Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Writing Workshop

While Writing Workshop was not a favorite of most students at the beginning of the year, 81 days into the school year I can confidently say that is no longer the case.  Check out this amazing video of the students all engaged, stretching sounds independently and working in a space that is best for them.  Look at some of the writing students shared in our classroom during Writing Workshop...

I built an igloo
with my brother.

I am sledding
I hit a bump
I screamed AHH

Remember, writing is a complex task, it requires a story, the fine motor of holding a pencil, the letter sound knowledge to make the words, the letter formation of that sound, spacing, editing (to make sure your writing says what you intended it to say) and needless to say, these are just a few of the cognitive demands that take place during this complex task.  
Celebrate with your child wherever they are at.  It is typical for students to record the beginning sound and the ending sound of words at this point in Kindergarten.  Many students have not yet solidified their letter sound filing system and may default to writing strings of letters.  That is okay too!  They are demonstrating that they understand that letters make sounds, even if they are not yet able to accurately hear or record those sounds in their writing development.  

Friday, January 12, 2018

Literacy Center ❤️

Students continue to amaze me with their love of literacy centers.  Each morning after students check in for lunch they go to their green bin that houses all of their supplies, get their bag of colored clips and make a literacy choice for the day.  Each color represents a different center and each child has a specific amount of each color based on their reading development.   

Literacy choices:
Purple: read to someone
Blue: computer listening station
Red: writing
Pink: word work
Green: iPads 
Orange: read to self/book shop
Yellow: listening station
Wood: this is a rotating center - read in the boat, read in a mic, etc. 

Students are independent in these activities and continue to build stamina in each of them while I work with students, teaching emergent reading skills.  

Our goal is to trim down our transitions and get to the point where we can do two rotations of these centers.  

Monday, December 25, 2017

Grinchmas Wrap up

Students made ornaments for their reading buddies, drank hot chocolate with all the fixings (caramel, chocolate and whipped cream), watched the Grinch with Mrs. Johnson’s class and enjoyed fresh popped popcorn, played a game of Syran Wrap gift exchange, and even opened a gift from Mrs. W. 

I loved the cheers from the students as they opened their personalized clip boards for classroom work!  

School Sing A Long

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Ornament making party

We had an amazing time today at the ornament making party. Students created gifts for their loved ones, listened to Christmas music, chatted with friends, decorated a cookie and enjoyed stories read by their peers.  A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make this possible by supplying materials, volunteering your time or both.  Westwoods is a great place because of the amazing families that attend school here.  

I am so thankful for all of the support and dedication of parents in our classroom.  Thank you for all that you do everyday for our kids!