Kindergarten with Mrs. Vaughn

Week 22- President of the USA

Thank you for the outpouring of love and goodies this week- they were definite rays of sunshine on our stormy weather days! No school on Monday in observance of President’s Day. This week, we have a Social Studies focus on the President of the United States. We will read a nonfiction text that describes the roles and responsibilities of the position. We will also get to know Duck as a character who runs for office. We will be practicing the skills of sharing information, retelling, and...

February 16, 2019 Read more

Week 21- Desert Adaptations (and some Valentine fun!)

This week, we 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. We will be starting our shape unit in math this week. Our unit will begin with an exploration of 2D, flat shapes. We will discuss their characteristics as well as where we see them in real life. We will also...

February 9, 2019 Read more

Dassie Pop Up Cup

To wrap up our learning about dassies last week, we made a little dassie pop up cup craft. This dassie can be used for a true/not true, agree/disagree type game. Sunbathing is a favorite activity of dassies. On rainy days, they may not even venture outside. In the game, when the dassie agrees with a statement, it will pop up out of the burrow (cup). If it disagrees, it will stay inside. This can be used with all kinds of skills, such reading comprehension, sight words, and...

February 2, 2019 Read more

Week 20- Desert Habitat

This week, we kick off our Desert Animal and Habitat Project! Yippee! Students will be choosing their focus animals and forming small groups on Monday.  It is difficult to predict the exact pace a project will progress at, but it is possible that we may begin building our dioramas as early as mid-week. At last count, we had 20 shoe boxes, so we only need a few more. If you do not think you will be able to supply one for your child please let me know ASAP so I can reach out to other...

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Week 19- Dassies

Our learning this week will center around dassies. We will read both a nonfiction text and the story The Three Little Dassies by Jan Brett. I first saw dassies on a visit to a zoo and instantly wanted to know more about them. You may be wondering what dassies are. They are small mammals, also known as rock hyrax. They are interesting and adorable and they will be helping your child strengthen their comprehension and discussion skills. We will be writing reports about dassies this week....

January 25, 2019 Read more

Week 18- Making the World a Better Place

This week, in honor of the esteemed Martin Luther King Jr, we will be focusing on ways that we can make the world around us an even better place. We have several read alouds that will help us explore this social studies topic as we practice our important comprehension skills of predicting, making connections, picturing (identifying strong words), and retelling. In writing, we will be thinking about ways we can improve our school, our homes, and our community. In math, we really dive...

January 20, 2019 Read more

Week 17- Polar Bears

Our class will be taking the MAPS assessment on Monday morning. We want the students to do their best, but this is not something I want to create stress about. Standardized assessments provide valuable information for driving instruction, but we also have to keep in mind the mode of assessment and that this is only one source of information about how your child is growing and learning. If your child has not yet brought in a pair of headphones, pretty please send some in with them on Monday if...

January 12, 2019 Read more

Week 16- Jan Brett (The Mitten and The Hat)

Happy New Year, families! I hope you had a pleasant holiday season. Breaks are nice, but I am excited to see my beloved Kinders on Monday! This week we officially begin an author study of Jan Brett. We read her delightful book The Gingerbread Baby last school week, but we get to learn more about her as an author and illustrator this week. We will be reading The Mitten.  This is another personal favorite (it is possible I overuse that the term favorite when it comes to books, haha).  It is...

January 5, 2019 Read more

Week 15- Gingerbread Stories

I am so excited for this special week in Kindergarten!  The kids can hardly wait for Christmas to arrive. We will continue to read, write, and to do math each day but we will do so with a special hum of happiness! Our theme this week is Gingerbread Stories. It is an enjoyable and rich way to practice comparing and contrasting stories.  We will be finding similarities and differences between stories in regards to characters, settings, and events. We will also continue to practice...

December 15, 2018 Read more

Week 14- Reindeer

This week our theme will be reindeer.  Often, children’s only exposure to reindeer will have been Santa’s flying reindeer.  To be able to engage in an informational study of reindeer without lessening the magic of Christmas, I will differentiate between MOST reindeer and Santa’s special reindeer. During this nonfiction study, we will introduce many nonfiction text features such as maps, diagrams, and headings. We will also be reading a funny story called The Great Reindeer...

December 8, 2018 Read more