- Please refer to the email about Jolly Phonics and Handwriting Without Tears and the upcoming homework that will be coming home with the students.
- I have added "resources" tab to the top of the blog that will include links to both of the websites for you to use at home if needed. It also includes downloadable charts to help with the actions and the writing of the letters (I will also send home a hard copy as well)
- This week we started playing games on ABCya! The students loved them and they are great games for teaching and reviewing many letter and number concepts. If you are interested in playing them at home the link is: http://www.abcya.com/kindergarten_computers.htm
Monday in literacy we continued to practice our identification of upper and lower case letters. We played a whole class game of "I have who has" (each student has a card with 2 letters on it and they read it and say, for example, "I have A, who has F?" and another student responds). This was also great practice of our communication skills including asking and answering questions and participating in collaborative conversation. We have also played this game with numbers.
In math we did the shape letter activity again to continue practicing our geometry and letter recognition skills... and because the students love it!
We all took turns coming up and saying what we can read and adding it to our collage. We then sorted labels and logos on the Promethean Board.
It is so important that the students feel confident about their reading abilities before we really jump in to it.
This was the perfect way to show that they ALL can already read :)
The 3 centers were a upper and lower case matching puzzle, Popcorn game (pulling out a letter and reading it), and using the magnetic letters to identify letters and create words. Many of the students spelled their names as you can see!
Friday in literacy we journaled. We are going to be doing journal writing once a week (on Fridays or Mondays) to focus on drawing, dictating, and writing to create a narrative piece. This week was a free write about whatever they wanted! Other times I may give them a topic or ask them to talk about their weekend. I will save all of these to show you at conferences.
Friday was also our first Mystery Reader!! Our first guest was Ms. Gistenson, who teaches bilingual Kindergarten in the room next to ours. She read us No David in English AND in Spanish! It was so much fun to hear one of our favorite stories in a new way.
That about wraps up our week.
Look out for videos and pictures of our Jolly Phonics and Handwriting work next week.