We had a busy day! We had a bus evacuation drill this morning. This is a drill we have twice a year where students learn what to do in the case of an emergency on the bus. The children did a great job listening to directions. Ask me to tell you what I should do if there is an emergency on the bus.
Today we also looked for differences between information or non-fiction books and literary or fiction texts. The children looked through our collection of books and found an example of each kind of book then shared with a partner, then a few shared with the whole group. We looked at the cover, back and title pages, but also peeked inside the books. We will dig deeper into information books and their text features later in the year. We thought about questions that might be answered in the information books we chose.
We made birthday cards for Mrs. Oglesby today. We talked about what goes on a birthday card, and how when you buy a birthday card you look for a card that has something on it the recipient might like. We know Mrs. Oglesby loves kids and Bells Mill, but that she also loves Elvis and the Baltimore Orioles. We looked at some pictures of both and added those to our cards. We talked about what goes on the outside of the card, and the message on the inside. We also made sure we signed the cards with our names so Mrs. Oglesby would know who made them for her.
Please be sure to check your child's folder for a few papers and an interim report. Everyone gets these so you know how your child is doing. For kindergarten, it's just a start; we have spent a lot of time learning routines, testing, and learning before getting graded assignments, so this reflects a limited number of assignments. We are really off to a great start with children coming in with strong skills that we can build on. The kids are doing a great job of working in Literacy Stations and Math Workshop so children can be pulled into small groups, or I can plug into a group in Math Workshop to see how the children are doing with some of the games we have introduced. We finally opened our desktop computers and some children played a fun subitizing game that focused on ten frames.
Have a great weekend!