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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December Letters, Themes, Events



Be sure to look for our Weekly Class News in your child's folder each Friday - all you need to know about BSLK (and more!) will be on the newsletter!  In addition, a monthly calendar will be stapled inside your child's daily folder.  REMINDER:  our team color is the same as the daily folder.

December Family Christmas Tree Project will come home.
Storytelling Festival this month in addition to a Christmas Party in our classroom.  I will need parent volunteers to organize this please.  Christmas Vacation begins after our party.  PLEASE BRING YOUR CHILD'S VISOR TAG IF YOU ATTEND CLASS PARTIES/PROGRAMS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.

"STAR WORDS"/SIGHT WORDS SO FAR:  
     I, am, the little, to, a (earn orange rainbow piece)
     have, is, we, my, like, he, for (earn yellow piece)
     New Words for December:  see, look

LETTERS AND SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE THEMES:   
  • Rr & Rudolph
  • Cc & Christmas, candles, candy canes
  • Ss & Santa, stockings, stars

  • MATH:   
  • counting one-to-one (pointing to objects as we are counting them)
  • Number Poems
  • Identify & Describe 2D Shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, hexagon) - a "fancy" word for corners is vertices (vertex is singular); describing words include flat sides, # of sides, curves/round sides.  Identify 2D shapes around us.
  • FOCUS NUMBERS:  refer to weekly Class News

BELOW ARE SOME VIDEOS WE ENJOY DURING THE 
MONTH OF DECEMBER!!!  HAVE FUN!









Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Letters, Themes, Events

Be sure to look for our Weekly Class News in your child's folder each Friday - all you need to know about BSLK (and more!) will be on the newsletter!  In addition, a monthly calendar will be stapled inside your child's daily folder.  REMINDER:  our team color is the same as the daily folder.

November Family Turkey Project will come home.
Veterans Day & Thanksgiving Breaks this month in addition to a Thanksgiving Program in our classroom.  PLEASE BRING YOUR CHILD'S VISOR TAG IF YOU ATTEND CLASS PARTIES/PROGRAMS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.

"STAR WORDS"/SIGHT WORDS SO FAR:  
     I, am, the little, to, a (earn orange rainbow piece)
     have, is, we, my, like, he, for (earn yellow piece)
     New Words for November:  he, for, me, with, she

LETTERS AND SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE THEMES:   
  • Ii & Indians/Native Americans
  • Tt & Turkeys
  • also Pilgrims this month w/Thanksgiving theme
  • Nn & Nutrition
MATH:   
  • counting one-to-one (pointing to objects as we are counting them)
  • Number Poems
  • Represent & Compare Numbers to 10
  • FOCUS NUMBERS:  refer to weekly Class News

BELOW ARE SOME VIDEOS WE ENJOY DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER!!!  
HAVE FUN!










Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Letters, Themes, Events

Be sure to look for our Weekly Class News in your child's folder each Friday - all you need to know about BSLK (and more!) will be on the newsletter!  In addition, a monthly calendar will be stapled inside your child's daily folder.  REMINDER:  our team color is the same as the daily folder.

October Family Pumpkin Project will come home.
Fall Break holiday this month in addition to Downtown Field Trip, Jumpstart Read for the Record, Report Cards, Fire Prevention at P.E., Drug-Free Awareness Week, Violin begins (if you signed your child up).

"STAR WORDS"/SIGHT WORDS SO FAR:  
     I, am, the, little, to, a (earn orange rainbow piece)

LETTERS AND SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE THEMES:   
  • possibly Aa & apples
  • Ff & Fall, Family Friends, possibly Five Senses
  • Pp & Pumpkins
  • Ss & Scarecrows, Spiders
MATH:   
  • continue with Shapes, AB Pattern, Sorting/Classifying 
  • Graphs, early Calendar Concepts
  • counting one-to-one (pointing to objects as we are counting them)
  • Number Poems
  • Represent, Count, & Write Numbers 6-9
  • FOCUS NUMBERS:  refer to weekly Class News

BELOW ARE SOME VIDEOS WE ENJOY DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!!!  HAVE FUN!






  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September Letters, Themes, Events


Be sure to look for our Weekly Class News in your child's folder each Friday - all you need to know about BSLK (and more!) will be on the newsletter!  In addition, a monthly calendar will be stapled inside your child's daily folder.  REMINDER:  our team color is the same as the daily folder.

Fall Tree Family Projects will come home this month as well as our first Progress Report.
Labor Day holiday this month in addition to Fall Pictures, Book Fair, & "Grand" Open House (combo of Grandparents' Day & Open House - LOTS of FUN!)

BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THEMES continued:   
  • PEACEMAKING  continue with:  Rules & Procedures & Colors & Letter Introduction
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, First Names, Chrysanthemum
  • sing alphabet song - emphasizing vowels
"STAR WORDS"/SIGHT WORDS SO FAR:  I, am, the little, to, a

LETTERS AND SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE THEMES 
  • Mm & Me, playful monsters, monkeys
  • Bb & My Body, My Brain, My Birthday
  • possibly Aa & Apples
MATH:   
  • continue with Shapes, AB Pattern, Sorting/Classifying
  • Graphs, early Calendar Concepts
  • counting one-to-one (pointing to objects as we are counting them)
  • Number Poems
  • Represent, Count, & Write Numbers 0-5
  • Compare Numbers to 5
  • FOCUS NUMBERS:  refer to weekly Class News
Your child has the opportunity to Build-A-Rainbow by learning all of our Kindergarten Sight Words (also called "Star Words").  Your child can earn a rainbow piece by reading the star words (each reading unit has a set of star words, each unit is a color of the rainbow).  Once your child's rainbow is complete, we celebrate, take a picture by our rainbow wearing our headband, AND are given a First Grade Packet to work on at home!  Remind your child to let Mrs. Barclift know they are ready to pass-off a set of Star Words once they are able to!


Your child has the opportunity to earn THREE OWLS.  To earn an owl, your child must (1) count to 100 by 10's (we sing a song in class), (2) count to 100 by 1's (we have a song & a slap/clap pattern to learn this skill, and (3) correctly name numbers 0-20 out of sequence.  Remind your child to let Mrs. Barclift know they are ready to pass-off once they are able to do any of the three skills above!

BELOW ARE SOME VIDEOS WE ENJOY DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER!!!  HAVE FUN!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

























Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Letters, Themes, Events


You will receive a phone call from me in July & a letter in August with details regarding our Meet & Greet as well as our Parent Orientation meeting.  A supply list is included in your mailing.  PLEASE BRING ALL OF YOUR CHILD'S SUPPLIES TO PARENT ORIENTATION and place them in his/her grocery sack.  You are to bring your child to Meet & Greet.  Parent Orientation is for adults only, please.  It is extremely important you attend our Parent Orientation.  I look forward to meeting you and your child!  You can reach me by e-mail at:  abarclift@albertk12.org  

Special Classes will begin at the end of August:  Guidance Counseling, Enrichment, Music, and Library.  P.E. begins at the beginning of the school year! 

Be sure to look for our Weekly Class News in your child's folder each Friday - all you need to know about BSLK (and more!) will be on the newsletter!  In addition, a monthly calendar will be stapled inside your child's daily folder.  REMINDER:  our team color is the same as the daily folder.


This month, please work on your child's first Family Project:  an All About Me Book (instructions given at Parent Orientation) this project will be the first entry in your child's Kindergarten Memory Book!

THEMES 
  • PEACEMAKING, Rules, Procedures, The Kissing Hand, The Gingerbread Man, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, No, David!, Pete the Cat
  • Colors (Color day schedule is given out at Parent Orientation)
  • proper use of crayons/pencils/scissors/glue/markers (songs to help us remember how to use and take care of these important Kindergarten "tools"!)  
  • Begin Letter Introduction
"STAR WORD"/SIGHT WORD INTRODUCTION:  I, am 


MATH:
  • Shapes, AB Pattern, Sorting/Classifying, Graphs, early Calendar Concepts
  • counting one-to-one (pointing to objects as we are counting them), positional terms
  • begin with Number Poems
ASSESSMENTS:  we will be administering many individual assessments this month also (DIBELS, Big Spring Lake Report Card, and the WAP-T which is for non-English speaking students).

See Videos Below:  I am super excited to be able to share a few videos with you that we enjoy singing in class!  Have fun viewing these with your child!!!   Youtube has LOTS of kid-friendly educational videos - just be sure to preview it before showing it to your child!