Wednesday, August 16, 2017

So excited about our first day!!! Don't forget about the "Boo- Hoo Breakfast!"

Friday, April 7, 2017


What?            BEU Kindergarten End of Year Picnic
When?            May 25th (Last Day of School) @ 10:00
                        *this is an early dismissal day at 12:50
Where?          BEU cafeteria & BEU playground

Why?               Celebrating the last day of Kindergarten

Teachers will share a slideshow in the cafeteria and then there will be a picnic lunch (school sack lunch or lunch brought from home) on the playground! 

Due to limited space, please limit your guests to just immediate family members.

More specific info. will be sent home soon!

Kindergarten Teachers 
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We have had the best week after coming back from Spring Break.  These kids look more and more like 1st graders every day.  I can't believe that we are down to 34 more days of school.  We have so much to do!!!  Please be sure to read all of this post because I am including a bunch of important dates that you will want to mark down in your calendars.

Our book clubs have been meeting every day and it is so wonderful to see the progress being made.  We have been reading non-fiction books and working on pointing one-to-one, using the picture to help us figure out difficult words, getting our mouth ready for beginning sounds of challenging or new words, identifying sight words within our books and retelling the book.  I hope you are also seeing the progress at home as well.  When the students aren't reading with me they are working through 2-3 literacy centers each day.  Here is a list of our literacy centers and what they do at each one:

MyOn:  students listen to stories on the computer.  They can follow along with the highlighted text.  There is a variety of genres to choose from
*MyOn is something your child can access at home at well
(just google MyOn)
Fundations Practice: students use magnetic board with letters to read, create and write sight words
Puzzles:  students can work on a variety of puzzles, including ABC practice.   This station will be switching to something more challenging soon. 
ST Math:  students play math "games" that allow them to think flexibly and problem solve through a variety of math problems on the computer/ipad (math comprehension)
Read to Someone:  students read to a partner something from their book box, including the book that they are practicing with Book Clubs
Read to Self: students read independently from their book box books practicing the strategies from Book Clubs
Fix and Mix: students pick a sight word card and have to create the word with magnetic letters and read it and write the word
Stamps:  students make sight words with stamps
Practice:  students complete a practice worksheet.  This week we are working on "e" CVC words (ex. hen, pen, get)
Osmo Words:  This is another ipad practice game that works on beginning sounds of words and then progressing to full words- the kids really like this station and it's great practice 
Write Around the Room: students get a clipboard and paper and write words they see around the room and then read some of what they found to me

So, as you can see, we are pretty busy during our reading time!!!

We are just finishing up our first teacher-led informational piece on monarch butterflies.  We are making sure to include a cover with a title and author, an introduction, 3 important facts, labels (diagrams), page numbers and a conclusion.   

Today the students used "Pebble Go" on the ipads to explore the many, many, many options for their next informational piece on an animal.  Next week they will narrow down their ideas to just one.   This piece will be more of an independent writing with less teacher support and more student choices.  I've seen so much enthusiasm with this unit of writing.  I can't wait to share these with you!  

This week we reviewed composing numbers to 10 and next week we will focus on composing numbers to 20!  They are getting very quick with those quick 10 facts!  

Math Practice in the car:
-count as high as you can
-skip-count by 10's, 5's, 2's
-addition facts to 10 
-"I'm thinking of a number..."
-"I'm thinking of a shape..."

Service Learning Project- "Building Habitats in Columbia for Monarch Butterflies"
We have combined our Service Learning Project with our non-fiction unit. We've been reading books, watching videos, and writing what we know about Monarch Butterflies.  We got so excited to see Monarch Butterflies fluttering about BEU back in Summer and Spring and wanted to know more about them.

Our hope with our Service Learning Project is to attract more Monarchs to our BEU community!  Ask your little butterfly expert what they know about Monarch Butterflies!

We are collecting pennies in our classroom to help with the costs of materials needed to complete our project!  It's so exciting to see the kiddos bring in their spare change for such a great cause!


Week of 4/10   Kindergarten takes the STAR test (reading comprehension computer assessment)
4/12     Mrs. Croom has 1/2 day sub
4/12     PTA Meeting (6:30)
4/13     Mrs. Croom has full day sub 
4/29     BEU Big Top Circus 
4/20     Kindergarten Music Program (6:30)
4/21     Intruder/ Modified Lockdown drill 
4/26     Field Trip to the Rock Bridge High School Planetarium 
5/1       Field Trip to MU Campus (Service Learning Project)
(more info. coming soon)
5/5       Drop Everything and Read Day
5/8       Last Kindergarten STAR test
5/10     PTA Meeting (6:30)
5/22     BEU Field Day (more info. to come)
5/22     Kindergarten Slideshow and Picnic Lunch (10:00)

-remember to fill out your monthy reading calendar for April
-check weekly updates (I did do one this week)
-be sure to check out the Sign-Up Genius for our Service Learning Project

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Room 301 has done it once again!!!!  We met our Class DoJo goal and we are having a... 

Hawaii Party!
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We made grass skirts to wear tomorrow... Students are encouraged to wear either a floral shirt or a bright colored shirt and bring sunglasses, flip-flops and a towel for "beach time".  

We will also be watching Lilo and Stitch... 1/2 in the morning and 1/2 in the afternoon.   

What a great way to kick off SPRING BREAK!!!!


Sunday, March 12, 2017

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                                       Week of March 13

After Kindergarten Registration last week, I was reminded of just how little our guys were when they first started in the Fall. They have come so far!  They are now readers, writers and more importantly...friends.  Here's what is happening in room 301.

Students are really getting the hang of CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words and continue to work on blends (ex. "st") digraphs (ex."sh").  Last week we started to look at long vowel sounds by adding "e" to words (ex. can- cane).  

I have been trying to meet with each group every day or at least 3 times a week.  We've really been working on identifying and reading our sight words, using pictures to help with reading the text and pointing one-to-one.  Since our focus has been non-fiction in reading and writing, our book club books are also non-fiction.   The books that we read together stay in their book bins so they can practice during "Read to Self".  
We also have a different system for literacy centers.   Ask your child about their favorite center.  I am so proud of the progress they have made with their stamina.  

We have been reading non-fiction books, with an emphasis on text features.  We have talked about titles, table of contents, bold words, headings, photographs and captions.  This week I am going to model how to research an animal.  We will read books and watch videos to learn new information.  I will model how to pick the most important information and take notes.  Next, students will pick an animal they want to know more about and do similar research.  

We have been composing and decomposing numbers.  I was so impressed with the flexibility in working with numbers.   Ask your child about the bunk bed math we did last week!

I am looking forward to a fabulous week!   We might even get a special visit from a lucky leprechaun on Friday... don't forget to wear your green!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

We are looking forward to sharing our Personal Narrative Writing at our "Brown Bag Lunch" on Tuesday, January 31st at our regular lunch time (11:00-11:00).   We will be eating lunch in our classroom.   

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Don't forget... we are celebrating our 100th day of school this Thursday, February 2.  Please have your child count out their 100 items to bring into school by Thursday.  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Good Evening!

This is one of my favorite times of the school year!   No matter what grades I've taught, January and February are such a transitional time and I love seeing the huge learning growth spurt.   Kindergarten is by far my favorite grade so far because these kiddos have gone from "how to sit on the carpet and stand in line" to "writing stories with a main idea and details."   It blows my mind!  

I can't believe that we will be celebrating our 100th day of school on February 2.  In addition to that, our 2nd Trimester Conferences are coming up in a few weeks as well.   This next month is very busy at BEU so I thought I would share what's going on in the next few weeks!


Friday, 1/27   "Career Day"-  Dress up as what you want to be when you grow up!
Monday, 1/30   Steam Bus visits Kindergarten
Tuesday, 1/31   Happy Birthday!   Beulah Ralph would have been 90 years old.   BEU is celebrating with an assembly, a special visit from her daughter, Monica Naylor, and cupcakes!
Tuesday, 1/31  "Brown Bag Lunch"- you are invited to join us for lunch in our classroom and enjoy your child's first Personal Narrative piece of writing.  
*PLEASE CHECK FOLDERS TOMORROW for more specific information... there is a form that will need to be filled out and returned by Friday (yes... a two day turnaround...sorry). 
Thursday, 2/2   100th Day of School! LOTS OF FUN ALL DAY!
Friday, 2/3  Parent/Teacher Conference letters are sent home
Friday, 2/3   "Neon and Bright Day"- wear the brightest colors you can find to celebrate being POSITIVE BEU students.   

Wednesday, 2/8   PTA meeting (6:30)
Friday, 2/10   "Puzzle Day"  to celebrate being BEU Problem Solvers
Monday, 2/13 Conferences
Tuesday, 2/14   Valentines Day Party-  We will be making Valentine Bags in the classroom (more info. to come).
*please have Valentines already filled out and ready to go 
*list will be sent home in Friday Folders :)
Thursday, 2/16   Conferences



If you have any questions or something doesn't seem right, please let me know.