What’s coming up for March 2nd – 6th?
Monday – DAY 2 – Art & Library (bring books and bag)
Tuesday – DAY 3 – PE and World Language
Wednesday – DAY 4 – Music and World Language
Thursday – DAY 5 – PE and World Language
Friday – DAY 6 – Music
*Please note that there is no school on Monday, March 9th (Women’s Day) and Tuesday, March 10th (staff PD)
KGA Learning News
In literacy, the students have been working on their Kevin Henkes inspired stories. Students have chosen main character(s), settings and problem/solutions for their stories. They have planned out their beginning, middle and endings for their stories and have begun putting their ideas into book form. Students are VERY motivated to write. Some of our goals and objectives during Writing Workshop time are:
- building stamina (writing with focus for longer periods of time)
- capturing more sounds in the words
- putting finger spaces between words (Pointer Power)
- adding more details to our words and illustrations
- re-reading our writing to others
Students are asked to reflect on their writing every day. They each have individual goals to help them move forward with their writing skills and are able to speak to these goals during writing conferences with teachers. Ask your child, “What skills are you working on as a writer?”
Students look forward sharing their stories and goals with you are Student-Led Conferences!
In reading, we are building a “tool box of strategies” that readers use to read words. We have learned that readers constantly ask themselves, “Does it sound right? Does it look right? Does it make sense?”
Some of the reading strategies we are practicing and that you can practice at home are:
- Look at the pictures
- Get your mouth ready with the first sound (of a word)
- Recognize snap words
In Math, we have been focusing on solving math application problems (story problems) using both addition and subtraction within 10. Explaining and showing their thinking in more than one way: using manipulatives, writing number sentences (equations), writing word sentences, drawing pictures, using number bonds and ten frames are all different ways we can show our thinking.
We have been challenging our thinking by solving problems with multiple solutions as well!
You can try this application problem at home with your child:
Mrs. Garrett and Mrs. Wiese have 10 flowers. There are two different colors of flowers. What could their flowers look like.
Understanding the problem and making a mental image before solving is an important first step in solving any story problem!
During our Open Inquiry time, students are continuing various investigations. Some of the questions driving our on-going investigations are:
- What is life like in an African village?
- What is light? How do we use light?
- What makes an object sink or float?
- Where do our snails come from?
- What is sound? How do we use sound?
Ask your child, “What are you investigating?”
On Friday, students attended an assembly to learn more about the Russian cultural tradition of Maslenitsa. We then observed the burning of the effigy in the courtyard. Students all wrote wishes to include in the burning and enthusiastically said goodbye to winter!
A special thank you to all who helped support the Daisy Scouts in their Sock Drive. They surpassed their goal of 100 socks thanks to the support of our KG community!!
Upcoming Spirit Days!
New! March 14, Penguin Spirit Day (Wear Black and White)
New! March 20, Sports Jersey Day!