Thank You!

Happy Sunday all! I want to start off by saying thank you to everyone who came to conferences last week. It was so great seeing you all and talking about how far we’ve all come since the beginning of Kindergarten. I am so happy and excited to keep seeing the tremendous growth throughout the year πŸ™‚

Also, thank you to those who have sent in additional goodies for our classroom! It is so GREATLY appreciated!

I have posted new pictures from our field trip and some things happening in the classroom in the pictures tab, so make sure to take a look πŸ™‚

Reminders:

Continue practicing sight words please! I am so thankful for all of your hard work at home practicing these. I love seeing the progress made with students identifying the words- especially when reading πŸ™‚

Please continue practicing counting to 100 as well πŸ™‚ Our next quarter standard is to be able to count to 100, so let’s continue working on this!

As always: Please let me know if you need anything at all! Don’t hesitate to write me a note in your child’s agenda or email me at any time. [email protected]

I hope everyone has a fantastic week & thank you for all of your support! πŸ™‚

Happy Monday!

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had an awesome and relaxing Fall Break. It’s crazy to think it is already the beginning of October!

I have just posted some more pictures of what has been going on in the classroom. It is under the Pictures tab! Feel free to take a look!

A new homework calendar was sent home today. Thank you guys so much for doing such an awesome job with this! Keep up the amazing work!

Friendly reminder: Please make sure to bring a small snack to school each day. We do not provide classroom snacks, so if you want your child to eat during this time, please remember to bring one. If you would also like to donate a class snack, that is always welcome as well πŸ™‚

Our Fall Festival is this Friday, October 6th from 5:00-8:00 pm. This is going to be such a fun time. I hope to see you all there! Β πŸ™‚

Just a reminder that we have an Early Release Day next week on October 12th.

We will also be having our first field trip on October 13th to the Center of Puppetry Arts! If you have not already sent in your permission slip along with the $3.00, please do so by Wednesday!

Be on the lookout for some information regarding Conference Week and the schedule for this week. Conference week will be held the week of October 15th.

What are we learning?

Math: Naming and identifying 2D & 3D shapes as well as counting to 100! We have been working on filling out 100 charts. Please practice counting to 100 at home! There are also links on here for songs they love to sing along to!

Social Studies/ Science: We will start goods and services. We will work on what these are as well as comparing and contrasting the 2.

Reading: As always, we are being book lovers! Please continue to practice sight words at home. I see such tremendous growth in students being able to read these! We will also be putting an emphasis on families and relatives. We will read books about this and talk about characters, setting, and sequencing the story.

Writing: Our letter this week is T! We will practice working with words that begin with this letter as well as writing it the correct way. As always, we are working on writing our names correctly, and knowing the difference between letters, words, and sentences.

I hope everyone has a fantastic week! Please feel free to reach out if you need anything at all πŸ™‚

 

News & Updates

I hope everyone is safe and sound after our 4 days away from school. I hope everyone and their family is safe and doing well after Hurricane Irma!

Tomorrow will be the start of a 3 day week!

I wanted to give some updates on what’s going on at school as well as in the classroom!

School Updates:

This week or next (pushed back due to the weather) GKIDS Readiness Assessments will be sent home. These will come with an explanation & what they are for you to better understand- so be on the lookout for those!

Picture Day is Friday September 22nd.

Fall Festival is Friday, October 6th from 5:00- 8:00 PM. Forms have gone home for a donation of $5 for our basket we are raffling off. Thank you to those who have already donated, I greatly appreciate it! If you haven’t yet and are able, please do so! πŸ™‚

Homework went home last week. Please make sure you are completing at least 3 different days of homework and coloring in the boxes so we are aware. We appreciate all the support! Also, don’t forget to still read and practice sight words with your students each night- the caterpillar words are in the Resources Tab!

As always, please please let me know if you have any questions about anything!!

Classroom Updates:

Math: We have been working on 2d shapes and their attributes. This week & next, we will stay with 2d shapes as well work with 3d shapes. We will talk about their similarities and differences.

Science: We have been working on mama and baby animals as well as farm animals. This week & next, we will continue to do so and dig deeper within their characteristics πŸ™‚

Phonics: We reviewed our previous letters of the weeks: C, O, A, D, and G and had more practice with these. This week we will work on letter M.

ELA: We have been focusing on characters & settings as well as continuing to build our stamina through reading and being book lovers. We have been writing about farm animals as well as personal connections within farm animals and mama and baby animals. We will continue this for this week & next!

Thank you all for everything!

Happy Almost 1 Month of School!

Happy Sunday! We have almost been in school for 1 whole month!

Just some reminders & updates on things going on in the classroom:

I sent home a sheet explaining IXL with each student’s username and password. Please if you have any free time, use this website. It is a fantastic resource for Math! We will also be using it this week (as well as the rest of the year) during Math Centers, so the students will know how to use it this upcoming week and can start getting familiar with it. If you have any questions at all on how to use it, please feel free to let me know!

This Wednesday, August 30th, is an early release day. Dismissal will start at 12:20. As always, if there are any transportation changes, please send in a note in your child’s blue folder πŸ™‚

Please remember to read with your child every night and practice sight words. I posted the Caterpillar list in the Resources tab so you can start practicing these words with your child at home!

What have we been doing in class?

Math: We have been practicing counting items in an array, line, circle, and scattered. We have still been practicing writing numerals 1-10 as well as matching items with the correct number. We will continue working on these concepts this week as well!

Social Studies: We just finished up maps and globes. We will be learning about Labor Day this week!

Phonics/Reading/ Writing:

  • We focused on letters a &d this week, and will work on two new letters this upcoming week. We focus on their sounds, words that start with each letter, and writing the letters.
  • We have continued to build our stamina in Reading and will continue to do so this week! We have focused on being book lovers and different ways we can read books.
  • During writing, we have worked on practicing sounding out words and writing sentences together. This week we will continue to focus on all of these concepts, as well as being authors and illustrators with our writing pieces!

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. We’ve had a fantastic (almost) first month of school! πŸ™‚

 

Happy Eclipse Week!

Happy Sunday and night before The Eclipse!

I hope you are all excited. Although we will not be going outside, we will be doing many activities throughout the day to celebrate it. Also, we will be watching it Live Stream in our classroom as well so the students will be seeing it on our SmartBoard! Just a friendly reminder that dismissal will be late tomorrow and we will start dismissing at 3:00 PM for the safety of all students and staff. We are looking forward to an exciting day!

The Family Art Project was sent home around a week ago. We would love to see those turned in by tomorrow, August 21st, but completely understand if you cannot. Just please send it in as soon as possible so we can start hanging them up for everyone to see πŸ™‚

IMPORTANT: I have started and will continue to take pictures of the students working in the classroom as well as take their pictures on special occasion days. I will start to post them here on the blog as well as around the classroom. If you wish to not have your child’s picture shown on the blog and/or in the classroom,Β please write a letter to the principal, Mrs. Tiffany Jackson, stating that you do not want their picture taken and posted. You may send the letter in your child’s blue folder and we will take it where it needs to go. This was noted in the Cobb County folder that was sent home during the first week of school. You do not have to send a letter in if you are okay with their picture in the classroom and/or blog, just if you DO NOT want their pictures posted. Please send the letters in as soon as you can. Thank you for your help in this!

Classroom Updates:

Math: We have been learning numbers 1-10, with emphasis on writing numbers 0-5. We have been sky writing, practicing matching these numbers to match a set, and writing them on a dry erase board to help them practice.

  • We will be doing more practice with these numbers this week as well as practicing counting items in lines and arrays!

Social Studies: We have been talking about the Pledge of Allegiance, the American Flag and the Georgia Flag. We have talked about each of their characteristics, similarities, and differences.

  • This week we will be focusing on maps & globes!

Phonics & Writing: We have had two letters of the week, C & O. We have focused on writing them and the sounds they make. For writing, we have touched on sounding out words to match your picture, labeling, and how to write a sentence.

  • We will have different letters of the week each week, but will continue to work on how to write sentences, sounding out words, and matching your words with the picture.

Reading: We have talked about how to be a Book Lover and expectations for our Reading Workshop. Students have practiced quietly reading a book each day.

  • We will continue to build our stamina for reading and practice expectations for Reading Workshop this week!

We are looking forward to a great week this week. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

I will be posting pictures and resources in the very near future! πŸ™‚

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who came out to Open House. I am thankful for each and every one of you! It was a very successful night. I know it was sort of an information overload, but I will be linking the PowerPoint I presented so you can look back at it whenever you need!

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In case anyone is unclear or wondering, I will post what day of Specials we are on and our rotations.

Monday August 14th: Art

Tuesday August 15th: Computer Lab

Wednesday August 16th: PE (please wear tennis shoes)

Thursday August 17th: PE (please wear tennis shoes)

Friday August 18th: Guidance

Monday August 21st: Music

After Monday August 21st, the rotation starts back from the beginning (art) πŸ™‚

Stay tuned for more resources, pictures, and things going on in the classroom!

Thank you all for everything! πŸ™‚

Kindergarten is Finally Here!

Hi there Kindergarten families!

I am Ms. Stecker and I am so excited to be your child’s teacher this year! We have had such a wonderful start to the school year already. I have loved getting to know your children and I can’t wait to spend the next year helping and seeing them grow. It’s going to be a fantastic year in Kindergarten!

August 10th at 6:00 to 8:00 PM is Open House. I’m in Room #704 and hope you can all make it. I am looking forward to seeing you all then! πŸ™‚