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Schedulin Sunday: Five Senses And Families

It’s Schedulin Sunday! This week we’re continuing to introduce centers (write the room, lightbox, and sensory bins this week!), focus on routines and procedures, pulling groups, and learning about our five senses and families! And if you’re keeping track, we’re still unpacking boxes…and wondering where things are in our new house. Especially me. The mister does a great job of unpacking stuff and organizing it, then I wander around looking for stuff!

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ABC BOOTCAMP

We continue our district-mandated foundational skills curriculum this week along with ABC BOOTCAMP! We complete district required curriculum and supplement it with ABC BOOTCAMP as part of our phonics and phonemic awareness lessons. ABC BOOTCAMP is aligned to the science of reading, is research-based, and uses best practices. And it’s FUN AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE! How effective? After 26 days, classrooms see an average of 80% mastery of sounds and letters!

Students are encouraged to bring in objects for each sound. We say the word (building vocabulary), identify the sound (phonemic awareness), spell the sound, and write the sound (phonics) and Mr. Greg draws the picture. If students don’t bring an object, we just brainstorm words for each sound. The objects help overcome language and vocabulary barriers. And yes, YOU MUST DRAW THE PICTURES! It’s a key part of ABC BOOTCAMP. The pictures connect the sound to known words/objects which is necessary for students to learn sounds!

Reading Comprehension-Five Senses Research Project

This week we kick off our required reading curriculum by learning about the five senses. We supplement with our Five Senses Research Project. We are required to do 3 lessons a week so that’s what we do. We focus on the “learn” section of each lesson and use our research project to scaffold and support student learning!

This week we will do a notice and wonder chart, make a list of all things we experience with our five senses, write about our favorite food and talk about feeling words! Students will record their learning in their research journals!

And we will make Potato Head because it’s the perfect art project for the five senses!

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Families Research Project

This week we also start our Families Research Project. I think this is one of our most important research projects all year. It is so important for us to learn about families and how we all have different families. It’s so important that we learn that families are families no matter how they look and that we foster kindness and tolerance.

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This week we will read Families Families Families and The Family Book. We will create a circle chart of who is in our family. The kids will draw a picture of their family. We will also create a tree map of families! And they will record all of their learning in their research journals!

families theme kindergarten

As part of our Families Research Project, we will make our self-portraits! I LOVE this project because I love seeing how the kids see themselves and how creative they can be at making their portraits! This is process art where I model a step and the kids do it. They choose their own colors for everything and create their own portrait!

Math

We continue NUMBER BOOTCAMP this week!

As part of our Number Bootcamp, we learn to explicitly write the numbers!

number bootcamp

This year our district is using Illustrative Math as our math curriculum. We will be completing those lessons and supplementing them with our Math It Up! resources. This week’s lessons are about counting and using one-to-one correspondence. Many of this week’s require lessons will be fairy quick so we will supplement with with ten frames to really focus on one-to-one correspondence.

One of our favorite activities is our ten frames on the floor game! We will make a ten frame using bean bags and a giant ten frame on the floor! This is very hands-on and great for one-to-one correspondence! The ten frame is made using strips from Sit Spots. The numbers are also Sit Spots! We highly recommend Sit Spots for the classroom!

Foodie Fun Friday

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This week we are making a new snack: rainbow parfaits because families are rainbows! These are simply layers of yogurt and fruity pebbles! Stay tuned for details!

Mad Science Thursday

This week is our first Mad Science Thursday! And as is tradition, we start by making magic potion!

And yes, you must dress the part!

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