Hooray for the first full week of school!! Everyone did a great job learning and growing with their friends. We celebrated the special feast day of Saint Cornelius. The class discussed how our school was named after such a special saint. We learned fun facts like that Saint Cornelius was from Rome, he was the pope for two years, he is the patron saint of people with hearing loss and his special day is September 16th. We looked on the globe to see how far away Rome was and that it was in the country of Italy. They saw that Italy was shaped like a boot.
In Math we continued working on sorting objects with a focus on identifying things by their shape and size. The class also learned the four part process for solving problems in Math. At the end of the week we had our first test on Chapter 1. The children did a great job paying attention and following along with the questions.
The children continue to amaze us everyday with their love of learning. We continued working on more of our uppercase and lowercase letters from E - K and we practiced putting the word "I" into sentences. The class worked with letters A, B and C to practice the sounds made by each letter and discuss things they know that start with those letters and sounds. They are working hard on identifying beginning sounds in words.
Our reading story for the week was "What Makes a Family". In the story the class saw that all families are special and all families are not the same size and can have different people in them. God made each family and loves each one the same. We talked about who was in each of their families and some of the favorite things they do together.
We started our first Science lesson this week. To begin we learned what a scientist does and the steps they take to complete an experiment. The class conducted their own experiment to see if they could make "Scratch and Sniff " paint.
We incorporated our Science lesson into our Art project by using the new paint along with regular paint to make self portraits.
Once again we were able to celebrate a special birthday ... Happy Birthday to Gianna Hill.
Welcome back from the extended holiday weekend. The children jumped right back into learning. They had a busy week going to "Specials" for the first time and using more of their new books.
In Math we reviewed counting to 20 and worked on 1:1 relationship. To integrate the lessons we used our names to chart "How Many". The children had to know how many letters were in their own name to add to the chart, They practiced working with a ten frame. They started identifying objects that were the same, alike and different and also separating objects by color.
In Religion we are practicing the proper way to make the sign of the cross and how to always be respectful and reverent as we pray. We honored Mary by celebrating her birthday. We are practicing the Hail Mary in class.
On September 11 we celebrated "Patriot Day". The class talked about the heroes and helpers that serve us everyday. They listed those people that help them in our community. The class chose either policemen, firemen or soldiers and wrote them a letter of thanks for all they do to keep us safe. They also made a ribbon to celebrate the heroes.
We practiced more letter strokes and worked on writing letters A-D in both upper and lower case.
We worked on the sound that "T" makes and everyone gave a word for our list that starts with "T". They worked on the first six sight words and are excited about practicing them everyday at home. Journal entries have begun so there should be some great stories by the end of the year.
In Social Studies we read the "Pledge of Allegiance" book and talked about what each line of the pledge meant. We looked at the flag and learned why there were 50 stars and 13 stripes on the flag. The class looked at a map of the United States and we started to list the states they know. We will continue to add to the list as the year progresses.
The class celebrated three more birthdays this week and loved all the treats! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Andrew, Austin and Claire.
The books we read this week were "Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom". "Everyone Matters" and "A New Bear at School".
Congratulations on a successful first week in Kindergarten. The children did a wonderful job settling in and making new friends. We spent some time reviewing Pre-K work and dusting off the cobwebs of summer. To practice we made scissor salad(fine motor cutting skill) that was used to make their names in bright colors(fine motor skills). The class is very eager to learn new things and the year ahead should open so much more knowledge into their world.
We learned and practiced the classroom rules each day and have already made great progress. The importance of following directions and listening were a main focus for the week. We practiced moving during centers so everyone knew where and how the transitions would happen. The class listened to" Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and had to properly color the animals that were mentioned to reinforce their listening skills.
In Language Arts we got off to a great start practicing proper strokes when forming letters and focused on writing our names. The class went on a scavenger hunt to find the letters in their name and we practiced remembering when to use uppercase vs lowercase letters. Our rainbow art gave a chance for everyone to get to know each other.
Since God has sent each of the students to us and made them all unique, we discussed how our names are unique to each of us and how God knows and calls us each by name. We reviewed and said a special prayer thanking God for our summer adventures and asking for his guidance in the upcoming year.
We celebrated our first Birthday on Thursday....HAPPY BIRTHDAY RILEY. The class enjoyed a special treat and sang to celebrate Riley's special day.
The books we read were "First Day Jitters", "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and "Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten."