This week we focused on the vowel O.
*children practiced the formation of the capital letter O and lowercase small o - with and without lines.
*The poem Oliver Ox focused on the short o sounds as in not and on sight words: COME and TO
*Children listened for /o/ in the beginning and end of words. We played movement games to represent the location of the /o/ sound in words.
*Sound by Sound blending - we segmented and blended short o words together
*We discussed the long o sound.
*Next week we will learn about the short o word families
*Children listed o words in their Alphabet booklets
*Children practiced editing - by making corrections in modeled writing. Corrections included: spacing, using lowercase letters, punctuation, attention to placement of letters on the lines provided.
*Last week, we reflected on our Kindergarten Hopes and Dreams from early in the year and revisited these goals. Children wrote goals for 2016.
*children wrote about their weekend news
*In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. We read MARTIN'S BIG WORDS by Doreen Rappaport. In journals, children wrote about BIG words, inspirational people, or anything else that they were inspired to write.
Finishing up Chapter 6
*Compare and order groups of 20
*Count and write numerals up to 20
*Guess my Number Game - children were given a description of the mystery number. It is greater than/more than 8 and less than 16. They then created an arch to display the span of numbers which were possible guesses for the mystery number. This is a great activity to try at home to practice number sense.
*Continued practice with ten frames and numbers up to 20:
Using ten frames to represent and count numbers
A ten frame is a graph with ten spaces. Children fill the spaces with chips in the frame in a specific order to recognize the amount of items at a glance. When the ten frame is full the children recognize quickly that there is 10. As we have worked with numbers above 10 and incorporated 2 ten frames, children are able to recognize that a full ten frame and a second ten frame with 4 is fourteen. They can recognize that a full ten frame represents 10 and can count on to 14 with the 4 chips in the second ten frame are able to count on from 10 saying 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. They also make the connection that 14 is 10 and 4 more. Check the photos page out for more photos of these activities.
Children met with Constellation groups on Monday. Ask your child what they did during this time. As a class, we share our constellation experiences with each other. There is always a variety of experiences.
We baked cupcakes in honor of another kindergarten birthday. Happy Birthday!
Mr. McKinley, treated us to some music this week. He played his electric guitar and showed us how he uses a loop to create music in layers. It was such a treat. Thank you, Mr. McKinley.