Kindergarten with Mrs. Vaughn

Week 13- Veterans Day

This week our theme will be Veterans Day.  If you have a veteran in your family, please send in a photocopied picture.  The kids love to see all of the men and women who are celebrated on this important patriotic holiday.  It’s extra great if you add who they are and what branch of the military they have served in on the back. We will be using nonfiction books about Veterans Day to learn about the topic and the key details that informational books use to help us learn. We will also be...

November 11, 2019 Read more

Week 12- Pigs

This week we will be learning about pigs from a nonfiction text. We will use facts from this text to write a piece of informational writing. There are countless skills that go in to be a strong reader- one that can be difficult is “using text evidence”. We want readers to make connections and inferences based off of their own experiences, but we also need them to be able to refer to knowledge gained through others. We will also be reading an adaptation of the Three Little Pigs...

November 2, 2019 Read more

Week 11- Costumes

Our theme this week is Costumes. We will read the delightful book Harriet Gets Carried Away which features a girl who loves costumes. We will also be reading a nonfiction book about Halloween. We will be practicing our comprehension skills of making connections and predicting. We have two animal friends that help us remember to use these skills when reading- Text to Tiger reminds us to Make Connections. This includes connecting what we are currently reading to: * other texts we’ve...

October 26, 2019 Read more

Week 10- Goats

Our theme this week will be Goats. We will be adding another comprehension skill to our repertoire- retelling. This is a very important skill for students to develop.  We have some traffic light cues that help us remember to talk about the three parts of a story.      Green: Beginning- This is where we meet our character and get to know them a little bit. We also take note of the setting.      Yellow: Middle- This is where we often...

October 20, 2019 Read more

Week 9- Feelings

This week we will be focusing on feelings- those of our characters and ourselves. Handling big emotions is an important life skill. Noting the feeling of others- including the characters in books we read- helps us become better at recognizing them in ourselves. Identifying, discussing, and planning what to do when we feel a certain way, gives us more control over our emotions and choices. We will be reading the delightful book The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and The...

October 13, 2019 Read more

Week 8- Bats

This week’s learning will be centered on Bats. Our nonfiction text, Helpful Bats, will help us gather new information and explore how reading can stretch and sometimes change our previous thinking. While reading our fiction book, Stellaluna, we will be thinking about and connecting to our character’s feelings. This involves identifying feelings and thinking about the different experiences we have had with these feelings. We have a couple of delightful books, There’s a Bear on my...

October 6, 2019 Read more

Week 7- Pumpkins (Fiction and Nonfiction)

This week, our thematic focus will be pumpkins. We will continue exploring a topic through both fiction and nonfiction. We are revisiting many important concepts this week including: * fiction vs nonfiction * purpose * parts of the book and how they help us get ready for the book * author/illustrator * how characters are feeling throughout a story We begin the work of sharing our opinions in our writing by telling others activities we enjoy doing. In math, our focus is stretching to include...

September 29, 2019 Read more

Week 6- Seasons (Fall)

This week, much of our learning will center around the changing of the seasons. We will be examining fall leaves and using them as a topic for writing and to sort during math. We could use some more leaves to help ensure that our comparisons and observations will be detailed and rich. Time spent gathering counts as volunteer time. We also continue our focuses on letter names and sounds, as well as rhyming. We have some fun and valuable rhyming activities centered around the whimsical song Down...

September 21, 2019 Read more

Week 5: Apples (Fiction and Nonfiction)

This week we will be learning about apples through a nonfiction text as well as enjoying the story of 10 Red Apples (which has the delightful repeating phrase “fiddle-dee-fee” in it).  We will continue our exploration of fiction and nonfiction as types of text (this is an endeavor we continue throughout the year). We will also be examining how the different parts of the book (front cover, title page, and back cover) help us get our brains ready for what we are going to be reading. We will...

September 13, 2019 Read more

Week 4- Bears (Fiction and Non Fiction)

This week we will be enjoying the story Bear Snores On, as well as reading a nonfiction book about bears. With this week’s theme, we jump into an important concept, distinguishing between fiction and nonfiction. Students will be learning about how works of fiction are stories that are made up and works of nonfiction teach us real information and facts. You can reinforce these concepts when reading with your child by having them identify what they are reading using these terms and having...

September 8, 2019 Read more