We Can Subitize!
What does it mean to subitize (soo bi tize), you ask?! It is an important early math skill which means that you can tell how many without having to count. You subitize when you use dice. Take a look at the slide show below to practice subitizing.
Pixie Counting Books
This week the kids worked on making counting books on Pixie. They worked with partners and collaborated to choose a theme for their book and put it together. They made pages for the numbers 0-10 and on each page included the numeral, stickers representing the number/theme, and circles aligned just right for subitizing. They had a blast creating their books and have become pros at using the computer and Pixie. We will be printing all of the books and keeping them in our classroom for the children to read. Check out these pictures of the kiddos working hard!
Drawing and Writing Books
We have been sharing stories about us since the start of school. Each day we have a chance to share a quick piece of news during our Headline News Circle. The kids share things like, "I had soccer practice last night and we go rained on." or "I went to the park with my friend and we pushed each other on the swings." We have learned a lot about each other through this routine at the start of our day. During Writing Workshop time we are also sharing stories about ourselves. We each have a Drawing and Writing book where we are collecting stories. Ask your child to tell you about the stories they have added to their Drawing and Writing Book so far.
Reading Notebook and Word Wall
This year we will be using a white binder that we will fill with poems and easy to read short books. These white binders that we call our "Reading Notebooks" will be used regularly and added to throughout the year. We will use them during reading time at the beginning of our day and during reading workshop. We have already added a few favorite poems and soungs like "Willoughby Wallaby Woo", "Big Black Buy," and "To the Bus." These songs, poems and stories will also helps us think about and look at the high frequency words we will learn to read and write through kindergarten.
Along with our "Reading Notebooks" that help us think about high frequency words we will also be using a word wall in our room that we can go to and pull words off to help us when we are writing. We will refer to these words as "popcorn words" because these are words we just need to know. We can't try to stretch them out, we just need to know them quickly and right away. We will work on these words and add to our word wall through the whole year!
Super Heroes on Parade!
Thank you for everyone's support in helping and supporting every kindergartener, even if they couldn't make it to the parade. We will continue to be brave, safe, and kind in kindergarten!