Friday, September 23, 2011

More Reading Centers

Yes, this is another post about our reading centers. I just had to tell you how amazing your children are at reading centers! We have added, read to someone, word work and listen to reading to our centers. They work so hard and are learning so much. Right now the class favorite is listen to reading. The kiddos are learning to use our mp3 players and absolutely love listening to stories.

The kiddos have 4 different basket to choose from. Inside each basket there are 3 books to listen too. They really like being able to choose which book to listen too and so far they can find them pretty easily on the mp3 player.

It is a little hard to tell in this picture but the screen shows a picture of the book. I love this, my old ones just said the name of the book and it was so hard for the kiddos to find the right one. I love technology!!

They are Loving it!! And so am I! They did two 15 minute rotations of centers today. That is AMAZING!! It is hard to believe we have only been coming for four weeks, they have changed so much!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Reading Centers

We have been working so hard this week! We have been working hard to learn our reading centers. Our reading centers are different learning areas the students go to to practice reading and writing skills. We have 5 different centers at this time. Our focus this week was read to self. At the read to self center students choose a book to read. We learned there are 3 ways to read a book; read the pictures, read the words and retell a story. Most kindergaten students are not ready to read the words, but they have learned that the pictures tell a lot of the story and that they can read the story by examining the pictures. They have also learned that even though they may not be able to read all the words they can look for words they know.

The first day we practiced read to self we only did it for 3 minutes. We have been practicing and building up our stanima all week and now we can read for 9 minutes! I am so proud of them!

Each day we go over what our Reading Centers will look like and sound like and then we practice. In a few weeks when we are done practing I will be able to use this time to work with small groups of kids on an individual basis. Here is a picture of our anchor chart that reminds us what we should be doing during centers.

Parents, I hope you find these posts helpful. I want for you to know what we are doing in the classroom and to be able to see all the fun we are having. Please feel free to comment. Let me know if there are specific things you would like me to blog about.

Friday, September 9, 2011

More School Rules and Routines

Can you believe we have finished our second week in kindergarten! Time goes by so quickly. These little kiddos are learning so quickly, they don't act like the same kids that came to school 2 weeks ago. We spent a lot of time this week talking about school rules and routines. We also introduced our behavior clip chart.

These are the kindergarten rules. All three teachers use them and so far they work great. They are positive so the students don't feel like there are a lot of things they can't do and they cover everything. The kiddos love showing me what kindergarteners do!

Our clipchart is working really well too. As I'm sure you can imagine, the kids love moving their clips to purple. I love that it is a behavior system that lets me focus on the positive and not just the negative. These little kiddos thrive on positive attention and praise.

We have also been doing a lot with names agian this week. Look at the cute Silly Sally book we made, base on the story Silly Sally, by Audrey Wood. We have some great artists in this class

Next we will be starting our color days. To review, and reinforce our colors. It will be a great week!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Week of School!

Yay! We made it through our first week of school! We had so much fun and are learning so much. A lot of our time has been spent learning rules and routines at school and in our classroom. We made an anchor chart of the things we need to do when we come inside in the morning. Please help your child remember to do these things each morning.

We have also been working very hard on recognizing and writing our names. Here is a picture of one of the name activities we did. We will continue doing name activities until we all recognize our own names and begin to recognize the names of our friends in our kindergarten class.

We were so busy this week I did not have time to take a lot of pictures! I will try to take more this week and post them as we continue to learn so many fun things.