Take a look into our month of February...in seconds!
Our class went through some changes this week. I wanted to share them in case your child came home and talked about it. And also just to explain why things change in our class sometimes.
The main changes took place in how our literacy center/reading group time works now. We have a new rotation system in place, and the students have certain "tasks" to complete during this time before moving on to the work center of their choice that day. Your child may come home talking about "getting my work done" or something that happened at the "fish table". These are all terms and spaces used during our center time. I also adjusted our math workshop rotations, but not as much as I changed literacy center time.
I made these changes to help myself and the students. I have found over the years that all classes are different. I could use one system one year with a certain group of kids, and it could work flawlessly. Now, the same flawless system could fall to pieces with another group. With that in mind, I could tell our system was just not working as effectively and efficiently as I thought it could. So I changed it. And guess what? Your kids are shining even brighter than before. They already act and feel more successful and independent during these times of the day, which is my ultimate goal after all! I am so proud of them and so glad you allow them into my life each day.
I hope you enjoyed the small glimpse into my thought process and why we do some of the things we do! My final thought on the matter is: Change is good!
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance."- Alan Watts
Thank you so much for coming out to support our Night of Excellence at Old Pointe! We had such a good time showing you all of the research we did on our American Symbols unit in Social Studies! We also made a video of the students talking about their symbols and leaders. Here is the link for that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uTETuUmHgE
Below you can see pictures of our students and parents viewing our projects we made on the Educreations app with their 5th grade reading buddies!
Check out some of the projects we have made!
We are getting ready for our Night of Excellence! It is this Thursday (Feb. 20) from 5:30-7pm. Our students will have work from our unit on American Symbols and Leaders on display. This will include collaborations on the iPads with their 5th grade Reading Buddies, classroom projects about the different symbols, and also research that has been done at home as well! Here is a sneak peek of one project we were working on today! Can't wait to show you more on Thursday night! The book fair will be open, and the 3D Art Show will be on display as well! Come out and see all of the hard work your children have been doing!
Of course you know I will say this: read, read, read! Make sure you are filling out your reading log with any books you and your child are reading together during our snow days!
We have been mailing letters to each other in the classroom at our own post office center. You could make one at home too. All you need is paper, envelopes(any junk mail lying around with return envelopes? Those are great for this!), old stationary/cards, pencils, crayons, etc. You can even use small stickers for stamps! Each family member can make their own mailbox out of a shoebox, cereal box, or any other cardboard box you have! Next step, start decorating and writing! With Valentine's Day tomorrow, this is a perfect time to make family cards!
If your child hasn't finished these yet, you can work on these! We will be making up our Valentine celebration when we return to school! Remember: make sure your child is working on writing his/her name and the names of the friends in our class. If you need an extra class list, just email me!
I emailed and sent out a list of your child's choice of topic/person for the social studies project we are working on! This would be a great time to do some research to find out more about your topic! What interesting facts can you find together?
*If you can't find/remember your child's topic or just want to double check, email me for it!
Too cold to go outside but need to get the wiggles out? Here are some links to fun songs we sing in class! Fun and excercise all rolled into one activity! Pull these up on the computer, TV, or video game console if you have access:
Dr. Jean Banana Song
Dr. Jean Macarena to 100
Harry Kindergarten: Jump for 100 Seconds
And finally, Just Dance For Kids- One Direction: You're Beauitful (because this is just pure fun!!!)
Our unit on writing this 9 weeks is teaching us how to write "How To" books! Cook together, talk about the steps, and then write about how to make whatever it is you are cooking! Snow Cream would be a good one! Simple Recipe here:
If you do write a book, please bring it to school to show us when we come back. We want to hear you read it!
Have fun, stay safe, be warm!
Please email me any pictures of your children doing any of these activities! Or share on Twitter @Mrs_KThompson and @OldPointeElem
Miss you all! Email me with questions!
We had a lot of fun in the snow today at school!
100 Days of Friends. 100 Days of Fun. 100 Days of Learning. We are 100 days smarter! We are so proud of ourselves! To celebrate, we did many fun things at school today. Check out our pictures below!
We had a great day! Now for 80 more fantastic days in Kindergarten at Old Pointe!
My name is Kristina Thompson, and this will be my 11th year teaching! I have taught Pre-Kindergarten for 6 years in Chester County, and this will be my 5th year teaching Kindergarten at Old Pointe Elementary with Mrs. Dawson. I am so excited to spend the next 180 days with your children! Here we go!