Wow everyone, we have come a long way. We have been through a lot, learned a lot, and have grown together. Though the year took an unexpected turn, we stayed connected. Even through isolation, we were together. Today, we celebrated that the best way we could. You have learned so much in kindergarten, students! Everything you learned in our class, you will get to use forever to make our world community that much brighter. It was a privilege to be your kindergarten teacher. Please come visit me again when you're in first grade! For now, have an amazing and productive summer! Keep practicing what you've learned!
Students last week got to go to the Soledad High School FFA farm and learn about the different animals that are taken care of there. They got used to the smells and sounds that come from a working farm. High school students did a great job explaining the different animals. Thank you so much to our many chaperones that volunteered to walk us over! Your help was certainly appreciated!
Two weeks ago, Mr. Bullock's sixth grade class visited our class for an arrangement we have made: Reading buddies! Every week, the sixth graders will be visiting our class and pair up with the kindergarteners to build confidence and give one-on-one attention for reading fluency. They will be teaching them to read through sight word instruction. Students that are able to read all of their sight words will be part of an ice cream party. And teams that meet their goals will get to earn prizes and treats! Thank you sixth graders for helping our students!
Today we celebrated the 100th day of kindergarten. It was a busy day, with Student of the Month also being on this day. Our students enjoyed reaching this milestone and experiencing the number 100 in its different forms. They even got to "taste" the number 100 in making a necklace with 100 cereal loops!
Wow, what a crazy Friday! Students not only started off the day with saying, "TGIF!" but Student of the Month assemblies, Crazy Hair Day, the last day before Fall Vacation, and pizza at the end of the day made this day extra special. Here are some of the photos of the crazy hair that we found!
Kindergarten learning cannot progress forward until we know how to write our names on our assignments! Students have been working the past week or more on holding their pencils, crayons, and writing their names. Today, we built up those fine motor skills that we need to hold a pencil with appropriate grip by tearing little pieces of paper to write our names with. This was certainly messy, but it was even more fun and worth it! Some even had time to write last names! Please come visit to see your child's handiwork.
What a day! Our students had, arguably, the most fun in kindergarten today learning and experiencing the Monterey Zoo (where the "wild things" are). The experience will be serve as information that students will be able to write about later. It was humorous to see students pointing out things on the road that they surely have seen before but that take on new interest when traveling with the class on a bus! (i.e. McDonald's and teacher's favorite, Starbucks).
Afterwards, students got to let their energy get out like animals themselves playing at Tatum's Garden!😂
I know that not everyone that wanted to volunteer had the chance to today. The parents were chosen at random, but I wanted to make it up to you. I took pictures of as many children as I could so you could feel the experience with your child as well! Thank you for your continued support, your donations, your understanding when mistakes happen, and everything!
Our students are now 100 days smarter! Today, we completed 100 days of kindergarten, and to celebrate, we had various activities involving the exploration of the number 100. This culminated in counting 100 fruit loops to make a necklace. Most of these didn't make it home but, rather, in stomachs! Here's to 80 more days of school before it starts over again!
Students in kindergarten must be able to "participate in...conversations with diverse partners...in large groups," "follow agreed-upon rules for discussions," and ask and answer questions." (CCSS SL.k.1, 1a, 3) To this end, some participated in an adorable share and tell. Though this was an informal arrangement, the participants took it upon themselves to bring something to share without reminders. Kudos to them!
We had many events go on today. Students got to go to the Roar Store, listen to Show and Tell, and watch a movie with the wonderful eats and drinks you helped provide (and thank you so much for doing so!). This celebrates the half-year of learning and progress your children have made. I look forward to a half a year more!
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