Kindergarten with Mrs. Vaughn

Meet Mrs. Vaughn

My name is Timbra Vaughn. This will be my seventeenth year teaching. I graduated from UNR with a dual degree in Elementary and Special Education. I also hold an Early Childhood Special Education endorsement. I have taught ECSE, K-2 resource, 2nd grade, and Kindergarten. I am blessed with an amazing husband and two wonderful children who attend Oasis as eighth and ninth graders. Picking a favorite book is IMPOSSIBLE. I can’t even pick a favorite genre. I do love the Fablehaven...

August 24, 2020 Read more

Week 25- Snakes and Rainforest

This week, we continue to add to our knowledge about rainforests. Reading a variety of nonfiction and fiction books about a similar topic gives us several opportunities for making connections and comparisons. We will also zoom in a bit on snakes with nonfiction books about snakes and an Eric Carle (and Richard Buckley) book about a Greedy Python. We continue our PBL work on our desert animal as well. This week’s focus is on fun facts about our animals. Last week, our 8th grade buddies...

March 6, 2020 Read more

Week 24- Sloths

Our exploration of the rainforest habitat continues this week. We will be reading nonfiction books about sloths as well as fiction stories that star sloths.  We will also be beginning an author study on the wonderful Eric Carle. I’m super excited about sharing not only his stories, but his artwork and ways of cultivating his ideas with the kindergartners! We continue our PBL work on our animals. We have written our pages about our animal’s diet and are getting ready to add this...

March 1, 2020 Read more

Week 23- Rainforest Habitat

This week, we are learning about the rainforest habitat. We will be reading nonfiction texts to learn interesting facts and visiting the rainforest in another Jan Brett book, The Umbrella. This will allow us to compare and contrast the two texts from this week as well as make connections to other texts we have previously read. Learning about another habitat also gives us a lot of opportunities to compare and contrast with a nonfiction focus. We begin constructing our animal dioramas this...

February 21, 2020 Read more

Week 24- President of the USA

Thank you for the outpouring of love and goodies this week- they were definite rays of sunshine! 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 comparing and contrasting. The students will be placing votes in a class ballot box...

February 17, 2020 Read more

Week 23- Desert Adaptations

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. In math, we continue to firm up the important concept of teen numbers as 10 and some more. Our Research Project continues with us diving deeper into our group texts. This week will begin with a focus on...

February 7, 2020 Read more

Week 22- 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 still need 8 shoe boxes. 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 community members for...

February 1, 2020 Read more

Week 21- 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 26, 2020 Read more

Week 20- 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, 2020 Read more

Week 19- Polar Bears

Our class will be taking the English Language Arts MAPS assessment on Monday morning and the Math MAPS on Tuesday afternoon. (Monday volunteers- our schedule will be a bit different because of testing, but you are absolutely welcome to come at your regular time and help us with writing.) 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...

January 11, 2020 Read more