We also had a jump rope assembly on Friday with the whole school. Everyone did a really nice job sitting through it even though it was loud and high energy! They did a lot of stunts that I was thinking, "don't try this at home...or school!!!!" But, it was a cool experience.
We have been reading our scarecrow and bat poems in kindergarten and have started to talk about Halloween a little bit. This coming week we will be talking about costume rules and trick or treating to help prime the kids for Friday. We will try to prep them for the parade. If you are coming in, we would love any assistance getting costumes on kids. The parade typically is done with staff and parents stand on the side to watch and take photos. Then you can find me and your child and let me know if you will be taking them home or having them ride the bus. If you are not attending, please let me know that also so that we are able to plan accordingly. We want all of our little ducklings safe and under our careful eye :)
In other kindergarten news, we wrapped up unit one and took the first test. We have been talking about apples as well as the kids went on their first field trip! In reading we continue to work on sight words: me, my, and to. We used a Q-tip to paint the word me for extra fine motor practice. As we are reading we make sure to use a pointer finger to track the words. Please do this with the poetry folders as they come home. Last week was my error not sending them, but you should have them this weekend. Return them this Monday and we will continue to work on the projects. Last week we painted a full moon and colored bats to glue on. We have been working on counting by 10s and practiced jumping as we counted. We have also been practicing our counting to 120. We do this together and slowwwwly. :) We also practiced the concept words: longer and shorter. In the picture section see Brennen's cool creation he started off making a long train of blocks and then made short parts to create a map! We also have been singing Greg and Steve's "Number Rock" which counts to 20. In writing we are still practicing drawing simple pictures and labeling them. This is really tricky, so any extra practice you can do is great for fine motor development. Even simple shapes are great to practice on. Breaking crayons in half gives a smaller item to grasp and can be easier for younger kids. Don't forget Monday is library day for everyone so please return your books! Thank you to those of you I saw for conferences this past week. I look forward to meeting with everyone else this week!