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Kindergarten 2018-2019

Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Forest Friday Friends!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Snowmen 
at Night!
January 22, 2019

                            

The children had a fabulous time skating last Friday. I was so proud of their effort, perseverance, and sportsmanship! 

We’ll continue our measurement work in math by experimenting with the concept of volume. Then we will move onto practicing “more than and less than” with numerals. 

In writer’s Workshop the children are working on becoming tree experts and writing facts about trees. 

In Fundations we are working on tapping the letter sounds heard in a word and then blending the sounds together to say the word. We’ll practice this strategy using both real and nonsense words. We are reviewing uppercase letter formations. Starting at the top is our focus; so if you notice your child beginning letters at the bottom, please ask them, “Where do you start your letters?”. 

If you would like to order from the January Scholastic book club, please complete your order by Tuesday. 

Reminder: Library books are due on Wednesdays.

Show and Tell will be postponed for the duration of Winter Sports. It’s difficult to remember to bring in all your sports equipment and Show and Tell on Thursdays.


January 14, 2019

                            

For Show and Tell this Thursday please bring in something beginning with the letter Jj. 

In math we’ll be comparing the length and height of an object using linking cube sticks within 10. This week we will also begin to study the weight of objects. We’ll compare objects using the words “heavier than, lighter than, and the same as” using balance scales. 

Our Forest Friday schedule may be different for the duration of Winter Sports. If we participate in Winter Sports on Thursday, we will not have our regular outdoor Forest Friday classes. We may head outside for skating as long as the ice is good. We were not allowed out last Friday because the wind chill never got above 10; the children were disappointed. Please send in your skates and helmets next Friday too. Stay tuned for notices about the activities each week. We still may make some excursions into the woods on other days. 

We’re beginning a unit on informational writing. Soon, each child will choose a forest animal to research. We’ll keep you informed, as we become experts on reporting many interesting facts of forest animals that have a Brownsville habitat. The children incorporate both pictures and script as evidence in their writing. 

If you would like to purchase any books from the January book order form, please respond by Tues January 22. Thanks.

 

 

January 7, 201

Happy New Year!

For Show and Tell on Thursday the children may bring in something “new”. We’ll be discussing our kindergarten New Year’s resolutions, our hopes and dreams for the New Year. 

The Chubby Little Snowman is our poem of the week. In literacy we’ll wrap up our explorations of how the beginning, middle, and end of a story differ from each other and begin examining a new essential question: How is reading like exploring? 

For the next several weeks in Math in a new Module 3 the children will compare and analyze length, weight, capacity, and finally numbers. Some of the math language we’ll be using is longer than, shorter than, a long as; heavier than, lighter than, as heavy as; and more than, less than, the same as. 

The phonemic awareness skills addressed are the blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sounds. Blending and reading three-sound short vowel words will be practiced. We’ll add a new sentence to our Sentence Builder books. All the lowercase letter formations have been introduced, now we are practicing the uppercase formations. 

As young scientists we’ll be studying snow, ice and how animals adapt in winter. 

During January we will be learning about community helpers. If you are a ”community helper” and would like to share what you do with the kindergarteners, we would love to have you as a visitor to our class. Just let me know. 

These long chilly winter nights are a great time for reading stories with your children! Reading helps improve your child’s attention span, language and vocabulary, creativity, knowledge, and love of learning! 

Dress in layers, our classroom is often chilly!

 

Opening Day of the 
 Snow Bakery!

December 17, 2018 

Friday December 21 is our last day of school; dismissal will be at noon following lunch. Thanks to everyone who contributed tooth paste and tooth brushes to our Reading/West Windsor Food Shelf donations. We’re collecting items until this Thursday. 

We have a very busy week ahead:

       Tuesday:  Building fun with the ½ class at 11:00

       Wednesday:  Dress rehearsal for our concert at 1:00.

       Thursday:  Holiday concert performance at 1:30, all are welcome!

       Friday:  Class holiday snack at 10:00

   Caroling at the Butcher and Pantry at 11:00.                 

If you would like to contribute either fresh fruit, veggie sticks and dip, or holiday napkins to our holiday class party please let me know. So far we have donations of crackers and cheese and plates.  Thanks! 

The temperature varies greatly in our room throughout the day and many children are chilly, so it would be a great idea to send in a sweatshirt that could stay in school to be used as needed. Thanks.

 

There is no Show and Tell or Forest Friday this week.

 

Happy Holidays! Enjoy the break!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A Celebration of 2-D and 3-D shapes!


December 10, 2018

Reminder:

ABS Holiday Concert

Thursday December 20, 2018

ABS Gym

1:30 – 2 PM

Everyone is invited!

 

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something that’s a 3-D solid, a sphere, a cube, a cone, a cylinder etc.  We’ll be exploring 3-D shapes in math this week. 

In literacy we’ll be reading versions of The Gingerbread Man and participate in lots of fun gingerbread activities. We’ll make our own gingerbread man books identifying events at the beginning, the middle, the ending of the story, and then add a personal response. 

Each year the ABS community collects items for the Reading-West Windsor food shelf. This year they’ve asked for nonperishable items so the K-2 students have been asked to donate toothpaste and tooth brushes. If you would like to contribute, please bring in your donation by Thursday the 20th. Thanks. 

On the 21st we are planning to go caroling at the Butcher and Pantry at 11:00. Some of the older students will be joining us. Stop by if you’re free.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Learning to build a campfire in Forest Friday


December 3, 2018 

  
If you would like to order from the Scholastic Book Club, please complete your order by Tuesday December 4.

We are planning to continue with our Forest Friday adventures throughout the winter; please make sure your child has boots, snow pants, a hat, and mittens. We have warm wool socks for the children to wear if needed.

In math we’ll continue with 2-D shapes and introduce 3-D solids. For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something that is a 2-D shape: a circle, square, rectangle, or triangle. After exploring pattern blocks the children will experiment with a pattern block template.  The challenge will be to create a pattern block creature using the template! 

Mark your calendars for December 20; the holiday performance is scheduled from 1:30-2:45 in the ABS gym. All are welcome!

I would like to have a special holiday snack Friday the 21st, the last day before vacation. If you are interested in contributing to the snack party please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net or return this paper with your selection choice.  Thanks! Some suggested contributions are:

       Paper cups and napkins,

       Juice or cider,

       Cheese and crackers,

       Sliced fruits,

       Sliced vegetables and dip.

 

 

 
 
 
 
Kindergarteners
Give
Thanks!
 
 
 
 

November 19, 2018

 

Thanks to all who came to parent conferences!  If you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. You can always check for our Kindergarten Chronicle and pictures of our activities at our classroom web page by going to wsesu.net then clicking on Albert Bridge School, About our school, Classroom sites, and then Kindergarten. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!


November 12, 2018 

Show and Tell on Thursday is a ‘Free Choice” Show and Tell! 

There is no school Friday due to parent conferences. 

Your conference is scheduled for

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I look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you; please come with any particular questions or concerns you may have.  Thanks!

 

 
 
 
Studying Worms

November 5, 2018 

This week we will be working on the letter Pp, and for the next few weeks we’ll be learning about the lives of two Pilgrim children who lived at the Plymouth Plantation in 1627, Sarah Morton and Samuel Eaton. We’ll also meet a Native American boy named Dancing Moccasins, a member of the Wampanoag nation. The goal is to compare and contrast children of today with children of long ago. 

We’ll be building words in the “ap” family.  The children are making great progress in being able to isolate and identify the sounds they hear short vowel words. 

It’s a busy math week! “Monster Squeeze” and “Top It”, two kindergarten favorite math games will be introduced.  First we’ll focus on the relationship of “one more” with numbers 1-10, followed by “one less” with numbers 1-10. 

If you would like to place a book order, please place your online order or return your check and Scholastic order form by Tuesday November 6. 

Last week in Forest Friday we gathered materials to create a worm habitat. It’s been a bit tricky finding worms, so if you find any as you are closing up your gardens, we would love them. We have been learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin, so we brought our classroom pumpkin out into the garden so we could continue the cycle. Our plan is to observe the process of decomposition. 

Thanks for signing up for a parent conference! Your conference is scheduled for:

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For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something beginning with the letter Pp.

Did you know bats.............
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bats 
are
so
interesting!


October 29, 2018

Parent conferences begin soon. Please sign up for a conference time on this paper and return it to me. Come with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss about your child. If you have not accessed your child’s account on line please send an email to parentaccess@wsesu.net for directions on how to set it up.

Please sign up for a conference time and return this paper to me:

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Please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net if you cannot meet any of these times.  Thanks, looking forward to meeting with you!

Show and Tell on Thursday is for the letter Kk.

If you would like to place a scholastic book order please either send your check and order form or fill it out online. By Tuesday Nov 6. Our class code online is LGDZD.

 

 

The Discovery Bench

October 22, 2018

This week in writer’s workshop we’ll be working on writing informational pieces about bats. The goal is to listen to a couple books about bats, and then participate in a shared writing activity focused on bat information. After partner sharing their ideas the children will be asked to draw and label a picture, and then state information from the text. 

 

In literacy we’ll continue with the short a sound and building words in the “at” family. We’ll read Where the Wild Things Are and learn some new “wonderful words”: mischief, rumpus, gnashed, and tumbled. See how many times you can use these words in conversations with your child! Then we’ll be off to Miss Nelson is Missing; I wonder what happens to her! Just ask a kindergartener.

 

Our poem this week is “Five Little Pumpkins”. We’ve been focusing on the rhyme and rhythm of the words in our other poems and identifying word families. “Showtime” continues to be a favorite end of the week challenge.

 

This week in math we’ll be working with numbers 9-10 in different configurations first, we’ll organize and count 9 varied geometric shapes in linear and array configurations as well as in circular and scattered configurations. Then we’ll follow the same procedures with 10.

 

Show and Tell on Thursday is to bring in something beginning with the letter Aa.

 

Last week we examined tulip bulbs and began our planting preparations. Each year the kindergarten plants a bed of Red Emperor tulips, checks it all winter, and delights in the spring blooms.

 

Don’t forget to visit our class site at https://sites.google.com/a/wsesu.net/abs-kindergarten/ to see photos of busy kindergarteners!

 

Parent question to child: What are you looking forward to today?

October 15, 2018 

This week in math we’ll continue exploring hidden partners within 6, 7, and 8.  How many different ways can you find to make the number? 

In literacy we’ll focus on identifying the short a sound, as heard in apple, and building build words in the “at” family. At this point the children have learned to write the lowercase formation and to identify the sound of the letters a, b, f, g, I, m, n, o, t, and u. 

We are jumping into Guided Reading this week. We will be reading some emergent level texts as a whole group and then each child will have their own reading log to read independently at their level. 

For Show and Tell on Thursday, please bring in a leaf that is either bigger than your hand, smaller than your thumbnail, has an insect hole nibbled in it, has five fingers or lobes, or one that has a jagged edge.

Reminders:                                                                           

Wednesday is always library book return day; books must be returned in order to get new books.            

Thursday is always Show and Tell. Please check the newsletter each week for the focus for Show and Tell.     

Friday is always Forest Friday. We spend approximately three hours in the woods each Friday morning so please wear appropriate clothing for the weather. Thanks for the mud/snow bakery donations! Please check for ticks, they’re back!

If you have not done so yet, please send a labeled zip locked bag with a change of clothes for your child. We will keep them here at school so the clothes won’t have to travel back and forth in the backpacks. Thanks!

Parent question to child: How did you help a friend today?

Rain, Rain,
Bring it on!!

       



Butterfly in the forest

 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 Fall
Foliage

October 9, 2018 

If you would like to order through the October Scholastic Book Club, please place your order online or return your form by October 10.  

In math we’ll focus on working with the numbers 6-8 in different configurations. Some of the topics we have been working on so far this fall are: to identify the attributes of two related objects, to classify to make categories and count, to understand different configurations of numbers to 5, and to show evidence of recognizing embedded numbers such as seeing 5 as 2 and 3, or as 4 and 1.

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something beginning with the letter Mm.

In Fundations the sound and formation of “c” and “o” will be introduced. So far we have learned the lowercase formations of b, c, f, i, m, n, and t. The sight words we have learned are ‘is”, “this” and “the”.

In writer’s workshop we will continue making books about the cycle of the apple tree. Last week we wrote opinion pieces of our favorite apple tree season.

Reminders: Wednesday is always library book return day, Thursday is always Show and Tell, and Friday is always Forest Friday (Wear appropriate clothing for the weather.). Please check for ticks, they’re back!

Please send a labeled zip locked bag with a change of clothes for your child. We will keep them here at school so the clothes won’t have to travel back and forth in the backpacks. Thanks!

Enjoy the beautiful fall colors!

 

 



 
 
 
 
 
Forest Friday Rock Structures

Hello Friend!

October 1, 2018

 

This week we will be working on the letter Ff. Show and Tell on Thursday is to bring in something beginning with Ff.

 

In math we will continue to practice number formation. It is typical for kindergarteners to reverse numbers when writing, so we’re learning chants to help with directionality.  Once backwards number writing has become part of muscle memory it’s difficult to break the habit. We’ll spend lots of time sorting, counting, and writing equations for hidden partners up to 5. Counting numbers 6, 7, and 8 in varied combinations (linear, array, circular, scattered) will also be a focus.

 

Last week we wrote nonfiction pieces about bears based on picture reading and listening to text read aloud. At this time we’re engaged in shared writing; we write pieces as a group. Some are just beginning to use phonetic writing to write their stories independently; some dictate their ideas, I write them on a separate paper, and then they copy them onto their own papers.

 

Last week in Forest Friday we worked in teams of k-2 students to travel from station to station.  The children built structures with sticks, collected leaves and made leaf rubbings, created creatures out of forest materials, and build rock structures along the brook. They did very well working cooperatively and sharing ideas.

 

Our second butterfly hatched. It was very exciting watching it fly to the top of the birch tree!

 

If you would like to order through the October Scholastic Book Club, please place your order or return your form by October 9. You can send your check and form into me at school or you can order online using the class code LGDZD. Thanks.

     

Sometimes it takes courage!

September 24, 2018

 

This week we will be working on the letter Bb and will be reading stories about bears.  Show and Tell on Thursday is to bring in something beginning with the letter Bb. We will read and “analyze” a nonfiction text on bears, then write information about bears in our journals. The children will listen to a story about a little boy and a bear. I'll leave off the ending of the story, and ask the children to create their own ending. 

We continue to write names with lowercase letters, the “kindergarten way”!

 The focus in math this week is decomposing numbers less than or equal to 5 in more than one way, e.g., 5=1+4 and 5=3+2. We’ll also work on understanding the meaning of 0, learning the correct formation of numerals 0-3, and represent decompositions with materials, drawings, and written equations for numbers 0-3. 

I hope you have all visited our class site, if not it’s at wsesu.net home, then Albert Bridge School, then About Our School, then Class Sites to find the Kindergarten page.  Each week the newsletter will be posted there as well as photos of kindergarteners learning.      

Over the next couple weeks we will be studying the cycle of the apple tree throughout the seasons. We’ll read fiction and nonfiction apple books, taste and graph our favorite varieties, and make applesauce.  

A couple reminders:

     Wednesday: Curriculum Night 5:30-7:30. This is an informational evening for parents. In order to get new books from our school library the children need to return their books by Wednesday.

     Friday:  Please dress for a morning outside, rain or shine. I do have extra socks donated by Darn Tough and waterproof pants purchased from LLBean for Forest Friday use. 

 
 
 
 
Forest Friday math: Hidden partners within 5.

September 17, 2018

 This week the children will practice the sound and formation of the letters “n” and “m” and will continue with t, b, and f. Show and Tell on Thursday is to bring in something beginning with the letter Tt. Our first magic writing word added to our word wall is “is”.

In math we will be focusing on numbers to 5, counting objects in vertical columns and horizontal rows. We’ll practice the strategy listen, think, raise your hand, wait, as we’re playing whole group math games. The children will be looking for hidden partners in numbers up to 5.

In Writer’s Workshop the children will listen to Harold and the Purple Crayon and discover how many wonderful things they can draw with a crayon.

Tuesday afternoon we’ll participate in our first ELF class of the year. ELF. (Environmental Learning for the Future), is a wonderful hands-on-nature program sponsored by the Vermont Institute for Natural Science. Our theme for the year is “Designs in Nature” and in our first class we’ll explore the design and function of spider webs.

Each Friday before heading out into the forest the children will write their own “forest plan” for the day. They will begin with prompts such as “I want to…”, “I wonder what…”, or “I can…”. When we return from the forest they will be sharing and/or journaling some observations, explorations, or games they enjoyed in their “Story of the Day”. At the end of the school year each child will bring home his/her own journal of a year of forest Fridays. A change of clothes, especially socks, would be a great addition to Friday backpacks!

If you would like to order from the Scholastic Book Club form sent home last week, please send in your order form by tomorrow, September 18.  If you would like to order online, our class code is LGDZD. Thanks.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our forest "Sit Spots".
By visiting the same place in nature many times throughout the seasons, a child develops a relationship and notices the changes that occur over time. After greeting the forest we visit our "Sit Spots" at the beginning of every Forest Friday adventure.

September 10, 2018

We will be working on the colors for the next two weeks. Please wear red on Thursday and please bring in something red for Show and Tell on Thursday. We will also discuss and chart our kindergarten “hopes and dreams”. Thanks for sending in your hopes and dreams.

In math we will classify two objects that share a visual pattern, color, and use. Then we’ll classify objects to make categories and count to determine the total.

We have been playing lots of rhyming word games.  Rhyming is a very important reading readiness skill, so any fun ways you can rhyme with your child would be great.  Be ready at bedtime with a rhyming book, nursery rhymes are perfect.

We are learning strategies for writing letters.  We will focus on the lower case letters t, b, and f this week. Ask your child to sing, “Where do you start your letters?”  Anytime your child is writing at home, please check the pencil grip and ask him/her to remember to start “at the top”. For the pencil grip, the children are learning that “thumb is bent, pointer points to the front, tall man uses his side” and the remaining two fingers are tucked in!  Have fun!

If you would like to order from the Scholastic Book Club, please send in your order form by September 18.  If you would like to order online, our class code is LGDZD. Thanks.

Forest Friday was great fun! Please ask your child about their forest name and their “sit spot”. Please wear clothes that can get dirty and/or wet on Fridays.

This newsletter and some kindergarten photos are posted on our class page at https://sites.google.com/a/wsesu.net/abs-kindergarten/

 
 
 
 
First Day of Kindergarten!!
 
 
 
 


September 4, 2018

Welcome back to kindergarten! We can hardly wait to get to know you better. You can help us by putting something about you in this “ME” bag and bringing it to school for Show and Tell on Thursday. Some ideas are:

 

Picture or drawing of you as a baby

Picture or drawing of your family

Something you like to play or do

Your favorite food

Something that is special to you

You can use miniature objects, photos, or anything else that will fit in the bag. Bring this bag to school for Show and tell on Thursday to share with your classmates. It is going to be an awesome year! We will have Show and Tell every Thursday.

Every Wednesday the children will be going to the ABS library and bringing home books. The children are allowed to check out two books each week provided they return their old books to our classroom by Wed.  Enjoy reading with your child and please help him/her remember to return their books each Wed.

August 30, 2018

Welcome to the first day of Kindergarten!

This week we’ll be reading a couple great back–to-school books: The Kissing Hand,  Pete the Cat, and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.  We’ll be touring the school, exploring the playgrounds, investigating the outdoor classroom, discussing why we come to school, and sharing our “hopes and dreams” for our kindergarten year.

Each child has a folder for carrying information to and from school.  Please use this for any paper communications you would like to send to the school.  The children will be checking them each morning for any notes from home. My email address is mkcronin@wsesu.net.

Each day of the week we have a different “specials”.

Monday:  SEL (Social Emotional Learning) with Mr. Gale

Tuesday:  Art with Ms Steibing

Wednesday: Library with Mr. Pikrimenos and PE with Mr. Justice.

Thursday: Music with Mr. Huebner, PE with Mr. Justice and Show and Tell. Please wear sneakers and appropriate clothing on PE and Forest Friday days.

Friday: Forest Friday and SEL with Ms Annalise and Ms Jacqulyn. 

Computer lab instruction will begin later in the school year.

Off we go!


August 2018

Dear Kindergarten Friend,

 School will be starting soon, and I hope you are as excited about meeting new friends, learning new things, and having fun together in Kindergarten as I am.  Our first day of school is Thursday, August 30, 2018.  The hours for kindergarten are Monday through Friday from 8:05 to 2:50.  As you enter the school our classroom is the third door on the left, the one with the butterflies on the door.

     When you come into the classroom on the first day, look for the cubby with your name on it and you will find your name crown inside. Please put it on and come to me so we can meet each other again! Mom and Dad are welcome to spend the first half hour with us. Also, please sign your name on the “sign-in” paper, which is on the big table, and then look around the room; you will see your name in lots of places.  Choose a book with Mom or Dad and bring it to the circle area to read until everyone has signed in. 

     Every day you will need to bring your smile and enthusiasm for learning, a nutritious snack and for lunch, you can either bring or buy your lunch.  Each day please wear shoes that are good for playing on the playground and exploring in the woods.

     To start our school year we will be doing lots get-to-know-you activities.  We’ll talk about our “hopes and dreams” for the school year, and we’ll work together to create classroom rules.  We’ll read stories, have fun on the playground, paint, draw, build with blocks, explore, and lots more!

     Each Monday you’ll be taking a Kindergarten Chronicle home to keep your family informed about all our kindergarten activities. It will also be posted online on the ABS kindergarten page.  My school email is mkcronin@wsesu.net

     Enjoy the rest of your summer! See you soon!

Love,

Mrs. Cronin              

 

 

 






















































































Albert Bridge School

Kindergarten 2017-2018

Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to Kindergarten!



New Friends
 
 
 
 
Working on our bear dens

 
 
 
 
Learning about winter twigs in ELF



 
 
 
 
Making Bird Feeders for the Forest

 
 
 
 
Chilly temps, bear caves, walking like bears, and hot chocolate 
make for a fun day in the forest!

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
Finding 2-D shapes in the forest: a triangle, a circle, a rectangle, and a square.
 
 
 
 
 
An oval, lots of triangles, a circle, a square, and a triangle

 



Forest Friends!

November 20, 2017

Thanks to all who came to parent conferences!  If you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me. You can always check for our Kindergarten Chronicle and pictures of our activities at our classroom web page by going to wsesu.net then clicking on Albert Bridge School, About our school, Classroom sites, and then Kindergarten. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thankful Tree


 
 
 
 
Building a Worm Habitat


 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

Building structures with 20 rocks
The F
orest Friends are so thankful for the new railing on the bridge!


Verteran's Day at ABS, thank you for your service ABS alum! 

 

 

 
 
 
We're creating a worm habitat to house the worms in our classroom for the winter. 


         

 very night!

 

 

Math in the Woods
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Writer's Workshop
First we drew with then we added color with watercolors. 
 
 
 

 
 
 
We found fungus on logs, on trees, and in the field. 

 
 
 
 
Planting tulips!

October 16, 2017

This week in math we’ll be working with numbers 9-10 in different configurations first, we’ll organize and count 9 varied geometric shapes in linear and array configurations as well as in circular and scattered configurations. Then we’ll follow the same procedures with 10.

This week in writing we’ll complete our apple tree books by composing an opinion piece on our favorite season. After partner sharing their ideas the children will be asked to write why they like that season best and then draw.

In literacy we’ll continue with the short a sound and building build words in the “at” family. At this point the children have learned to write the lowercase formation and to identify the sound of the letters a, b, f, g, I, m, n, o, t, and u.

We are jumping into Guided Reading this week. We will be reading some emergent level texts as a whole group and then each child has their own reading log to read independently at their level.

Wednesday afternoon K-1-2 ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) class will learn about seed dispersal, how seeds travel. Our focus will be to learn that an important part of the life cycle of many plants is the dispersal of ripe seeds to new locations, and this is accomplished in a variety of ways. We’ll watch a terrific puppet show, examine plants and seeds, go on a scavenger hunt, and enjoy a seedy snack!

 

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something with a seed.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Tree climbers, nature collections, and block builders!

October 11, 2017

 

If you would like to order through the October Scholastic Book Club, please place your order online or return your form by October 11.  Thanks.

In math we’ll focus on working with the numbers 6-8 in different configurations. Some of the topics we have been working on so far this fall are: to identify the attributes of two related objects, to classify to make categories and count, to understand different configurations of numbers to 5, and to show evidence of recognizing embedded numbers such as seeing 5 as 2 and 3, or as 4 and 1.

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something beginning with the letter Mm.

In Fundations the sound and formation of “a” and “g” will be introduced. So far we have learned the lowercase formations of b, c, f, i, m, n, and t. The sight words we have learned are ‘is” and “the”.

In writer’s workshop we will continue making books about the cycle of the apple tree. We finished spring and summer last week.

Enjoy the beautiful fall colors!

 

An adaptation of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle:
 
 
 
 
"The butterfly laid an egg on a leaf. Out came a caterpillar who ate one red apple, two green pears,
 
 
 
 
three plums, four juicy strawberries, and five oranges. Now the caterpillar was very full and made a cocoon.
Out came a beautiful butterfly!"


     

Reminder:
Open House is Monday October 2, 2017
5:00-700
Childcare is provided at ABS

 
 
 
 
Rock structure building, salamander catching, close examinations, and hiking: all fun forest adventures.




 
 
 
 
Snack in the woods                                           Hiking through the ferns           I can do it all by myself!          So brave to cross the bridge
 
 
 
 
 
                                                           Opening Day of the Mud Bakery!                                                             Found a frog!                                   Examining worms


 
 
 
Look what I found!!                     I wonder what lives in here?                  Ahhh-choo!


 

 
 
 
 
 
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Albert Bridge School

Kindergarten 2016-2017

Weekly Newsletter



Welcome to Kindergarten!

New Friends!

So long kindergarten friends, have a wonderful summer!

Forest Fridays were so cool!

 
 
 

Forest Friends Forever!


 

 
 
 



Just a little wet!

May 22, 2017

 

If you would like to purchase any books please place you order or send in your check by tomorrow. This will be the last book order of the year. Thanks. 

All library books need to be returned this week. Please check your shelves for any unreturned books. 

This week’s math focus will be counting; lots and lots of counting up to 100 and back. We’ll also be practicing our addition and subtraction facts. The kindergarten goal is to fluently add and subtract to 5. 

Based on the story I Lost My Tooth In Africa, in Writer’s Workshop our focusing question is, “How is your life in America the same as Amina’s family in Africa? How is it different?” The children will describe the connections between their two lives. 

The kindergarten will be planting a Sensory Garden this week. We have a new raised bed out near our tulips that is already to go. We have some mint, oregano, chives, tarragon, garlic, and lemon balm from my garden that is ready to plant this week. If you have any interesting texture or aromatic plant you would like to share with us please feel free to contribute a small plant. Weather permitting, we will be working out there this week. Thanks! 

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in an interesting rock you found.




We found a "climbing rock" big enough for all of us!

 
 
 
 

May 16, 2017

The Kindergarten won!! Thurs May 18 is our L.L.Bean Day for the winning class from the UVTA Winter Fun program!

email from LLBEAN: "we will plan to arrive at each school just before 12:30 and will wrap up around 2:00 so that the kids have some time to get back to class and collect their things before the end of the day.  

As long as the weather is dry outside we will plan to go outside and play some fun outdoor games that will teach the kids a few things. The kids will just need to have some clothes for playing outside in."   - Matt



Tomorrow's engineers!




 
 
 
 
 
Opening day of the 'Mud Bakery"!


 
 
 

Contemplating Spring!

May 1, 2017

 

This week in Fundations we will continue our work of decoding three-sound words with digraphs and spelling three sound words with digraphs. Last week in Writer’s Workshop we began our original narrative stories by identifying and drawing the characters, setting, and actions of the story and then retelling the story to friends. This week we will begin to write the words of the story. 

In math we will work on composing numbers 11-20 from 10 ones and some ones. By using objects or drawings the children will represent and write the teen numbers 

Throughout each day we will focus on a particular behavior following the CARES philosophy from Responsive Classroom. Monday is Cooperation, Tuesday Assertiveness (standing up for what we know is right), Wednesday Responsibility, Thursday Empathy (understanding how a friend is feeling), and Friday Self-control (thinking before acting). You can help at home by asking how your child showed those skills each day. 

Now that the weather has warmed up, we will be spending a longer period of time outside on Forest Fridays. Please apply sunscreen and insect repellent to your child before school as you see fit. The tics are back and we will check the children, but a Friday night bath would be a marvelous idea! Last week we had great fun during free exploration time. The children also enjoyed playing a predator and prey game in the woods. Some have expressed an interest in opening a ‘Mud Bakery”, so I am looking for donations of old bowls, measuring cups, cake or cupcake pans, and large cooking utensils. Thanks. 

Show and Tell this week is for a favorite story from home. The children will tell us about the characters, setting and actions in the story.



 
 
 
 
 

Making 10

April 24, 2017

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a terrific break and are ready for spring! 

Hopefully the weather will cooperate this week and we’ll be outside checking our tulips and then recording our observations.  Stay tuned for tulip updates! 

In Writer’s Workshop the children will begin to write their own fiction stories. Before vacation we learned three very important elements of story writing.  First the setting tells where and when a story takes place, second, a character can be a person, an animal, or yourself, and third, a story needs actions. Now we are ready to begin writing our own original stories. 

In Fundations digraphs will be introduced. These are consonants that stick together to make one sound, even though there are two letters. We will focus on wh, ch, th, sh, and ck. 

Our literacy stations this week will offer opportunities to blend and read three-sound words (CVC) and to segment and spell these words. Our “Magic Writing” words, also know as sight words, cannot be sounded out so the children will participate in memory games and word searches to practice those words.  The sentence builders are hard at work remembering when to use capitals and punctuation. The children will be reading with me, with a partner, and independently at their individual guided reading level. 

In math we will learn to decompose 11-20 as ten and some ones. 

The children are doing a terrific job in the computer lab on Thursday afternoons using the writing and drawing program Pixie. We have been working on the seasons. 

Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something with a digraph in its name.

 

 


 
 
 
 
Hard work and determination build character!

April 10, 2017

Today was our last Preschool visit with the kindergarteners in our classroom. The Preschoolers will return on May 15 for screening, but there will be no school for the current kindergarten class that day. 

We have had great fun reading the ten books nominated for the Red Clover Book Award; each child will vote for a favorite book this Wednesday during library class. 

Also on Wednesday morning we will have a K-2 ELF class on the white tailed deer. 

In math we will be working on addition with totals of 9 and 10 using objects, drawings, and equations to prove our thinking. 

In Writer’s Workshop we will begin the shared writing of a narrative story. The Common Core Standards for narrative writing require the children to use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to narrate a story, tell about the events in order, and provide a reaction to what happened. This is a lofty goal! We’ll begin getting organized by choosing characters, a setting, and an action. After vacation the children will be ready to write their own stories. 

If you would like to order any books from Scholastic, please complete your order by April 11. Thanks. 

Show and Tell this Thursday is a free choice one. 

Have a wonderful spring break!



Springtime Trees
April 3, 2017

 

Last week we began reading the Red Clover Books. Each year ten picture books are nominated to receive the Red Clover Award, a Vermont school children’s choice award.  The children in grades k-2 will listen to all ten books and then vote for their favorite book next week.  Our votes will be sent to the Vermont Center for the Book for the final statewide tally. There are some terrific entries this year; the winner will be announced in May.

In math we will continue to practice subtraction of numbers up to 8 using objects, drawings, and equations. We’ll move onto decomposing 9 using stories, objects, and number bonds. Many of the children continue to write numbers reversed, and although it is normal for children at this age to do that, any gentle corrections from home would be helpful for them.

In Fundations we’ll be working on reading fluency and phrasing through whole group choral reading. We have some terrific little readers in our midst; they are all working so hard. We’ll also practice writing dictated words and sentences, remembering to use the “Sentence writing rules”. Here are some of the sight words the children have been introduced to and could practice writing at home: the, and, a, are, to, is, has, was, with, this, like, look, he, and she.

If you would like to order any books from Scholastic, please complete your order by April 11. Thanks.

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in an interesting object from outdoors that you are interested in learning more about to add to our discovery bench.



 
 
Walking on uneven surfaces builds balance, coordination and confidence!


 
 
 
 
Climbing a tree isn't as easy as it looks! 


Our one armed builder!


March 27, 2017

 

This week in math the children will be formally introduced to subtraction concepts including writing and solving equations. The first lessons begin at the concrete level with children acting out take away stories and working at the pictor1al level crossing off to see what remains. The minus sign will be introduced in equations. 

The phonemic awareness skills we’ll be working on are the blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sounds in real and nonsense words with three letter sounds. We’ll be working on reading fluency by “scooping” words in a sentence together. 

We’ll continue weather observations as we, hopefully, notice more signs of spring. 

Our Forest Friday exploration will center on trees for the next few weeks. Each child will choose a favorite tree in the outdoor classroom. Trees come in different sizes, shapes, and colors, just like kindergarteners. And just like kindergarteners, every tree is special in some way! The children will document the changes in their special tree as we move into springtime. Each child will mark their favorite tree with yarn, give it a name, take its picture, do a bark rubbing, notice if it provides a home for any animals, journal their observations, and share their findings with their friends. 

Trees also give us many things we use every day. For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in an item that comes from trees. It can be something the tree produces or a man-made object from a tree product. 

Reminder: please return library books by Wednesday in order to get new books. 

Mark your calendar: Monday May 15 is the screening date for next year’s kindergarteners, so there will be no class that day for your child.

                            

March 20, 2017

                            

The preschoolers will be spending Monday morning with us. The kindergarteners are great hosts and enjoy the opportunity of teaching their new friends all about life in kindergarten. If you know of any other children in Brownsville who will be five before Sept 1 please ask them to call the school office to register. Thanks. 

This week in math our focus will be on mastering addition with totals of 6, 7, and 8. During math games with the first graders we will be building, creating, and problem solving with several types of blocks and building materials. 

In Writer’s Workshop we will write about whom we like to read to, and where we like to read. The characters in Wild About Books offer many creative solutions to these questions. 

This week in science the children will differentiate between different kinds of weather and imitate the sounds of each. We’ll watch a short video “The Sounds of Spring” and learn the poem “Do you hear the weather?” Homemade anemometers will be used to test wind speed on a blustery day. We will also learn how observing animals’ behavior can help predict when it will rain. Weather forecasting can certainly be challenging; the children will attempt to be meteorologists. 

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something with 4 letters and help your child learn to spell the object.

 



Where, oh where is Mr. Allen?


March 13, 2017

                            

Thanks to all parents who came in for a conference, it was great sharing your child’s progress with you. After reading through your reports, if you have any other questions please contact me. 

Our next ELF class, “Snug in the Snow”, will be taught on Monday morning by Miss Hannah from VINS. The theme for this year is habitats; children are really enjoying these ELF explorations. Ask your child about the puppet show! 

This week in math we’ll continue to work on decompositions of 6, 7, and 8 into number pairs. We’ll accomplish this through the use of story situations, sets of linker cubes, arrays, and number bonds. 

In Guided Reading our young readers will focus on using their prior knowledge to share what they already know about animals and then explain any new learning. They will compare and contrast animals that can go fast and animals that have very long body parts. 

In this “Read Across America Month” we have had great fun listening to many Dr.Seuss books. In writer’s workshop we’ll create books about reading.  We’ll share whom we love to read with, where we like to read, and what we love to read about. For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in a book about a topic you are interested in; it may be fiction or non-fiction. 

If you would like to order from the March Scholastic Book Club please either send in your form and check or order online by tomorrow, March 14.Our online code is LGDZD. 

There was an exciting Friday surprise in the tulip garden, ask your child!



 
 
 
 
Testing ramps

March 6, 2017

                            

Tuesday March 7 at 9:00 is Town Meeting Day in the Brownsville Town Hall! 

Parent conferences are scheduled for this week; I look forward to discussing your child’s progress! 

Your conference is scheduled for _________________________________. 

If you would like to order from the March Scholastic Book Club please send your form in by Tuesday March 14. 

In literacy we will continue to blend, segment, and manipulate sounds to make real and nonsense words. We will work on distinguishing long and short vowel sounds. The narrative story elements we’ll explore are character, setting, and main events. In celebration of Dr Seuss we will be reading many of his books throughout the month of March. 

In math we’ll use stories to represent number bonds. Some of the language we use is “ number bond, whole, and parts”. We will begin decompositions of 6, 7, and 8 into number parts. 

Last week we returned to our Forest Friday schedule. Many rich experiences occur in outdoor settings; the natural world is unique in its ability to respond to and to engage the needs and interests of young children.

 


 
 
Writing informational texts

February 27, 2017 

Welcome back! This is a very busy time of the year in kindergarten.  Parent conferences are March 8, 9, and 10. I look forward to meeting with you, please come with any questions or concerns you have about your child.

We will finish our research books on Brownsville forest animals.

This week we’ll began a new science unit on “pushes and pulls” Some of the core ideas we’ll be investigating are that pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions, pushing or pulling an object can change the speed or direction of its motion and can start or stop it, collisions can change motion, and a bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down more quickly. The children will design simple tests to gather evidence about pushing and pulling. Our key science vocabulary words are: push, pull, force, motion.

After listening to Sheep in a Jeep the children will work with a science partner to test pushes and pulls using cars and ramps. Each team will have two rotating jobs.  There will be a releaser and a measurer. For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in a toy with wheels that can stay in school the following week.

We are beginning a new math module: Number Pairs, Addition and Subtraction to 10. This week we will learn how to use number bonds to compose and decompose 2, 3, 4, and 5.

We’ll also begin a new six week unit titled America:Symbols and Celebrations. The children will explore America’s Symbols and celebrations through both music, and literary and informational texts and begin to write informative pieces.

 


 
 
 
 
100 Day counting with first grade buddies


So fun!
 
 
 
 
Our first afternoon at the ABS rink!

February 13, 2017

On Monday morning we welcome the Pre-schoolers to spend a couple hours with us. Last time it went very well, the kindergarteners we gracious hosts, eager to be the teachers and leaders. If you know of any other preschool children in Brownsville please ask them to call the ABS office to register.

Tuesday the 14th is our Valentine’s Day party.  We’ll make valentine bags Monday afternoon to hold the valentines delivered by friends on Tuesday. Thanks to those who have offered to send in a Valentine treat for our snack party. Wear red, pink, or white to celebrate!

Thursday is the 100th Day of School! Please ask your child to choose a collection of 100 things to bring in for our “100 Day Museum”.  The possibilities are endless! In the past children have brought in 100 matchbox cars, or 100 pennies, or 100 paperclips, or 100 goldfish etc. The kindergarteners are skilled at putting objects into groups of ten and then counting by 10s to 100, so they should definitely be able to count their own collections at home with minimal assistance. 

Friday will be our last scheduled “Winter Sports” day, check the ABS newsletter for any updates. 

Enjoy the February Break!

 

 

February 5, 2017

We are continuing to work on the uppercase letter formations; remembering to start the letters at the top! We’ll also focus on building 3 letter words with short vowels (CVC words), such as hug, sat, pig etc.

Tuesday the 14th we would love to have a little Valentine’s Day party.  If you would like to contribute a snack for the party please let me know at mkcronin@wsesu.net or with a note. Only a couple items such as cookies, plates, or napkins are needed. The children will be making Valentine bags in school.  If your child would like to bring in valentines from home to share, here’s the class list:  

In Math we’ll be composing equal sets, sets of one more, and sets of one less. 

We will begin to interview our school’s community helpers. In writing, the children will choose a community helper they would like to be and explain how they could be helpful in that job. 

IXL is an online practice program that reinforces curriculum. Attached is an information sheet explaining the program and a username and password for your child to practice at home. This is completely optional. The children were introduced to the program last week and we focused on the kindergarten math section. They have not worked on any of the literacy activities yet. 

Show and Tell on Thursday is for something you “love”! 

Reminder: Library books are due on Wednesday.


Did you know that pigs ..............
 
 
 
 


Stories have a beginning, middle, and an ending.
 
 
 
 
 

January 30, 2017                            

This week in math we will be questioning, “Are there enough?” We began last week with an informal comparison of area. Now we’ll compare sets of objects using the words “more than, same, or fewer than” to determine if there are enough. As we compare sets of objects within 10, we’ll learn that a group of things is called a “set”. 

In Writer’s Workshop we will finish two pieces: the Three Little Pigs and the informational writing about pigs. We will also write about animals in winter in our ELF journals. 

Combining Literacy and Social Studies we’ll be exploring community helpers. We’ll be learning about helpers in the area and then interview some very special community helpers in our school. We’ll begin to compose questions to ask our school community helpers about their jobs. Next week we’ll invite them into our classroom for an interview! We will also be community helpers in our school; partners have a special job to make our school a better place. Ask your child about his/her job. 

The homework program is completely optional. Please let me know if you would like to continue receiving books on Mondays. If so, the best practice is to read a book one day together, then your child should be able to read it to you independently the next night. Practice helps them grow as readers. There are many ears of mandatory homework in your futures, so if this isn’t good timing for you, that’s fine!

 


 
 
 
 
 
Watercolor Painting on Snow



January 23, 2017

Monday is the first Pre-school visit from next year’s kindergarteners. They will spend a couple hours with us and participate in Morning Meeting, Literacy Stations, and Snack and Recess. 

We are planning to reschedule our “Animals in Winter” ELF class for Wednesday afternoon. Last Friday while snowshoeing we had a scavenger hunt and looked for tracks in the snow, potential food sources for active winter animals, signs of animals nibbling forest food sources, and possible homes or shelters. 

There will not be Show and Tell this Thursday due to the In-Service day. 

We’ll continue our measurement work in math by experimenting with volume. 

In writer’s Workshop the children are working on sequencing the events in The Three Little Pigs. They will use their own drawings and writing as well as manipulatives to retell the story. Then, using Pigs by Gail Gibbons, the children will write and draw informational pieces about pigs. Did you ever wonder what snowmen do at night? Stay tuned and our young writers may have some creative ideas to share. 

This week in Guided Reading we are working on the concept of “envisioning”; for us this means making a picture in your mind about what we are reading. We’ll also be making self to text connections; this character is like me because….. 

We are beginning an optional homework program. Each Monday the children will take home two books at their reading level to read to you. They may need help with their first time reading. Please ask your child to point to each word as they read and to tap the sounds in short vowel words. If they experience difficulty with a sight word, please just tell them. Read each night and return books on Friday. Have fun! Don’t forget to take your turn reading a book to your child too.


January 17, 2017

                            

This week in math we will experiment with weight comparisons using a balance scale.

In our next ELF class on Wednesday the focus will be animals in winter and the essential question is: Why is winter hard for animals and how will they cope? We’ll see that animals have differing habitat requirements during the winter depending on their levels of activity and the availability of food.

We will use this ELF lesson as a springboard to an informational writing unit on winter animals in Brownsville. Each child will choose a forest animal to research. We’ll keep you posted, as we become experts on reporting many interesting facts of forest animals that have a Brownsville habitat. The children will incorporate both pictures and script as evidence in their writing. We will be asking questions such as; How does my animal spend the winter? What does it eat? Where does it live? What does it look like? Etc.

We’ll also be reading some “how to” stories and identifying the sequencing words first, next, then, and finally.

In Fundations the phonemic awareness skills concepts of the week are the blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sounds, as well as blending and reading three-sound short vowel words such as map, sad, and rat.

We have learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction (informational) books.  For Show and Tell on Thursday, please help your child to choose a book and determine how they know the text is either fiction or nonfiction.

Please return your library books each Wednesday. Thanks!

 



 
 
 
 
 
 

Winter Trees

January 9, 2017                            

For Show and Tell this Thursday please bring in something beginning with the letter Jj.

Many writing and reading activities will revolve around the theme of snow. We’ll use fiction and nonfiction, also known to the children as informational texts, to increase our understanding of snow.

Last week in math we measured height and length with a string and also sorted objects by the criteria of “longer than” or “shorter than”. This week we’ll compare the length and height of an object using linking cube sticks within 10.

We learned that food is often difficult for animals to find in the winter so we made pinecone birdfeeders and hung them in our outdoor classroom. Our Forest Friday schedule may be different for the duration of the ABS Winter Sports Program, which is scheduled for Fridays too. Weather permitting, we may still make some excursions into the ‘Woods on Wednesdays”.

We’ll soon begin a unit on informational writing. Each child will choose a forest animal to research. We’ll keep you posted, as we become experts on reporting many interesting facts of forest animals that have a Brownsville habitat. The children incorporate both pictures and script as evidence in their writing.

Hopes and Dreams for the New Year!
 
 
 


January 3, 2017

   Happy New Year!

For Show and Tell on Friday the children may bring in something “new”. We’ll be discussing our kindergarten New Year’s resolutions, our hopes and dreams for the New Year.

The Chubby Little Snowman is our poem of the week. In literacy we’ll wrap up our explorations of how the beginning, middle, and end of a story differ from each other and begin examining a new essential question: How is reading like exploring

For the next several weeks in Math in a new Module 3 the children will compare and analyze length, weight, capacity, and finally numbers. Some of the math language we’ll be using is longer than, shorter than, a long as; heavier than, lighter than, as heavy as; and more than, less than, the same as. 

The phonemic awareness skills addressed are the blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sounds. Blending and reading three-sound short vowel words will be practiced. We’ll add a new sentence to our Sentence Builder books. All the lowercase letter formations have been introduced, now we are practicing the uppercase formations.

As young scientists we’ll be studying snow, ice and how animals adapt in winter. 

These long chilly winter nights are a great time for reading stories with your children! Reading helps improve your child’s attention span, language and vocabulary, creativity, knowledge, and love of learning! 

Please check the ABS newsletter for winter sports information.

 

 
 
 
 
 

Run, run, run, as fast as you can!

December 13, 2016

Reminder

ABS Holiday Concert

Thursday December 15, 2016

Town Hall

5:30 PM

Please arrive by 5:15.

 
 
 

Reindeer waiting to fly!

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something that’s a 3-D solid, a sphere, a cube, a cone, a cylinder etc.  We’ll be exploring 3-D shapes in math this week. 

In literacy we’ll be reading versions of The Gingerbread Man and participate in lots of fun gingerbread activities. We’ll make our own gingerbread man books identifying events at the beginning, the middle, the ending of the story, and then adding a personal response. 

Tuesday December 20 is our last day of school. Thanks to everyone who volunteered to send in something for our “holiday snack”.

 

Happy Holidays! Enjoy the break!

 


 
 
 
 
 

Words in the Woods

December 5, 2016

 

If you would like to order from the Scholastic Book Club, please complete your order by Tuesday December 6. Wednesday afternoon we will be heading by bus to Windsor High School for a performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes.

 

We are planning to continue with our Forest Friday adventures throughout the winter; please make sure to pack your child’s snow pants and warm mittens. We received a donation of snug winter hats from Skida to use as needed on Fridays!

 

In math we’ll continue with 2-D shapes and introduce 3-D solids. For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in something that is a 2-D shape: a circle, square, rectangle, triangle. After exploring pattern blocks the children will experiment with a pattern block template.  The challenge will be to create a pattern block creature using the template!

 

Mark your calendars for Thursday night December 15; the holiday performance of How To Train Your Reindeer (To Fly) is scheduled for 5:30 Tuesday evening at the Town Hall.  The kindergarteners will be reindeer singing “The School of Reindeer, and We’re Taking Off”. There will also be a 2:00 performance the afternoon of the 15th.

 

I would like to have a special holiday snack Tuesday the 20th, the last day before vacation. If you are interested in contributing to the snack party please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net or return this paper with your selection choice.  Some suggested contributions are:

       Paper cups and napkins,

       Juice or cider,

       Cheese and crackers,

       Sliced fruits,

       Sliced vegetables and dip.

Thank you!




 
 
 
 
Informational Writing:  Turkeys can......, have......, and are......


November 28, 2016

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great vacation. This week we will listen to and identify the ending sounds in words and practice the sounds and formations of the letters l, k, and h. Show and Tell on Friday will be for the letter Ss. A shared reading book will be Silly Sally; the children will identify the verbs as Sally walks backwards into town.

In Writer’s Workshop the children will share stories of their Thanksgiving break. They will reveal their opinions about being either a Pilgrim child in 1627 or Brownsville child in 2016. As we focus on the characters and setting of a story, we’ll see that a story can have different versions even though the setting and characters are the same.  We’ll use paintings by Millet, Van Gough, and Picasso to see how artists express the same idea in different ways. Then each child will draw and label a character and a setting.

In literacy we’ll begin a new unit and ask the essential question: How are the beginning the middle, and the ending of a story different from each other.  This unit will take us through the end of the calendar year.

We’re beginning a new module in math: Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Shapes. Our focus this week is the exploration of two-dimensional shapes.

If you would like to order books from Scholastic, please complete your order by Tuesday Dec 6.

Our poem this week is Little Boy Blue.

 

On Friday November 11

Wear Red, White, or Blue!

 

The kindergarten is leading the Pledge of Allegiance at the Veteran’s Day celebration this Friday at 11:00, so please wear

Red, White or Blue!


November 7, 2016

This week we will be working on the letter Pp, and for the next few weeks we’ll be learning about the lives of two Pilgrim children who lived at the Plymouth Plantation in 1627, Sarah Morton and Samuel Eaton. We’ll also meet a Native American boy named Dancing Moccasins, a member of the Wampanoag nation. The goal is to compare and contrast children of today with children of long ago.

We’ll be building words in the “ap” family.  The children are making great progress in being able to isolate and identify the sounds they hear short vowel words.

It’s a busy math week! “Monster Squeeze” and “Top It”, two kindergarten favorite math games will be introduced.  At the beginning of the week we’ll focus on the relationship of “one more” with numbers 1-10, followed by “one less” with numbers 1-10.

If you would like to place a book order, please place your online order or return your check and Scholastic order form by Tuesday November 8.

Continuing with the K-2 ELF theme of habitats, the children learned how stonewalls provide a habitat for both plants and animals.  In Forest Friday we explored stonewalls looking for plant and animal signs.

Thanks for signing up for a parent conference! Your conference is scheduled for:

 

 

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For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something beginning with the letter Pp.

 

 

October 31, 2016

 

Parent conferences begin soon. Please sign up for a conference time. Come with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss about your child. The children are graded in the following areas: Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies,

Personal Development,

and the Specials including Art, Music, Spanish, Guidance, and PE

The Common Core Standards are written for the end of kindergarten, meaning this is where your child is expected to be by the end of the school year. The grades your child receives will be based on your child’s progress at the end of this first trimester. The grading system is 1, 2, 3, and 4.

1-     Does Not Meet Expectations

2-   Making Progress Toward Expectations

3-   Meets Expectations Consistently and Independently

4-     Exceeds Expectations and Extends Learning

Please sign up for a conference time and return this paper to me:

Wednesday November 16

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Thursday November 17

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Friday November 18,

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Please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net if you cannot meet any of these times.  Thanks, looking forward to meeting with you!

Show and Tell on Thursday is for the letter Dd.

If you would like to place a scholastic book order please either send your check and order form or fill it out online. Our class code online is LGDZD.

October 24, 2016

This week in math we’ll be working with numbers 9-10 in different configurations first, we’ll organize and count 9 varied geometric shapes in linear and array configurations as well as in circular and scattered configurations. Then we’ll follow the same procedures with 10.

This week in writing we’ll be working on writing informational pieces about bats. The goal is to listen to a couple books about bats, and then participate in a shared writing activity focused on bat information. After partner sharing their ideas the children will be asked to draw and label a picture, and then state information from the text. 

In literacy we’ll continue with the short a sound and building build words in the “at” family. Last week we read Where the Wild Things Are and learned some new “wonderful words”: mischief, rumpus, gnashed, and tumbled. See how many times you can use these words in conversations with your child! Now we are off to Miss Nelson is Missing; I wonder what happened to her! Just ask a kindergartener.

Our poem this week is “Five Little Pumpkins”. We’ve been focusing on the rhyme and rhythm of the words in our other poems and identifying word families. “Showtime” continues to be a favorite end of the week challenge.

Last week we had our first K-1-2 ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) class. We watched a terrific puppet show, examined worms and learned how they are important decomposers in the forest floor, performed a couple worm experiments testing their preferences for different habitat conditions (light or dark?, wet or dry?, leaves or moss), and then went outside with a partner to explore a section of the forest floor. It was a great afternoon for all!

Show and Tell is to bring in something beginning with the letter Aa.

October 17, 2016

 

Our tulip bulbs arrived last week and we observed them, prepared the garden bed for planting, and planted most. We saved some for indoor explorations.

In math our focus will be on comparing and counting sets of 8, 9 and 10.  We’ll be estimating the number of pieces of candy corn in a jar and then counting them. For us, an estimate is called a “Smart Guess”, so anything close is terrific. The children will also solve and create addition and subtraction number stories using concrete materials.  Try and create some fun Halloween number stories with your child!

Now that the children have learned several letter sounds we’ll begin working on reading and writing words in the “at” family.  The strategy we are using is called “tapping the sounds”; ask your child to tap the sounds they hear in the word “cat” and in other members of the “at” family. We will use this strategy throughout the year.

We had a terrific hike up Mt Ascutney with Deb Shearer on our last Forest Friday! This exploration is such a wonderful opportunity for our kindergarteners; they are really growing as curious young naturalists!

This week we will have our first K-1-2 ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) class. The theme this year is Habitats. ELF is a hands-on-science learning program sponsored by VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science). We will meet once a month with the first and second graders to explore local habitats such as fields, stonewalls, and streams. Our first habitat is the forest floor. The children will learn that the forest floor is a special layered habitat for plants and animals.

For Show and Tell on Thursday please bring in an object and tell us how you know it is living or nonliving.




 
 

  
What could be more fun than a fall day in the woods?



Learning to use a key to record information



October 11, 2016

If you would like to order through the October Scholastic Book Club, please place your order online or return your form by October 12.  Thanks.

This week in science we will explore the concept of living and non-living things.  Using specific criteria, the children will identify why a particular object was living or not.  We’ll create a class book of living and non-living things and use that concept to guide our forest explorations on future Fridays. This week we will deviate a bit from a typical “Forest Friday” in our outdoor classroom and hike up to Mt Ascutney to explore how trees on the mountain get ready for winter. Deb Shearer, a former ABS parent and ELF teacher, and currently an active member of Ascutney Outdoors, will lead our expedition.

“Showtime” has arrived in kindergarten.  Each week the class learns a new poem and the children perform the poem for their friends. The children have learned Humpty, Dumpty, Jack and Jill and The Apple Tree. We have some budding stars, ask your children to perform for you!

In math we’ll focus on working with the numbers 6-8 in different configurations. We’ll also complete a mid-unit assessment task in which the children will be asked the following tasks: to identify the attributes of two related objects, to classify to make categories and count, to understand different configurations of numbers to 5, and to show evidence of recognizing embedded numbers such as seeing 5 as 2 and 
 



 


Forest Number Path

The beginning steps of opinion writing





 
 
 
 
 
First day!

Our first day of kindergarten is Thursday Sept 1, 2016. See you then!


            















































































Albert Bridge School

Kindergarten 2015-2016

Weekly Newsletter



Welcome to Kindergarten!



May 31, 2016

 

The last few days of kindergarten are busy days! 

Mini courses begin tomorrow and run from 9-10:30 on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Thanks to all the community members who volunteered to make these programs possible. The children have really loved them in the past! 

Our final ELF class is tomorrow afternoon and the topic is “Beavers”. The children have learned so much this year about the adaptations plants and animals make for survival in Vermont. 

If you have any library books at home, please return them as soon as possible.  The library will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays this summer, but we need to make an inventory of all our books before then. 

There will not be Show and Tell on Friday due to mini-courses.

There are no formal parent conferences at the end of the year, just the report cards.  If you would like to meet to discuss any questions or concerns about your child, I am available to meet from 6:45- 7:45 any morning before school.


The last day of school is June 8; dismissal is at 12:00.  Enjoy your summer!

May 16, 2016

 

Attached is the May book order form.  This will be the last order for the school year. If you would like to purchase any books please place you order or send in your check by Monday May 23. Thanks.

We’ll be reading some great books to help the children expand and practice the literacy standards. In The Art Lesson we will focus on setting, In Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus we’ll hunt for punctuation marks and practice interpreting the meaning of the story through the character’s performance, and then in Kitten’s First Full Moon we’ll be using the illustrations to interpret what is happening in the story to determine why the kitten does what he does.

In Math we’ll be counting the “Say 10 Way” to 20. We’ll also learn to make the teen numbers using our “Hide Zero” cards.

The Penny wars continue this week. The children have 3 minutes to distribute coins to classroom buckets. Pennies count as 1 point, but silver coins are negative points. So the kids put the pennies in our bucket and distribute the silver coins to other classrooms and tallies are made each day. The goal is to help the 6th graders earn money for their class trip to Boston. Send in your spare change!

The tallies for walking to Disneyland also continues, send in your child’s miles!

As we finish up the school year please help your child think about the CARES focus each morning. Monday is Cooperation, Tuesday Assertion, Wednesday Responsibility, Thursday Empathy, and Friday Self-Control. Ask what they think they can do to show cooperation etc. throughout the school day and then check in at bedtime – how did you do today?

In science we will be learning about ant colonies.

 

 
 
Animal Defenses

May 9, 2016

Thank you to all the parents who contributed to making Teacher Appreciation Week so special!! 

This week the children will continue to practice the digraphs wh, ch, sh, and th.  We’ll practice tapping, writing, and reading words with digraphs. 

In math we will begin a new module: Numbers 10-20 and Counting to 100. This week we will begin with the teen numbers and learn to count them the “Say 10 Way” (eg, ten one for 11, ten two for 12, up to 2 ten for 20). This concept will be carried over into first grade math. 

One of read-alouds this week is Owen by Kevin Henkes. Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket that was very special to him. For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something that is very special to you. We’ll definitely make sure it is packed safely in your backpack for returning home.

 

Reminder:  There is no kindergarten Monday May 16, 2016. We will be holding screening for next year’s students.

 

May 2, 2016

This week the children will learn about the digraphs wh, ch, sh, and th.  These consonants stick together to form one sound even though there are two letters.  For Show and Tell on Friday, please bring in something beginning with a digraph.

In math we will continue working on subtraction, focusing on subtracting from the numbers 6, 7, and 8. The children will record their work using a drawing and a subtraction equation.

This week in writer’s workshop we’ll continue working on writing about our trees in the outdoor classroom using both creative and informational-scientific writing. Each child is learning to self-edit a sentence looking for the 3 sentence rules: Begin with a capital, leave spaces between words, and end with a punctuation mark.

Attached is some information about how your child can participate in our  “Walk to Disneyland” as part of creating a culture of fit and active children. Please check the list and add any activities your child has participated in and return the form on Mondays.

Throughout each day we will focus on a particular behavior following the CARES philosophy from Responsive Classroom. Monday is Cooperation, Tuesday Assertiveness (standing up for what we know is right), Wednesday Responsibility, Thursday Empathy (understanding how a friend is feeling), and Friday Self-control (thinking before acting). You can help at home by asking how your child showed those skills each day.

 

 Some favorite trees in our outdoor classroom!
 
 
 
 

April 25, 2016

Today was our last preschool session. Mark your calendars: Monday May 16, 2016 there is no class for our current kindergarteners. That is the preschool screening date for next year’s class and our current kindergarteners have the day off!

If you would like to place book order please do so by Tuesday April 26. We will have one more opportunity to order books in May.

Reminder: Library books need to be returned by Wednesday to sign out new books.

The tulip news is sad; due to the dry conditions there are only a few buds.

K-1 ELF is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. The topic, in our theme of adaptations, is “Thorns and Threats”, how plants make adaptations for survival.

In math we are learning subtraction through number stories, using manipulatives, creating number bonds and number sentences.

In our efforts to improve our social skills and use of personal space we learned about a new character last week, the “Space Invader”.  Ask your child about this character. We’ll learn another one this week!

Show and tell on Friday is to bring in a favorite nonfiction book.

April 18, 2016

Welcome Back! I hope you all had a terrific break and are ready for spring!

A book order is attached; if you would like to place an order please do so by Tuesday April 26.

Hopefully the weather will cooperate this week and we’ll be outside checking our tulips and then recording our observations.  Stay tuned for tulip updates!

We also plan to take our clipboards outside to sketch maple, birch, oak, and pine trees. In Writer’s workshop the children will write about their observations of trees and their bark. We’ll do this again in June and compare/contrast the trees in spring and early summer.

 
 
 
 

In math we’ll continue with addition problems with sums up to 8 using objects and drawings. We’ll begin counting the “Say Ten Way” which means that 19 is described as 10 ones and 9 ones.

Our literacy stations this week will offer opportunities to blend and read three-sound words (CVC) and to segment and spell these words. Our “Magic Writing” words, also know as sight words, cannot be sounded out so the children will participate in memory games and word searches to practice those words.  The sentence builders are hard at work remembering when to use capitals and punctuation. The children will be reading with me, with a partner, and independently at their individual guided reading level.

The children are doing a terrific job in the computer lab on Thursday afternoons using the writing and drawing program Pixie.

Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something that comes from trees.

 

March 28, 2016

                            

Reminder

Wednesday March 30, 2016

Please come dressed as your favorite storybook character for the

ABS Parade of Characters!

 

Thanks to all the families who have been reading to their children and sending in the titles. Our kindergarten families have read over 120 books! Keep up your great work; the children love to see our growing list of titles.

 

ABS library books need to be returned by Wednesday to get new books.  Also, please remember sneakers for PE on Wednesdays and Fridays. Show and Tell on Friday is a “free choice” one.

March 21, 2016

Thanks to all the families who have been reading at home. To date the kindergarteners have listened to 95 books! We’ll definitely make it to 100 and beyond before the end of the month.  Please continue to send in your titles, and thank you! Wednesday March 30 is our “Parade of Characters”, please come dressed as your favorite character.

In the spirit of sugaring in Vermont our read-aloud book this week is Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carl and our poem is Mix a Pancake by Christina G. Rossetti.  We will be making pancakes in class on Friday and eating them with sweet tasty Brownsville maple syrup. For Show and Tell on Friday, please bring in a favorite stuffed animal to join in this spring tradition.

In science we have been learning about wind and clouds. We’ll be doing cloud making experiments and testing wind speed with homemade anemometers. We have a new rain gauge outside our classroom; last week we received ½ in of rain! Our new chant is “Stop in the name of nature, before you miss a discovery”. Now that the warmer weather is approaching we’re planning to spend as much time as possible outside on Wednesday afternoons exploring our tulip garden, the woods, and the outdoor classroom.

Math games with the first grader math partners continue on Friday mornings.


March 14, 2016

                            

Thanks to all parents who came in for a conference, it was great sharing your child’s progress with you. After reading through your reports, if you have any other questions please contact me. 

We are continuing to read all the Red Clover books. Thanks for all your great reading at home; we’ll continue to collect your titles throughout the month of March. Last week our kindergarten families read 25 books! 

This week in math we’ll begin a new math module entitled “Number Pairs, Addition and Subtraction to 10”. This week we’ll work on composing and decomposing 2, 3, 4, and 5 using number bonds. 

We’ll also begin a new literacy unit, “The Great Big World” that focuses on the difference a setting can make in the creation of a story. We’ll learn about continents and oceans read stories from all seven continents. 

In writer’s workshop we’ll create books about reading.  We’ll share whom we love to read with, where we like to read, and what we love to read about. 

Some new building challenges this week will be to construct bridges, tunnels, towers, roads and more. 

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in a book about a topic you are interested in; it may be fiction or non-fiction.

Where is that pot of gold?

 

 

March 7, 2015                            

Parent conferences are scheduled for this Thursday afternoon and evening as well as for Friday morning.  Please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net to arrange a conference if you have not done so yet.  I look forward to discussing your child’s progress!

Your conference is scheduled for _________________________________.

 

There is no Show and Tell this week due to the short week. 

If you would like to order from the March Scholastic Book Club please send your form in by Tuesday March 15. 

100 Book Challenge

March is “Read Across America” month. To create a lifelong love of literacy, the kindergarten families are challenged to read books to their children. Our goal is for the children to listen to a total of

100 books, read by a family member, by March 31, 2016.

Send in the title as you read a book; we will keep track of our totals.

Enjoy your adventures in reading!

On Wednesday March 30

come dressed as your favorite storybook character for the

Parade of Characters.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss
 
 
 
 

February 29, 2016 

Kindergarten parent conferences are scheduled for Thursday March 10 from 3:00-7:00 PM and on Friday morning March 11 from 7:00-11:00 AM. To schedule a conference please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net if you have not scheduled one yet. You will receive your child’s report card at that time. I am looking forward to discussing your child’s wonderful growth. The available times are Thursday 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:45, 6:15 and Friday at 7:00, 7:30, 9:00, and 9:30. 10:00, 10:30. 

The annual town meeting is Tuesday morning at 9:00 at the Town Hall.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  The school budget is voted by a voice vote at the meeting, so all voices are encouraged to attend. 

March is “Read Across America” month.  Many thanks to all the families who have been reading regularly to their children; it’s a wonderful gift to your child. March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday and a very special event is planned. 

We will also begin reading the Red Clover Books. Each year ten picture books are nominated to receive the Red Clover Award, a Vermont school children’s choice award.  The children in grades k-3 will listen to all ten books and then vote for their favorite.  Our votes will be sent to the Vermont Center for the Book for the final tally. There are some terrific entries this year.

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something beginning with the letter Dd.

 

 

February 22, 2016

Welcome back!

 

This is a very busy time of the year in kindergarten.  Parent conferences are March 10 and March 11. The times on the afternoon and evening of the 10th are 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:45, 6:15, 6:45, and 7:00. On the morning of the 11th the times are 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00. Please let me know your preference. mkcronin@wsesu.net

 

This week we’ll began a new science unit on “pushes and pulls” Some of the core ideas we’ll be investigating are that pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions, pushing or pulling an object can change the speed or direction of its motion and can start or stop it, collisions can change motion, and a bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down more quickly. The children will design simple tests to gather evidence about pushing and pulling. Our key science vocabulary words are: push, pull, force, motion. 

After listening to Sheep in a Jeep the children will work with a science partner to test pushes and pulls using cars and ramps. Each team will have two rotating jobs.  There will be a releaser and a measurer. For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in a toy with wheels that can stay in school the following week. 

On Wednesday the next ELF class is on owls; we’ll also be treated to a live bird show from VINS! 

We’ll be learning about Presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Barack Obama in honor of Presidents week.

 


The math focus will be comparing and building sets within 10. 

We’ll continue to practice mindful listening and breathing strategies to help us be ready for learning!

 

100 Block Structure


February 8, 2016

Monday February 8 is our 100th day of school!  Lots of counting to 100 will take place in the kindergarten this week. We’ll also compare sets within 10, using the vocabulary more than, less than, fewer than, and equal.

We are continuing to work on the uppercase letter formations; this week we’ll learn Q, R, S, T, U, and V. We’re remembering to start the letters at the top! We’ll also focus on building 3 letter words with short vowels (CVC words), such as hug, sat, pig etc. 

Thanks to Oliver’s mom Raina for the delightful and delicious Eating the Alphabet treat. The children had the opportunity to taste many new fruits – yummy! 

Each Thursday afternoon we go to the computer lab to learn the writing and drawing program Pixie. The children have been introduced to many new tools and are almost ready to create their own pages 

On Friday we would love to have a little Valentine’s Day party.  If you would like to contribute a snack for the party please let me know at mkcronin@wsesu.net or with a note. Only a couple items such as cookies, plates, or napkins are needed. The children will be making Valentine bags in school.  If your child would like to bring in valentines from home to share, here’s the class list:  Olivia, Oliver, Kadyn, Hayden, Tanner, Johnathan, Nolan, and Griffin.


Tuesday February 9: Scholastic book orders are due.

Wednesday February 10:

       Return library books and stock up on new ones for the vacation!

February 3, 2016                            

Monday February 8 is our 100th day of school!  To celebrate this special day each child is asked to bring in a collection of 100 things to share in our 100-Day Museum.  In the past children have brought in things such as 100 crayons, 100 legos, 100 goldfish, 100 paper clips, 100 rocks. The possibilities are endless and totally up to your child’s imagination.  The children have been learning to count by 10s, so using that strategy your child should be able to count out 10 piles of 10 objects each with minimal assistance from home. We will display the collections around our classroom for the day.  If school is cancelled between now and Monday, the celebration will be on Tuesday.  Thanks!

On Friday we would love to have a little Valentine’s Day party.  If you would like to contribute a snack for the party please let me know at mkcronin@wsesu.net or with a note. Only a couple items such as cookies, plates, cups, or napkins are needed. We are all set with drinks. The children will be making Valentine bags in school.  If your child would like to bring in valentines from home to share, here’s the class list:  Olivia, Oliver, Kadyn, Hayden, Tanner, Johnathan, Nolan, and Griffin.

Tuesday February 9:

Scholastic book orders are due if you would like to order books.

Wednesday February 10:

       Library books need to be returned in order to get new books. Stock up for the vacation!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Frog and Toad book covers


February 1, 2016

We have an exciting opportunity for a winter sports program at Mt Ascutney beginning this Wednesday, conditions permitting.  Please sign and return your child’s permission slip as soon as possible. Thanks, it should be great fun!

Our new math word last week was capacity. The children will explore volume and capacity by pouring rice and comparing various sizes of containers. We will be considering the question “Are there enough?” in a variety of contexts. For example, the children see that a circle can fit inside a square, and then discover the same square fits many small squares perfectly if they are arranged in rows. Then we will move onto the language of more than and fewer than.

I wonder if our worms are still alive.  It must be time for a midwinter check!

Last week the children completed their original Frog and Toad stories. This week we’ll practice reading them to each other, then to Mrs.Aldrich, and then to some of our sixth grade friends.  Both the kindergarteners willingness and ability to try something new have grown significantly this year.  They are learning to appreciate the importance and rewards of hard work in many varied settings.

In writer’s workshop we will be working on our forest animal books. Each child will be encouraged to write a sentence about what their animal eats and where their animal lives. Last week in writer’s workshop we were introduced to “Mr. Green Light” and “Mrs. Red Light” who are both characters in helping us to begin each sentence with an uppercase letter and end with a punctuation mark.

If you would like to order from Scholastic books please place your online order or return your check and form to school by February 9. Thanks.

January 25, 2016

We are in the midst of a long science unit on animals and their environment. Last week each child chose a forest animal to study and began finding evidence to describe their animal. Each child will write their own informational book about the animal they chose. We will identify the “Big Idea” of each chapter, and then read books, brainstorm, and partner share information about the animals before writing. 

Show and Tell on Friday is to bring in something beginning with the letter Jj. 

In math we’ll observe conservation of weight on the balance scale, compare the weight of an object with sets of different objects on a balance scale, and experiment with volume. 

We’ve nearly completed our own terrific Frog and Toad stories. The last page of each child’s book will be an opinion piece on why they either liked or did not like those characters. 

The essential question in our next literacy unit is Why are symbols important? We’ll learn about the symbols and celebrations of our country and listen to patriotic songs. 

During each day we will take time to celebrate moments of each child’s mindful behavior and self-control. Some examples of these celebrations will be to notice when a child thinks before acting or notice good listening and strategies of self-control. 

We’ll engage in more hands-on explorations of the beautiful and interesting feathers from our ELF class.

 

January 19, 2016

This week each child will choose a forest animal to research. We’re beginning a unit on informational writing. We’ll keep you posted, as we become experts on reporting many interesting facts of forest animals that have a Brownsville habitat. The children incorporate both pictures and script as evidence in their writing.

The theme of our ELF class this week is “Beaks and Feet”.

We have learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.  For Show and Tell on Friday, please help your child to choose a book and determine how they know the text is either fiction or nonfiction. The children will be taking home nonfiction/informational books from the library this Wednesday. Please return the old books by Wednesday!

Our class has delighted in listening to Arnold Lobel’s classic stories of Frog and Toad.  Now it is time for each child to write their own version of a Frog and Toad story with a beginning, middle and ending.

In Fundations the children will correctly form the uppercase letters A-Z; for many this will be a review. As word builders they’ll be tapping then writing the sounds heard in CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words as we blend, segment, and manipulate sounds.

 

 Reminders:

       Wednesday is library day; the children need to return books to get new ones.

       Friday is always Show and Tell.

Friday afternoons the rink is open to all our ABS friends and families.  We do have an assortment of ice skates to share if you’re in need of a pair.


 
 
 
 
Creating an evergreen tree habitat

January 11, 2016

This week we will be learning how an evergreen tree can provide a safe habitat for animals in winter.  For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in an evergreen sprig from your yard.  We will compare and contrast the different types of evergreens that grow in Brownsville.  Hopefully the weather will be warmer next week and we’ll be able to go outside to explore evergreens at school.

We’re almost finished with all of the alphabet; the last two letter sounds and formations, qu and z, will be presented. The goal is to embed the letter strokes into memory and make it automatic. If you notice your child reversing letters or numbers when they write, now is a good time to help them with directionality. Another activity will be to practice alphabetical order, first with letters and then with words.

We have been reading lots of Frog and Toad stories. In writer’s workshop we’ll compare and contrast the adventures of these characters using a graphic organizer.

In math we will continue with an informal comparison of length; the children will compare the lengths and heights of linking cube sticks within 10. On Friday we play math games with our first grade friends; we’ve new math partners for the winter.

We had some surprising results comparing the volume of water in melting snow and ice. We started with full jars of each; ask your child what happened!

If you would like to order from the January Scholastic Club, please return your order form by Tues January 19.  Thanks.

January 4, 2016

                              Happy New Year!

This week we will be working on the letter Nn. For Show and Tell on Friday the children may bring in something “new”. We’ll be discussing our kindergarten New Year’s resolutions, our hopes and dreams for the New Year.

Star Light, Star Bright is our poem of the week. In literacy we’ll wrap up our explorations of how the beginning, middle, and end of a story differ from each other and begin examining a new essential question: How is reading like exploring?

 

In math we’ll complete our explorations of 2-D and 3-D shapes and then begin a new module. For the next several weeks in Module 3 the children will compare and analyze length, weight, capacity, and finally numbers. Some of the math language we’ll be using is longer than, shorter than, a long as; heavier than, lighter than, as heavy as; and more than, less than, the same as.

The phonemic awareness skills addressed are the blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sounds. Blending and reading three-sound short vowel words will be practiced. We’ll add a new sentence to our Sentence Builder books.

As young scientists we’ll be studying evergreen trees in winter.

Here are a couple winter reminders: Please put your child’s name in his/her snow pants and mittens. It’s a good idea to have an extra pair of socks and mittens in the backpack. Sneakers may be kept at school; I’ll send them home on Friday if they are needed for the weekend. Thanks.

These long chilly winter nights are a great time for reading stories with your children! Reading helps improve your child’s attention span, language and vocabulary, creativity, knowledge, and love of learning!




The beginning, the middle, the end



December 14, 2015

Reminder

ABS Holiday Concert

Tuesday December 15, 2015

Town Hall

6:00 PM

Please arrive by 5:50.

 

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something that’s a 3-D solid, a sphere, a cube, a cone etc.  We’ll be exploring 3-D shapes in math this week.

In literacy we’ll be reading versions of The Gingerbread Man and participate in lots of fun gingerbread activities.

ABS is collecting non-perishable food items for the Reading/West Windsor food shelf. If you would like to contribute to our class snack party on the 22nd please let me know.

Tuesday December 22 is a half-day; the children will be dismissed at 12:00 after lunch.

 

Happy Holidays! Enjoy the break!

 

 

 
 
 

December 7, 2015

 

This week we will continue working on the letter Ss. The shared reading books are versions of The Three Little Pigs. In Writer’s Workshop the children will sequence the events in the beginning, end, and middle of The Three Little Pigs.  We’ll also read informational books about pigs and write “true news” about pigs. 

In math we’ll begin a new module and focus on 2-D shapes. For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something that is a 2-D shape; a circle, square, rectangle, triangle. After exploring pattern blocks the children will be introduced to a pattern block template.  The challenge will be to create a pattern block creature using the template! 

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday night December 15; the holiday performance is scheduled for 6:30 Tuesday evening at the Town Hall.  The kindergarteners will be bluebirds singing “Rudolph, Jingle Bells, and Up on the Housetop” and other old favorites. We will be practicing at the Town Hall this week.

 

I would like to have a special holiday snack Tuesday the 22nd, the last day before vacation. If you are interested in contributing to the snack party please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net or return this paper with your selection choice.  Some suggested contributions are:

       Paper cups and napkins,

       Juice or cider,

       Cheese and crackers,

       Sliced fruits,

       Sliced vegetables and dip.

Thank you!

November 30, 2015 

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great vacation. This week we will to introduce the sounds and formations of the letters l, k, and h. Show and Tell on Friday will be for the letter Ss. A shared reading book will be Silly Sally; the children will identify the verbs as Sally walks backwards into town.

In Writer’s Workshop the children will share stories of their Thanksgiving break. As we focus on the characters and setting of a story, we’ll see that a story can have different versions even though the setting and characters are the same.  We’ll use paintings by Millet, Van Gough, and Picasso to see how artists express the same idea in different ways. Then each child will draw and label a character and a setting. 

In math we’ll explore 1 less with numbers 1-10. Using blocks and other counters the children will understand that the last number name said tells the total number of objects counted. This number is the same regardless of how the counters are arranged.  This can be tricky for some kindergarteners who always want to recount the rearranged objects to find the total.

Our next ELF class on Wednesday afternoon is titled Hunter-Hunted. The children will learn that some animals hunt other animals for their food and the animals that are hunted, have special adaptations to meet the challenges of their particular roles.

If you would like to place a book order, please return your check and Scholastic order form by Tuesday December 9. 

Please return your library books by Wednesday to get new books.

Our poem this week is Hickory, Dickory, Dock.


November 23, 2015

It was great talking with all parents at conferences and sharing the successes and challenges of your children.  I look forward to sharing in their educational adventures this next term.  Thanks for all your help and support in creating a positive learning experience for your children.


Happy Thanksgiving!


November 16, 2015

 

This week we will continue learning about the Pilgrims and Native Americans, exploring how their lives are the same as or different from our kindergarten lives today. In literacy we’ll begin a new unit and ask the essential question: How are the beginning the middle, and the ending of a story different from each other.  This unit will take us through the end of the calendar year.

We’ll be writing two counting books this week. One uses the letter sounds we’ve covered so far. Each child will choose one letter, and using the numbers 1-5 create a book of objects beginning with that letter. For example for the letter Mm a child may say 1 monkey, 2 monsters etc. The other counting book is based on the story Ten Black Dots. The children will use their imaginations to incorporate 1-10 black dots into an illustration.

Our poem this week is Three Little Kittens.

Reminder:  Library books must be returned by Wednesday in order to get new books.

There is no Show and Tell this week; there’s no school for the children on Friday.

 

November 9, 2015

 

Conferences begin soon. Thanks to all who have signed up for a conference. Please come with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss about your child. The children are graded in the following areas: Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Personal Development, and the Specials including Art, Music, Spanish, Guidance, and PE

The Common Core Standards are written for the end of kindergarten, meaning this is where your child is expected to be by the end of the school year. The grades your child receives will be based on your child’s progress at the end of this first trimester. The grading system is 1, 2, 3, and 4.

1-Does not meet expectations

2-Making progress toward expectations

3-Meets expectations consistently and independently

4-Exceeds expectations and extends learning

We’ll discuss your child’s strengths, our goals for the next term, and the ways you can help at home.  I look forward to seeing you all!

Wednesday ABS is celebrating Veterans Day at a special assembly and the kindergarten will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Please have your child dress in red, white, or blue. Thanks.

We have learned all the short vowel sounds. Show and Tell this Friday is for something beginning with a vowel.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

We learned about insects in ELF.


Sleep tight tulips, see you in the spring!


November 3, 2015

This week we will be working on the letter Pp and for the next few weeks we’ll be learning about the lives of two Pilgrim children who lived at the Plymouth Plantation, Sarah Morton and Samuel Eaton.  During the next couple weeks we’ll also meet a Native American boy named Dancing Moccasins, a member of the Wampanoag nation.  The children will be choosing a Native American name for themselves.  We will be sharing all the things in our lives that we are thankful for. 

We’ll be building words in the “ap” family.  The children are making great progress in being able to isolate and identify the sounds they hear short vowel words.

It’s a busy math week! “Monster Squeeze”, a kindergarten favorite math game will be introduced.  The focus of this game is to compare and order numbers.  Dominos will be available at a math station.  We’ll also be adding concrete objects up to 10, writing numerals, and solving word problems.

If you would like to place a book order, please place your online order or return your check and Scholastic order form by Tuesday November 10.

We’ll be experimenting with pumpkins.  Do you predict that really heavy pumpkins float or sink? How many seeds do you estimate are in one pumpkin?  Check later in the week with your kindergartener for the results of our explorations!

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something beginning with the letter Pp.

 

 
 
 
 
Let the wild rumpus begin!

 

October 26, 2015

 This week in math we’ll be working with numbers 9-10 in different configurations first, we’ll organize and count 9 varied geometric shapes in linear and array configurations as well as in circular and scattered configurations. Then we’ll follow the same procedures with 10.

 This week in writing we’ll be working on writing informational pieces about bats. The goal is to listen to a couple books about bats, and then participate in a shared writing activity focused on bat information. After partner sharing their ideas the children will be asked to draw and label a picture, and then state information from the text. 

In literacy we’ll continue with the short a sound and building build words in the “at” family. Last week we read Where the Wild Things Are and learned some new “wonderful words”: mischief, rumpus, gnashed, and tumbled. See how many times you can use these words in conversations with your child!

 Our poem this week is “Halfway Down” by A.A. Milne. We’ve been focusing on the rhyme and rhythm of the words in our other poems and identifying word families. This week’s poem is a bit more challenging, it’s a little longer!

 Show and Tell is a free choice one this week!

This week we will have our first K-1 ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) class. The theme this year is Adaptations. ELF is a hands-on-science learning program sponsored by VINS (Vermont Institute of Natural Science). We will meet once a month with the first graders to learn how plants and animals have evolved over time in response to the changing demands of the environment. Our first topic is “amazing insects”. The children will learn that insects share a basic structural design, but special adaptations allow each species to meet the demands of its specific habitat. 

 
 
 
Scientists draw what they see. Kindergarteners draw tulip bulbs scientifically.

October 19, 2015

Show and Tell on Friday will be a “favorite book” sharing.  We have been identifying and discussing main characters in stories.  Please help your child choose a favorite book from home, identify the main character, and tell us why this is a favorite character.

The tulip bulbs arrived last week and we observed them, prepared the garden bed for planting, and planted most. We saved some for indoor explorations.

Thanks to all who participated in the “walk to school” and the harvest festival, the children loved both events!

The second graders community service project called “Coins for California Firefighters” continues until the end of October.  We have a collection can in our classroom if you have any coins to share

In math our focus will be on comparing and counting sets of 7 and 8.  We’ll be estimating the number of pieces of candy corn in a jar and then counting them. For us, an estimate is called a “Smart Guess”, so anything close is terrific. The children will also solve and create addition and subtraction number stories using concrete materials.  Try and create some fun Halloween number stories with your child!

Now that the children have learned several letter sounds we’ll begin working on reading and writing words in the “at” family.  The strategy we are using is called “tapping the sounds”; ask your child to tap the sounds they hear in the word cat and in other members of the at family. We will use this strategy throughout the year.

Hope you can all make it to the ABS Halloween party, Saturday 10/14, 5:30-8:00!

 

 
 
 
 

The applesauce cooks busily preparing their dish!

 
 
 
It sure was good!


October 12, 2015

We’ll be working on the letter “Tt”; for Show and Tell on Friday, please bring in something beginning with the letter Tt. The children will listen to nonfiction texts on tigers and write true information in their journals.  At this time most children are dictating sentences to me, then copying these sentences into their journal. They are learning to leave spaces between the words using a “spaceman” for assistance.  You can help at home by writing a simple sentence with your child and showing the importance of leaving spaces between the words! Keep looking for the sight words “see, is the, like and to” as you read with your child.

In math we’ll focus on working with the numbers 6-8 in different configurations. We’ll also be working on a mid-unit assessment task in which the children will be asked the following tasks: to identify the attributes of two related objects, to classify to make categories and count, to understand different configurations of numbers to 5, and to show evidence of recognizing embedded numbers such as seeing 5 as 2 and 3, or as 4 and 1.

Last week in science we explored the concept of living and non-living.  Using specific criteria, the children identified why a particular object was living or not.  We created a class book of living and non-living things. Is a forest fire living or non-living?

Friday morning is “Showtime” in the kindergarten.  Each week the class learns a new poem and the children perform the poem for their friends. The children have learned Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Higglety, Pigglety Pop, Mary Had a Little Lamb, and The Apple Tree.  This week’s poem is Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater. We have some budding stars, ask your children to perform for you!

If you would like to place an order from the October book club, please submit your order by tomorrow. Thanks

Enjoy the magnificent fall colors!

 
 
 
 
 
Friday math games with first grade friends

October 5, 2015

This week we will be working on the letter M. The “magic writing words” that have been introduced to date are: the, like, is, see, to.  As you read with your child ask if he/she can find any of those words on a page of your book. Reading daily to your child is a special gift to him/her! 

In math we will practice number formation. It is typical for kindergarteners to reverse numbers when writing, so we’re learning chants to help with directionality.  Once backwards number writing has become part of muscle memory it’s difficult to break the habit. We’ll also spend lots of time sorting, counting, and writing equations for hidden partners up to 5.

Over the next couple weeks we will be studying the cycle of apple tree throughout the seasons. We’ll read fiction and nonfiction apple books, create a class book, taste and graph our favorite varieties, and make applesauce.  On Friday please send in a peeled apple for making applesauce.

A couple reminders:

     Monday: K-2 soccer club meets after school from 3-4.

                 SCIP meets at 6:00 in the library. SCIP is Albert Bridge”s parent organization that does many wonderful things to support our children.  SCIP stands for School Community In Partnership. We are always happy to welcome new parents!

     Wednesday: Our first ELF (Environmental Learning for the Future) class will meet this afternoon. The theme for the year is adaptations and our first class is called “Amazing Insects”.  We will combine with the first graders for ELF.

If you would like to order through the October Scholastic Book Club, please place your order or return your form by October 13.  Thanks.


September 28, 2015

This week we will be working on the letter Bb and will be reading stories about bears.  We will read and “analyze” a nonfiction text on bears, then write information about bears in our journals. The children will listen to a story about a little boy and a bear. I'll leave off the ending of the story, and ask the children to create their own ending. On Friday, please bring in something beginning with the letter Bb for Show and Tell.

The children will practice writing the lowercase letters “I” and “u” using the Fundations lines.  Ask your child to tell you about the “cloud line, plane line, grass line, and worm line.”  We are also working on writing our names with lowercase letters, the “kindergarten way”!

The focus in math this week is decomposing numbers less than or equal to 5 in more than one way, e.g., 5=1+4 and 5=3+2. We’ll also work on understanding the meaning of 0, learning the correct formation of numerals 0-3, and represent decompositions with materials, drawings, and written equations for numbers 0-3.

I hope you have all visited our class site, if not go to wsesu.net home, then Albert Bridge School, then About Our School, then Class Sites to find the Kindergarten page.  Each week the newsletter will be posted there as well as photos of kindergarteners learning.     

We had a great trip to the outdoor classroom to search for signs of fall.  We even ventured a short distance on the Cady Trail and found deer tracks. It was very exciting!

Many thanks to all the parents who attended the ABS Curriculum Night last week; it was a wonderful opportunity to share kindergarten with you! Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about your child.

 

Opinion writing in Kindergarten



September Sunflowers



September 21, 2014

 

This week the children will practice the sound and formation of the letters “n” and “m”. We are focusing on reading and writing the lowercase letters. As you read to your child hunt for the lowercase letters t, b, f, m, and n in the stories. 

Many literacy stations this week will be centered on the letter Ff.  Please bring in something beginning with the Ff sound for Show and Tell on Friday. Frogs will be the focus of our shared reading and writing activities this week. 

In math we will be focusing on numbers to 5, counting objects in vertical columns and horizontal rows. We’ll practice the strategy listen, think, raise your hand, wait, as we’re playing whole group math games. The children will be looking for hidden partners in numbers up to 5. 

The children have been discussing how scientists use their senses to explore our world. Encourage your child to use his/her senses as you are outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather. Our monarch butterfly emerged from its chrysalis last week; it was very exciting!

A couple reminders:

     Open House is tonight at 5:30 in the library, followed by a kindergarten classroom meeting at 6:00. This is an event for parents only

     Sneakers are required for PE on Wednesday and Thursday.

     Library books need to be returned by Wednesday to get new books.

     Show and Tell is every Friday; this week it is to bring in an object beginning with the letter Ff.

Our butterfly hatched!

 

 
 
 
 

 

September 14, 2015

 

This week we will continue exploring colors, especially yellow and blue. We’ll be reading The Sunflower House by Eve Bunting and Little Blue and Little Yellow, a fun story about color mixing. On Friday, please bring in something either blue or yellow for Show and Tell.

In math we will classify two objects that share a visual pattern, color, and use. Then we’ll classify objects to make categories and count to determine the total.

We have been playing lots of rhyming word games.  Rhyming is a very important reading readiness skill, so any fun ways you can rhyme with your child would be great.  Be ready at bedtime with a rhyming book, nursery rhymes are perfect.

We are learning strategies for writing letters.  We will focus on the lower case letters t, b, f, m, and n. Ask your child to sing, “Where do you start your letters?”  Anytime your child is writing at home, please check the pencil grip and ask him/her to remember to start “at the top”. For the pencil grip, the children are learning that “thumb is bent, pointer points to the front, tall man uses his side” and the remaining two fingers are tucked in!  Have fun!

If you would like to order from the Scholastic Book Club, please send in your order form tomorrow.  Thanks. 

Last week we wrote about what we hoped to be able to do in school. This week we’ll work cooperatively to create classroom rules that will enable us to reach our full potential as learners.



 

Red Day!

September 8, 2015

Our first week of school went really well! 

We will be working on the colors for the next two weeks. Please wear red on Friday and please bring in something red for Show and Tell on Friday. Our shared reading book is an old favorite, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See. We will also discuss and chart our kindergarten “hopes and dreams”. Thanks for sending in your hopes and dreams.

After many years as a parent and a teacher, I know that your child’s response to your question of “What did you do in school today?” is often quite vague, so here are a few suggestions of questions you might ask your child about last week’s activities.

       Who is Miss Bindergarten?

       How did you like your job today?

       What do you like best about the playground?

       Tell me about The Kissing Hand.  Ask if you can do it too!

If you would like to order any books from Scholastic, please send in your order form and check made out to Scholastic by Tuesday Sept 15. You may also place your order online.  Our class code is LGDZD. I will be sending home monthly book order forms. Thanks.

On Wednesdays the children will be going to the ABS library and bringing home books.  Please return those books by the following Wednesday day so your child will be able to take out new books.

Our focus this week in math is to analyze to find two objects that are exactly the same or not exactly the same, and analyze to find two similar objects.

Thanks for all your hard work preparing your child for kindergarten; I’m looking forward to a great year!

 


September 2, 2015

Welcome to the first day of Kindergarten!

This week we’ll be reading a couple great back –to- school books: The Kissing Hand, Fill a Bucket, and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.  We’ll be touring the school, exploring the playgrounds, investigating the outdoor classroom, discussing why we come to school, and sharing our “hopes and dreams” for our kindergarten year.

Friday is Show and Tell!  Please have your child bring in something special about themselves in their “Me Bag”, the brown paper bag they brought home today.  Children will share their special item at Show and Tell.

Each child has a folder for carrying information to and from school.  Please use this for any communications you would like to send to the school.  The children will be checking them each morning for any notes from home.

Each day of the week we have a different “special”.

Monday:  Art with Ms. Mathis.

Tuesday:  Music with Mrs. Armstrong

Wednesday: Library with Mr. Pikrimenos and PE with Mr. Allen. Please wear sneakers and appropriate clothing on PE days.

Thursday: PE with Mr. Allen and Spanish with Senora Roby.

Friday: Guidance with Nerissa.  Computer lab instruction will begin later in the school year.

Off we go!


The first day of Kindergarten 2015-2016 is Wednesday September 2, 2015.

See you then!




































Albert Bridge School

Kindergarten 2014-2015
                                                            Weekly Newsletter



June 8, 2015

It’s hard to believe but this is the last week of kindergarten!!

The children will be bringing home some wonderful work to share with you.  It’s so fun to notice the progress they have made in their reading and writing. Kindergarten writing samples span the school year; they have come so far. Enjoy listening to them as they read for you. They will also have a collection of math papers focusing on building numbers 11-20.

We plan to plant carrots in our garden that will be ready to harvest when they return to first grade. It’s always fun for the first graders to dig up, weigh, and measure their crop!

This week is full of schedule changes.

       Tuesday:  Buddy read

       Wednesday: Buddy Day – the children will work with their buddies to prepare materials for Field Day.

                      Library: Please return all library books.      

       Thursday:  Field Day – an afternoon of fun activities with the whole school.

       Friday:  Last Day – Dismissal is at noon. In the morning we’ll attend the 6th grade graduation and wish the big kids well as they travel on to new adventures.

Dismissal is at 12:00 after lunch.

 

Have a wonderful summer with your children

May 26, 2015 

Our math objective this week is to show, count, and write numbers 11-20 by making towers, counting both forward and backward. We’ve been having lots of fun playing addition and subtraction games.  Our goal is to be fluent adding and subtracting up to five!

 

Last week in Writer’s Workshop we wrote about our tulips, what we love about spring, and what we might see if we looked out a magic window. This week we’ll try to finish an original narrative story. Each child has their character and setting; now it’s time for the actions.

 

In science we identified the characteristics of insects and searched for insects in various habitats. For the next couple weeks we’ll study ants and begin to construct an ant colony.

 

All library books are due Wednesday. Please sign the attached form so your child can get a card at the Brownsville Public Library.

 

Thursday May 28 is the date for kindergarten screening for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a day off for this year’s kindergarteners!

 

Friday the 29th I will be at a reading convention; Ms Annalise will spend the day with the children. For Show and Tell on Friday bring in an insect. It can be one your caught and created a habitat for or a picture of an insect.

 


May 18, 2015

This is a very busy week in kindergarten!

Monday: 

1:00: All school rehearsal at the Town Hall for the performance Tuesday evening at 6:00.

Tuesday:

We will be rehearsing throughout the day at the Town Hall for tonight’s performance.  Remember to wear red, white, and/or blue. We will be singing “Yankee Doodle” and “America the Beautiful” as well as dancing. Please be at the Town Hall by 5:45.

Wednesday:

       PE schedule change: We will have PE at 11:20 instead of at 2:10.

       Please return your library books.

Thursday:

       Computer lab:  The children have completed five slides about their forest animals. They are currently working on drawing and labeling a diagram of a tulip. They have become quite proficient writing and drawing on Pixie.

6:30 School Board Meeting   All parents are welcome to attend.

Friday: 

Show and Tell is “free choice”; any reasonable item may be shown!

 

 


May 11, 2015 

Our spring concert is May 19 at 6:00 in the town hall.  Mrs. Armstrong has asked the kindergarteners to wear red, white, and/or blue.  We will be singing “Yankee Doodle, America the Beautiful”, and dancing a couple folk dances. 

Thursday May 28 is the date for kindergarten screening for the 2015-2016 school year. This is a day off for this year’s kindergarteners! 

Now that the warm weather is here a couple children have come to school in flip-flops. Please save those for home, sneakers or closed toe shoes are the safest for the playground and our adventures in the outdoor classroom.  Thanks.

Our tulips have all bloomed and look magnificent! Take a minute to enjoy the bloom; the children are so proud of their garden.

The math objective for the week is to model and write numbers 10 to 20 as number bonds. 

I will be at a supervisory union in-service for K-1 teachers on Tuesday. 

There are no formal parent-teacher conferences at the end of the school year at ABS, however if you would like to schedule a conference I am available mornings before school and a couple afternoons until 4:00. Please let me know if you would like to meet. Thanks.



The worms spent the winter in our classroom and now it is time to say thanks for making nice rich soil for our garden and return them to their home.


Spring is here! Our tulips sprouted, yeah!

April 27, 2015

If you would like to place a book order please return your form by tomorrow.

This week the children will learn about the diagraphs wh, ch, sh, and th.  These consonants stick together to form one sound even though there are two letters.  For Show and Tell on Friday, please bring in something beginning with a diagraph.

The new sight words this week are: has, as, was, his. 

The math objective at the beginning of the week is to count and circle 10 objects and to describe the teen numbers as 10 ones and ___ ones. At the end of the week the objective it to count objects to 19 the “say 10 way”. The use of 10 frames will help with this process.  Each Friday we’ll be going to the first grade to play math games. 

Last week in writer’s workshop the children began writing their own stories. They chose the main character, setting, and an action. This week we’ll be working on events in the middle of their story. 

In science we’ll be observing and recording the progress of our tulips. It’s very exciting! We’ll also be adding spring weather conditions to our weather journals.

Kindergarten will not be held on Thursday May 28. This is the preschool screening day and the current kindergarteners have the day off! 

Reminder: Library books are due every Wednesday.

 

 

April 20, 2015

Welcome Back!

A book order is attached; if you would like to place an order please return your form by Tuesday April 28. 

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we’ll be outside this week checking for signs of spring and then recording our observations.  Stay tuned for tulip updates! 

In math we’ll begin a new unit, which focuses on numbers 10-20 and counting to 100. The children will count objects into piles of ten and identify the piles as ten ones. Counting the objects the “Say Ten Way” means that 19 is described as 10 ones and 9 ones. We’ll be reinforcing our addition skills by rolling five dice and recording combinations to make 8, 9, and 10.

Our shared reading will focus on identifying the beginning, middle, and ending of a story. In Writer’s workshop the children will begin to write their own personal stories with a clear beginning, middle and ending. For the next few weeks we’ll be spending lots of time identifying those story elements in various texts and applying them to our own writing. 

The children are doing a terrific job in the computer lab using the program Pixie to create a forest animal presentation. They are working on illustrations and text boxes to create informational text about their forest animal.

 

Show and Tell on Friday is for something beginning with Dd.

 

                                                                                                
 
 

                                    2-D and 3-D Shape Art

April 6, 2015

 

Our celebration of reading was wonderful! Thanks for all your hard work reading with your child and sending in the titles.  The combined total of books read in grades K-2 was 606 books, and our class contributed 295 to that total. Way to go kindergarten families! We are no longer collecting titles, but please continue reading to and/or with your child; it’s a wonderful gift you can give your child.  If you have read all your books at home and are in need of new titles, the ABS library is available to parents as well.

In math we will continue working with two and three-dimensional shapes. The first objective is to identify and sort shapes as two or three-dimensional, and recognize those shapes in different orientations and sizes. Working with their math partners they’ll create displays of different flat shapes with corresponding solid shapes.

Kindergarten scientists have been experimenting with the laws of motion.  Last week we built ramps and measured the distances our cars traveled on a rough surface and then on a smooth surface.  Here they noticed the results of friction. They also noticed the higher the ramp the greater the distance! Then we also measured the distances cars traveled with small, medium, and large pushes. We have been working on using scientific force/motion words to explain the results of the experiments. This week we will add weights to our car experiments.

Show and Tell on Friday is a free choice show and tell.

 

Enjoy the break next week!  

                            

 

 

 

March 30, 2015

                            

I will be out Monday and Tuesday; Amy Harkins will be my sub.

Reminder

Friday April 3, 2015

Please come dressed as your favorite storybook character.

Thanks to all the families who have been reading to their children and sending in the titles. Kindergarten families have read over 250 books!

 


March 23, 2015

This week in math we’ll be working on three-dimensional solid shapes. We’ll begin by finding solid shapes in the environment. Then we’ll learn the names of the solid shapes and focus on their attributes. The shapes we’ll be exploring are spheres, cylinders, cubes, and cones. For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in one of these shapes. In order to meet our goal of adding and subtracting fluently within 5, we’ll also practice these number facts daily. 

Last week in writer’s workshop we worked on settings and learned that the setting of a story tells the reader both where and when the story took place.  This week we’ll explore characters. We’ll learn that characters can be people, animals, or ourselves. We are learning all these story elements in preparation for writing our own narratives.

In science we’ve been having great fun exploring the forces of motion. Some of the vocabulary we used to describe motion is: force, push, pull, and gravity.

Our anemometers got a real work out last week in the gusty March winds!

The next Pre-school session is Thursday afternoon.  The kindergartners stay with the preschoolers for the first hour.  This week they will be teaching the preschoolers a couple math games!


Top of the morning lads!

March 16, 2015

Thanks to all parents who came in for a conference, it was great sharing your child’s progress with you. After reading through your reports, if you have any other questions please contact me. 
We are continuing to read all the Red Clover books. Thanks for all your great reading at home; we’ll continue to collect your titles throughout the month of March. On Friday April 3, please have your child come dressed as his/her favorite literary character for our “Parade of Characters” and celebration of literacy. 

This week in math we’ll be working on pennies, nickels, and dimes.  The children will also create number stories for both addition and subtraction. We’ll explore the geometric properties of common objects while comparing and contrasting 2-D and 3-D shapes. Counting by 2’s and estimating amounts of objects in a jar will round out math activities this week. 

In writer’s workshop we’ll be identifying and drawing settings. The goal is to understand that the setting of a story determines when and where a story takes place.

 Adding both an extra pair of socks and mittens to your child’s backpack is a great idea this time of year. The snow will melt soon!


Celebrating Dr. Seuss

 
 
 
 
OOBLECK: is it a liquid or a solid?

March 9, 2015

                            

Parent conferences are scheduled for this Wednesday afternoon and evening as well as for Thursday morning.  Please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net to arrange a conference if you have not done so yet.  I look forward to discussing your child’s progress! 

Thursday and Friday:  There is no school for the children these days due to parent conferences Thursday and teacher in-service on Friday in Windsor. 

There is no Show and Tell this week due to the calendar changes. 

If you would like to order from the March Scholastic Book Club please send your form in by Tuesday. 

Thanks for all the wonderful reading you have been doing at home; our class has read 170 books so far!

 


What do you think is happening in the tulip garden?

 
 
 
 
Fox, owl, raccoon, and woodpecker!

March 2, 2015

Kindergarten parent conferences are scheduled for Wednesday March 11 from 3:00-7:00 PM and on Thursday morning March 12 from 7:00-11:00 AM. To schedule a conference please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net if you have not scheduled a conference yet. You will receive your child’s report card at conference time. I am looking forward to discussing your child’s wonderful growth. 

The annual town meeting is Tuesday morning at 9:00 at the Town Hall.  Please come and let your voice be heard.  The school budget is voted by a voice vote at the meeting, so all voices are encouraged to attend. 

March is “Read Across America” month.  Many thanks to all the families who have been reading to their children; to date the kindergarten has read 133 books! Keep up the great work; we’ll continue to record your titles until the end of the month. To help applaud reading we are hosting a special Dr. Seuss celebration on Friday.

We will also begin reading the Red Clover Books. Each year ten picture books are nominated to receive the Red Clover Award, a Vermont school children’s choice award.  The children in grades k-3 will listen to all ten books and then vote for their favorite.  Our votes will be sent to the Vermont Center for the Book for the final tally. There are some terrific entries this year.

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something beginning with the letter Jj. 

If you would like to order any books from Scholastic, please send in your form and check by March 10.

 


Checking our tulip garden in February
We wonder what is happening under all that snow!

February 23, 2015

Welcome back!

 

This is a very busy time of the year in kindergarten.  Parent conferences are March 11 and March 12. The times on the afternoon and evening of the 11th are 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30, 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00. On the morning of the 12th the times are 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00. Please let me know your preference. 

In our writer’s workshop we’ll be writing about a favorite character and identifying our connections to that character. 

During literacy stations the children will continue reading at their individual level; they’ll read to partners, read to themselves, and read to me. The children are trying so hard to do their best! Our sentence building activities reinforce the sentence writing rules. As your children draw and write at home please ask them to check for the “sentence rules”. 

One of our math goals is to develop and extend measurement skills by using the children’s feet to measure objects and then to recognize the need for a standard measurement tool. For Show and Tell please complete the Measuring Feet activity with your child and bring it in on Friday to share your results. The directions are attached to this newsletter. 

Keep up the great work with the 100 Book Challenge. Each time you complete a book, write the title and send it into school; our class results are posted in the hallway. Read fiction, nonfiction, poetry; the choice is yours! Please let me know if you need more books, I have lots to share.

 



Happy Valentine's Day!
 
 
 
 
 


Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln!
 
 
 

100 Book Challenge
K-2


March is Read Across America month.
To create a lifelong love of literacy, the K-2 teachers are challenging our families to
read books to their children. Our goal for each class is to listen to a total of
100 books, read by a family member, by March 31, 2014.
Send in the title as you read a book; each classroom will keep track of its totals.

Enjoy your adventures in reading!

On Friday April 3
come dressed as your favorite character for the
Parade of Characters.

February 2, 2015

                            

Last week we observed our worms to see if they were still living.  It was a terrific success; check our class web page on line for photos of young scientists studying worms. Each day one of the children sprays the worm habitat to keep the worm’s environment moist. Our careful attention to their needs yielded great results. 

Our skating trip to the Union Arena was such fun; the smiles never left the children’s faces.  Their willingness and ability to try something new has grown significantly this year.  They are learning to appreciate the importance and rewards of hard work in many varied settings. 

In math we’ll work on sequencing the events of our day, events of our lives, and then creating timelines.  For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in a photo or a picture of a significant event or special day in your child’s life prior to coming to kindergarten.  We’ll also work on creating patterns and sequencing two digit numbers. 

In writer’s workshop we will be working on personal biographical information of the author of their forest animal book. Each child will be encouraged to write a couple sentences about themselves.

After listening to Wild About Books by Judy Sierra, the children will share what they like to read about, whom they like to read with, and where they like to read. As your children read or write at home, encourage them to “tap the sounds” they hear in the words; they are hard working young readers and writers, you’ll be surprised.

 

 

 



 
 
 
 

Skating Fun at Union Arena

January 26, 2015

                            

We are in the midst of a long science unit on animals and their environment. Last week each child chose a forest animal to study and completed several chapters of his or her own research book. In their forest animal books the children wrote informational pieces about their animal. We identified the “Big Idea”, and then read books, brainstormed, and partner shared information about the animals.

This week we’ll begin by comparing living and non-living things and then identifying the characteristics of living things.  The criterion we’ll be using for living things is it breaths, eats, moves, and grows. We’ll observe both rocks and our worms, which hopefully are still alive, and then we’ll record our results.  For Show and Tell on Friday the children may bring in either something living or non-living and be prepared to tell us how they know what it is.  “Living” things may be stuffed animals, photos, or drawings of living things.

In math this week we’ll practice reading and representing two-digit numbers. The goal will be for the children to understand that 16 means 10 and 6 more. We’ll use blocks and cubes to build the numbers. We continue to work on addition and experiment with the “number bonds” that make a number.  For example, the number bonds for 5 are: 5 and 0, 4 and 1, 2 and 3. This is new language for the children and something we will be practicing throughout the year.

We’ll have our first computer lab class Tuesday morning with Mrs. Emerson. The children will learn to use Pixie, a writing and drawing program. Eventually we hope to create a program with our forest animal project.

On Friday we’re off to the Union Arena in Woodstock for a k-2 field trip!

 

 



Kindergarteners and Trees
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

January 20, 2015

                            

Last week each child chose a forest animal to research. We’re beginning a unit on informational writing. We’ll keep you posted, as we become experts on reporting many interesting facts of forest animals that are moving about in Brownsville. Both pictures and script provide evidence for the children to incorporate into their writing. 

We have learned the difference between fiction and nonfiction books.  For Show and Tell on Friday, please help your child to choose a book and determine how they know the text is either fiction or nonfiction. 

In Fundations the children will correctly form the uppercase letters E, F, G, and H. As word builders they’ll be tapping the sounds heard in CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words and then writing them. 

In math we’ll continue to practice writing numbers, to play games to represent and solve addition and subtraction stories, and to be introduced to attribute blocks.

Reminders:

       Wednesday is library day; the children need to return books to get new ones.

Friday afternoons the rink is open to all our ABS friends and families.  We do have an assortment of ice skates to share if you’re in need of a pair.


Hopes and Dreams for the New Year
 
 
 

 
 
 

January 12, 2015                            

This week we will be learning how an evergreen tree can provide a safe habitat for animals in winter.  For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in an evergreen sprig from your yard.  We will compare and contrast the different types of evergreens that grow in Brownsville.  Hopefully the weather will be warmer next week and we’ll be able to go outside to explore evergreens at school.


In math we’ll be working on deepening our understanding of shapes through movement activities and games. Geoboards will be introduced and there will be opportunities to use them to construct 2-D shapes. We’ll be modeling and solving subtraction problems using manipulatives. Some of the math vocabulary words we’ll use are: subtract, take away, symbol, and minus sign.


The uppercase letter formations will be presented; for most of the children this will be a review. We will continue to practice the lowercase letters as well. The goal is to embed the letter strokes into memory and make it automatic. If you notice your child reversing letters or numbers when they write, now is a good time to help them with directionality. The lowercase letters are usually more troublesome. Another activity will be to practice alphabetical order, first with letters and then with words.


If you would like to order from the January Scholastic Club, please return your order form by Tues January 20.  Thanks.

January 5, 2015

                                                             Happy New Year!

 

This week we will be working on the letter Nn. For Show and Tell on Friday the children may bring in something “new”. We’ll be discussing our kindergarten New Year’s resolutions, our hopes and dreams for the new year.

A Chubby Little Snowman is our poem of the week.  The “snowman” theme is a kindergarten favorite; we’ll be busy reading about, adding, subtracting, and painting snowmen for the next few weeks.

In math we’ll be adding and subtracting using number stories and counters, as well as creating, extending, and describing patterns, and working with shapes. Some of the math vocabulary we’ll use this week will be addition, plus sign, patterns, extend, repeat, rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon, triangle, square, and estimate.

The phonemic awareness skills addressed are the blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sounds. Blending and reading three-sound short vowel words will be practiced. 

As young scientists we’ll be studying evergreen trees in winter.

Here are a couple winter reminders: Please put your child’s name in his/her snowpants and mittens. It’s a good idea to have an extra pair of socks and mittens in the backpack. Sneakers may be kept at school; I’ll send them home on Friday if they are needed for the weekend. Thanks.

These long chilly winter nights are a great time for reading stories with your children! Reading helps improve your child’s attention span, language and vocabulary, creativity, knowledge, and love of learning!

 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

Run, Run, as fast as you can!


December 15, 2014

Reminder:

ABS Holiday Concert

Tuesday Decemner16, 2014

Town Hall

6:30 PM

Please arrive by 6:20.

Happy Holidays

December Garden Check
Where are the Tulips?

 
 
 
 
 
 

Gingerbread Designers

December 8, 2014

This week we will continue working on the letter Ss. Show and Tell on Friday is a “free choice” show and tell, the children may bring in anything they choose. The shared reading book is The Gingerbread Man. In Writer’s Workshop the children will sequence the events in The Gingerbread Man and create their own book.

In math we’ll be playing counting games focusing on 1-20.  “Top – It” is a favorite kindergarten card game.  After exploring pattern blocks the children will be introduced to a pattern block template.  The challenge will be to create a pattern block creature using the template!

Mark your calendars for next Tuesday night December 16; the holiday performance is scheduled for 6:30 Tuesday evening at the Town Hall.  The kindergarteners will be bluebirds singing “Zippety-Do-Dah” and other old favorites. 

I would like to have a special holiday snack Friday the 19th, the last day before vacation. If you are interested in contributing to the snack party please email me at mkcronin@wsesu.net or return this paper with your selection choice.  Some suggested contributions are:

       Paper cups and napkins,

       Juice or cider,

       Cheese and crackers,

       Sliced fruits,

       Sliced vegetables and dip.

Thank you! 

Reminder:  This Thursday is a half-day for the children. Dismissal is at 12:00 after lunch.

      

 

Kindergarten writers can.............

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Vacation Journal Entry
Thanksgiving Favorite

December 1, 2014

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a great vacation.

In math this week we will be counting by fives and tens, building numbers with ten sticks and ones, and playing “teen frame game”, a game that provides practice with teen numbers and builds number sense. “Drop 4 to 20” is another fun popsicle stick adding game providing practice with the teens. Some other math games that develop problem solving strategies and thinking skills are tic-tac-toe, Shasima, tug of war, and concentration.

In writer’s workshop we’ll complete our book of lists. The children have made great progress remembering to leave spaces between the words they write.

If you would like to place a book order, please return your check and Scholastic order form by Tuesday December 9.

Now that the cold weather has arrived it is a good idea to stick an extra pair of mittens and socks in your child’s backpack.  Sneakers may stay in the cubby for the week to lighten backpack loads. Please put your child’s name in their snow pants; there are always several similar pairs that are easily confused.  The temperature throughout the school fluctuates greatly; so dressing in layers is the way to go!  Thanks.

Thanks to all the parents for taking time to discuss their wonderful children at parent conferences.

Show and Tell on Friday is for the letter Ss.

 

November 17, 2014

 

This week in math we will be playing games to develop children’s understanding of probability. Some of the vocabulary words we’ll be using are “certain”, “possible”, and “impossible”. Great books to read to your child that feature unlikely or impossible events are any of the Pigeon books, Piggie Pie, or Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The children will also review the use of the pan balance and practice balancing objects. The children will be introduced to a series of games that provide practice with counting and concrete addition and subtraction.

In social studies and literacy the children will continue learning about the lives of the Native American and Pilgrim children, and then comparing them to the lives of the Brownsville kindergarteners. They will create a class Venn diagram.

The children will be learning the correct formation of the lower case letters v and w.  Last week we learned l, h, and k.

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in either an object or a picture of something for which you are thankful.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!


A Palace for a Princess!

November 10, 2014

Conferences begin in two weeks. Thanks to all who have signed up for a conference. Please come with any questions or concerns you would like to discuss about your child. The children are graded in the following areas: Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies,

Personal Development, and the Specials including Art, Music, Spanish, Guidance, and PE

The Common Core Standards are written for the end of kindergarten, meaning this is where your child is expected to be by the end of the school year. The grades your child receives will be based on your child’s progress at the end of this first trimester. The grading system is 1, 2, 3, and 4.

1-Does not meet expectations

2-Making progress toward expectations

3-Meets expectations consistently and independently

4-Exceeds expectations and extends learning

We’ll discuss your child’s strengths, our goals for the next term, and the ways you can help at home.  I look forward to seeing you all!

_________________________ conference is _______________________________. .

Tuesday ABS is celebrating Veterans Day at a special assembly and the kindergarten will be leading the Pledge of Allegiance.  Please have your child dress in red, white, or blue. Thanks.

Show and Tell this Friday is  “free choice” show and tell; your child may bring in anything reasonable!

 
 
 
 
 

November 3, 2014

 

This week we will be working on the letter Pp and learning about the lives of two Pilgrim children who lived at the Plymouth Plantation, Sarah Morton and Samuel Eaton.  During the next couple weeks we’ll also meet a Native American boy named Dancing Moccasins, a member of the Wampanoag nation.  The children will be choosing a Native American name for themselves.  We will be sharing all the things in our lives that we are thankful for.

We’ll be building words in the “ap” family.  The children are making great progress in being able to isolate and identify the sounds they hear short vowel words.

It’s a busy math week! The children will be measuring classroom objects and their own feet using interlocking cubes and other nonstandard devices.  “Monster Squeeze”, a kindergarten favorite math game will be played.  The focus of this game is to compare and order numbers.  Dominos will be available at a math station.  We’ll also be adding and subtracting with concrete objects.

If you would like to place a book order, please return your check and Scholastic order form by Wednesday November 5.

Last week we experimented with our pumpkins.  Do you predict that really heavy pumpkins float or sink? How many seeds do you estimate are in one pumpkin?  Check with your kindergartener!

 




 
  
 
 
Creating Leaf Creatures


October 27, 2014

 

Some of the new math vocabularies the children have been learning to use are estimate, estimation, and symmetry.  For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something showing symmetry; a picture, an illustration, or an object would be fine. As we continue to learn about the teen numbers the language that the children are learning is that “15 means 10 plus 5 more”. They’ll also practice writing and representing numbers in their own counting books.

The traditional ABS community Halloween party is Saturday the 1st of November from 5-7PM at ABS.  During this week the kindergarteners will be making decorations for the party.  There will not be a classroom Halloween party during the school day; the hope is that all will celebrate at the school on Saturday.   The event is open to all, young and old, so bring a sibling, bring a friend!

This week in writing we’ll be working on writing informational pieces about bats. The goal is to listen to a couple books about bats, and then participate in a shared writing activity focused on bat information. After partner sharing their ideas the children will be asked to draw and label a picture, and then state information from the text. 

In literacy we’ll continue with the short a sound and building build words in the “at” family.

If you would like to purchase any books from Scholastic, please return your order form by Tuesday Novemmber 4. Thanks.


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We covered the tulip bed with a screen and leaves to protect the bulbs for the winter.

October 20, 2014

 

Show and Tell on Friday will be a “favorite book” sharing.  We have been identifying and discussing main characters in stories.  Please help your child choose a favorite book from home, identify the main character, and tell us why this is a favorite character. 

In math we will continue working on the “tricky teens”.  We’ll be estimating the number of pieces of candy corn in a jar and then counting them.  Other classroom collections will be estimated and counted too. For us, an estimate is called a “Smart Guess”, so anything close is terrific. The children will also solve and create addition and subtraction number stories using concrete materials.  Try and create some fun Halloween number stories with your child! 

Now that the children have learned several letter sounds we’ll begin working on reading and writing words in the “at” family.  The strategy we are using is called “tapping the sounds”; ask your child to tap the sounds they hear in the word cat and in other members of the at family. We will use this strategy throughout the year. 

Last week we protected our tulip bulbs from squirrels and chipmunks by covering them with screens and loose soil. The children are keeping a tulip journal documenting the life cycle of our tulips. We are participating in the Journey North tulip program.  You can follow the cycle at journeynorth.com.

 

 

 



 
 
 
 
 
Planting tulips: 
Dig holes 7 inches deep, plant the bulbs tip up, cover them with soil, and wait for spring!


October 13, 2014

We’ll be working on the letter “Tt”; for Show and Tell on Friday, please bring in something beginning with the letter Tt. The children will listen to nonfiction texts on tigers and write true information in their journals.  At this time most children are dictating sentences to me, then copying these sentences into their journal. They are learning to leave spaces between the words using a “spaceman” for assistance.  You can help at home by writing a simple sentence with your child and showing the importance of leaving spaces between the words! The children have learned the following “magic writing” words: is, see, like, the, and this. Keep looking for them as you read with your child.

In writer’s workshop we’ve talked about how writers can draw faces and can show how people feel through illustrations. We'll read The Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown, discuss feelings, and make a scarecrow's face expressing a special feeling. One of our goals this year is to be able to identify the beginning, middle, and ending of a story and then write our own stories with a clear beginning, middle, and ending. We'll use The Scarecrow Boy to help us identify these parts and then write our own feeling stories.

 

In math we will participate in many counting games and activities.  We will also be focusing on those "tricky teens"! Point out a teen number to your child anytime you see one.  Identifying the numbers 1-20 out of order is a kindergarten goal! The children will be introduced to the concept that teen numbers represent “10 and some more”. 

 

The tulip bulbs arrived last week and we observed them, prepared the garden bed for planting, and planted most. We saved some for indoor explorations.

 

Thanks to all who participated in the “walk to school” and the harvest festival, the children loved both events!



 
 
 

Examining tulip bulbs

 
 
 
 
 

Preparing the tulip bed for planting

October 6, 2014

 

This week we will be working on the letter Mm; on Friday please have your child bring in something beginning with Mm for Show and Tell.  We will be learning about monkeys and writing about them in our journals.

The “magic writing words” that have been introduced to date are: this, like, is, see, to.  As you read with your child ask if he/she can find any of those words on a page of your book. Reading daily to your child is a special gift to him/her!

In math we will practice number formation. It is typical for kindergarteners to reverse numbers when writing, so we’re learning chants to help with directionality.  Once backwards number writing has become part of muscle memory it’s difficult to break the habit. The children will continue counting objects, play lots of partner counting games and discover efficient counting strategies. They will notice that the digits 0-9 can be used to write any number. At the end of the week the “tricky teens” will be introduced; the children will practice counting and recognizing teen numbers.

If you would like to place an October book order with Scholastic, please return your form by Tuesday.  Thanks.

The kindergarten class plants tulips every fall and participates in the Journey North tulip project to track the progress of spring to Vermont. We’ll prepare the flowerbed later in the week, weather permitting. Check out the Journey North website, it’s a great interactive learning opportunity.

 


 
 
 
 
Making big shapes from small shapes

September 29, 2014

 

Thanks for all the apples last week; the kindergarteners made some delicious applesauce and everyone liked it! Observing patterns in nature, the children will determine how our local weather conditions affect the apple tree throughout the seasons.

This week we will be working on the letter Bb and will be reading stories about bears.  We will read and “analyze” a nonfiction text on bears, then write information about bears in our journals. The children will listen to a story about a little boy and a bear. I'll leave off the ending of the story, and ask the children to create their own ending. On Friday, please bring in something beginning with the letter Bb for Show and Tell.

The children will practice writing the lowercase letters c and a using the Fundations lines.  Ask your child to tell you about the “cloud line, plane line, grass line, and worm line.”  We are also working on writing names with lowercase letters, the “kindergarten way”!

The focus in math this week is counting, number reading and writing, as well as recognizing, describing and extending patterns in our surroundings.      

If you would like to order books from the attached order form, please return it by Tuesday October 6.

Many thanks to all the parents who attended the ABS Curriculum Night last week; it was a wonderful opportunity to share kindergarten with you!

Reminder:  Library books need to be returned by Wednesday in order to get new books. Reading daily to your child is the best thing you can do for your child!

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Look what we can do with shapes!


September 22, 2014

This will be a busy week with numbers and shapes.  We’ll reinforce counting and recognizing numerals; we’ll count forwards and backwards. Listening to Ten in the Bed, the children will practice the concept of one more and one less.  They will use ten frames and bear counters in this activity. Our world is full of numbers! Please be certain your child knows his/her address, both the number and street name, as we will be using that information to create a mural. The children will also explore shapes and identify their attributes.

Over the next couple weeks we will be studying the apple tree throughout the seasons. We’ll read fiction and nonfiction apple books, create a class book, taste and graph our favorite varieties, and make applesauce.  On Thursday please send in a peeled apple for making applesauce. 

In our writers workshop we learned that labels give the reader information about a picture they drew. The children drew frogs and created text boxes with labels to supply more information about their frog drawings.


A couple reminders:

     Thursday evening is Curriculum Night.  At 5:30 in the library there will be a google docs and Power School training session for parents. The kindergarten classroom open house begins at 6:30 in our classroom. There will be two classroom sessions so if you have another child at ABS you will be able to attend both classroom presentations. Please notify the school office if you will need child care as both of these sessions are designed for parents.

     Friday:  no school for the children, the teachers participate in an SU in-service in Windsor.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Nature Patterns


September 15, 2014

 

In math this week we’ll be introduced to color patterns and then extend that concept to create nature patterns.  We’ll be sorting coins, learning their names and be introduced to their values. Number sense and counting skills will be practiced through oral counting games.  The children will end the week by comparing lengths; they’ll find objects that are both taller and shorter than a kindergartener and record them on a chart.  Our math program is very hands-on; you’ll not see many math worksheets coming home this year.

This week the children will learn the sound and formation of the letters “n” and “m”. We are focusing on reading and writing the lowercase letters.

Many literacy stations this week will be centered on the letter Ff.  Please bring in something beginning with the Ff sound for Show and Tell on Friday. Frogs will be the focus of our shared reading and writing activities this week.

The children have been discussing how scientists use their senses to explore our world. Encourage your child to use his/her senses as you are outside enjoying the beautiful fall weather.

A couple reminders:

     Sneakers are required for PE on Tuesday and Wednesday.

     Library books need to be returned by Wednesday to get new books.

     Show and Tell is every Friday; this week it is to bring in an object beginning with the letter Ff.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Our butterfly hatched over the weekend!


September 8, 2014

This week we will continue exploring colors, especially yellow and blue. We’ll be reading The Sunflower House by Eve Bunting and Little Blue and Little Yellow, a fun story about color mixing. On Friday, please bring in something either blue or yellow for Show and Tell.

In math we will be counting, sorting, graphing our birthday months, and experimenting with volume. 

We have been playing lots of rhyming word games.  Rhyming is a very important reading readiness skill, so any fun ways you can rhyme with your child would be great.  Be ready at bedtime with a rhyming book! 

We are learning strategies for writing letters.  We will focus on the lower case letters t, b, and f. Ask your child to sing, “Where do you start your letters?”  Anytime your child is writing at home, please check the pencil grip and ask him/her to remember to start “at the top”. For the pencil grip, the children are learning that “thumb is bent, pointer points to the front, tall man uses his side” and the remaining two fingers are tucked in!  Have fun!

If you would like to order from the Scholastic Book Club, please send in your order form by Wednesday September 10.  Thanks.

Last week we wrote about what we hoped to be able to do in school. This week we’ll work cooperatively to create classroom rules that will enable us to reach our full potential as learners.

Give a high five to the kindergarten rules!


To check the kindergarten site go to wsesu.net, click on ABS, to faculty and staff directory, to Mary Kay Cronin class site for photos of busy kindergarteners.


Red Day in the Kindergarten

 

September 2, 2014

Our first week of school went really well! 

 We will be working on the colors for the next two weeks. Please wear red on Friday and please bring in something red for Show and Tell on Friday. Our shared reading book is an old favorite, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? We’ll also be reading The Cat’s Colors. In math we will be measuring, exploring pattern blocks, and counting. We will also discuss and chart our kindergarten “hopes and dreams”. Thanks for sending in your hopes and dreams.

After many years as a parent and a teacher, I know that your child’s response to your question of “What did you do in school today?” is often quite vague, so here are a few suggestions of questions you might ask your child about last week’s activities.

       Who is Miss Bindergarten?

       How did you like your job today?

       What do you like best about the playground?

       Tell me about The Kissing Hand.  Ask if you can do it too!

If you would like to order any books from Scholastic, please send in your order form and check made out to Scholastic by Tuesday Sept 9. You may also place your order online.  Our class code is LGDZD. I will be sending home monthly book order forms. Thanks.

On Wednesday the children will be going to the ABS library and bringing home books.  Please return those books by the following Wednesday so your child will be able to take out new books.

We have been working on the correct pencil grip. I’ve attached a picture for you to review with your child.

Thanks for all your hard work preparing your child for kindergarten; I’m looking forward to a great year!

 
 
 
 
 
Exploring the classroom materials


August 27, 2014

Welcome to the first day of Kindergarten!

This week we’ll be reading a couple great back –to- school books: The Kissing Hand, Fill a Bucket, and Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten.  We’ll be touring the school, exploring the playgrounds, investigating the outdoor classroom, discussing why we come to school, and sharing our “hopes and dreams” for our kindergarten year.

Friday is Show and Tell!  Please have your child bring in something special about themselves in their “Me Bag”, the brown paper bag they brought home today.  Children will share their special item at Show and Tell.

Each child has a folder for carrying information to and from school.  Please use this for any communications you would like to send to the school.  The children will be checking them each morning for any notes from home.

Each day of the week we have a different “special”.

Monday:  Art with Ms. Knisley.

Tuesday:  Music with Mrs. Armstrong and PE with Mr. Allen. Please wear sneakers and appropriate clothes for PE.  

Wednesday: Library and PE.

Thursday: Spanish with Senora Roby.

Friday: Guidance with Mrs. Edwards. Computer lab instruction will begin later in the school year.

Off we go!

 

August 2014

 

Dear Kindergartener,

 

     School will be starting soon, and I hope you are as excited about meeting new friends and having fun together in Kindergarten as I am.  Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 27, 2014.  The hours for kindergarten are Monday through Friday from 8:10 to 2:50.  As you enter the school our classroom is the third door on the left, the one with the butterflies on the door.

     When you come into the classroom on the first day, look for the cubby with your name on it and you will find your name crown inside. Please put it on and come to me so we can meet each other again! Mom and Dad are welcome to spend the first half hour with us. Also, please sign your name on the “sign-in” paper which is on the big table; we will be signing in every day.  Look around the room; you will see your name in lots of places.  Choose a book with Mom or Dad and bring it to the circle area to read until everyone has signed in. 

     Each day you will need to bring a nutritious snack; you can buy milk or juice at school, or bring a drink from home.  You can either bring lunch from home or buy lunch at school. Mrs. Sykes will be sending your parents more information.

     To start our school year we will be doing lots get-to-know-you activities.  We’ll talk about our “hopes and dreams” for the school year, and we’ll work together to create classroom rules.  We’ll read stories, have fun on the playground, paint and draw, make new friends, build with blocks, and lots more!

     Each Monday you’ll be taking a Kindergarten Chronicle home to keep your family informed about all our kindergarten activities. It will also be posted online on the ABS kindergarten page.  My school email is mkcronin@wsesu.net.

     Enjoy the rest of your summer! See you soon!

 

Love,

Mrs. Cronin
















 
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June 3, 2014

Please return any library books you still have!  Thanks. 

Mini courses begin tomorrow!  The kindergarteners will be spending afternoons outside in the woods and near the brook. Please wear sneakers and appropriate clothes. If you would like your child to use sunscreen or insect repellent, please apply it in the morning at home. Thanks. We are looking forward to some great cooperative learning experiences from our building teams as the children design and build fairy houses and boats. 

Show and Tell is over for the year. This coming Friday we will be busy with mini courses and next Friday is a half-day. Thanks for all your effort in helping your child organize some very interesting items for Show and Tell.

During the last week of school we will be digging up the tulip bulbs and planting carrots in our garden.  The carrots will be harvested in first grade! If you are interested in being responsible for a week of carrot garden weeding in either July or August, please let me know when you are available.

Thanks again to our ELF volunteers, Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Becker. The children love ELF!  Our last class, which will be on dandelions, will be held the last week of school.

If your child has a summer birthday and you would like to celebrate it in school on Wednesday June 11, please email me by June 6 at mkcronin@wsesu.net. Thanks.


May 28, 2014

All library books need to be returned to the school by Friday May 30.  The children will not be taking any more books home from the ABS library.  Mrs. Emerson needs the last couple weeks to inventory the books.  Thanks.

We will not be having anymore reading homework in the kindergarten.  Thanks so much for all the help you have given your child.  Each one of the kindergarteners has grown so much as a reader this year; it’s amazing to see the progress.  Please keep reading daily to your child; it’s a wonderful gift to him/her!

We do not have any scheduled ABS parent conferences at the end of the year. However, if you have any particular questions or concerns you would like to discuss about your child, please contact me to set up a meeting. There will be a final report card going home the last day of school.

It was wonderful to see all the families at our Open House; thanks so much for all the encouragement and support you’ve given your child.

Show and Tell this Friday will be a free choice one!

The kindergarten ant colony
 
 
 
 
 
 

May 19, 2014

This is a very busy week in kindergarten!

Monday: 

       ELF class for the kindergarteners will be held in the morning.

SCIP (School-Community-in-Partnership) meeting for parents is at 6:30-8:00ish in the library.  All parents are welcome to attend!

Tuesday:

We will be rehearsing throughout the day at the Town Hall for the Open House performance on Thursday evening.

Wednesday:

    Regular day, so far!

Thursday:

       1:00-2:30 Bike Rodeo.  On Friday the 5-6 grade students treated the children to some bike safety demonstrations. Today they will have the opportunity to practice these skills and to have their bikes checked out by some bike safety experts.  Training wheels and tricycles are always welcome.

       5:30-7:00 Spring Open House. This is an opportunity for parents to view classroom work throughout the school.  In the kindergarten you will have the opportunity to play math games with your child, check out our tadpoles, read tulip journals, and view our ant nest mural from 5:30-6:00.  At 6:00 the children are delighted to present our forest animals project on the Smart Board.  It will run for about 10 minutes, please schedule your time to be in the kindergarten then. At 6:15 we will head to the Town Hall for the all-school performance.

Friday: 

Show and Tell is “free choice”; any reasonable item may be shown!

 


 
 
 

May 12, 2014 

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope all the moms had a great day and enjoyed the beautiful spring watercolors your child painted for you.

Last week we designed and built bird nests; it’s not as easy as you might think!  The nests are on display outside ABS right in front of our classroom, and are open for inhabitants.  We noticed some chickadees trying to remove parts of our nests to use for their own design/build projects! Thanks to all who contributed to our ‘penny wars”; we raised over $600.00 for our school.

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something beginning with the letter Ll.

Our ABS library will be open for a few more weeks; it closes in June for inventory. Please bring back your books by Friday so two new ones can be signed out.

The springtime offers kindergarteners great outdoor exploration opportunities.  We will be spending time in the woods and the gardens, so please send your child with appropriate footwear.

Sunday the 18th is the Spring Fling Community Dinner at the Grange Hall.  It’s a great opportunity to share a delicious meal with other community members.  All the proceeds are split between the school and the historical society.  Hope to see you there!


Designing and building bird nests is not as easy as you might think!
 
 
 
 
 

 

Signs of Spring!
Butterflies, flowers, peepers, geese honking, trucks in mud, and chirping birds

 
 
 
 
 
 

Kindergarten Teamwork!


What do you see?








 
 
 
 
 
 

Lions celebrating literacy at the Red Clover play and tea!

April 7, 2014

Red Clover Play and Tea

Wednesday April 9 at 8:30 AM

ABS Library

Please Come!

The children in grades K-2 will be putting on small plays featuring one of the Red Clover books. The kindergarteners have been learning their lines for our play to be performed at the Red Clover tea.  All of the children are lions. The lion colors are yellow, brown, black, and orange and I was hoping each child could wear a shirt/pants/dress/skirt that featured one of these colors on April 9. Thanks.

 For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in your favorite animal. It can be a stuffed animal, a picture, or a drawing.

 In literacy the children will learn when to use the letter k or c for the sound /k/.  Did you know that when the /k/ sound is followed by an a, o, or u the letter c is used, for example cat, cut, cot. When the /k/ sound is followed by an e or i the word is spelled with a k, ex, kit or Kevin! Some of the phonemic awareness activities are to blend, segment, and manipulate sounds to make words. Ask your child how to tap a few short vowel words such as dog, fox, or frog! The children have been practicing scooping phrases together as they read sentences. This helps to increase reading fluency.  As you are working on the homework with your child, ask them to “scoop” the words for you once they know all the words in the sentence. They’re doing great!

 Hope to see you Wednesday morning!

 

March 31, 2014 

For Show and Tell on Friday please bring in something beginning with Hh.

Our shared reading book this week is And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss.  We will use this text to launch some creative writing and house building activities.

A busy math week awaits us; we will be practicing number combinations up to 10, playing “Monster Squeeze” using clues to identify numbers more or less than a target number, reinforcing the use of attribute clues to describe objects, and representing patterns with symbols.  The concept of ½ will be introduced through our reading of The Doorbell Rang, a tasty story of Grandma and her cookies.

The children have been learning their lines for our play to be performed at the Red Clover tea.  All of the children are lions. They will be making lion mane headpieces in class.  The lion colors are yellow, brown, black, and orange and I was hoping each child could wear a shirt/pants/dress/skirt that featured one of those colors on April 9. Thanks. 

We checked our tulips last week, no sign of spring out there yet!

                            



March 27: Will the tulips ever come?

March 24, 2014                            

Happy Spring!!

Thanks to all parents who came in for a conference, it was great sharing your child’s progress with you.  If you did not schedule a conference and would like to receive a copy of your child’s report card, please call the ABS office at 484-3344 to schedule a time to meet with Mrs. Aldrich. Thanks.

Our forest animal project is nearing completion. All that remains is to paint a cover for our books and then read them to our sixth grade buddies. The children have worked very hard and have become experts on their animals.

If you would like to order from the March Scholastic book order please return your information by Tuesday. Thanks.

We are continuing to read all the Red Clover books. Practice for our play will begin this week.  Our presentation will be based on one of the nonfiction books and will follow a similar format that the children used for writing about their forest animals. The tea is April 9 at 8:30.

This week in math we’ll be working on pennies, nickels, and dimes.  The children will also create number stories for both addition and subtraction. Counting by 2’s and estimating amounts of objects in a jar will round out math activities this week.

 

Painting forest animal sculptures
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Evergreen Forest is a habitat for many interesting animals.
 
 
 



 
Evergreen Trees
 
 
 
 
 




Here's a 100 block structure on the 100th day of school!

 
 
 
 
 
Snow! That's what all the information is about.


 


Chubby Little Snowmen



 

100 Days in School! 


Staying Healthy: Learning to self Massage

 
 
 
 
 



 


                              Happy New Year!





Run, run as fast as you can!

 
 
 
 
 


   


Kindergarteners love to read!


Pattern Block Creatures


 
 
 
 
 
 
This week we will be working on the letter Ii, focusing on the short Ii sound as in igloo and itch. We’ll be reading books with lots of “ig” and “it” words. Please bring in something beginning with Ii for Show and Tell on Friday.

We’ll be reading Wild About Books by Judy Sierra. We’ll be writing stories about what we like to read, where we like to read, and why we love to read.

In math this week we will be counting by fives and tens, building numbers with ten sticks and ones, and playing “teen frame game”, a game that provides practice with teen numbers and builds number sense. Some other math games that develop problem solving strategies and thinking skills are tic-tac-toe, Shasima, tug of war, and concentration.

 Our next ELF is scheduled for this week; the topic is the life cycle of trees. 

Now that the cold weather has arrived it is a good idea to stick an extra pair of mittens and socks in your child’s backpack.  Sneakers may stay in the cubby for the week to lighten backpack loads. Please put your child’s name in their snow pants; there are always several similar pairs that are easily confused.  The temperature throughout the school fluctuates greatly; so dressing in layers is the way to go!  Thanks.

PE Reminder:  PE is on Tuesday and Friday; the children need sneakers in order to join in all the activities.  Thanks!

November 18, 2013

This week in math we will be playing games to develop children’s understanding of probability. Some of the vocabulary words we’ll be using are “certain”, “possible”, and “impossible”. Great books to read to your child that feature unlikely or impossible events are any of the Pigeon books, Piggie Pie, or Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. The children will also review the use of the pan balance and practice balancing objects. The children will be introduced to a series of games that provide practice with counting and concrete addition and subtraction.

In social studies and literacy the children will continue learning about the lives of the Native American and Pilgrim children, and then comparing them to the lives of the Brownsville kindergarteners. They will create a class Venn diagram.



Happy Thanksgiving!




 



 
 
 
 
 
Red Rectangle Robots!

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Painting Wild Things for the Halloween Party



Building with the "Tricky Teens"!

 
 
 
 
 
 


  

 


 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 

 

 

A visit from the VSO

 
 
 
 



Winter Trees


Shapes in the Woods


Eating Healthy Turkeys

Leading the Pledge on Veteran's Day
Cleaning out the sensory garden

November

Making 10


Building Bat Homes


Planting tulip bulbs
Now we wait for spring!


Studying tulip bulbs


Making applesauce


Our trip to the WWVFD


Testing out our new rain suits!

Tree climbing 101


Sunflowers

Free Choice is the best!


Finding Forest Colors

Building spiders in ELF

Morning Meeting Jobs


Explorations

Creation Station Wednesday
Thursday
Building 









































































































































































Being Creative!

December Sensory Garden

Writer's Workshop


Creating Leaf Creatures
A visit from the 'Leaf Lady"!

Exploring Stone Walls

Labels give more information


Thursdays are for building

Fire Safety

Number Combinations

Kid Sized
Halloween Clowns

Reading EEKK, 
Elbow to elbow, Knee to knee


New trees to climb


Color
in the fall forest


Apple Picking Fun!


Stop in the name of Nature!
The look-out tree
Look at the fish!
A horsetail
A mossy rock

Our butterfly hatched!

Wednesday Creation Stations
water colors
easel painting
Play-doh giraffe
Play-doh elephant

Meet the forest friends!
Jumping Chipmunk
Hooty the Owl
Hoppy Frog
Blue Sword Bluejay
Prickly Porcupine
Spotty Salamander
Webby Spider
Seeing the forest floor as a salamander

Forest Explorations

Thursday builders




"Campfire" building

First day forest explorers

First day excitement!








































































































Forest float/sink experiments

Stream Studies

"Stop in the name of nature"

Nest Building

The bigger the rock, the bigger the splash!

She found an island!

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15

Springtime in the woods

Snack Picnic

The first bloom!


Forest Friday discoveries and adventures
Our first coltsfoot

Tulips

Measuring the tulip's height with string
Learning to write stories

Parts of a Tree in Spring


Storm shelter for a squirrel


We each picked a tree to study as spring approaches


A treat for migrating birds

Playing "Fox and Geese" in snowshoes

Go Green!

Painting our forest animals

ELF with Ms Hannah
Beaver pelt
Otter pelt
Insulating our imaginary animals for winter

The tulips sprouted on March 10!

Forest Friday Discoveries
Busy forest explorers
Crazy Hair Day!

So fast!!

A perfect afternoon for winter sports fun!

Hardworking Sherpa!

Why does the snow
form circles around the trunks?
Ah, the good life!
Learning to snowshoe
Making pine cone bird feeders

Fee
ding the winter birds
Writing a "forest plan"

Stories have  beginning, a middle, and an ending.

2-D Art

Stories Have Characters

First Snowy Forest Friday

What do you notice about this bark?

Reading EEKK
New hats for forest friends
Forest explorations
Woodland Storytime

Literacy Stations


Winterizing our structure
 

Celebrating Veteran's Day


A soggy Forest F
riday

A Golden Crown


Structure Building

Forest Friday Math

K-2 ELF
The Forest Floor


Planting Tulip Bulbs
Now we wait for Spring!
 Forest Journals

A hidden stash of sunflower seeds

Today's Discovery

Friends exploring

Hiking with Mr. Allen

 Quiet time reading

Making applesauce

 
A discovery

Forest Fridays are great for...
observing,
working cooperatively,
exploring,
and building friendships.
Why we come to school
To study nature!
To explore in the woods!
To make new friends!
To play on the playground
To learn to read!
To learn to draw!










































































































































Flowers for Mom


Tree Cookies

Nature Journalists

Building bridges, tunnels, roads, walls, and houses

Testing Force of Motion


Exploring owl pellets in ELF


Building balance scales!


Celebrating 100 Days in Kindergarten

Eating the Alphabet!
Lots of new tastes for our friends!

Midwinter worm check!
Worm habitat in our classroom

Selections from our Frog and Toad stories!


How to read a book...

Get information from the picture.
Point to the first word.
Point to each word and notice the spaces between the words.
Notice the punctuation at the end!

Text to self connections with Frog and Toad


Making 3-D solids with playdough

spheres
cones
cubes
cylinders

Tell a story 1-2-3
The Three Little Pigs:

Pigs:
Informational Writing

Predator or Prey

What can you do with 10 black dots?

Protecting our tulips for the winter

Monster painting partners

Experimenting with Electric circuits


Our Tulip Garden
Preparing the bed
Finding worms
Digging holes 7 inches deep

Tasting: sweet, sour, salty, and bitter
Reading EEKK!
Elbow to elbow, knee to knee, I'll read to you and you read to me!
Scientists Use tools

What is your opinion of frogs?

Scientists paint and label what they see.


Our Jobs

signing in
washing hands
reading with friends
message board reader

First Day, Ready or Not!















































































































































































































So Pretty!

The first bloom!

May 1 - the first tulip bud!


Sprinkling coffee grounds to keep the deer away
Returning our worms to the garden

All ready for Walk At Lunch Day!
Budding Builders

Checking our tulip garden April 22
The ground still feels cold!
On no, what is nibbling this leaf?

Getting Ready got Spring: Building Rain Gauges

Testing Force and Motion with Ramps, Rollers, and Tunnels

Building sun protectors for thermometers

Checking March Winds



Painting our forest animals


Sentence building


Sculpting forest animals with clay


100 Day Building Challenge

Midwinter
Worm Check
What do you notice?

Evergreen Trees

 

Reading holiday stories to our third grade buddies
Sharing a holiday snack with our third grade buddies

Pattern Block Explorations

Book Bucket Buddies


Weather Explorers
Checking for precipitation
Recording conditions
Using anemometers with a fan
Using anemometers outside to check wind speed
Math games with first grade friends

A visit from The Leaf Lady

Building with the tricky teens

Creating a worm habitat

Apple Tree Seasons
 

Choice time creation



Making applesauce


Kindergarten jobs

Flag holder
Calendar
Weather checker
Number of Days in School
Special Name Person
Share Person
Message Board Reader
ABC Person
Line Leader
Line Checker
Door Holder
Checking tables and chairs

Scientists use their senses to explore
What do you notice about sunflowers?

Meeting our big buddies
Lunch with friends

Partner reading

First Day!
































































































































































































Exploring the river

Pine cone Fairies

Fairy Boats

Fairy houses under construction!


The Challenge:
With your building partner, build a stable structure for a stuffed animal that includes a foundation, walls, windows, a door, and a roof
.

Exploring ants in the outdoor classroom


May 12, Our tulips bloomed!

Bird Nests


May 7, getting closer!

Number stories

Start with a 2-D square and go!


Springtime on the ABS playground


April 28: They're getting bigger!

April 21: Our tulips sprouted!


On April 7 we checked our tulips. We noticed that the snow is melting and mud season is
coming!

Checking for tulips in March
Spring is here, so where are the tulips?

Silly shoe and sock day!
 

Building with 100 blocks!


Snow!


Studying seeds in ELF

Eating seeds in ELF

Experimenting with Force: How far will it fly?
Force of Motion: Science teams at work.


Characters in the "Living Snowman".

Any Loose Teeth?


Jump rope Buddies

Bring back the sun!

Checking our tulips in January

What do you like to read about?

Who do you like to read with?
Where do you like to read?
Read, Read, Read!

Studying trees in ELF

Building a Kindergarten tree!
 
ELF Journals

Pilgrim Kids and ABS Kids

Veteran's Day

Making words out of playdough
Partner Reading

611 seeds in our pumpkin!


Creeping caterpillars in ELF