April 29, 2019: Monday!

Happy Monday! After today we only have 2 more Mondays together! We have officially declared ourselves letter experts and will be once again reviewing all of the letters and letter sounds. We are also going to be  putting on the final touches for our parent and grandparent celebrations next week. We are busy bees in Beginners! Be sure your calendar is marked to be here Monday, May 6th at 12:30 for our final Classroom Celebration! Also, if you have not already done so, make sure you fill out the Google form to let us know who will be visiting us next Tuesday, May 7th for Grandparents Day!

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Hudson
    • Door Holder: Olivia
    • Caboose: Jenson
    • Attendance: Juwairiah
    • Calendar: Leena
    • Weather: Vedanshi
    • Library: Ava
    • Teacher Helper: Eden
    • Vacation: Gunnar
  • Did you have a focus letter this week? (No, we are letter experts now!)
  • What is your favorite letter and what sound does it make?
  • Did you see Professor Powers for super science?
    • Tell me about the microscope!
    • What did you see on the slides?
  • Tell me about your finger painting!

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 25, 2019: Are You My Mother?

Today we continued our My Family exploration with a familiar story called Are You My Mother? This time our focus when reading was to think about all of the events that took place and the order they occurred. We practiced using sequence words such as first, next, then, and last. Beginners did a great job of “locking it up in their brain folder” each time we saw a new event or met a new character in the story. Then, after reading the story we put all of the events in order with practice manipulatives. Sequencing can be a challenging concept to grasp and I would encourage you to use these words with your Beginner whenever you can. They can be very helpful in giving any type of multi-step directions.

 

Exciting news!! Beginners got mail!! Be sure to ask your Beginner about our tiny mailbox that was full of 5 letters from Beginner families! You can see our special letters in the photo gallery below. We will continue checking our mailbox each and every day!

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Topics To Chat About:

  • Did you get any mail today?
  • Tell me about the story Are You My Mother?
    • Who were 3 characters in the story?
    • What happened at the beginning of the story? Middle? End?
    • Did the baby bird look like his mother?
    • Do all baby animals look like their parents?
  • Did you explore with Playdoh today?
  • Did you see your Raven Buddy today?
  • Tell me about the weather. Did you play outside at recess?
  • How did you bring joy to your friends today?
  • If today is Thursday, what will tomorrow be?
  • Will Mrs. Kimmons be at school tomorrow?

April 24, 2019: The joy of reading!

May your day be as joyful as ours! Today we just had to stop and enjoy a super silly story that Mrs. Kimmons has discovered. You may have heard of The Wonky Donkey. He is a very special and all out amazing character who’s story is filled with rhyming words, predictable patterns, and things that just make us giggle. Beginners discussed how books can bring so much joy to us as readers! We shared our silly story with our PreK friends and even had 3rd grade buddies come down to read with us.

Be sure to check out the video below of a sweet Grandma on the other side of the world who found joy in the same story!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did the Wonky Donkey make you laugh today? Did you hear rhyming words in the story?
    • Let me hear your best donkey “Hee Haw!”
  • What is a story at our house that makes us giggle? Let’s read it!
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Zz)
    • Show me what sound Zz makes.
    • Can you think of two words that begin with Zz?
  • Can you tell me the difference between a letter and a number?
    • Tell me 3 letters? How about 3 numbers?
  • How did you bring joy to your friends today?
  • If today is Wednesday, what will tomorrow be?
  • Did you sing a silly song about a donkey?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 23, 2019: We made it to Zz!

We are back up and running on our blog! 🙂 This week in Beginners we are excited to be finishing up our focus letter journey with letter Zz. We noticed that capital Z and lowercase z are very similar except that one starts at the sky and one starts at the fence. It’s been fun to practice “across, diagonal, across.” We have also been practicing the tickle sound Zz makes in words such as zebra, zoo, and zigzag. As you are reading books at home please help your Beginner to be on the lookout for Zz’s and any other familiar letters. We are letter experts now!

Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Jenson
    • Door Holder: Juwairiah
    • Caboose: Olivia
    • Attendance: Leena
    • Calendar: Vedanshi
    • Weather Person: Ava
    • Library: Eden
    • Teacher Helper: Gunnar
    • Vacation: Hudson
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Zz)
    • Show me what sound Zz makes.
    • Can you think of two words that begin with Zz?
  • Did you make a striped z-z-zebra today?
  • It was a beautiful day for recess. What did you play outside?
  • How did you bring joy to your friends today?
  • If today is Tuesday, what will tomorrow be?
  • Did you sing a silly song about a donkey?

 

April 11, 2019: My Family Book

Beginners are coming home with a special My Family book to read with you this evening. They enjoyed exploring and answering questions about the people that live in the house with them. Please take a few minutes to read through the book with your child. Next week we will broaden our exploration by thinking about family members that do not live in our house.

*Don’t forget to send in family address forms for our letter writing project by tomorrow!*

*See you in the morning for Muffins with Mom at 8:00am!*

Topics To Chat About:

  • Did all of the butterflies come out of their chrysalis today? Are you going to let them go in the backyard tomorrow?
  • Was the weather windy like yesterday?
  • Did Mrs. Kimmons give you an independent super challenge with numbers 1-10?
  • Show me how you can count forward to 20! How about backwards from 20?
  • Are you excited for Muffins with Mom tomorrow before school?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Xx)
    • What sound does X make?
      • /x/ x-ray
    • Show me how to write a capital X and lowercase x
  • Tell me how your family is the same or different than your friends.
  • Did you explore in the doll house today?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 10, 2019: The joy of exploration!

[What an amazing day at school! Beginners were thrilled to see the sun shining on our late start day and many of us were wearing our “short pants” 🙂 in anticipation of warm weather in The Summit Backyard. We could see the wind blowing the trees outside of our window and Mr. Mike warned Mrs. Kimmons to hang on to the Beginners so they didn’t fly away! What a super surprise we had at recess time when we were given kites to fly on this windy day! Beginners squealed with joy as we enjoyed the joy of exploration!

Pictures speak louder than words! 🙂

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April 9, 2019: I like to do many things with my family!

I love my family and we do so many things together! Today Beginners explored the question, “What do you like to do with your family?” Each day friends have so many stories to share about fun adventures that they have with their family outside of school. We read a story about Little Critter and how he helps his family around the house and also loves to play with his family. We noticed in our story that Critter is a big helper to his Mommy and Daddy. Beginners shared how they help in their house and were given a special challenge to ask you tonight how they could be even more of a family helper!

**Important Update: Be sure to ask your Beginner about our new butterfly friends!!**









Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about the Little Critter story you read. What are 2 things Little Critter did with his family?
  • What do you like to do with your family?
  • Did you give your grass friend a haircut today?
  • Tell me about the butterfly friends!
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Xx)
    • What sound does X make?
      • /x/ x-ray
    • Show me how to write a capital X and lowercase x
  • Tell me how your family is the same or different than your friends.
  • Did you explore in the doll house today?
  • What did you play outside at recess?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 8, 2019: My Family

This is my family. I love them so much! Today begins our final social studies exploration of the school year, My Family. From now until the end of the school year we will be exploring what it means to be a family, different members of the family, how some families are the same/different, the roles of family members, and what we love to do with our family. Beginners were thrilled to introduce their families to our class using the family pictures from home. We made our own family resources to hang on the wall and our family pictures are now proudly displayed in our explore center. Several friends stepped over to the shelf today to give their special photo a hug. 🙂









Topics To Chat About:

  • What is your class job this week?
    • Line Leader: Juwairiah
    • Door Holder: Vedanshi
    • Caboose: Leena
    • Calendar: Eden
    • Attendance: Ava
    • Weather: Gunnar
    • Library: Hudson
    • Teacher Helper: Jenson
    • Vacation: Olivia
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Xx)
    • What sound does X make?
      • /x/ x-ray
    • Show me how to write a capital X and lowercase x
  • Did you show your family picture to the class?
  • Tell me how your family is the same or different than your friends.
  • Did you explore in the doll house today?
  • What did you play outside at recess?
  • Tell me about your airplane that you made with Professor Powers!

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 5, 2019: We’ve gone to the chickens!

Cluck cluck! What a great Friday! We concluded our exploration of animal life cycles with a very special visitor. Today Beginners used books, resources, and clues from Mrs. Kimmons to explore the life cycle of a chicken. We compared and contrasted this cycle to the frog and butterfly we studied earlier in the week. After lunch Mr. Billy brought in a super special guest! Professor McGonagall is a Castillion Black Hen and is one of four chickens that lives in the Kimmons backyard. We were able to see a few eggs from Professor and Mr. Billy told us all about her life cycle and the different parts of her body. Beginners each go a chance to pet Professor and we loved having her as a part of our day!

Have a good weekend! Don’t forget to send in a framed family photo by Monday! 

Topics To Chat About:

  • Tell me about your special visitor! Did you get to meet a real chicken?
  • Tell me the 4 stages of the chicken life cycle.
    • Egg, hatchling, chick, adult chicken
  • Did you have any special teacher helpers today?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Ww)
    • What sound does W make?
      • /w/ whale
    • Show me how to write a capital W and lowercase w
  • What does your grass friend look like today?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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April 4, 2019: Frog Fun!

We had a hippity-hoppity awesome day in Beginners! Friends began the day making predictions about what animal might live in the habitat picture we used for morning work. A cat? A lamb? How about a frog?! We hopped right over to BrainPop, Jr. to see how the life cycle of a frog is different than a butterfly. Ask your Beginner to show you the hand signs we made for each stage…egg, tadpole, froglet, frog. We had mini pond stations set up on our tables and you’ll see a friendly frog puppet coming home with your child. Our Raven Buddy time was extra special with origami frogs and frog races. It was amazing!

Topics To Chat About:

  • Can you tell me the 4 stages of the frog life cycle?
    • egg, tadpole, froglet, frog
  • Did you play in the pond water during exploration?
  • Show me your frog puppet! What does your frog puppet like to eat?
  • Did you make origami frogs with your Raven Buddy? How high did your jump?
  • What is the focus letter of the week? (Ww)
    • What sound does W make?
      • /w/ whale
    • Show me how to write a capital W and lowercase w
  • What does your grass friend look like today?

Look What Beginners Did Today!

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