Kindergarten, Room 1
Mrs. Wilson's Bumblebee Class
Hello! Scroll down for a list for some of the awesome apps we use on our tablets during the one day a week 15-20 minute small group iPad time!
Our day starts at 7:55 a.m. and ends at 11:15 a.m.Breakfast is served at 7:30. Please do not leave your sweet child before 7:30 (if they are having breakfast) or before 7:45 (The kindergarten gate opens at 7:45)
Mark Your Calendar
Tuesday, February 12th – Jump Rope for Heart – everyone jumps!
February 18 – 22 President’s Week – No School
Our 100th Day of School is this Friday – Feb. 1st!
This is a cause for a great celebration! Please be sure to send your January Family Project of 100 objects this week.
Your child will have an opportunity to talk about their poster in front of the class as part of their speaking and listening grade. We would love, love, love to have extra help on this very fun day!
We will be exchanging valentines on Thursday, February 14. Watch for more info and a class list so your child can address and sign cards for the class, if you would like to participate.
We won the attendance award for the best attendance last week! Thank you for bringing your students here everyday on time. Every minute counts!
Heart Heroes Challenge
Every year, our awesome PE teacher gives Coyle Kids the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children born with heart disease. Please see the flyer that accompanies this newsletter and consider how you can help with this worthy cause. We will be jumping for the cause on Tuesday, February 12th.
We call Thursdays Flip Flop Day because our 3 classes are altogether in the A.M. 3 classes share 2 rooms plus the library. Below is our travel schedule in case you need to find us. Volunteers are especially appreciated on this day!
7:55 – 8:10: Room 1
8:10 – 9:00: Room K2
9:00 – 9:40: Library
9:50 – 10:10: Recess on the K playground
10:10 – 11:15: Room 1
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.
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)
Montessori Crosswords (excellent!)
Montessori Numbers (math)
Teach Me Kindergarten
Wheels on the Bus
Word Wagon (great!)
Writing Wizard (good for fine motor, too)
This year, instead of traditional parent teacher conferences, we will have Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT), which is a more effective model for developing parent-teacher partnerships to better support your student’s learning. This is our 3rd year with APTT and we are very excited due to the amazing growth we saw last year with the families who participated.
With our APTT model we will be meeting four times a year; this includes three team meetings where all the families in each class will meet together plus one 30-minute individual meeting (parent/teacher conference in November)
Our first meeting was Tuesday, Sept 4
Meeting times for kindergarten are 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. Childcare is available for children 3 years old and up.
This year, I am trying something new to make communication easy-breezy. Thank you to those who have already joined our Coyle Kindergarten group. There are 2 ways to receive messages right on your phone:
- On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to this link:
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- To get text notifications:
Text the message
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(931) 463-3723 We can do it!
Thank you for the very incredible 100 Day of School 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/VolunteersIn 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. WilsonLooking 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 more, less, 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.
Successful Practice: Constructive CollaborationConstructive 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/RespectNovember 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 firstname.lastname@example.orgForever young,Mrs. Wilson