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HAPPENINGS FOR OCTOBER 8 - 12, 2018

LANGUAGE ARTS
In phonemic awareness we generated words that rhymed with 'wide, side'. We brainstormed real or nonsense words. In phonics we identified the letter and sound for 'c' and 'o'. We identified the short vowel for 'o' as in 'octopus' and the hard sound for 'c' as in 'cat'. In handwriting we practiced writing lowercase 'c' and 'o'.  In literature we read the book, Amazing Apples, and discussed that this book is a non-fiction book. The book gives us facts about apples, has a table of contents and a glossary in the back of the book. We read Apple Pie Tree and discussed why it had this title. We read The Season's of Arnold's Apple Tree and learned that this was both a fiction and a non-fiction book. We shared what happens to an apple tree in each season. We read the poem, "Trees", and acted out an elm, a pine and a willow tree using our bodies. In writers' workshop we illustrated the poem, "Shining Apples", for our poetry binder. We illustrated and dictated an idea about our field trip to Shelburne Farm for a page in a class book. We read the rebus book, At the Apple Orchard, which came from the Let's Find Out magazine. We used the rebus clues and the illustrations to help us read the story.
MATH
We practiced counting sets of objects in the activity, Inventory Bags. We focused on counting the set of objects, recording what and how many we counted and recording the numeral. We estimated and then filled shape puzzles holding cubes from 3 to 15 cubes. We continued practicing writing numerals: 5,6,7.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING
We read Whole Body Listening and learned how we need to learn how to listen with our whole body to show others that we are thinking and listening to them as well as to help us learn. We learned that we need to listen with our: eyes, ears, mouth, arms and hands, legs and feet, body, brain, and heart. We have a poster to help us remember about whole body listening.
CHOICE TIME
At the letters table we played alphabet bingo. At the hands on table we created designs moving colorful magnetic discs with a magnet. We created imaginary play themes in the dramatic play area. At the science area we have collections from our tree walk: pine cones, leaves, bark, small branches.

We had a wonderful time at Shelburne Farm picking apples and pumpkins! Our pumpkins are in the classroom. We will be doing some 'pumpkin math' with them next week.

We attended a concert performed by the select Wayland High School chorus, orchestra and band.

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Cooler Weather: Next week looks like the temperature will be mainly in the 50's. Please make sure to pack a sweatshirt, sweater or jacket for your child for recess.
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HAPPENINGS FOR OCTOBER 1 - 5, 2018

LANGUAGE ARTS
In phonemic awareness we focused on rhyming. We created rhyming verses for the song, "Down by the Bay", ie. 'goat in a boat'. We matched pictures that rhymed: fish-dish, house-mouse. We played 'circle of rhymes'. In this game we have to share a word that rhymes with the target word. The target word was 'cat'. We could share a real word or a nonsense word like 'lat'. In phonics we identified the sounds of /i/ and /u/. We identified these letters as vowels and learned the short vowel sound for these letters: /i/ as in 'itch' and /u/ as in 'up'. We reviewed the other letters and sounds that we have learned so far. In the poem, "Shining Apples", we found the letters: b, m, n, t, F, M. We are distinguishing between uppercase and lowercase letters. We used the letter board and magnetic letters to identify and match the letters we've learned by their sound, ie. "What makes the /i/ sound?" and we find the letter 'i' magnet and match it to the letter 'i' on the board. In handwriting we practiced writing 'i' and 'u' as well as the other letters we've learned. In literature we read A Tree is Nice and shared what we like about trees. We read the story, Chrysanthemum, and discussed how Chrysanthemum felt at the beginning and the end of the story and why. We read the story, We Are All Alike, We Are All Different and shared how we are similar and different from each other. In writers' workshop we started our journal by illustrating a picture of ourselves. We also illustrated something we like to do or like to play. We are focusing on details in our illustrations. In independent reading we learned how to choose a book from our class library.
MATH
We began numeral writing and practiced writing the numerals 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4. We are using the lines that we use for handwriting to assist in where to start the numeral. We focused on counting and sequencing amounts. We explored number shape cards which helps begin to see an amount without always counting it because of its formation of squares. We played 'build a staircase' and made and sequenced towers from 1 to 6. We created a graph of the number of letters in our names. We wrote our name on a strip of paper and graphed it on a graph. We shared what we noticed from the data.
SCIENCE
We reviewed the parts of a tree and then worked with a partner on tree puzzles of a conifer and a broadleaf tree. We used our knowledge of the parts of trees to help us put the puzzle together. We took a tree walk and adopted 2 trees that we will watch throughout the year. We brainstormed questions about our trees and what we would like to learn about these trees: how does the bark grow? how do the branches go out to the side? We adopted a broadleaf tree and a conifer tree. We collected items that came from the tree. We measured the circumference of the trees and will see if the tree grows during the year.
SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING (change from SOCIAL STUDIES)
In Open Circle we shared how we are the same and how we are different. We shared that we are the same for the body features that we have. We played the 'stand up/sit down' game and found out what some of us like or don't like. We discussed how we need to get to know someone by talking to them and spending time with them. We learned what a nonverbal signal is- a motion with our hand or body that gives a message without talking. We identified some nonverbal signals that we'll use in the classroom.
CHOCE TIME
We began to use the choice board and independently make choices to areas open in the room. At the art table we are finishing our 'special star'. At collage we are exploring and creating with zigzag scissors and hole punchers. In the block area we created paths with the marble run pieces.

We celebrated Noah's birthday! We read some of the book, ​Why It Works and How It Happened: 100 Steps for Science, that he brought in for his birthday book.

We attended School Meeting.

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Classroom Supplies: Many thanks for all of the wipes, kleenex and sponges that you have donated to the classroom! We are all set with these supplies for now.

Cool Weather: With some cooler days upon us please pack a sweater or sweatshirt in your child's backpack in case it's cool when we go out for recess.
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HAPPENINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 24 - 28, 2018

LANGUAGE ARTS
In phonemic awareness we focused on identifying and generating rhyming words using the poem, "Buckle My Shoe": 2-shoe, 4-door, 6-sticks, 8- straight, 10-hen. We identified the sounds of /m/ and /n/ and generated words that begin with these sounds. In phonics  we identified the lowercase letters b, f, and t when we used the letter board. We matched the letters and identified each of the letters by their sound. In handwriting we practiced writing b, f, and t on the tablet. In literature we learned the poem, "Shining Apples". We read The Pledge of Allegiance and discussed what it is, what it means and when we say it. We read David Goes to School and discussed how David wasn't following the school rules or being kind to friends. In writers' workshop we finished our 'All About Me' books by illustrating the people in our family and the cover. We focused on using skin, hair and eye colors when we drew our people. We illustrated a poem for our poetry binder, "Kids in the Tub".
MATH
We focused on counting sets of objects carefully. We played die toss with a partner and covered numerals which matched the dots on the die. We did a grab and count activity where we grabbed a collection of manipulatives (bears, tiles, pattern blocks), counted them and recorded how many we had grabbed. We wrote the numeral to match the amount. We played a memory game using numeral cards and dot cards. We needed to match the numeral card with the dot card. We played roll a tower race with a partner. We rolled the die, made a tower of that many cubes and placed the tower on the game board. We played until 1 number got to the top.
SCIENCE
We reviewed the parts of the tree and played a game with 1-2 other friends where we matched the picture of a part of the tree with its label. Then we played a memory game using the picture and word cards.
SOCIAL STUDIES
In Open Circle we practiced how to get in and out of Open Circle. We played a 'stand up-sit down' game about things we like or are true about us: eating pizza, have a brother or sister, going to the beach, eating ice cream. We also practiced saying our first and last name in the group and having the group say "hi" to that person using their first and last name. We discussed how it's important to know someone's name, how to say it and to be respectful of their name.
CHOICE TIME
We stayed in our 4 groups and explored new activities. At the art table we are dictating ideas about us that make us special and putting the idea on a large yellow star with our picture that we brought in. At collage we are using playdough. In blocks we are building with the unit blocks and using sea creatures. We opened the games area and explored the different games and puzzles on the shelves.

We celebrated Leo's birthday! We read the book, Creepy Pair of Underwear, that he brought in for his birthday.

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Cool Weather: With some cooler days upon us please pack a sweater or sweatshirt in your child's backpack in case it's cool when we go out for recess.

Classroom Supplies: Thank you for all of the containers of wipes, kleenex and sponges! We are all set for now.
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HAPPENINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 17 - SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

LANGUAGE ARTS
In phonemic awareness we focused on rhyming words in generating verses for the song, "Down by the Bay". Some verses we thought of were: pig wearing a wig; cat wearing a hat; whale with a polka-dotted tail. In phonics we identified the sound of 't, f, b' and words that begin with each of these sounds. For the sounds of /t/ and /b/ we focused on not saying /tu/ or /bu/ but clipping the sound. In handwriting we practiced writing 't' on our tablet and using the lines to help us form the letter: sky line, plane line, grass line. In literature we read and acted out the poem, "Kids in the Tub". We read the poem, "Buckle My Shoe", using numerals and pictures to help us read the poem. We read the book, Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes, and identified the different places that Pete went in his school. We read,         Yo! Yes!, and talked about how we can use our words to invite someone to play. We also discussed how some people are shy about playing with others and how we can encourage them to play. In independent reading we finished looking at the book baskets and shared which basket we enjoyed looking at. In writers' workshop we worked in our "All About Me" book. We illustrated the pages about our favorite food, how old we are, and what we like to do.
MATH
We finished exploring some math manipulatives: ceramic tiles, junk boxes, transportation vehicles and tiles. We created designs, made patterns, and sorted the manipulatives. We shared what we learned and discovered about it. Becky Lepow, a math coach, visited our classroom and read the story, Over in the Ocean. She had us count the number of adult and baby sea creatures on each page. During calendar we made a bundle of 10 straws on the 10th day of school. We put a rubberband around the 10 straws and discussed that we don't need to count the straws in the bundle; it will always be 10. We placed the bundle in the 10's pocket. Now we are adding single straws to the 1's pocket and practicing counting on.
SCIENCE
We began our study of trees. We shared what we know about tress and what we would like to learn about trees. We took a walk on the playground and looked at different tree, sharing what was the same and different about them. We learned that a tree is a plant and learned about the structure/parts of a tree: roots, branches and twigs, trunk, leaves. We looked at a hardwood or broadleaf tree and a conifer tree, and compared the 2 types of trees. In the classroom we illustrated something we learned about trees.
SOCIAL STUDIES
In Open Circle we reviewed our class rules and gave examples of what the rule meant, ie. "be kind" would mean saying nice words to someone. We learned how to make an open circle and practiced making an open circle with our bodies and then with chairs.
CHOICE TIME
We stayed in our 4 groups and explored new activities. At the art table we painted with water color paints. At the collage table we are twisting pipe cleaners using just our thumb and pointer fingers around a cylinder block to make a 'balloon' for a picture. In the block area we are building with lincoln logs and using animals. We opened up the dramatic play area and are exploring what materials are in this area.

We attended School Meeting.

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Picture DayFriday, Sept. 28. Please send in the envelope by Friday for picture orders.

Filed Trip Permission: We will be going to Shelburne Fram in Stow on Oct. 10. Please return the permission slip and check payable to 'Claypit Hill School' by Fri., Oct. 5.

Thank you very much for the classroom supplies of Kleenex, wipes and sponges! We are all set with Kleenex for now.

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HAPPENINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 10 - 14, 2018

LANGUAGE ARTS
In phonemic awareness we focused on identifying rhyming words. We learned the poem, "Kids in the Tub", and identified the rhyming words: tub-scrub, knee-be. We brainstormed other words that rhymed with knee-be. We sang the song "This Old Man", and acted it out going up to the number 10. We identified the rhyming pairs for 6 to 10. In phonics we found letters in the poem, "Kids i the Tub": T, N, a, r. We played the game, alphaball. In this game we pass a koosh ball around the circle and say the alphabet in sequence, with each of us saying a letter of the alphabet.  In literature we read What's Under Your Hood, Orson? and discussed how we don't really know a person by just looking at them. We need to spend time with someone to get to know them. We read, Down by the Bay, and identified the rhyming words. We also sang the song and made up some verses. In independent reading we learned how to turn the pages of a book and ho to 'read' a book by telling the story by using the pictures. At each independent reading time we are exploring a book basket in a small group. In writers' workshop we started a book, All About Me. We illustrated the page about our favorite color drawing pictures of items in our favorite color.
MATH
We continued to explore manipulatives: tiles, junk boxes, ceramic tiles, transportation vehicles. We made designs or structures and shared what we noticed or learned about the manipulative. We made an attendance stick and discussed how the number of cubes shows how many people are in our class each day. When we check the attendance stick we follow a counting routine: count in a circle chorally, count off in a circle, count the cubes on the attendance stick. If we get an incorrect number, we discuss why it isn't correct, ie. someone is absent, we miscounted. We read the book, Ten Black Dots, and took turns counting the dots on each page.
SOCIAL STUDIES
In Open Circle we brainstormed rules that we should have in our classroom to make it a place that we want to come to everyday and learn.
CHOICE TIME
We stayed in our 4 groups and explored new activities. At the art table we are making pictures with bingo markers. At the collage table we are making strip collages. At the math table we are making designs with pattern blocks in frames. We opened up the block area and are exploring the materials in this area: unit blocks, legos, marble run, lincoln logs, tinker toys, animals, vehicles, traffic signs.

We celebrated Emma's birthday! We read the book, Press Here, that she brought in to share for her birthday.

EXTRA

Picture of your child: Please make sure to send in a picture of your child this week if you have not done so already.

Forms about your child: Please send in the forms, 'My child as a learner' and 'Information about my child'.
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HAPPENINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 3 - 7, 2018

LANGUAGE ARTS
We learned the chant, "Mumbo Jumbo". We identified the rhyming words and added hand motions to identify the beat. We learned the poem, "This Old Man". We identified the rhyming words and made predictions for some of the rhyming pairs. We read First Day Hooray! and discussed how the characters were feeling on their first day of school. We read The Kissing Hand and shared people we missed while we were at school. We read A Porcupine Named Fluffy and discussed how it is important to be respectful of each other's names. We read Franklin Goes to School and identified his feelings on his first day of school. 
MATH
We made a feelings graph of our feelings on the first day of school. We analyzed the data and learned that most of our class felt 'happy' on the first day. We counted and compared the results of the different feelings on the graph. We explored pattern blocks and spent time building designs, patterns and structures with them. We shared what we noticed and learned about the blocks. 
CHOICE TIME
The class is divided into 4 groups and began to explore materials at different areas. At the art table we drew pictures with stencils. At the math table we explored and built with multi-link cubes. At collage we created with playdough. At the letters table we made words with magnetic letters.

We had a great first 2 days of school! We are getting to know one another, learning the routines and becoming familiar with our classroom. We even had a fire drill which we did very well on.

Thank you for sending in all of the supplies! Please send in the photo of your child as soon as possible.

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Curriculum NightWed., Sept. 12, from 7-8 pm. I will share the Kindergarten curriculum as well as highlights of our school day and volunteer opportunities. I will put out a Fall Conference sign up. Conference dates are: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 4; and are scheduled at: 8 am, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4. This is an adult event.
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