Friday, August 29, 2014

K-1 Activities

It was a busy week.  Some Kindergarten teachers from Japan spent time with us.  We had a nice time getting to know them even though we couldn't understand each other.

We listened to the story Leo the Late Bloomer and discussed the ways Leo "bloomed" in the story. It was exciting to see the things he could do after he bloomed.  After thinking of things we could do, we wrote and illustrated it on our flower petals.

Our 5 Senses Bear was the beginning of our unit on Senses.  It was fun to cut out all the circles and glue them together for the bear. The perfume on the cotton ball nose smelled so sweet too.

Aloha Parents,

The children have been raving about myON , the online library of books.  There is a great variety of books for them and they are in ebook heaven. Please continue encouraging your keiki to explore and enjoy the beautifully illustrated works and genres.

Students who are read to have a significant effect on reading and language development.  It also:
  • Prepares children for school and has a positive effect on academic success
  • Helps children see the connection between speech and the printed word
  • Aids in listening, comprehension, vocabulary, and thinking skills
  • Develops a good attitude toward reading and learning
  • Develops "book knowledge" or a familiarity with books, titles, authors, illustrators, plot, etc.
Students will be required to read a minimum of 5 books per month starting in September.  Remember, the sky is the help your child find a comfortable, pleasant environment and listen to the books together until s/he wishes to read alone.

These past few weeks were all about getting into the main core subjects.  The focus for them is as follows:
  • Literacy - Concept of Word, Rhyme Recognition, Word and Syllable Segmentation; Sharing Literature; Introduction to High Frequency Words: a, the, like; Free Write with an illustration
  • Math -Identify Spatial Relationship; Sort and Objects and Identify the Attribute of each Group; Concrete Graphs; Patterns
  • Social Studies - Friends and Family
  • Science - Our 5 Senses
I'm excited about teaching these students! I can't wait to see how much they learn and grow this year!!!

A few tidbits to remember:
  • Monday, September 1st - Labor Day, No school
  • Monday, September 8th - Buddhist Education begins
  • Wednesday, September 10th - Swim classes begin.  Please label all towels, swimwear, slippers, swimbags, and goggles (optional). They will need additional recyclable plastic bags for their wet suits and slippers.

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Lee

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