Senior Kindergarten Updates Archive

SK update May

Happy Summer!

 

It was a fantastic year in Senior Kindergarten! The personal, social and academic growth this year was inspiring.  Each student grew in more ways than ever. All are on their way to be confident, fluent readers and mathematicians.  Their friendships also evolved to make them more caring, empathetic individuals. I can’t wait to watch them grow throughout their years at Rohan Woods!

Sincerely,

Kristen Masiel

Senior Kindergarten Teacher

SK update March

Happy (almost) Spring!

 

The Seniors had a very fun and eventful month of February.  Between Father’s Breakfast, the 100th day of school and Valentine’s Day, the Seniors had plenty to look forward to during the month.

 

In Language Arts, we continued the theme of Ocean Life.  The favorite story in this unit was a true story about Humphrey the whale.  Humphrey lost his pod in the San Francisco Bay and ended up swimming up a river.  This story described Humphrey’s journey and how humans helped to save him. These Seniors were on the edge of their seats, waiting to hear if Humphrey would turn around and swim back to the ocean!  The discussions during and after this story brought about many questions, predictions and clarifications to further comprehension of the story.

 

The Seniors have also been working extremely hard on reading fluency.  We have learned over 60 sight words and are working on more complicated long vowel patterns and consonant blends.  Each and every Seniors’ reading is exploding and confidence skyrocketing as they become more fluent readers.

 

The chapters in Math this month concentrated on numbers to 100 and shapes.  The Seniors explored both flat and solid shapes, using the correct vocabulary to describe them.  We also worked on creating larger numbers using tens and ones. Finally, we compared sets of numbers, describing them as greater, less, more or fewer.  

 

We are moving along in our Project work as well as we learn all about the mail system.  We have begun our construction of our classroom post office.  We painted boxes white and blue and will be adding details to create a mail truck and mailbox.  The representational drawings we created of these items will help the Seniors notice the details and make accurate models for our post office.  

 

I can’t believe we are heading into the final trimester of the school year!  We are working hard in Senior Kindergarten to get ready for First Grade!

 

Fondly,

Kristen Masiel

Senior Kindergarten Teacher

SK update Jan

Happy New Year!

 

It’s been a fun first week back after Winter Break.  The Seniors definitely missed their friends and were happy to reunite last week.  Although we are in the dead of winter, many exciting events are on the horizon in Senior Kindergarten!

 

During the month of December, the Seniors worked on blending sounds to read words.  We have discussed all letter sounds including short vowels. Many Seniors’ reading is taking off!  They are reading more challenging words and beginning to incorporate long vowel patterns and blends when they sound out longer words.  We have also learned 54 sight words! The class enjoys reading these words and making up sentences using a sight word. This knowledge has helped SK writing skills too.  The Seniors continue to practice stretching out words to write the sounds they hear while remembering spaces between words and ending punctuation.

We have been working on both two- and three-dimensional shapes during Math.  The class can confidently identify shapes and name the number of sides and corners.  We also discussed the faces on three-dimensional shapes and named real-life objects that remind us of the shapes.  This month, we will move onto learning about numbers to 100, including counting by 2s, 5s and 10s.

 

Our Project work about community helpers has been very exciting for the Seniors.  We enjoyed visits by community experts and are beginning to narrow our Project to a study of the post office.  We will be interviewing a letter carrier and exploring how mail gets to our house.

 

We look forward to the upcoming events on the 100th day, Father’s Breakfast and Valentine’s Day all next month!

 

Fondly,

Kristen Masiel

Senior Kindergarten Teacher

SK update December

Happy December!

 

The Seniors have been hard at work this past month.  We learned so much about the history of the first Thanksgiving and compared it to Thanksgiving today.  We also began a new unit in Language Arts and finished a couple chapters in Math.

Our current unit in Language Arts is all about Teamwork.  We read two pieces, one fiction and one non-fiction, about the meaning of teamwork and how people (and animals!) work together.  The Seniors love to point out examples of themselves using teamwork throughout the school day. Our favorite story has been Swimmy.  In this story, one little fish saves a school of his friends from a hungry tuna by teaching them to swim together to make themselves look like one giant fish.  During the story, the Seniors used the comprehension strategies of visualization and predicting to further their understanding. Following the story, the class compared and contrasted the different fish and discussed how teamwork was important to this story.  

The Seniors have made tremendous progress in phonics and reading.  We have discussed all consonant sounds and short vowels. They are working on putting these sounds together to both read and write words including beginning, middle and ending sounds.  Two favorite videos we have watched about vowel sounds are about the “silent e” and “when two vowels go walking.” Both songs help the Seniors to read long vowel sounds.

The Math chapters in Singapore Math this month focused on size, position and numbers to 20.  We worked on placing objects in certain positions and following teacher directions. For example, put the bear under the art table or put the bear beside the trash can.  We also compared the size of objects, using the words big and small. Finally, we worked on numbers to 20 including counting using a 10-frame and counting past 10 on fingers with a partner.  

In Project, we began our visits from local community helper experts.  We thoroughly enjoyed a the presentation from two US Coast Guard members and even got to take home a book about the Coast Guard!  The Seniors are looking forward to upcoming visits from a nurse and a postal worker!

Have a wonderful holiday season!

Fondly,

Kristen Masiel
Senior Kindergarten Teacher

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SK update November

Happy November!

 

The month of October was full of learning and fun in Senior Kindergarten.  We had many special events such as Grandparents’ Day, a visit from the Glendale firefighters, an assembly with a local author and, of course, HALLOWEEN!

In addition to these fun special activities, lots of learning happened in SK.  The Seniors are making HUGE progress on reading. We have now learned over 30 sight words and are using them to write sentences during Writing Workshop.  The Seniors are also learning to stretch out unfamiliar words to write the sounds they hear including beginning, middle and ending sounds. Each Senior also has a “spaceman” to keep in their pencil box.  This helps them to visualize spaces between words when writing sentences. It is amazing to see the growth in sounding words out and spelling words in just the first 50 days of Senior Kindergarten!

 

We have now completed 4 chapters in Math in Focus.  The Seniors can compare shapes, sizes and weights to measure objects.  We also continue to work on the foundation of addition and subtraction, learning that a bigger number can be broken into two smaller numbers.  We have also completed many Halloween themed math centers such as measuring pumpkins, patterning green and orange pumpkins and building pumpkin stems to match a given number.

 

The SK class continues to make progress on our Project, as well.  During the next month, we are looking forward to visit by many community helper experts including a Coast Guard member, police officer and postal worker!

 

It’s been a busy month in SK with many more exciting happenings as we enter the holiday season!

 

Sincerely,

Kristen Masiel

Senior Kindergarten Teacher

Sincerely,

Kristen Masiel

Senior Kindergarten Teacher

SK update October

Hello, Fall!

The Seniors are enjoying the cooler temperatures these last few days while discussing things we like to do in the Fall.  Do you like to rake leaves? Do you like to jump in leaf piles? These are a few of the questions of the day welcoming the Senior Kindergartenerss each morning.

The SK class is confident and comfortable with the new routines.  They read the daily schedule independently, transition between activities with ease and take care of their responsibilities.  The biggest responsibility in SK is taking care of your very own desk for the first time. Seniors are learning to keep their books, pencil boxes and papers neat and organized.  They especially love to use wipes to clean the top of their desk!

Another important responsibility is monitoring and crossing off completed centers during Reading Workshop. On Mondays, the Seniors are given a visual checklist and nine new centers.  It is their job to complete all nine centers by Friday to earn free choice time. Learning to get straight to work and complete work in a timely manner is a goal for the year.

Our first Language Arts unit centers around The Red, White and Blue.  The Seniors have listened to various stories about the United States while practicing the reading comprehension skills of visualizing, predicting, asking questions and categorizing.  The class has loved learning about different American symbols and the history of the American flag.

In Math, the Seniors worked on the single digit numbers.  We learned how to properly form each number with a model, always starting at the top. Counting using one-to-one correspondence and matching equal groups are other skills emphasized in this unit.  The Seniors especially loved taking their first Math “test” and using the “offices” for privacy. They can’t wait until our next test!

It’s been a fabulous month of growth for our Senior Kindergarteners.  I look forward to watching the continued progress throughout the school year. Current progress will be shared with parents on Friday, October 12 at Parent Teacher Conferences,  Be sure to log into Bloomz to choose a time.

 

Sincerely,

Kristen Masiel

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SK update September

It's been a GREAT first couple weeks of Senior Kindergarten!  The students are quickly learning the new routines.  I've never seen a group so excited to get their very own desk, pencil box and even workbooks!  They really feel like big kids!  

The first few weeks of school were all about learning the new routines. Reading workshop center choices were slowly introduced for Seniors to learn location and expectations for work.  During the second week, all workshop centers were opened, and Seniors chose centers on their own -- keeping track of centers completed in their reading workshop folder.  By Friday, all finished their work and were thrilled to earn free choice time!  Reading workshop activities will continue to change every Monday; earning free choice time on Fridays if all work is completed first.  (CONTINUED)

The Seniors have been completing Math work as a whole group and in center work with Junior Kindergarten friends.  We began the Math in Focus, Singapore Math curriculum.  The first chapter works on finding similarities and differences while also working on numbers 0-5.   Math centers with the JK will take place twice a week with six centers focusing on the areas of time and money, number sense, measurement, games, manipulatives and Legos.  Students will work both in small groups completing an activity independently and in small groups with a teacher.  

Another exciting event of the past few weeks was meeting our buddies!  Seniors are partnered with Third and Fourth graders and meet with them twice a week.  On Mondays, we will be together to check out books in the Library.  Fridays will involve doing a project together.  Last week, the older buddies interviewed their SK buddy to learn a little more about each other.

It's been a busy, full first few weeks of school.  I am looking forward to watching the growth and learning that happens this year in Senior Kindergarten. 

Please join me for Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 13 to learn more about Senior Kindergarten.  This is a very important night for parents to attend to hear about what your child will learn and ask any questions about curriculum or routines.

Fondly,

Kristen Masiel
Senior Kindergarten Teacher

Welcome to Senior Kindergarten!!!

Welcome to Senior Kindergarten!!!

I am so excited to begin this year with a new batch of Senior Kindergarteners!  It is going to be an amazing year full of fun, friends and learning.  I can't wait to see everyone on Tuesday!

Fondly,

Kristen Masiel
Senior Kindergarten Teacher

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SK update 6.1

It's been a FABULOUS two years with this amazing bunch of kids!  I can't wait to watch them grow throughout their years at Rohan Woods.

Have a great summer and don't forget to read, practice sight words and work on math!

Fondly,

Kristen Masiel

SK update 5.1

April was a month full of learning and growth in Senior Kindergarten.  The Seniors are well on their way to First Grade! Reading fluency is improving, sight word knowledge is expanding and number sense is blooming!  Must have been all the April showers that helped them grow!

Language Arts this month worked with reading sentences and blending sounds.  Students have stretched their phonics skills to include blends, digraphs and long vowel sounds.  We played many games changing one sound in a word to create a new word. A word chain, for example, could start with back and end with stop, just changing one sound at a time.  We have also worked on strategies to sound out longer words by visually chunking the parts of a word around the vowels. This helps to determine the number of syllables and break a long word down into pieces to better sound out.  We also continue to read big book non-fiction stories, analyzing the main idea and supporting details.

 

We completed three units this  month in Math in Focus.  These chapters focused on calendar patterns, counting on/back and patterns.  Calendar skills are clearly a strength for this group, having practiced everyday during their RWS careers.  The class most enjoyed making a real 2018 calendar, highlighting all of the important birthdays! Counting on and counting back is an important skill leading to addition and subtraction.  This skill will be used during our next chapter on number facts to 10.

 

We FINALLY were able to work in the garden after the April rain and cold stopped at the end of the month.  These hard workers cleaned out two flower beds, including some very deep roots and even a tree trunk! The Seniors have also enjoyed watching the birds and butterflies out the classroom window, taking pictures of everything!

 

We are looking forward to the last month of SK!  This smart, caring bunch will be well prepared to move onto First Grade!

 

Sincerely,

Kristen Masiel

Senior Kindergarten Teacher

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