A cold week!

Brrrr! What a cold week! It looks like the sun is making an appearance today and hopefully will continue in the coming weeks. We’ve completed another week in kindergarten. And can you believe we only have 6 weeks left? At this point in kindergarten we are able to take on more complicated tasks and this week we especially enjoyed working together in small groups to plan and create posters during escritura. Check out the pictures below and be sure to read about it.

 

  Important Dates:

April 29 – Field Trip to Civic Theatre and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible….

May 7 – Spring Program at Sunshine Church

May 15 – Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

Looking Ahead: 2015-2016 GRCS Calendar

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This week our sight words were abajo and ayudar. We focused on “ll” and “y” syllables – these are hard to tell apart! We also worked hard on using only Spanish. We getting more comfortable every day expressing our needs, asking questions and telling our stories in Spanish.

This week in writing we continued writing about protecting our environment. This inspired several kindergarteners to clean up trash during their recesses! We also worked together in our table groups to focus on one issue and each table created a poster to encourage others to protect the environment. We will display these in the hallway next week.

In Math, we are finishing up a long unit of reinforcement of basic concepts we have learned this year. We have taken a closer look at parts of 10, numbers to 20, teen number patterns, simple addition and subtraction problems and math stories. We will take a short test next week to show all we have learned.

This week in Bible we continued to read about Jesus’ ministry. We heard stories about how Jesus traveled and talked to people, sharing the good news and changing their hearts. We enjoyed the stories of Nicodemus and Zacchaeus who came to believe in Jesus when they heard his message.

We are enjoying some new “pets” in our room – caterpillars! We have already seen them grow bigger and fatter over the week and we are looking forward to seeing them make chrysalises and transform into Painted Lady butterflies.

Enjoying the sun

We’ve had a great week back from Spring Break. We really enjoyed our Adios, Inglés fiesta. Thank you to all the parents who came to celebrate with us. We have been trying our hardest to speak only in Spanish when in the classroom and the kids have done a great job. They know a lot more Spanish than they realize, they just need a little push to realize it! It’s a great challenge and a great way for them to get a feel for what it will be like in first grade and beyond when the Spanish expectations are higher.

Check out more pictures on the Photos page.

 

  Important Dates:

April 21 – On The Border Give Back Day for Spanish Immersion Program

May 7 – Spring Program at Sunshine Church

May 15 – Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

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This week our sight words were tomar and tengo. We are continuing to review tricky syllables and enjoying our literacy time engaged in many different reading activities. The children are enjoying this time more and more as they are able to read many books and feel more and more confident!

This week in writing we turned our attention to writing to help our environment. We are now crafting opinion pieces that ask people to pick up trash, use less water, recycle more, etc. this is an theme that the kids have been excited about and they have many ideas about how they can help our environment and bring about change.

In Math, we have talked about the concept of mayor (more than) and menor (less than). We have also been manipulating groups of objects to make them more, less or equal to each other. As we play with numbers in this way we are building number sense and increasing our understanding of how numbers work and how we can manipulate them.

This week in Bible we read stories about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. We heard about his baptism, choosing his disciples and how Jesus loves and blesses children. These stories are easy for the kindergarteners to relate to and they enjoyed sharing stories about baptisms they have witnessed and ways that they follow Jesus just like the disciples.

Happy Spring Break!

We had a wonderful chance to celebrate Easter as a school community today and worship our God. You may see a sticker on your child’s shirt reminding them of the message of our chapel: Jesús es mi Salvador (Jesus is my Rescuer). I hope you and your family enjoy a happy and blessed Easter together and a restful Spring Break.

After Spring Break we will be saying “Adiós Inglés.” We would like to celebrate this along with Srta. Weingarden’s class with a big fiesta. Please check out our sign-up sheet if you would like to help us with this event.

A big thank you to all of our Mystery Readers in March! This was a huge hit with the kids and they looked forward to guessing who was coming every time.

 

  Important Dates:

April 3-10 – Spring Break

April 14 – Adiós Inglés, 11:45am

May 7 – Spring Program, Save the Date!

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

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This week we spent time reviewing all of our sight words and syllables up to this point. We are becoming great readers and we enjoy our reading time – many children ask if they can pull out their book boxes during other times of the day. This love of reading is wonderful! Please help us continue that momentum at home and take a few minutes to hear your child read.

This week in writing we worked on making our persuasive letters the best they can be by using nice words, giving lots of reasons, telling short stories to make a point and writing in our own fix-it ideas. It is such fun to read through these and see how far the children have come in their writing skills this year.

In Math, we have continued to find the missing part and also have been looking at sets of numbers to determine which is mayor, menor, or igual (more, less, equal).

This week in Bible we focused on the events of Jesus’ death and Resurrection. We had many opportunities to sing praise songs as a class and enjoyed practicing telling the story to each other because we know it so well.

Feeling appreciated

First off, a big thank you from Sra. VanderMeer and I for all of your kindness and appreciation this week! It is such a blessing to work in a school community of people who truly care about one another. Along with the blessing of being with your children on a daily basis we are blessed with wonderful parent and family support as well as a great PTO. Thank you!!

And thank you again for your support of Market Day last week. Our school raised over $10,000 for organizations in Ethiopia and Ghana.

A few reminders as we come to the end of March (can you believe it?!):

~This is the last month for Book-It. Please turn in your forms for a pizza coupon next week.

~Monday is a Box Tops collection day. Our class could use some more tops!

~After Spring Break we will be saying “Adiós Inglés.” We would like to celebrate this along with Srta. Weingarden’s class with a big fiesta. Please check out our sign-up sheet if you would like to help us with this event.

  Important Dates:

April 2 – Easter Chapel, 8:25

April 3-10 – Spring Break

April 14 – Adiós Inglés, 11:45am

May 7 – Spring Program, Save the Date!

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

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This week our sight words were “él” (he) and “no.” We continued to work on some tricky Spanish sounds like “h” (silent) and “j” (“h” as in “house”). We often get these mixed up when we read! We are also looking forward to our “Adiós, Inglés” party after Spring Break. See above for more details.

During writing time we continue to work on our persuasive pieces. This week we took a closer look at letter writing and came up with come strategies to make our writing convincing. We can use polite words like “gracias” and “por favor,” give lots of reasons why we think things should change, and share a short story that helps prove our point. I apologize if you hear some convincing arguments for staying up late or extra screen time at home!

In Math, we have been breaking numbers into parts and looking for “missing parts.” We have told more and more number stories (great for math concepts and Spanish vocabulary building!) and are hard at work on our number scrolls trying to see how high of numbers we can write.

This week in Bible we began to hear about the events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. We began with the celebrations of Palm Sunday, washing the feet and the Last Supper. As we talk about these stories as a class it is wonderful to hear the children explain why Jesus died and how he saved us. Their humble faith and understanding is heartwarming to witness.

Happy Spring!

Today was the first official day of spring! It’s great to see the snow melting away and be able to wear less clothes to play outside. We have been enjoying our outdoor time this week even though we have had some cooler days.

Today we also enjoyed visiting the Market. We were proud to sell our tortillas and excited to see all the amazing things that other kids and classes had put together. What a great community building event and fundraiser! Thank you to all the parents who participated and especially those that helped bring a group of kindergarteners through the Market.

 Spotlight on: Working with iPads (Trabaja en la computadora)

During this time, students have the opportunity to use various games and programs on the iPads. Working in pairs, students build Spanish vocabulary and reading skills through all-Spanish apps and have the chance to practice their own Spanish. It is during this time that students have been recording their math stories (using the app educreations). Sometimes, they have the chance to read and listen to books and magazines in Spanish that give them instant feedback on their developing language concepts. In addition, the skills used on the iPads are foundational to the work they will later undertake as technology is integrated more in the upper grades. This is definitely a favorite activity for most students!

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 Important Dates:

March 25 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham

April 2 – Easter Chapel, 8:25

April 3-10 – Spring Break

May 7 – Spring Program, Save the Date!

June 2 – All day trip to Critter Barn, Save the Date!

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This week our sight words were “ella” (she) and “todos” (all/everyone). We have also been working very hard to use as much Spanish as possible. During our literacy time, we have told the “story of our day” by sitting and circle and having each kindergartener add one sentence to a story about what we did that day. As we work towards using more and more Spanish in the classroom we look forward to saying “Adiós ingles” and having a big party to celebrate. Stay tuned for more details…

In Writing we continued working on our persuasive writing. We also reviewed some strategies for sounding out words – we can stretch the sounds, listen for vowels, use the word wall or look around the classroom. We also talked about asking friends for a word in Spanish “¿Cómo se dice…?” before asking the teacher. It’s amazing how much Spanish we know if we just take a minute to stop and think!

In Math, we worked on writing our numbers from 1-100. Some students enjoyed this activity so much that they continued on and have been writing numbers as high as they can to create a giant number scroll. We have also been trying to find the missing part in equations (i.e, 10 = 4 + ?) You can also see a few more of our math stories by clicking on a student’s name: Lydia, Akaela (check out last week’s post for more).

This week in Bible we read about Jonah and the big fish. We even learned a new Spanish song to accompany the story. Ask if you can hear it at home.

Signs of Spring

How wonderful to see the sun this week and feel some warmer temperatures. I know that outdoor is coming home a little wet this week but we are enjoying our outside time more and more! Please keep sending in coats, hats and mittens as it is not quite warm enough to go without – though the kindergarteners would like to!

Market Day is next Friday! We could still use some help with our own classroom project.

~If you have a tortilla press at home that you are willing to lend us for a day that would be greatly appreciated!

~We also really need a few parents to help us in actually making the tortillas on Wednesday, March 18 from about 1-2pm. Please let me know if you are interested.

~We will visit the Market as a class from 11:15-11:45 on Friday, March 20 and encourage parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc to join us either at that time or another time during the day. The Market will be open from 8am-4pm.

 

Spotlight on: Listen to Reading (Escucha la lectura)

Listening to reading provides a long-recognized list of benefits of providing a reading model, conditioning a child’s brain to associate reading with pleasure, exposing students to a variety of books and genres, creating background knowledge, stimulating students’ imaginations, stretching students’ attention spans, building vocabulary, improving listening comprehension, and establishing the reading- writing connection. In the Spanish Immersion setting it is especially helpful for the students to have the opportunity to hear other native speakers and listening to books read aloud helps them to grow their vocabulary and acquire new words in a way that is fun and engaging. I highly encourage parents to invest in books on CD in Spanish that children can listen to at home – though this should never fully replace the interactive reading time they should spend with mom and dad.

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 Important Dates:

March 18 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Who-Hair Day

Making Tortillas 1:00-2:00pm

March 20 – Market Day, 8am-4pm (we will visit at 11:15am)

March 25 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham

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This week our sight words were “bien” (good) and “dijo” (he/she said). We reviewed syllables beginning with “h. ” We sometimes confuse the “c” “h” and “ch” – these can be tricky! For a refresher: the “c” sounds like a hard /k/ in the syllables “ca, co, cu” and a soft “s” in the syllables “ce, ci.” The “h” is always silent and the “ch” is just like the English “ch” in “cheese.”

In Writing we began a new unit about writing to make change. We thought about problems within our own school and how we might address them. This has led us to begin making signs, writing letters and making up songs to talk about how we could fix problems like running in the hall, climbing up the slides, shouting in the classroom, etc. We really enjoyed listening to Reducir, Reutilizar y Reciclar on YouTube and trying our hand at making similar songs to bring about change.

In Math, we worked on manipulating the number 10 by breaking it into parts and writing sums of 10 + some more. You can also see more of our math stories by clicking on a student’s name: Piper, Maddox, Liah, Caleb, Whit, Evan, Josephine, Mackay, Will y Zuly (check out last week’s post for more).

This week in Bible we heard one more of Elisha’s miracles and began talking about one of Israel’s faithful kings, King Hezekiah. From King Hezekiah we learned that we must always be faithful to God and that we should come to him first with our concerns.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss

What a fun week we had kicking off Reading Month this week. We enjoyed hearing Mystery Readers from our school and guessing who it might be and we enjoyed our first classroom Mystery Reader today, thank you Mrs. DeBlecourt! If you would still like to sign up please check here. We will continue to celebrate all month long with Wacky Wednesdays (see schedule below) and more mystery readers in our classroom.

Market Day is coming soon! We are very excited to be supporting ministries in Ethiopia and Ghana and our classroom will join with other students and classrooms in creating goods to sell during the Market. We will make homemade corn tortillas. There are a few ways you can help us:

~If you have a tortilla press at home that you are willing to lend us for a day that would be greatly appreciated!

~We could also use a few parents to help us in actually making the tortillas on Wednesday, March 18 from about 1-2pm. Please let me know if you are interested.

~We will visit the Market as a class from 11:15-11:45 on Friday, March 20 and encourage parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc to join us either at that time or another time during the day. The Market will be open from 8am-4pm.

***We are still in desperate need of help for New2You Volunteers to support the immersion program. Please take a look here.***

 

Spotlight on: Read to Others (Lee con alguien)

 During this component of our literacy time, students have the opportunity to read to another classmate. They take turns reading from their own book box or reading a new book from a friend’s box. This time gives them a chance to read aloud and hear their own voice – an important task that helps them build fluency and expression. Oral reading also helps increase reader involvement and student’s attention to reading. Working with peers enhances collaboration skills within the classroom community.

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 Important Dates:

March 10 – Dine at Culver’s to support GRCES, 5-8pm

March 11 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Funky Feet day (socks or slippers)

March 18 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Who-Hair Day

March 20 – Market Day, 8am-4pm

March 25 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham

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This week our sight words were “jugar” (to play) and “hacer” (to do/make). We reviewed syllables beginning with “ll” and “ñ” – some of our trickier sounds! We also enjoyed reading many books by Dr. Seuss and learning a little about his life. On Friday, we wrote about our favorite Dr. Seuss book and made a “Cat in the Hat” hat. If you get a chance, you can stop by and see these up in the hallway.

In Math, we began a new unit and new focus on telling and retelling number stories. Some children had the chance already this week to create their own math stories on an iPad. More will do this next week, but for now you can see what we’ve done so far by clicking on a student’s name: Ellie, Stella, Will y Zuly, Violet, Stella y Sylvia, Henry y Evan, Sylvia, Zuly, Becket, Jonas

This week in Bible we began to hear about Elisha and how he continued Elijah’s work.