Popping in Kindergarten with Ms. Kelly

Welcome to the 21st week of Kindergarten! This week we will get full swing into our Desert Animal PBL. We will continue to study the desert habitat with more of a focus on adaptations. We have great nonfiction books to help us do this! We will continue to practice sharing facts from our reading. We will also be making comparisons and connections between texts about the same topic. Our Research Project continues with us diving deeper into our group texts. This week will begin with a...

February 11, 2019 Read more

Welcome to week 20 of Kindergarten! This week we will be starting this trimester’s Project Base Learning (PBL) writing about desert animals. Each student will get to choose one out of six animals to research, discuss, write about, and create a book and diorama about. This week we will explore the desert habitat and the animals that live in it. Then for the next 6 weeks we will work on assisting students to create their book and dioramas. Students will need to research their animals habitat, diet, adaptations, fun facts, and create an author page about themselves. This is a very fun and educating PBL project for our kindergartners. At the end, we will have live presentation at the city library where students will get to present to families and the Oasis community. Math this week is finishing up numbers 11-19. We will continue to work on writing, reading, and creating numbers 11-19, as well as having students understand the place value for 11-19. Students need to understand that 17 is made up of 10 and 7. We are also working with students being able to start at a group of 10 and count up how many more to the given teen number. HOMEWORK: New homework logs were put into each students binder today! It looks different, but is the same concept. 20 minutes nightly: 10 minutes of reading/practicing sight words & 10 minutes of math doing 1 page or IXL. SLIPPERS: As I posted about last week, students are welcome to bring in and keep a pair of simple slippers to change into in their cubbies. It’s a fun and easy way for students to feel safe and relaxed in the classroom. :) Book Orders: New book orders went home last Thursday. They will be do next Thursday, February 14th. VALENTINE’S DAY: We will celebrate Valentine’s Day here in room 32 on Thursday, February 24th at 12:15 p.m. Please have your child put just their name on 23 valentines to give out the each classmate. Passing out valentines can be a arduous process & having just their name on it to give out makes the process much quicker. Lol Students are also welcome to bring in a small snack or treat to share with the class.

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February 4, 2019 Read more

Welcome to week 19 in Kindergarten! This week we are learning about an animal that I had never heard of before! Such a fun thing to learn about something completely new with the students. We will be looking at an African animal called a Dassie or Rock Hyrax. They are a small rodent-like mammal found in Africa. Students will discuss and begin to learn how to complete research about an unknown animals, which are skills they will need for this trimester’s PBL writing. In a few weeks we will begin our animal research groups. Students will choose 1 of 6 desert animals they would like to learn and write a report about with adult support. In math we will continue working with teen numbers 11-19. The key concept we want students to understand is the place value of the numbers. (e.g. 15=10 and 5/ 15=1 ten and 5 ones.) Additionally, we want students to be able read, write, and make the teen numbers with ease. Plus, we are starting to introduce as you may have noticed from the math alternative choice packet math facts up to 10. If students go to 1st grade understanding addition combinations or math facts, they will be ahead of the game! HOMEWORK: Is the same as always, but the homework log has changed its look. But it is the same concept of signing and letting us know what you did with your child each night. 20 minutes total of 10 minutes of ELA and 10 minutes of math. SLIPPERS: I came across a lot of research this school year about flexible seating and creating a comfortable classroom environment that promotes focused learning. My classroom isn’t quite big enough for flexible seating just yet. But I am hoping to incorporate more as we go on throughout the year. A journal paper published talked about allowing students to have their shoes off or wearing slippers promotes a familial, safe feeling for learning. I have noticed over the months that the majority of our students ask often to take off their shoes. I am all for focused learning and creating a safe, comforting environment. So, if you would like to send in a pair of simple slippers with your child you are welcome to! They will keep them in their cubby and change in and out of the while in the classroom. I saw great options that were $4.97 at wal-mart and look like this! The slippers is completely optional and not a have to purchase for your student!

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January 28, 2019 Read more

Welcome to week 18 of kindergarten! I hope you enjoyed you the extra day off this week to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Our students will be introduced to Martin Luther King Jr. and the beliefs he had and shared with the world. Students will discuss and write about how they can make their school, home, and community a better place for all. We will read books about Martin’s life, his actions, and what beliefs he wanted for all people. We will do a perseverance activity whole class around the Oasis campus. Students will be sent on a scavenger hunt with Ms. Kelly that will take us back and forth from one end of the school to the other several times. As we are walking back and forth, back and forth Ms. Kelly will talk with the students how it’s frustrating that we are being sent back to the other side of the school that we were just at a bit ago. Ms. Kelly will ask the class if they should just give up? A discussion will be held on how to problem solve and persevere during times of disappointment or frustration. Our new unit for math this week is introducing students to the numbers 10-19. Students will need to be able to read, write, produce, and understand the place value for each number. This will be a 2 week unit. Alternative homework on the teen numbers will be sent home for the next weeks. You can have your child do one page of the alternative homework, instead of doing IXL. HOMEWORK: 10 minutes of math-1 page or IXL. 10 minutes of reading-sight word practice, read paper books, read poems in binder, or any books of your child’s choice. MAPS testing report: All kindergartners completed the Reading MAPS assessment last week for winter 2019. It was a 44 question computer test that measured how well each kindergarten student is doing so far this school year in their English language arts skills. They will take the assessment again in the spring to compare growth. Students were presented things they have been taught, as well as things we have not yet learned. So please take the scores and percentages your child has received with a grain of salt. Remember this was the first computerized assessment your 5 or 6 year old has ever taken by themselves. I will reference the scores for teaching purposes, but know what your child can do in small group or 1-1 with me.

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January 22, 2019 Read more

Welcome back from winter break everyone! Today was seriously such a great first day back from break. The kids’ sweet faces made getting back on my regular routine worth it. :) The students were so excited to see me and their peers. Students had a fun community circle share this morning letting us all know what they did for their winter break. I heard a lot about sledding/snowboarding adventures, visiting family, and what they did on New Year’s Eve. I hope you all had a fun filled, relaxing break. I know I sure did. We will do review the first day or two back to get all the students brains back into working and learning for 5 hours each day. Then we will get right back into it. The theme for this week will be the story, The Mitten by Jan Brett. It is such a cute fictional story full of forest animals trying to stay warm in one boy’s lost mitten. The writing focus will be non-fiction on foxes. The Project Based Learning (PBL) for this trimester will be an animal report. So we will start doing more non-fiction writing of factual things the next coming weeks. For math we will continue our unit on comparing through length and height of items. This is coming very easily to most of our students. So I am thinking about jumping a bit ahead to the 1st grade standard and teaching them how to use standard measurement of inches with a ruler. ;) I will send home the weekly alternative math homework packet tomorrow. The main copier wasn’t working this morning so didn’t get the packets completed to go home this afternoon. HOMEWORK: 20 minutes each night please! 10 minutes of reading/practicing paper books, poems, or sight words. 10 minutes of math practice on IXL or 1 page from math packet. BOOK ORDERS: 2 new book orders were sent home with students today in their binders. Our class code is on the back and it is TPPWL. They will be due by Thursday, January 17th. To welcome students back and into the new year. I will be purchasing a $5 book of each student’s choice from this book order. Student’s will go through the order and let me know their book of choice they’d like. Then in about a week from the closing date they will have a book to read and explore at home.

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January 7, 2019 Read more

Week 15 in Ms. Kelly’s Kindergarten

     This week will be a combination of our regular routine and fun learning activities mixed in. This week’s theme is gingerbread. We will read the original version of the Gingerbread Man, then we will compare and contrast it to two different stories, The Gingerbread Girl, and the Gingerbread Baby. We will be asking students to make text-self and text-to-text connections between the 3 stories. Students will be writing about the Gingerbread man, using the sentences...

December 15, 2018 Read more

Week 14 in Ms. Kelly’s Kindergarten

Welcome to week 14 of Kindergarten!    This week we are going to be researching and learning about reindeer both through fictional stories and non-fiction stories. In reading this week, we will start our leveled by ability guided reading groups. Students will start bringing home books at their level they can read on their own or to you every Thursday. Students will practice any book they bring home here in class and demonstrate mastery of it, before they are allowed to bring it home. So, if...

December 10, 2018 Read more

A few things to keep in mind when looking at your child’s Standards Based report card at conferences

You will be given your child’s report card at your conference slot. In an effort to make our report cards more straightforward and meaningful to you, we have done some streamlining. This means that each and every standard is not listed individually. All standards will still be assessed, however some will be reported to you under the umbrella of their related key standards. Since some standards are not explicitly taught at the beginning of the year or at least not to the extent that we...

December 3, 2018 Read more

Week 13 in Ms. Kelly’s Kindergarten :)

  Hi everyone!   Welcome to the 13th week of kindergarten. We just finished up trimester 1 of the school year. We have now been officially in school for 46 days. The growth from day 1 to day 46 is pretty amazing to see. 🙂 Now that trimester 1 is done with, it is time to hold parent/teacher conferences to share all the growth and progress your child has made. I have sent out on email invite to all parents to sign-up for a conference slot. Here is the link to sign-up for a conference...

November 30, 2018 Read more

Week 12 in Ms. Kelly’s class

Welcome back from Thanksgiving break, Boy did the 10 days off fly by so fast! It really felt like maybe 4 days off to me. Lol  However, today felt so good to have our little kindergarten community back here at Oasis Academy. 🙂 It was so sweet how many of our students came back saying how much they missed school and getting to see me and their classmates. The kids had so many fun things to share about their Thanksgiving dinners, time spent with their family and friends, and all of the...

November 26, 2018 Read more