Mrs. White’s Kindergarten News – May 28, 2010
It’s that time of year . . . assessment time. For the past 2 weeks I have been assessing the students in the DRA – Developmental Reading Assessment. By the end of kindergarten all students should be able to read DRA Level 3. This year’s kindergarten students have done extremely well. I’m very proud of their progress. You will be able to see your child’s DRA level on his/her report card which goes home the last day of school.
On Monday Lily brought in a water bug and a caterpillar. She left these on the science table for us to observe. By Wednesday the caterpillar had made a cocoon. I hope we are in school when it hatches.
On Tuesday I attended a grade-level meeting with all kindergarten teachers from RSU #1. Mrs. Otis was in charge and the students were well behaved as usual.
In Literacy we continue to read frog stories – both fiction and nonfiction. (Ask your child if they know the difference between these terms.) At shared reading (charts) we learned a song about money.
One penny is just a penny. Five pennies is a nickel.
Ten pennies is a dime. Twenty-five pennies is a quarter.
Fifty pennies is a half dollar. One hundred pennies is a dollar.
One dollar is what I’m saving in my piggy bank.
*Mrs. A.’s concept of the week – LEFT.
*The students made clocks which we’ll keep at school for a few lessons.
*The students used magnifying glasses to observe and draw displayed insects.
*Students played with the puppet theater.
*Students used the very hungry caterpillar to crawl through foam cut-outs of the foods from The Very Hungry Caterpillar book.
*The students read and discussed a Science Weekly about plants and living things.
Update on United States song:
(Row, row, row, your boat) Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont
Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Connecticut, New York, New Jersey
Delaware and Maryland
Virginia, West Virginia
North Carolina, South Carolina
Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, all in a row
Michigan and Wisconsin, but that’s not all we know.
(Yankee Doodle) Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas
Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia
Don’t forget about Florida
Don’t forget Hawaii
These are the United States and we all think they’re great!
Chant: North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas
Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico . . .
With the hot weather I hope you are gearing up for the summer months. You will have the little darlings in just 12 ½ more school days. I hope you can set time aside Monday – Friday or every other day for reading or writing. These babies aren’t babies anymore. They are independent and capable of having a silent reading, writing, or rest time when you need a break. Make it a part of their routine. They’ve worked so hard for me all year long and should continue to do so for you over the summer.
As we are near the end of the year, please check your house for any of the following: overdue library books, classroom books in Ziploc bags, a small plastic baby from the dollhouse (2 inches), Fisher Price farm animals – chicken and horse. Thanks for looking around. Have a nice long weekend.