Friday, June 28, 2013

Learning Together

This week was spent continuing to enrich the keiki's exposure to literature. Some stories they enjoyed were Where the Wild Things Are, Miss Rumphius, and Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale. After the stories were discussed, everyone was involved in a writing assignment and fun activity.
Shapes (solid and plane) and Lines of Symmetry were the Math topics for the week.  The students were engaged in cool math games and activities. Look at these creations using shapes to form 'Jungle Animals' and 'Scenes of Symmetry' which were really quite awesome. Don't hesitate to visit our classroom filled with more of their treasured work.

What did your keiki enjoy the best during this summer school session so far? This Wordle explains it in a 'cloud'. Click to enlarge.

Have a restful weekend,
Mrs. Lee

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bright Skies are Ahead of Us

How can we get the keiki interested and involved in school?  Well, by planning many fun, collaborative, and critical thinking activities! That's what happened this week. 

Literacy lessons included a craftivity and some sort of writing.  Visit our classroom to view the vast array of beautiful work on display.

Coins and Time were the topics covered in Math.  Children learn best through active involvement with real objects. So our room is normally filled with 'learning' noise which is great because they are participating and working together with a partner.  Some of the games they played were Cup of Coins, Coins in the Piggy, and Human Clock.

Ask your child what skill they were learning as you view the slideshow together!
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Busy Keiki

Learning and playing go hand in hand, and that is what the keiki are doing everyday in K-1. It is an exciting experience for them as they share ideas, collaborate, and stretch their creativity. Activities are planned so they can be successful and build their confidence.

This week, Literacy continued to focus on books written by Ezra Jack Keats, an American writer and illustrator of childrens' books. He is known for his multicultural characters who faced dilemmas and held friendships, and lived in the city. Some of the books we enjoyed were: Jennie's Hat, Whistle for Willie, Apt 3, and Hi Cat!

Everyone was engaged in learning and playing games in Math about the place value of numbers to 100 and comparing the size of numbers.

Your child will enjoy explaining their activities shown in this short video.  Please share your interest with your keiki.

Have a wonderful weekend,
Mrs. Lee

Friday, June 7, 2013

Summer's Here

Summer School is in full swing.  Each day this week, your keiki listened to a different picture book written by Ezra Jack Keats.  Following the story, class discussion focused on the problem that the main character faced and the related solution that the character chose.  After each read-aloud and discussion, the keiki compared the different stories and plots using a graphic organizer on the IWB. As a  daily culminating activity, the students wrote their own problem-solving story and included an illustration.

This week's focus in Math was on patterns, addition, and subtraction. Numerous games were played which were great for review, practice, and enrichment.

Summer is a wonderful time to continue to encourage your child to read because:
1.  It improves their vocabulary.
2.  Reading saves energy. Isn't it better than watching television or playing video games?
3.  Reading helps with the skill of visualizing!
4.  They will learn interesting, and useful information for an assignment or for fun.
5.  Reading helps them to write better!
6.  Reading provides characters as role models and teaches them about social situations.
7.  It sets an example for other students so they'll read too.

Please remember:
  • Swim Classes are scheduled on Mondays.
  • Snacks and a water bottle should be brought daily as the keiki become hungry and thirsty.

Mrs. Lee