Messages from the Classroom

April/May 2017      

Town Conversationalist Tom Tidman came to our classroom and helped us build a bird house. This bird house will reside in one of the towns many conservation lands. Thank you Tom!
We are counting down to the last days of Kindergarten and I am just shocked and surprised we have come to this point. I feel like we have been together for such a short amount of time and we have built such a wonderful and supportive community together. There is mixed pride and sadness in how much these little people have grown and are ready to take off. The sadness is my having to let them go. They are all amazing and mean so much to me.

Upcoming Events:

May 3rd- A visit from the Acton librarian Lee Donovan

May 18th- Seussical at Worcester Mechanic's Hall

May 19th- All the Kindergarteners will be presenting  "Gratitude Rocks" to the police and fire departments in Acton. The presentation will be at the All School Meeting and will include a gratitude song created by Chris Porth. All K parents are invited to attend. It will be about 10 minutes at the most.

May 26th- Insect songs sung at All School Meeting- all K parents are invited. This will be about 20 minutes long.

June 7th- trip to The Children's Discovery Museum

I will send an email out if we plan another trip.

Mystery Readers- We continue to greatly enjoy our Mystery Readers and strongly encourage you to sign up on the site Kelly Philpott shared with you. We have had some big surprises and some repeat readers. Both types have brought nothing but pride and excitement from students. I so appreciate all the volunteers.

Language Arts- We are working on reading and writing daily. Our focus on book studies has been Fairy tales- retold versions and fractured versions. We are reading and discussing characteristics of fairy tales.

Common Titles
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Cinderella
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • The Princess and the Pea
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Rumpelstiltskin
Characteristics we are discussing:
  • Set in the past
  • Use some form of "Once upon a time"
  • Fantasy or make-believe elements
  • Enchanted setting - can include forests, castles, water or kingdoms
  • Clearly defined good and evil characters
  • Magical elements
  • Characters take on unusual forms (giants, witches, dwarfs, talking animals)
  • Groups of 3 (objects, people or events), 7 and 13, sometimes 5
  • Clearly defined problem, climax and resolution
  • Most often they have a happy ending
  • Teach a lesson that is important to the culture it came from

Mathematics- In mathematics we are wrapping the year up with two areas:

How Many Do You Have?: Addition, Subtraction, and the Number System
Students continue to work with counting and number composition as they count
sets of objects and find multiple combinations of the same number as they
decompose numbers to 10. They use numbers and notation to describe
arrangements of tiles and number combinations. Students continue to develop an understanding of the operations of addition and subtraction as they act out,
model, solve story problems, and play games that involve combining or
separating small amounts.

Sorting and Surveys: Data Analysis
This unit develops ideas about sorting and classifying, counting, representing,
conducting a data investigation, and using data to solve a problem. In this unit, students sort objects according to common attributes, as well as sort data about
their class. They collect, record, and represent categorical and numerical data
about their class, and they carry out their own data investigation by collecting
responses to their own survey questions

Science- We have begun incubating eggs to hatch chickens. We are also planting plants and waiting for our ladybug eggs to arrive.

Social Studies- We are continuing to look at ourselves and our community. In the recent weeks are focus has been on gratitude, courtesies and manners. We are working on looking each other in the eyes when talking, acknowledging our appreciation, and pausing to think before we respond to each other. These are very important skills and we are practicing them as much as possible.

Now - June 8, 2017: The MFA has a special exhibit, Make Way for Ducklings:

The Art of Robert McCloskey, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the beloved children’s book set in Boston, Make Way for Ducklings (1941). This exhibition tracks

the career of the book’s author and illustrator Robert McCloskey (1914–2003). The recipient of two Caldecott Medals and three Caldecott Honors, McCloskey was a

major force in 20th-century picture book art, and “Make Way for Ducklings: The Art

of Robert McCloskey” provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to enter the

author’s delightful world.

May 1 - 7, 2017 The Children’s Book Council (CBC) will celebrate Children’s

Book Week’s 98th Anniversary! Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of

books for young people and the joy of reading. Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year,

events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes — wherever

young readers and books connect!



WE ARE IN A PLAY! is back on the road all across AMERICA and CANADA. It's a great show and one that often sells out.  So, get your tickets! Read a recent Off-Broadway review here!

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