September 13, 2019: A day of school surprises!

Our morning message from today 🙂

September 13, 2019

Good morning, Beginners. Today is Friday. We have a b-b-busy day! I have 3 big surprises!

  1. Bus ride
  2. 3rd grade readers
  3. Picnic lunch

Love, Mrs. Kimmons

Surprise #1 was the grand finale to our Bb week. Mr. Mike was eagerly waiting for Beginners to join him for a spin around the parking lot in our super awesome Summit Bus! We buckled out seatbelts and sang merrily along while making observations about what we could see out the bus windows. Beginners were so funny to chant to Mr. Mike, “One more time!” as we took our trips around and around. This is such a fun memory and Beginners can look forward to riding the bus a lot more in Kindergarten!

Surprise #2 was welcoming our 3rd grade friends into our classroom for reading buddy time. The 3rd graders have been practicing the Curious George books from our author study of Margret & H.A. Rey. This morning they came down to enjoy read aloud time with a Beginner buddy. It is so awesome to see these Raven relationships being built. Beginners were thrilled to meet their new friends and of course enjoyed the stories about our curious monkey friend. We plan to continue the partnership with 3rd grade throughout the year!

Surprise #3 was the awesome family picnic celebrating our school. Thank you to everyone that was able to join us for lunch and playtime. We so appreciate your flexibility and helpfulness! Of course, your support of our school is truly appreciated!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you have 3 surprises at school today?
  • Did you get to go on the Summit Bus?!
    • Who did you sit by? What did you see out the window?
    • Did you sing Wheels on the Bus for Mr. Mike?
  • Tell me about your 3rd grade reading buddy!
    • Did you ask your buddy their name?
    • What happened to George in your story?
    • Are you excited to see your buddy again?
  • It was a beautiful day for a picnic! Did you enjoy eating outside with your friends?
    • Thank you for letting me join you!
    • What kind of ice cream treat did you have?
    • Was it fun to play on the playground?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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September 12, 2019: Super Silly in Beginners

“Bobo has a boo boo! Oh, no!” Beginners noticed first thing that our teddy bear friend, Bobo had a bandaid on his head! In the morning message friends were asked if they would like to be super silly and use our imagination to pretend that we had b-b-boo boos like Bobo! If you see a B bandaid on your Beginner you may get a silly little snicker about their pretend boo boo. We giggled throughout the day about this silly B activity. Some bandaids have already jumped off but some may still be on the silly Beginners at bath time tonight.

During morning exploration Beginners were very focussed on our table activities as well as our “I Can” centers. We are still working on gaining independence during exploration and choosing a just right activity when not working in small groups with Miss Haskins or Mrs. Kimmons. We used our fine motor skills to q-tip paint a juicy orange and also used our pincher fingers to make a beautiful bead bracelet. Both of these activities require following multi-step directions, a skill that we will continue working on throughout the school year. Our school day is filled with transitions, exploration, and movement through our school that require listening and following multi step directions. This is a great skill to practice with your Beginner at home and while you are out and about. Using body clues such as holding up a counting finger for each direction can assist your child in making the connection between what you are asking and the order in which it will take place.

Be sure to ask your Beginner about Movement with Miss Haskins and PreK today! We had balls balancing everywhere!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Do you have a silly Beginner boo boo today? 🙂 Did Bobo Bear also have a boo boo?
  • Can I see your beautiful bead bracelet?
  • Show me how you painted a juicy orange with a q-tip.
  • Can you sing the orange song for me?
  • Did you balance an entire plate of balls during Movement with PreK?
  • If today is Thursday, what will tomorrow be?
  • What is your favorite “I Can” center in the classroom?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Bb)
    • How do you write capital B? Straight line down, belly, belly.
    • What sound does Bb make?
    • Can you show me how to make sign language Bb?
  • What is the color of the week? (Orange)
    • Tell me 2 things that are orange.
  • What is the shape of the week? (Oval)
    • What is another fancy work for an oval? (Ellipse)
    • Can you show me how to draw an oval?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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September 11, 2019: Big Bouncy Balloons

Beginners were ready to start our late start day as soon as they entered our classroom this morning! Our exploration time was just a bit shorter but we still took time to have morning meeting and practice capital B on our big board. Beginners were excited to explore and paint with a big and little b-b-balloon! What does the balloon print look like? What is the easiest way to hold a balloon? How is the balloon different from a ball? Does the blue paint stick to the balloon? Be sure to check out our balloon paintings on the wall when you come back to school. After exploration we used our balloons to practice several gross motor skills. Beginners did great with the challenge of catching the balloon, tossing the balloon, hitting the balloon, and keeping the balloons from touching the ground. If you have any extra balloons at home this is a great family activity!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you paint with a balloon today? Was it easy or tricky to hold?
  • Did you explore in the bean bucket? How do the beans feel on your fingers?
  • How did you use the dot markers to complete the Bb maze with Miss Haskins? Did you have to look super carefully for Bb’s?
  • Tell me about recess today! Who did you play with? Did you pop bubbles with Mrs. Kimmons?
  • If today is Wednesday, what will tomorrow be?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Bb)
    • How do you write capital B? Straight line down, belly, belly.
    • What sound does Bb make?
    • Can you show me how to make sign language Bb?
  • What is the color of the week? (Orange)
    • Tell me 2 things that are orange.
  • What is the shape of the week? (Oval)
    • What is another fancy work for an oval? (Ellipse)
    • Can you show me how to draw an oval?

September 10, 2019: Going on a Bear Hunt!

“It’s a bear!”

Beginners went on a B-B-Bear hunt today! One of our favorite ways to learn is through song and one of our very favorite songs to sing is the Bear Hunt. This morning our song came to life in the Summit Backyard. 🙂 This call back song gives us the perfect opportunity to explore story sequencing and use words such as first, next, then, and last.

“We’re going on a bear hunt! Take pictures with my camera.”

“Walk down the road!”

“Climb up the tree! Then, climb down!”

“Row the boat across the river!”

“We’re coming to a cave. Tip toe inside. I see two eyes and a big furry body!”

“Run! It’s a bear!”

Don’t worry, it was just Mrs. Kimmons’s sweet bear friend, Bobo. 🙂 Beginners came rushing back to find our new friend and brought him inside to our classroom. We then made our own bear puppets that will be coming home today. Maybe your family can go on a bear hunt of your own!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you go no a bear hunt today? Did you find a bear?!
  • Tell me what happened first on your journey. What happened next? Then? How about last?
  • Did you run from the bear?
  • Did you get to meet Mrs. Kimmons’s sweet Bobo bear?
  • Let me see your new bear puppet. Could we hide your bear and go on a bear hunt as a family?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Bb)
    • How do you write capital B? Straight line down, belly, belly.
    • What sound does Bb make?
    • Can you show me how to make sign language Bb?
  • What is the color of the week? (Orange)
    • Tell me 2 things that are orange.
  • What is the shape of the week? (Oval)
    • What is another fancy work for an oval? (Ellipse)
    • Can you show me how to draw an oval?

Don’t forget! Our first Late Start of the school year is tomorrow!

Fun Zone will maintain the normal starting time of 7:30 a.m. and will be extended to 9:15 a.m., at which time students will join their teachers to begin their daily class routines. The official start time for the school day is 9:30 a.m. You are encouraged to drop off your child(ren) between 9:15-9:30 a.m., just prior to the start of classes. However, families who need to use Fun Zone from 8:30-9:15 a.m. may do so at no cost. 

September 9, 2019: Big B, Little b, B-B-B

Busy Beginner bees are growing and learning to start our week! Friends came in with big smiles ready for picture day and we gave our best “cheese” before we even started morning meeting. From there we moved onto the ABC rug to check out the ‘This Week’ bulletin board. Letter Bb, the color orange, and the oval shape were there to greet us! We reviewed Aa from last week and then explored the shape of Bb, the sound of Bb, and how to make the sign language B. Showing the sign language B and making the /b/ sound were the Beginner “ticket” to moving on to the rest of our morning. I hope that you will see and hear your Beginner practicing this repetition with you at home. We took a tour in our pretend b-b-boat to see all of the new I Can choices set up for the week. Friends can build with wood b-b-blocks, practice lacing with big b-b-beads, use wikki sticks to create shapes and letters, along with many other open choices. Our table exploration gave us time to dig for bears buried in bean buckets and also allowed us to make b-b-beautiful Bb bracelets!

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: True
    • Door Holder: Eleanor
    • Caboose: Wyatt
    • Attendance: Yousef
    • Calendar: Ari
    • Weather Person: Azura
    • Teacher Helper: Mila
  • What is the letter of the week? (Bb)
    • What sound does Bb make?
    • Can you show me how to make sign language Bb?
  • What is the color of the week? (Orange)
    • Tell me 2 things that are orange.
  • What is the shape of the week? (Oval)
    • What is another fancy work for an oval? (Ellipse)
    • Can you show me how to draw an oval?
  • Show me your picture smile!
  • Can I wear your beautiful Bb bracelet?
  • Tell me about Music today with Mr. Keech! What is your favorite song to sing?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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Upcoming Summit Service Project

During the week of September 9-13, students in grades three through five will be leading a service-learning project for the SPS Clothing Bank. Students and families can drop off clothing donations in The Summit lobby anytime during the week.
 
The Springfield Council (all Springfield Public Schools PTA units combined) of PTA’s operates the Clothing Bank. It is staffed entirely by volunteers and stocked solely through donations. They serve any Springfield Public School student, who qualifies for free or reduced lunch from pre-K through High School.
 
They can use clothing in sizes 3T through adult for pre-school age children, in the Early Childhood Education schools, through high school students. They deeply appreciate donations of GENTLY USED or LIKE NEW items: shirts, shorts, pants, jackets, winter coats, dresses, pajamas, shoes or accessories, backpacks, and handbags. Items must be without stains, holes, tears or excessive wear. They always need BRAND NEW, in the package, socks and underwear, especially packages of 5 or more. They cannot accept bedding, furniture or household items (due to a lack of space).

September 6, 2019: Alligator Chomp

Alligator chomp! Alligator chomp! Let’s all do the alligator chomp! We ended our week of Aa exploration by making our own tiny chomping alligators with clothespins. One of the greatest joys of exploring in Beginners is that we are able to use simple tools to make a big impact. Clothespins help us strengthen our hand/finger muscles, give us a fun way to practice letter Aa, and help us use our imagination. Beginners made sure that their alligators had delicious Aa apples for a snack and then we sang along to a fun new song. We took a couple of minutes to look at our class blog and friends were so excited to see their pictures on our website! I want Beginners to know that their family is getting to see all of the exciting things we are doing at school each day. We hope that you will enjoy the alligator chomp song at home with your Beginner!

Topics To Chat About:

    • Do you have new alligator pets?! Do they like to eat Aa apples?
    • Show me with sign language how to make an Aa.
    • Can you tell me the 2 sounds of Aa?
    • Let’s do the alligator chomp song together! Did you notice the chomping patterns?
    • If today is Friday, what day is tomorrow?
    • Do you have school on Saturday?
    • Today is the 17th day of school. Can we clap our hands and count to 17?
    • Did you use scissors to cut playdoh during exploration?

Have a good weekend!

See you on Monday!

September 5, 2019: Swirly Circle Snakes

Today Beginner friends got to use their super circle skills to make a new friend! During morning exploration friends drew big circles, little circles, lots of circles on a big paper plate. They made predictions on what we might be using our plate to create. How could we turn this circle plate into something new and different? We had to be very quiet to meet our new Beginner friend, Sid the Silly Circle Snake. 🙂 But, Sid needed some friends! Beginners were ready for the job even though it took some very tricky swirly cutting skills. Great job!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you color circles on a big paper plate?
  • What did you turn your paper plate into? Let me see your circle snake!
  • Do we have more paper plates at home that we could make a family of circle snakes?
  • Was it tricky cutting your circle snake? Did you practice open/shut….open/shut?
  • Did you help Mrs. Kimmons count the days of school with the building blocks? (Today is the 16th day of school!)
  • Show me how you practiced writing Aa on the whiteboards. Did you use a stinky smelly sock to erase?
  • What was the weather like today? Is it still hot and sunny?
  • Did you count and sort with the colored bears today?
  • What is the letter of the week? (Aa)
    • What 2 sounds does Aa make? /a/ ax, /a/ acorn
    • Can you show me how to make Aa in sign language?
  • What is the color of the week? (Red)
    • Can you sing the R-E-D song for me?
  • What is the shape of the week? (Circle)
    • Use your super spy eyes! Do you see a circle anywhere around you?

September 4, 2019: What did you learn about today?

Beginner friends continued the exploration of our letter, shape, and color of the week. We are establishing routines and finding numerous times throughout the day to reinforce these concepts. Walking down the hall, transitioning between activities, and playing on the playground are all small opportunities to revisit our classroom goals. Today, friends are coming home with their very own Aa book to read with you. Please encourage your Beginner to practice holding the book, turning the pages, and pointing to the words as they read with you. For an extra challenge you can ask your Beginner if Aa makes the short /a/ (apple) or long /a/ (apron) sound.

This morning we had our first school wide Fire Drill. Beginners did great evacuating our school when they heard the alarm and saw the lights flashing. Be sure to ask them about this adventure and what they did to stay safe.

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you have a Fire Drill today? Tell me what you did when you heard the alarm go off and saw the lights flashing.
  • Tell me about the water beads during exploration. Did you use the pinchers to grab letters from the bucket?
  • Let me see your Aa book! Let’s read it together.
  • What is the letter of the week? (Aa)
    • What 2 sounds does Aa make? /a/ ax, /a/ acorn
    • Can you show me how to make Aa in sign language?
  • What is the color of the week? (Red)
    • Can you sing the R-E-D song for me?
  • What is the shape of the week? (Circle)
    • Use your super spy eyes! Do you see a circle anywhere around you?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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September 3, 2019: Letter, color, shape of the week

Welcome back to school for an awesome week! Beginners noticed on our “This Week” board that we are officially beginning our letter, color, and shape of the week explorations! Throughout the year we will spotlight a particular letter, color, and shape each week. This exploration of our spotlight topics will coincide with the science and social studies topics that we are already working on. Our focus will be on recognizing our spotlight topics, practicing correct formation, listening to letter sounds, and making connections between these foundational skills and our lives outside of school. Through hands on centers and small group activities Beginners have been challenged to have their super spy eyes on to look for Aa, circles, and anything red throughout the week!

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Wyatt
    • Caboose: Eleanor
    • Door Holder: Yousef
    • Attendance: Ari
    • Calendar: Azura
    • Weather Person: Mila
    • Teacher Helper: True
  • What is the letter of the week? (Aa)
    • Can you show me how to make Aa in sign language?
  • What is the color of the week? (Red)
    • Look around – do you see anything red right now?
  • What is the shape of the week? (Circle)
    • Can you show me how to make a big circle, a medium circle, and a tiny circle with your finger?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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