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    aris.wilson@sanjuan.edu 

     Mrs. Wilson's Bumblebee Class

     Yay! You found me. You are amazing! 

    What a crazy good and goofy year we had in 2019-2020!

    Click below 

    Mrs. Wilson's Bumblebee Class 2019-2020

     once a bee always a bee

    Rule #1 for Everyone

    Be Kind

     Click on the link below for a reminder in kid language what we all need now.

    May 31, 2020 

    Kindness is a Muscle Music Video

     hearts

     

    Click on the link below to see our Shout Outs for May 15, 2020

    Shouts Outs!! May 15, 2020 

     

    Mrs. Wilson's Shout Outs  

     

    Please click on the Daily Lesson Ideas in the menu on the left to see online lessons every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

     

    See the Resource Links page on the left for links to Happy Numbers, Loving2read and Friday Zoom Meetings

     

    We all need to take care of ourselves during this crazy Pandemic stuff. If you need  help with emotional support for yourself or your kiddos, reach out to San Juan for help: Click on the link below for more information:

     

    A flier is available 

     

     

    Here is a new book, perfect for talking to kids about this very different season.

    Click on the link below for the Read Aloud  

    Even Heroes Feel Sad: Fighting the Coronavirus

     

     

    Page from Heroes Feel Sad

    aris.wilson@sanjuan.edu    

    Feel free to call or text me, during virtual office hours, as well. 

    Lessons are are located in the student portal for Distance Learning tasks in our Google Classroom: CC Kindergarten (look for the bicycle icon) Use your child's Google log-in and student password. 

    More tiles are available by going to Student Tab (at the bottom of the main page), go to the "Elementary" Tile.  We are set up with:

    Khan Academy Class code: NZCT4A8C

    Epic!: Brj5499

    Teach My Monster to Read:  Star Code 5600919

    Email me or text me if you need a password reminder

     

    For now, you have the option of using our webpage for daily lesson ideas and/or using our Google Classroom assignments, as well as, worksheets if you picked up a packet on April 15.  

    Just as there are many ways to learn, there are more options now than ever before: Explore, Discover, Do! 

     

     Go back to favorite links any time. For example:  Stories from Space, real astronauts reading books from the International Space Station. Here is the link:

    Stories from Space

    I think you will love it! 

     

    Keep doing what you are doing - visit the sites that you love the most often. Explore all of the possibilities and share what you like the best so I can pass it along to others. 

    Best News Ever!! 

    Best News Ever!! Sami Kader, yes, Sami of Sami's Circuit, is doing live broadcasts every weekday to motivate kids during their time away from school. The live broadcasts start at 1:00 pm and will continue until the end of the school year. This experience will motivate you to Never Give Up during these difficult times. 

    Go to: https://www.youtube.com/theRealSamiKader 

    Me and Louie are joining Sami in giving virtual high fives every day at 1:00. I hope you are watching too, telling your family, "You Got This!" 

    There are lots of additinal resources for parents and quardians who are looking for online activities to keep your child learning during this season:

    Go to sanjuan.edu   Click on Updates and Announcements

    Click on Free Online Enrichment Resources for families. There is a complete comprehensive list of online places you can use to help your child at home. 

    Remember that reading to your child is the best, easiest way to help them become successful readers. Plan to have a regular schedule that includes 

    scheduled brain breaks (Gonoodle is a great fun place for exercise) and online educational learning, with an adult near to read directions and guide. Explore the available resources and let me know via email or the Remind app to share what treasures you find so I can tell others. 

     

     Kindergarten

    We are a meal distribution site. You may come here to pick up a to-go meal that consists of a lunch and breakfast for the next morning each day from 11:30 to 12:30. No paperwork required, must be 18, parents may not get a meal if the child is not with them. 

      More Resources to Explore! 

    Be safe, take care! 

     

    Resources to Check Out:

    ReadWorks.org 

    https://brainpop.com

    www.scholastic.com/learnathome

    www.suessville.com

    www.abcya.com

    www.storylineonline.net 

    www.highlightskids.com

    www.funbrain.com

     

    Meanwhile, check out apps and the resources found in the resource tab on the left of this page.

    Also,  scroll down for a list for some of the awesome apps we used on our tablets during the one day a week 15-20 minute small group iPad time. Remember to limit screen time and make sure what your child is spending that time on what will help their brains grow. The apps below are terrific for extra practice for what they know and challenges for what they need to know. 

     aris.wilson@sanjuan.edu 

     

     

    Great Educational Apps for Kids 

    Remember to limit screen time to no more than 30 minutes per day – screen time includes tablets, phones, video games on the TV. 

    In Room 1, we use the following apps. Most are not the free version, as I have found that the free version is usually just a tease and a promotion for the full version – lots of limitations and pop-ups. However, most of the apps are very reasonable in cost - $1.00 to $10.00 with most falling somewhere in between that range. 

    ABC Circus 

    ABC Phonics  

    Bugs and Buttons (fine motor, eye hand coordination)

    ABC Magic Five (good for oral matching sounds) 

    Endless ABC (love this one!)      

    Find the Difference (fun visual noticings) 

    Kinder Town       

    Letter Quiz                                                                     

    Montessori Crosswords (excellent!) 

    Montessori Numbers (math) 

    Patterns 

    Reading Ninja 

    Reading Raven 

    Teach Me Kindergarten 

    Wheels on the Bus

    Word Wagon (great!)

    Writing Wizard (good for fine motor, too)

    Old News

    Family Projects:

     

    October Word Boxes

     Word boxes are super important as way to store and use the many word cards we will send home this year. A few minutes every day studying and playing word games is the key to successful reading. The words with stars on them will be the ones we assess for proficiency. The complete word list is available on our class webpage.

    Homework!

    Nearly every Friday I will send home a little taste of what we are doing each week in the form of a math or language arts page, along with flash cards of the new words as we learn them. This way, you are aware of what your child is learning and your child has the opportunity to practice what they are learning. Complete the homework together and return it to me for pink Pawsitives. Pawsitives are coupons that students earn to spend at our classroom Pawsitive store 3-4 times a year. You may return the foldout papermath  games with the completed review activities for Pawsitives, as well, or keep them to play at home. The only homework that I record for report cards is the Reading Log which is due at the end of every month. Thank you so much for all you do! 

     

    Scholastic Book Order Flyers!

    From time to time, we send home flyers for you to choose books for your child to build your home library. They are very inexpensive and very motivating for kids. The easiest way to order is online. See ordering information on the flyer for more details.  

    For many families, kindergarten is a child's first experience with school - very exciting! . Kids need 8-10 hours sleep to do their best thinking, handle upsets with grace, and minimize the grumpys. If you haven't already, start a regular routine of bath, book/s/, and bedtime to acquaint your child with the joy and wonder of reading.

     

    Did you know that our children may have breakfast before school beginning at 7:30 AND lunch after our day ends at 11:15? 

    Complete the Free and Reduced Price form included in the Back to School package. Much of our funding is based on the number of children who qualify for this discount. Even if you do not plan on taking advantage of this program now, you may wish to do so in the future. An online application is convenient, easy and confidential.  Please go to:  http://mealapps.sanjuan.edu   

    Thank you so much for sharing our vision and working with us to provide healthy meals for our awesome kindergarten kids! 

    Reading Logs/Family Projects/Volunteers 

    In October,  our family project is to make a book box for a safe place to keep the orange word cards. Kids who practice just a little each day become fluent readers. When your child has finished decorating a tissue box (or other appropriate box), send it to school so they can also share how they made it. (Speaking and Listening practice!) After they tell all about how they made it, they bring it back home along with a very cool bookmark. Speaking of reading:

     

     Reading Logs are due on the last Thursday of each month. Return the completed reading log. Don't forget to have your child sign their name along with your signature! As you read each book, it is your child's job to color in one of the little pictures on the front to document each book they read with you. This helps them be accountable.  Studies have proven that reading together regularly is the best way for your child to become a lifelong lover of reading. Please read with your child often.  Be sure to write the titles on the back.  This completed form will be the primary basis for your child’s report card homework grade.

     

    I am so thankful for all of the parents who are able to help us out each year. If you would like to join this amazing team, just let me know. We love extra hands and eyes! We need adult helpers each day from 8:20 to 9:45. Kids learn best in small focused groups. Your presence allows us do this and enables us do fun and interesting art and science projects, as well. Please let me know which day you can give either each week or every other week. Thank you!!!  

    See you soon! 

    Mrs. Wilson

     

     

     

    Looking ahead:

     EXPECTATIONS FOR THE END OF THE YEAR STANDARDS and some suggestions for ways you can help your child at home.

    Reading: To be ready for the rigor of 1st grade, your child must be able to recognize and write all 52 letters and know the sound of each. We teach the short vowel sound of a, e, i, o, and u ( /a/ as in apple, /e/ as in elephant, /i/ as in insect, /o/ as in octopus, /u/ as in under. We are working on our second word list (Yellow words) for a total (to date) of 30 words. Our goal is to teach 75 + words by the end of the year. Your child should also be able to decode (sound out) two and three letter words, recognize and reproduce rhyming words and be familiar with Concepts of Print. Pointing out individual letters, individual words, and individual sentences, knowing the direction to read, and tracking words by touching them as they read are important Concepts of Print skills. As you read together for the Monthly Reading Log, these happy habits help build your child’s reading fluency. Of course, the more words that your child has mastered, the more prepared he/she will be for rigorous reading next year.

    Writing: Encouraging your child to write daily will build his/her writing fluency. Your child should be able to neatly write her/his name using a capital letter at the beginning and the rest of the letters all lowercase with the letters starting at the top and ending at the bottom of a line unless a letter dips under the line like the lowercase letters y, j, p, g. Your child needs to be able to use the sound of letters to write words (invented spelling is ok – it indicates a solid letter/sound relationship). Lists, notes to grandparents, daily journals, etc., are great authentic ways to practice writing skills all year long.

    Math: Your child should be able to count out loud to 100 and count 30 objects. He/she needs to be able to write the numerals to 20 and recognize the numerals to 30. Skip counting by 5’s and 10’s to 100 will come in handy right away in 1st grade.  Adding and subtracting numbers below the number 10 with ease is another important math skill. Your child should be able to understand and use words like moreless, and equal to compare sets of numbers.  The ability to read a calendar, tell time on a clock to the hour, and know the days of the week are also important math skills.

    Sincerely,

     Mrs. Wilson

    aris.wilson@sanjuan.edu      

    Successful Practice: Constructive Collaboration 

    Constructive collaboration is working together. We do this when we turn to a partner to talk about a story, think deeper about a math question, and put heads together to build a puzzle or a project. People who collaborate become better thinkers because, as my mom always said, "Two heads are better than one!" 

     

    Successful Practice: Gratitude/Respect

    November is the month we celebrate gratitude but it is a quality we want to practice all year long. Gratitude is noticing and appreciating when people do things for us -big things and little things. It is appreciating the beauty and wonder around us, as well, as the people who help us and love us for who we are. We show respect for people who help us, teach us, and protect us. Respect is treating people the way we would like them to treat us. 

     

     

     

    Questions? Please email me at aris.wilson@sanjuan.edu

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Forever young,

    Mrs. Wilson

     

Last Modified on June 11, 2020