September 4, 2013

Here They Are!!

Here are some pics of what we've been up to!!

Of course I had to take first day pics of the kiddos.  It's amazing to see how much they grow by the end of the year.  I still have more to upload so look back tomorrow.

This is what we've been up to this week.

We read the No David! books and discussed what a Peacemaker and Peacebreaker was.  I gave them cards to sort and we added them to our posters.

We've completed work with our names.  After reading Chrysanthemum, we completed a character map.  Kids also made flowers by looking at how many letters, vowels, and syllables were in their names.

The kids absolutely LOVED the book Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her Name.  Try saying that 3 times fast!!  We counted how many letters in her name and would you believe she had 56 letters?  We wrote our names on Post-Its, counted the number of letters, and graphed.  

Today was the first day of practicing Read to Self.  Kindergarten teachers now introduce this midway through the year so when they come to first they know the expected behavior.  I don't plan on rushing this process but I'm hoping I can begin reading groups a bit earlier this year.  They did a great job!!

Today we began our Special Person of the Day.  Meet Jocelyn!!  She sat in a comfy chair and students asked her questions to get to know her better.  I did the writing, but kiddos helped me with making complete sentences.  We talked about what goes at the beginning and end of sentences.  We also counted the number of words and sentences.  We'll reread her poster tomorrow and learn about another student tomorrow!

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