Sunday, October 1, 2017

October 1, 2017
I hope you all had a chance to get out and enjoy this beautiful weather.   This post is going to include a lot of information about what's happening in room 301 as well as reminders and upcoming events!

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Fundations letter names and sounds: 
 "i", "u" (this is the first intro. lesson on vowels)
Students are really applying their fundations sounds to their reading and writing. 
*the Fundations ABC chart was sent home earlier in the year.  This is a great resource and practice.  Let me know if you need another one.  Students can also use the ABC chart towards their reading minutes.  Below is a video that shows the "letter, picture, sound" structure that we also use in the classroom.   In the next few weeks, your child should be able to do the entire ABC chart independently.


Sight words:  Me, I, like

Our "Daily 5" reading station are up and running in full force!  Working on our reading stamina has paid off.   Students are able to be engaged in a single station for 12 minutes, which means that they are able to move through 5 stations each day.   I am very pleased with how smooth their transitions are from one station to the next.   This allows for so much more learning to happen.  Eventually, I will be pulling small groups to work with , but in the meantime, I move from station to station to support students. 

Here are the 5 stations:
1) Osmo (ipad game where students physically manipulate letter tiles to form beginning sounds)
2) Read to Self-  students read books and ABC charts from their book tubs and can check out a new book from our classroom library at this time
3) PebbleGo/Epic- students use ipad to listen to stories
*this week students will begin to set up their own EPIC library of books (this is something your should be able to have access to at home as well)
4)  ABC Work- we have only done puzzles so far but we will be adding more to reinforce letter ID and Sight Words. 
5) Independent Practice Station- worksheets or other practice to reinforce what we are learning

This week we will:
-examine, describe and compare a variety of triangles
-make number boards to reinforce our counting skills, focusing on the "one more" counting pattern
-use concrete, nonverbal experiences to develop understanding or addition and subtraction
-determine the number of objects in a set when one object is added. 

Students continue to build their writing folders.   It's really awesome to see their stories come to life on their paper.   We started with drawing a picture to tell a story and now we are beginning to add letter sounds and words to our stories.   Last week we spent time sharing our stories and being a good listener while our partner shares.   We will continue to work on good partnerships as this was a bit tough for us last week. 

This week we are going to add words and labels to our writing, emphasizing the "stretching" of out our of words to hear the sounds of letters to write down.   We are also going to continue working on adding detail to our drawings and sharing with partners. 

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LIBRARY CHECK-OUT IS EVERY WEDNESDAY- PLEASE REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR BOOK TO SCHOOL WITH YOUR CHILD THAT DAY  (if you forget... it's o.k... return the book the next day and your child can check out then)

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PICTURE DAY IS TUESDAY!!!!!! If you do not have an order form, please let me know ASAP so I can send one home.   You can also order online.   Every child will get their picture taken. 

*you will notice that I included your child's number of absences on the weekly update checklist.  This is just FYI and also a simple reminder that unless your child is sick or has a scheduled appointment, we really want them to be a school.

This Week's Calendar:

Monday, October 2-  Dental Clinic (only for those that filled out permission form at beginning of school year)

Tuesday, October 3-  School Picture Day

Friday, October 6-  PTA Movie Night (Food trucks at 5:30 and Movie at 7:00)
                                  Newsletter in Friday Folders

Weekly Updates will be filled out weekly with comments bi-weekly (unless needed otherwise)
On the weeks without comments, a newsletter will be sent home. 

Click on the link below to sign up to be a "Mystery Reader":

Sunday, September 10, 2017

September 10

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend.   I didn't do too much... I worked in my front flower garden and went for a run with my son.  We are both training for the Rock Bridge Revenge (we are doing the 7 mile trail run).

Letters of the week:  t, f, b
(Be looking for info/practice packet in Friday Folder this week)

Math Focus:  counting sets of objects to 5 and writing numbers the kindergarten way

Reading:   Book handling skills, using pictures to tell a story, reading repetitive books using one-to-one correspondence

Writing:  t, f, b practice, creating class books about our color words, on-going practice of writing our name the kindergarten way, practicing proper pencil grasp ("pinch, pinch, table")

-weekly updates will be sent home for the first time September 22 (these are the behavior/work habit checklists)
-monthly reading logs are due at the end of the month
-"At-Home" Math is optional but is a great connection to what we are doing in the classroom (these will be sent home in Friday Folders as needed)
-if you would like to donate extra classroom snacks, we would greatly appreciate it!!!!!

I will be sending out a sign-up genius sometime this week... this will be a chance for you to sign-up for a time to come in the classroom as a "MysteryReader."  

Here's how it work:
- sign-up (times are 10:15-10:35)
- text/email me 3 clues about you the day before you visit
- select 1-2 favorite books to read to the class
-come to the classroom at your scheduled time
-15 min to read
- get a quick pic with the class


Friday, September 1, 2017


Happy September and Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Thanks so much to all of the families that came out to "Get the Scoop Night."  I really enjoyed hear you share more about your child.   I feel like I'm really getting to know each and every one of them.

We spent our first ten days focusing on routine, expectations and community building adn now our day is finally starting to look like a typical kindergarten day with routines that will remain mostly consistent through the remainder of the year.  


Carpet Time:   We are now keeping track of weather for the month and thinking about numbers as tens and ones as we count the days we've been in school

Fundations:   As I mentioned Thursday night, our focus right now is pencil grasp.  Next week we will begin letter formation.

*****be looking for (optional) writing practice for home in next week's Friday Folder along with information that will help in using the same language we use in the classroom.

Reading:  We are beginning to build our classroom reading folders with ABC charts, color poems and a book called "Red."   In addition, we have been practicing how to get our book boxes and go to our spots and read independently.  We will continue to build our reading stamina a little each day!

High-Frequency Words this week:     a   is   the
These were words that we saw repeatedly in our poems and "Red" book.   We will continue to work on these words next week.
*I would suggest writing these words on notecards or post-its and hanging them on the fridge or mirror or wall OR just make flashcards and add to it as new words are introduced.
*keep in mind that not only do the kiddos need to read them, they will also need to write them by the end of the year.

Writing:  We started our writing journal and already have 2 science entries, observations of Paco the bunny and geckos.  I can really tell that the boys and girls are using what they already know about letter sounds to write down their thinking.

Math:  We compared different lengths of paper strips and tried to find matching partners in room, emphasizing our new vocabulary.   We also did our first Math Rotation which focused on shapes.  I am amazed at how quickly they catch on to new routines.

math words:  length, longer, shorter, square, triangle, trapezoid, rhombus, hexagon

*I hope you find time to enjoy the "Math at Home"--- I think your kids will enjoy the activities and become more aware of the math that is around us!

Behavior:  We are having some difficulty at recess and sometimes in the classroom with keeping our hands to ourselves.   The students have been playing games such as Tag, Hide and Seek, and "Zombie." and students are being pushed down or getting overwhelmed, which turns hands on others.  We have a 0 Tolerance for this now and if students are caught pushing or kicking other students (intentionally), they will be asked to walk the class line and then I will process with them and send them back to play.  Our goal to keep your kids happy and safe.   We would appreciate it if you would please remind your child to play safe games and keep hands to self :)

I hope you have a wonderful weekend....
Your teacher is very tired and needs to sleep so important dates will be blogged some time this weekend :)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18th

We are off to a great start in room 301.  We have spent the last two days getting to know one another and becoming familiar with classroom routines and BEU expectations.   The beginning of kindergarten is very busy.   We are learning how to sit on our carpet square, raise our hand before sharing, explore choices for center time, line up in line order, walk on the brown line in the hall, allow others to speak (without "crashing words"), go down the slide, wait our turn to swing, clean up, push chairs in, keep hands to ourselves, keep feet to ourselves...

I am amazed at how quickly these kiddos are adjusting to our classroom.   This is a wonderful group and I can already tell that it is going to be an amazing year!

The kids seem super excited about the Total Eclipse- I hope you have some time over the weekend to read the book together that they worked on today.   I have some fun activities planned for Monday as well as the days to follow after.   Today we had an all school practice and the students did a great job of practicing using their glasses.   I feel like we are well-prepared for Monday.

We will continue to build community and practice routines next week!  

I hope you enjoy the pictures from the last two days!   Enjoy your weekend!


-please send your child with a blanket AND a flashlight on Monday for the Eclipse and other activities
-water bottles are always welcome in the classroom
-weekly updates will begin next Friday (directions will be sent home for how to access)

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