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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Our week in review....

In our small group reading group we read An Orange in January. We made connections to the story. We talked about our favorite fruit. Then we shared a juicy orange.

 Sixth grade reading buddies! Mrs. Goertzen's sixth grade class came and read with us! First we read our early readers to them, then they read books to us! We are planning to make this a regular event!

Cool Beans! If you have missed it, here's the story about Cool Beans! It is our whole class reward system for behavior that is on track or above and beyond expectations! This is a hard-working bunch of students and they earn rewards very quickly! Because it is so important in Kindergarten to learn about ways to organize numbers and learn number sense, I put ten frames around our beans over the winter break. Students did a fine job knowing when we had a row of 5 before, but it is organized in a way that makes sense and should help them count even faster now.
Once they get 20 "big beans" they earn a whole class party. As I "catch" little behaviors in the room I might give them a small bean in a little can. The goal is to get 20 pinto beans moved from one can to the other. Once this happens, we get a whole class bean, or a "big bean." Another way to earn big beans is fill their individual behavior sticker charts.  Compliments for our class from other teachers is a one of our favorite ways to get a bean for our whole class reward. When they earn a whole class party, we take several suggestions and then we vote on the one we like the most. This time they voted for a whole class fluffy friend day. They did a great job!

Introducing her fluffy friend names Peach.

Introducing his fluffy friend named DarthVader.
 We are working really hard to bring in more technology! There are some obstacles to overcome, like long tedious passwords for computers. But we are getting some tech time to happen! We have the privilege of having an Osmo system now (Thank you usd 308, it is super cool!!!) for iPad. So.... the Osmo was in rotation on Friday, and we had computer rotations! For fun Friday students could choose math or reading games, but what activities they are allowed to choose usually goes with whatever rotation time we are in.... during reading rotations, they can play reading/phonics games, during math rotations, they can play math games. 

Mr. Galindo comes in our room to assist us. Here he is making sure this learner gets to the right place!
 We have been reading about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ways he made our country a better place. We were somber when we realized that we would not be allowed to go to school with many of our friends at one time in our history.
I love this photo for so many reasons! This lovely little learner is working diligently! I love, love, love that she "gets it" about how much glue to use! :)
That is a peak at our week. So much more happened that I did not capture! We have been working on sight words, or know-by-heart words! Our phonics program calls them "trick words" because so many of them are not words that can be phonetically sounded out. There is no color song for gray, but your child knows how to spell their color words thanks to the color word songs. They also know many of their number words and we've introduced a LOT of trick words already. This week our early readers focused on the sight words: I, am, a, the, little.  Most students soared through these because they knew these sight words already. I have to give a big, big thanks to parents, grandparents and older siblings for helping these kids practice sight word flashcards! Thank you so much!!

If you go to youtube you will find a plethora of color word songs, just like the this one. I woke up with this song in my head this morning.

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