Dates to Remember

January 23...morning chapel/SOAR awards
January 27-February 1...National Lutheran Schools Week
February 1...Indoor Olympics/Early Release 11:15
February 6...Kindergarten Chapel

Great Times to Plan a Family Vacation (No School):
February 14-18...LEST/President's Day
April 1-5...Spring Break

Worth Taking a Day off Work Dates:
February 1...Indoor Olympics
February 6...Kindergarten Chapel
May 9...Kindergarten Mother's Day Tea 2-3:00
June 11...All School Field Day
June 12...Last Day of School, Closing Chapel, Kindergarten Graduation, Early Release


Tuesday, January 22, 2019

What do plants need to grow?

We predicted what plants needed to grow in science today.  Soon we will test our predictions with several experiments.  We hope our classroom will make a good green house in the coming weeks as we explore living systems and how they work.

This morning we learned that God knows every little thing about us.  We thanked Him for knowing and loving us completely.  This week after our daily devotions we will continue practicing on our chapel play about unity.  Students are learning their lines and how to say them with expression.

In reading this week we will focus on the vowel 'e', identifying it's long and short sound in words as we read them.  We'll also practice recalling and writing a sequence.

We're learning about different ways to make measurements and why they are important in math.  Today practiced putting lengths in order.  We'll put our measuring skills to the test when we begin to measure our plant's growth in science later on in the month.

At story time we heard a funny text about a message that was mixed up by some funny animals. 

We love learning centers at the end of the day!  Today we played a vowel toss game, built with legos, practiced math skills with a partner on OSMO and highlighted sight words on our weekly readers.

The rain didn't get us down!  Keep watching the weather to dress appropriately for school.

Blessings,

Mrs. Luoma

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

January is a great month to make progress

I love January.  It's a great time for getting a lot of learning done in Kindergarten.  It's also the time of year when everyone is ready to move a little faster and focus longer.  It's always exciting to see how quickly we can master new things compared to the beginning of the year.

This week we will start our days with a quick devotion and then practice for our chapel play.  Students are learning their lines, understanding timing and direction and enjoying a creative process. 

In reading we are moving into a new unit and will focus first on comparing and contrasting different characters in a text.  In writing we will practice writing using a time sequence and always working toward good sentence structure.

We'll be finishing up our chapter on numbers 10-20 in math.  Our class really rocked it understanding how to decompose those numbers into a group of tens and ones yesterday.  I'm excited to move into our new chapter on measurements soon.  We'll be able to apply what we learn in science right away as we measure growth in germinating seeds.

It will be fun to learn more about living systems in science as we study plants and set up experiments in the classroom.

During our learning center practice time we are busy doing art, building, practicing vowel sounds and careful counting.

Blessings on your day,

Mrs. Luoma

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Learning new rules for vowels

In reading we are beginning to learn about long vowel rules.  Today we practiced on a word sort and organized reading short and long 'a' words.  We will be moving through all the vowels and practicing using the silent 'e' and double vowel rules.

It's been a well spent week in math, practicing both counting and writing numbers from 10-20.  Tomorrow we will practice decomposing numbers into 10's and 1's.

Chapel practice is going well,  we are so proud of how well everyone is trying to learn their lines and follow directions.  Everyone is excited to teach the school about unity.

In science today we refined our definition of  'living' and then practiced categorizing things.  Afterwards we began a list of living and non-living things.

We enjoyed time in the library and we practiced sight words in the classroom.

All our hard work will pay off!

Mrs. Luoma

Monday, January 7, 2019

Our first full week in the new year!

What's new in Kindergarten this week?

In our Bible studies we are finishing the story of the Magi and will begin practice on our chapel play coming in early February.  Everyone is super excited to learn more about the parts they will play in teaching the school about unity.
We're excited to begin learning the rules for long vowel sounds in reading and apply them to our writing.  Our focus is on sentence structure now, remembering to begin each sentence with an uppercase letter, finger spacing between words and finishing with an end mark.  Ask your child to sing the song we learned about sentence structure!
In math we will be practicing careful counting to 20, number order and decomposing numbers into two groups. 
It will be exciting to begin a new science unit on living things.  First we will develop questions to analyze if something is living, then we will begin learning about the life cycle of a plant.
Our class is beginning to pick up pace and stretch themselves as they move deeper into reading and writing, math and science. It's so exciting to watch our class learn.

Thank you for all you do to help your child at home,

Mrs. Luoma

Thursday, January 3, 2019

It's a New Year

It was a great day of new beginnings as we returned to the classroom.  Today we found our new seats, used new pencils, started writing the new date on our papers, and we learned a new character word 'attentive' that began a new table competition. 
We began our day recalling the story of the Magi.  Once we finish, we will begin practicing for our chapel play coming up next month.
In reading we reviewed how far we've come with reading and writing skills. The class then showed us excellent writing as we practiced writing our first and last names in the morning. 
We practiced multiple math strategies as we counted and compared numbers greater than 10.  We will spend several more practice days refining our skills before the chapter 6 test next week.
After P.E. we defined our new character word and discussed ways to be attentive in our actions and words.
At story time the class enjoyed a sweet story about snow.  Students identified setting changes in the text.
We loved finding new books during our library time and enjoyed a couple of stories about squirrels.  We also began some colorful snowflakes that will decorate our classroom window soon.  I think everyone is hoping for some January snow!
It was delightful to be back with the class after the Christmas break.  Everyone was here, everyone was happy and everyone worked hard today.  Beautiful!

Mrs. Luoma

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Be Joyful!

We had a short little, joy filled week in Kindergarten.  Everyday there were Christmas surprises: a visit from Santa, performing in the Christmas program and having a fun Christmas party in our classroom.  We saw so many smiles and excited faces.  That's just one of the reason's we love teaching your kids, each day they bring their own unique personalities and happy spirits to school.

We pray you have a wonderful Christmas break with your family and friends.  Laugh, rest, make great memories and be thankful.  We will do the same and look forward to a great new year with you in January.

Blessings,

Mrs. Luoma

Monday, December 10, 2018

It's Looking Like Christmas!

We are all noticing the frosty and snowy weather outside and we are busy inside making lots of Christmas projects.  It just feels good!

This week in Kindergarten we will finish the story of the birth of Jesus at Bible study time.  This same story is brought to life in music as we practice singing for our big Christmas program.  On Friday we'll have our first big K-8 practice in the gym.

In math we will begin the next chapter on numbers 11-20.  Students will learn to decompose these numbers into ten frames and practice understanding place value.

We are finishing the first module in our third unit in reading.  Students are learning to recall and write about story events in order.  We also will practice using a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two texts we've been studying.  Every other day we learn and practice new sight words, reviewing those we've already covered.  Our focus is on segmenting words that can be read phonetically, identifying the beginning, middle and ending sounds. 

We will finish our unit in science on engineering, materials and recycling by making new recycled paper from the scraps from our class.  Hopefully each student has a new interest to reuse, reduce and recycle at school and at home.  We'll have time to add a STEM project based on a Christmas story and build creative traps for run a way cookies.

Learning center time is progressing to often have a student led center each day.  This helps students practice leadership.

The learning never ends.  It is always growing and new and fun.

Thank you for growing with your child,

Mrs. Luoma