your Write-a-Book if you are not done. Plan to

 complete your book over the weekend if you are not yet finished.

  2017

  Kindergarten Homework Assignments (29)

May 8h  – May 12th

 

 

Write-A-Book Project:  We have started writing our books! Almost everyone has at least written down a title. I have been giving out more pages as I see the authors writing. Several children worked very hard on their books over the weekend. It would be helpful to me if your child numbers their pages. I will make comments about whether the story flows and has a beginning, middle and clear ending. Sometimes children start several different stories and the pages don’t really make sense. We will continue the books as the major homework effort for the next 1-2 weeks. I would love to have a parent volunteer to help bind the books.  

As for finding fabric to cover the books…you can pick up fabric at some stores, use fabric from old curtains or sheets, or even cut a large piece out of old clothes.  Strong cardboard, from a pizza box or another large box, is good for the book cover. Sometimes parents have sent in core board or Styrofoam display boards from places like Target and office supply stores to use for the book covers.

 

Living Things Science Unit:  Our five caterpillars ate a lot and changed into chrysalis.  We are waiting for them to emerge out of the chrysalis. We are learning about the Life Cycles of different living things.

 

Field Trip May 22nd : We are going to the College Park Aviation Museum on May 22nd. Our guided tour and activity begins at 10:00 a.m. so we will leave around 9:30 a.m. After our tour we will eat a bagged lunch at the museum. This trip will be with the FIRST grade. We will travel in parent’s cars and if needed Mrs. Beverly’s big 12 passenger van.

 

Last Class Field Trip:  We are planning to go to Watkins Park on Thursday, June 1st. where we will tour the Nature Center and have a guided nature walk with one of the park rangers in the afternoon. Before our tour we will have a picnic lunch and play on their brand new playground. This will be an all-day field trip. We will travel to the park around 10:00 a.m. in parents’ vehicles and the large van from Mrs. Beverly (if needed). We will have a cookout lunch. I am looking for a couple of parents to work with Ethan Price’s Mom Quon to organize the lunch.

 

Year End Field Trip with K-5: Friday, 5/2 to Fairland Aquatic Center.

 

 

What is happening in Kindergarten?

 

Math: 

This week we will explore tangram puzzles. Tangrams consist of 7 pieces, 5 triangles, 1 square and 1 parallelogram all made in a special size ratio. Tangram puzzles were created in Asia a long time ago. The 7 pieces can be used to form many shapes and animals. The children are learning a lot about problem solving using these puzzles.

This week we will also begin to examine how multiplication works. We will not be memorizing multiplication tables or even doing multiplication problems for practice. We will be looking at how multiplying is basically adding like groups. We will start with 2 blocks, go  to 3 blocks and move all the way up to 10 blocks. We will look at 1 x 2   (one block of 2)  2 x 2 (two blocks of 2) etc.

 

Reading: 

Last week we worked in chapter 7 in the Blue book with Ms. Karen’s  reading group. It is exciting to see how fluent these new readers are becoming. The Six Ducks and the Perfect Angels reading groups are on target to complete all of the work in the “Blue” book\unit.  Usually they will begin First Grade with a short review of the Blue Book contents, focusing on comprehension. Ms.    Y’s reading group has been writing some sequence stories in their journals and working on their reading Units and books independently.

 

Science:

This week we will continue learning about living and non-living things and classifying all living things into groups: fish, mammals, amphibians, insects, plants etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 5/8

1.  Read from your reading book (or a book of your choice) and

     have your parent sign the reading log.

2.   Read a “Spice Cake ” # 29.  Have you ever helped your Mom or Dad bake something in the kitchen? Write a sentence about it.

3.  Continue to work in your Write-a-Book. Make sure you have a

beginning, middle and ending to your story. Pencil in page

numbers at the bottom of your pages. You may be creative

     when you illustrate your book. You can draw your own pictures,

     you can use pictures you cut out from magazines, you may use

     photos from home or any other interesting way to show your

     story.

 

Tuesday 5/9

1.   Read from your reading book (or a book of your choice) and

      have your parent sign the reading log.

2.   Soon we will be going to a field trip to learn about early

     airplanes. How do you think a plane can fly? Write down your

     idea(s) and we will share them in class.  (Parents don’t help-

     let your child try to figure it out on their own. You can be a

     scribe and write down their ideas for them.)

     3.  Continue to work in your Write-a-Book. Does your story make

            sense to someone who reads it? Do you need to add more

sentences or information for it to read better?

 

Wednesday 5/10

   1.  Read from your reading book (or a book of your choice) and

   have your parent sign the reading log.

   2.  Based on our discussion in class do you have any new ideas that

        explain how a plane can fly? (Same rule parent’s don’t help with

       the idea but you can be a scribe and write down your child’s ideas

       for them.)

   3.  Continue to work in your Write-a-Book.

  

Thursday 5/2

   1.   Read from your reading book (or a book of your choice) and

   have your parent sign the reading log.

   2.  Identify the parts of a plant and color the plant. .

   3.  Continue to work in your Write-a-Book. You should be close to completing

        the book by now. Remember to send in fabric and cardboard for the book

        cover. 



2017

   Kindergarten Homework Assignments (28)

May 2nd  – May 5th

 

Fourth Annual New Hope Academy Music Performance on May 25th!

We will have our fourth annual Music performance Thursday May 25.

Please put the date on your calendars. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Field Trips:

We have three field trips coming up. Two are on consecutive days in June. I apologize but the only time still available for the Watkins Park trip was on June 1st. I hope that this will not make it too difficult for our parents to chaperone. Please let me know soon if you are planning to come on any of these trips.

 

1.) The Kindergarten will be going to the College Park Aviation Museum, on May 22nd. I can take 3 chaperones on this trip.

2.) On Thursday June 1st we are going to Watkins Park for a guided nature hike at the Nature Center. Before our hike we will play in the new children’s playground and have lunch. We could do a cookout for lunch if anyone would like to volunteer for organizing the food.

3.) On June Friday, June 2nd we are going to the Fairland Aquatic Center with the First and Second Grades. This will be our special “End of the Year” Field Trip.

 

 

Write-A-Book Project:  We are writing books! Please stop by our room and look at some samples of books written in past years so you can see what we will be doing. The books will be in the cubby area as you come into the classroom. This will be the major homework effort for the next 2-3 weeks.

 

Most children began writing their books last week. When I see that a child has begun their book I give a special folder to keep the pages in. I will make comments about their progress and add more blank pages when I see the need. Please let me know if your child needs more pages.

 

Living Things Science Unit:  We are observing the life cycles of 5 Painted Butterflies.  Last week they started out as small hungry caterpillars. We watched them eat and grow. Over the weekend they formed chrysalis and we are now looking forward to seeing them emerge as adult butterflies.

 

 

What is happening in Kindergarten, This Week?

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Math:   We are working on some fun Saxon Math activities and games using tangrams puzzles, cards and dominoes. We will also learn how multiplication works using special manipulative blocks.  We will start with 2 blocks and keep adding more until we do 10 x 2. We will do this for 2, 3, 4…up through 10. I have blocks for all the numbers through 10.  The purpose of this is exercise is to introduce the concept of multiplication. We will not memorize multiplication tables or do problems to practice. We will continue with lessons in Saxon Math. Look for the lessons completed here at school to come home in the homework folder.

 

Reading:  Everyone continues to work in the Blue book. Most of us are midway through Blue Book. There are a total of 9 Units and if we continue at our present pace almost everyone will complete the Blue Book this year. In the SRA program the Blue reader is considered to be at the level of 3rd quarter of First Grade!  We are working independently in the workbook and reading and doing the comprehension together as a group. Most of the children have done a few Accelerated Reader quizzes and a few have completed more than 10 quizzes this quarter already.

 

Science: Last week we had our first school wide planting day. It was a lot of fun and I want to thank Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Wallbank for coming out to support us in our endeavors. We planted marigolds by the side of the school. We learned about how the smell of marigolds can keep some bugs away from plants and we learned the difference between perennial and annual plants.

 

This week we will discuss about taking care of our planet. We will read “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. The story tells about a place devastated by cutting down all the trees for greed. We will talk about how this is a real problem in our world today. We will learn about renewable and non-renewable resources and talk about problems with pollution in our world.

 

 

Tuesday 5/2

 

1.   Read from the Blue book (or a book of your choice) and have your

      parent sign the reading log.

 2. Write a sentence or two for your book. Use the pages given. I suggest

      Using pencil in case you want to erase and make changes. Illustrate each

      page as you go. You may be creative with your illustrations. You can use

      photos, cut out pictures from magazines or draw your own.

3.   Read a “Fine Parade” book number 28. Have you ever been in a parade?

 

Wednesday 5/3

 

  1.  Read from the Blue book (or a book of your choice) and have your

       parent sign the  reading log.

  2.  Butterfly life cycle.   

  3.  Double subtraction

 

Thursday 5/7

 

   1.   Read from the Blue Book and have your parent sign the reading log.

   2.   Write a couple more sentences for your book. Again illustrate the

          sentences you write any way you like.

   3.   Subtraction and place value. Remember to subtract 10s from 10s and

          units from units.

 Kindergarten Homework Assignments (22) 2017

March 6th -March 10th

 

International Night Friday, March 17th:  Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our NHA community, this is one of the biggest events here at New Hope. Come join us!! Buy your tickets ahead to reserve a space. Look for the ticket selling table by the front door. 

Classroom snack and water donations needed: We are on our last case of water bottles and we have eaten most of the snacks parents have sent in. We could use refills on both. If you haven’t sent in a case of water or snacks now is your chance to help out our classroom stash. J 

Field Trip, March 21st: “ Gus Goes Green” We are going “on a STEM adventure at the Publick Playhouse”. The program will show how we can use engineering solutions to solve problems in our  environment. We will need 2 chaperones for this trip. 

 

 

What is happening in Kindergarten?

 

This week we are still learning the “ar” sound. The motion involves putting a hand over one eye, like a pirate eye patch and saying “arr” like a pirate. Some examples are “far”, “hard”, “arm”, and “start” for thear “ sound.

We are also reviewing all “r” controlled vowels like “or”, “er” and “ir”, in addition to “or” and “ar”. Whenever “r” follows a vowel it makes the vowel say a different sound. 

Math:  We are working on double digit adding again this week. We will not do problems that involve carrying to the next place.  The goal is for the children to understand that you can only add 10’s to 10’s and units (or one’s) to units. We are also learning about money. Last week we examined the penny and learned the nickname “Lincoln” for pennies and how to write the C sign for money. 

Reading:  Many of the children are close to completing the Red Book in class. They will take the Unit test this week and afterwards they will be ready to begin working in the Blue book. The Blue Book will be coming home with your child each day for reading practice. All of the children moving into the Blue book will also work on doing “Accelerated Reader” quizzes. When taking an AR quiz the child reads a picture book on their own reading level. Next the child takes an online quiz on the contents of the book to check for their comprehension. Usually the quizzes are 5 questions. In the beginning your child may not do very well on the quizzes because they have to learn to give answers based on the book instead of guessing or giving their own opinion.

 

Social Studies:  We are still working on Black History stories. This week we are learning about some lesser known but very important people from the Civil War era. By the end of the week we will start looking at segregation and the Civil Rights Movement. We will review Dr. King’s work with a deeper understanding of why it was important.

 

Monday 3/6

1.      Read a page or two from your reading book (or a book of your choice) and GET IT SIGNED so you can go up a step.

2.      Review the signs for each sound from you letters and sounds book.

3.      Help Mom measure 1 cup of something for dinner or measure out one cup of juice or milk for a snack.

4.  Doubles practice.

 

CHW:    “The Seth’s Bath” (Story # 22) Please read this story to your parent(s) (or with your parent if you need the help). Color the first page of the story any way you like.

 

Tuesday 3/7

1.      Read a page or two from your reading book (or a book of your choice)  and GET IT SIGNED so you can go up a step.

2.      Review your phone number and address. Be ready to tell them both to Mrs.Karen.

3.       Paper Paleontology.

4.       Months of the year.

 

.                       CHW:  Write your own Dinosaur story. Make it 3-5 sentences long. I will display these in the hall. Please make it look nice and color the dinosaurs.

 

Wednesday 3/8

       1,   Read a page or two from your reading book (or a book of your choice) and GET

 IT SIGNED so you can go up a step.

        2.  Do and You.

        3.  Draw a tree in the Winter. Draw a tree in the Spring. Write one sentence telling

             about your trees. Make sure to start with a capital letter and end with a period.

 

 

CHW:  Punctuation Marks. We have looked at these marks in class. See if you can figure out what each one means and draw a line to the definition. Parents can help you read the definitions.

 

 

Thursday 3/9

1.      Read a page or two from your reading book (or a book of your choice) and GET IT SIGNED so you can go up a step.

2.      Double Digit Addition.

3.      Add a book to your March Book It list.

 

CHW:    Long Vowel Words. Long I with a silent e. 



 Kindergarten Homework Assignments (21, 2017)

February 27th – March 3rd

 

 The Science Center. I heard from the children that they loved the dinosaurs, the Children’s Playroom, and learning about bugs. The children also enjoyed the exhibit on the human body- especially laying on a bed of nails! (Ask your child)  Our thanks go the many parents that helped chaperone us:  Arthur’s Mom, Mrs.Summerville: Sydney’s Dad, Mr. Kenan; Myra’s Mom, Mrs. Thomas: Deona’s Dad, Mr. Tucker; Osevae’s Dad, Mr. Omoike; Ethan’s Mom, Mrs. Price and Rachel’s Grandmother, Mrs. Davis (?).

 

Spirit Week: Some photos of Spirit Week will be popping up in Bloomz. If you have an opportunity please check out our classroom door. NHA’s mascot is the tiger. Each child drew a tiger by themselves to decorate our classroom door. 

 

What is happening in Kindergarten?

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Last week’s new sound: “au, al, and aw” is used in words like:

 Au                              aw                               al

 August,                      awful                          talk

 automobile                 awkward                    walk

 laundry                      awesome                     chalk                          

 

We had an interesting discussion about how some short o words can sound a lot like “au” words. The difference is small but you can hear it and feel it in the way your mouth forms the sound.

 

The last sound we will learn is made by “ar”. The sign is made by putting a hand over one eye and pretending to be a pirate saying, “arr”. Some words with an “ar” sound are “car”, “star”, “far” and “part”. We will learn the “ar” sound this week and review other “r” controlled vowels like “or”, “ir” and “er”.

 

Stories about Famous Black Americans:  We are still reading about several famous African Americans.This week we will focus on Frederick Douglas and the Civil War era.

 

Math:  We reviewed and practiced counting up addition last week. This week we will learn about double digit addition without carrying. We will also review place value and numbers. I will emphasize that 10s have to be added to 10’s and 1’s have to be added to 1’s. We are learning about money with the Saxon math program. When you see Saxon math exercises come home the folders please look them over and keep them. Some of the lessons are very easy for us so we double up on them some days.

 

Reading:  Please help your child to keep practicing reading at home. It really makes a difference and helps your child develop fluency. Your child can read to you on the way to school, or while you make dinner….in other words while you are doing your routine your child can read aloud to you.  Then quickly initial and date the reading log or book log so I can see that your child read.

 

We are doing more writing in our journals and we are learning about all the punctuation marks that are used in reading and writing: periods, question marks, exclamation marks, commas, hyphens and quotation marks.   

 

Science, New Unit on Dinosaurs:  This week we are saying “goodbye” to the birds in science and moving on to learning about dinosaurs. We will learn about some of the different types of dinosaurs and the different habitats of dinosaurs. We will examine the scientific theories on what happened to the dinosaurs. The children will learn that some living creatures can become “extinct”. Following the unit on dinosaurs we will look at our modern world and the impact of people upon the environment and all living creatures.

 

Monday 2/27

1.        Have your parent sign and date in the tracker that you read a story

     from your reading book, or use the independent reading tracker log.

2.  Make a table. Count the dinosaurs and make a table showing how

     many dinosaurs you find of each type.

      3.  Short vowel sound: E

      4. Jen’s Web (Story # 21) Please read this story with your parent.

          With your parent’s help, write a sentence telling what Jen hopes to

          catch in her web and draw a picture.

 

CHW: “Jen’s Web (Story # 21) Please read this story to your

parent(s). Write a sentence, on your own, telling what Jen hopes to

catch in her web

 

Tuesday 2/28

1.      Have your parent sign and date in the tracker that you read a story from your reading book, or use the independent reading tracker log.

2.      Learning My address: Write down your address on the paper provided. Copy it one time. Ask Mom or Dad to see if you can remember it when you get ready to go to bed. (Parents it helps children to memorize their address if you can make a sing-song jingle with your address.)

3.      Color the American Flag in the correct colors and wind it onto a straw. We will put these up in the hall.

 

Chw: Words with oo

 

Wednesday3/ 1

1.      Have your parent sign and date in the tracker that you read a story from your reading book, or use the independent reading tracker .

2.      Color and cut out both dinosaur sides. You may stuff it at home

          or bring the pieces to stuff here at school We will do 4 of these over

          the next few weeks and make a dinosaur mobile out of them.

3.       Short Vowel Sound: i

4.      Adding 10’s Cut and paste. Use the ten bars to show the problems.

 

Thursday 3/2

1.      Have your parent sign and date in the tracker that you read a story from your reading book, or use the independent reading tracker log.

2.   Read a book to (or with) your parent and write it down on the March

      BookIT  form. This is the last month we will do the Book It list.

3.   Doubles Addition Practice.

5.      Make a list of “aw”, “al” and “au” words. Make at least 2 for each but see how many more you can think of.

 

CHW: Write 2-3 sentences using an “au” sound word from your list in each sentence. See what kind of funny story you can write. Illustrations, optional.