Thursday, January 19, 2017

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REMINDER:   Tomorrow is our BEU COLOR and HAT SPIRIT DAY.   Our class is wearing GREEN!   Challenge your child to go in their closets and dressers to find as much green to wear from head to toe (hats can be whatever color they want).

Can't wait to share photos tomorrow!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Happy 2017!!!

Let me start by saying "Thank You" for your thoughtful words and gifts before we left for holiday break. It was so much fun to see all the goodies when I got home.  Please know how very special you all are to me and how thankful I am to have you and your child in my life.   

Croom Kindergarten is already off to a wonderful start and was able to jump right back into routine! This is such a fresh start and the students have shown me that they are ready to shoot for the stars. Here is what's going on in room 301.

Fundations (letter and word work)
We are finished with lower-case formation of letters and are now working with forming upper-case letters the "kindergarten way."  I would encourage your child to continue practicing writing their lower-case letters at home.

Reminders for forming letters:  there are no letters that begin on the "grass line", pencil should not lift off the paper except for a few letters (f, i, j, t, x, y), pencil grasp is "pinch, pinch, table"

We have moved from identifying beginning and ending sounds in words to "tapping out" letters in consonant/vowel/consonant words and "stretching out" longer words in order to put our words down on paper.  In addition, we also will be working with rhyming words and "Sight Words".  

We spent the first three days back reviewing expectations for read-to-self and read to someone. The boys and girls did such an awesome job, we were able to start meeting with small groups in preparation for Book Clubs.  Our focus during these meetings will be to practice book handling skills, take "book walks", make predictions, read on-level texts and retell.  The books used in book clubs will become familiar texts to practice during read-to-self and read-to-someone.

We are getting better and better at counting and identifying numbers to 100 and are ready to move on to our next unit, "Measurement".   We will continue to collect, count and compare objects, as well as, measure items with non-standard forms of measurement (ex. cubes, sticks, body benchmarks).  On Friday, students found things in the classroom to measure with cubes and compared the lengths to others' items.  This week we will be describing objects by more than one attribute and comparing by length.  Have your child find different ways to measure at home (ex. cooking is such a great way to discuss and explore measurement).

Narrative Writing (stories about our own lives) will be our focus for the next several weeks.  Students are already able to come up with an idea to write about but now we will be adding more details to those ideas.  There will be a final piece that we will be celebrating at our next conference.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

December 4, 2016 
As I mentioned at conferences, I plan on using this blog more often to share reminders, announcements, what we are learning, and how you can help out at home.

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If you haven't been in our room lately, you need to swing by and check out our new comfy spots.  Thank you so much for supporting our "Donors Choose."

This week we will continue to work on counting, reading and writing "Teen Numbers."  It is VERY typical for kindergarten to reverse teen numbers.   We talk about how numbers have real names and nicknames.   For example, 17's "nickname" is seventeen and it's "real name" is 10 and 7 (1 ten and 7 ones).   Next week we will study all numbers to 100.  Students will not only count by ones, but also by 10's.   

AT- HOME PRACTICE:   write numbers 0-20 (reinforcing correct directionality), count by 10's to 100, play board games (ex. Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, Candy Land) to practice one-one correspondence, counting objects and comparing quantities

Last week Nurse Kristen came in and talked to the class about GERMS.  Each of the students got "fake germs" on their hands, placed them under a black light and were amazed to see how many germs were on their hands.   Those invisible, bad, bad, germs were everywhere.   Students practiced washing their hands and then double-checked to make sure all of the pretend germs were off.   
This week, we will continue to work on learning more about germs!

We are learning about using our background knowledge to help us make predictions and understand what we read.  We use the pictures, title and words in the story to activate our "SCHEMA".  We are going to focus on using the "return sweep" when we read (when you read to the end of a line and sweep down to the next line).  We are also going to practice retelling stories in sequence.   

AT-HOME PRACTICE:  before reading a book, look at the cover and title and make a prediction of what you think the book will be about.   Make connections to self while reading at home.  After reading a book, have your child retell the story in order of events.

We are turning into quite the writers.  Students are using their letter sounds and stretching out words to help them write. They are also using a combination of drawings, dictating, and writing to narrate a single event.   

AT-HOME PRACTICE:  continue to work on all sounds and practice spelling the "Sight Words" that were sent home in Friday Folders.   

The next blog will be information regarding our "Christmas Around the World" FUN!!!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thanks to an anonymous donor, "Comfy Kinders" is only $104 away from reaching our goal!!!!  We thank you (whoever you are)!!!

Check out our donors page if your interested in helping out!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Update on our "Comfy Kinders" Project:

Hi Families, 
I want to make sure our students have the comfy classroom setting to enhance their learning, so I created a request for my classroom at
Our project is halfway to being completed and needs a little love. If you chip in to help my students, you'll get awesome photos and our heartfelt thanks.
Thanks so much,

check it out at:

P.S. If you know anyone who may want to help our classroom, please pass this along!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

I'm so glad to be back in the classroom...being sick is NO fun :(
It's crazy how much I miss these kiddos.   

I have so much to catch you up on and I apologize for taking so long in updating our blog.   

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1) Conferences are tomorrow (for most of you) somewhere in-between 3:30 and 8:00.   Please email/text me if you are unsure of your time.  These conferences are only 15 minutes and I really need to stay on time (I'm really just preaching to myself) because I have 15 in a row.  Whew!!!  
Thank you so much for being flexible with switching days and times.
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2) BEU flu shot clinic is tomorrow for students who returned their form. 

3) There is NO SCHOOL on this Friday, November 11, due to conferences.   
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4) Monday we are honoring our veterans and grandparents/special friend day.  
-we will have an assembly in the gym from 9:00-9:00, then you are invited to our classroom for a special performance from our kindergarten class.   
-If you have not RSVP'ed for this special day, please return you for to let me know so we can be prepared for our number of guests.  
-If you have a family member that has served or is currently serving in the armed forces, we would love to recognize and honor them on our BEU Veteran's Wall.  There was a form sent home to fill out and add a picture.   If you need another one, please let me know.  We will still have time to hang them up Monday morning.  
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5) Picture re-takes is on Tuesday, November 15

I look forward to seeing you all at conferences!!!  Thanks!