Mark Those Calendars
- Field Trip THIS week: Monday April 17 9:00-12:30 at the Youth Science
Institute/Vasona Park in San Jose, CA. Please arrive by 8:30am and label your car seats! See carpool list, below this section.
- Community Snack Schedule: This week is the Martines family. Please use the snack signup genius here to sign up for a week to bring snack. Let the Snack Coordinator Kudsana (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you need special accommodations or are unable to fulfill your commitment. And a BIG thank you to the Carroll family for snack last week!
- Board Meeting: Wednesday April 19, 6:30-9:00pm
- PSC Meeting: Thursday April 20, 6:30-9:00pm
- Spring Fun Faire: Saturday April 29th
- Silent Auction: Saturday May 13th (adults only) at Shir Hadash in Los Gatos. Christina (art coordinator) will help children make a plushy sensory reading rug for
our auction item and we need donations SOFT yarn in various ocean hues (blue and green). Thanks!
- Kinder Pod Performs for Community Sing! All families are welcome to join us on the last Fridays of each month for the sing. However, the kindergarten pod will be performing Friday April 28th for the school. Click here to see all the dates and who’s performing!
- Spring Break: Saturday April 1 – Sunday April 16th
- FUTURE Parent Meeting Dates: Wednesday April 26th, Wednesday May 24th, andWednesday June 14th.
Youth Science Institute Field Trip Carpool List
- The Spring Green Feast: On March 31st from 12:00-12:50pm, we’ll celebrate the
coming of spring having a fun GREEN feast of all green foods provided by the bounty of the earth. Sort of like Stone Soup, everyone brings in an item to make salads, and that item also serves as a side dish for kids to choose from. The Green Feast is to remind us of the wonderful gifts and mysteries of nature’s goodness 🙂
- Skill Sharing: Many children have brought in toy items and it’s become a contest. The items keep getting bigger and newer and have created an imbalance in the system of power and social status within our classroom, solely based on toys being shared. So, we will STOP bringing in items and start bringing in SKILLS! Everyone is good at something and this spring is everyone’s time to shine. I discussed it with them and then asked the
definition of a skill. They gave the definition you see below in the explanation. Then, kids raised hands to volunteer a skill they wanted to share. Take a look at the schedule so far! We will share every Friday, and Claudia shared her skills for us 🙂
- Math: We made April Calendars for when we return, played jelly bean counting games and practiced graphing, and played “mystery number challenges” where children opened differently leveled challenge cards and had to create the numbers given in base 10 blocks: 10’s rods, 1’s units (called “baby ones” or “cubes”), and the 100’s flat blocks. They saw how 10 rods of 10 made a flat 100 block. Children were inspired to make their own challenge cards and have others try to complete them! We also talked about equations with base 10 blocks.
- Literacy: Spring Booklets and making complete sentences to describe the different sensory aspects of spring (I feel…I see…I smell….etc.)
- Kinder Pod-Wide Spring Celebration: Friday March 31st before the potluck
(10:30-11:45am). We had some fun activities we will have include visiting baby chicks, making bead worms, eggs-ercise hunts, egg races, egg dying, egg decorating, planting, petting baby chicks, flower printing with vegetables, etc!
- Spring Fun: We made little origami baskets for spring time and the children received bubbles and jelly beans inside them on Friday. The baskets served as a way to hold the things they made or won during the pod-wide celebration.
- Post-Green Feast Community Outreach: Dramatic play and philanthropy meet in
this kindergarten classroom! We had a bunch of food leftover and children decided to play “healthy fast food restaurant.” They used the little dixie cups and leftover foods to make ‘shooters’ or amuse bouches to share with other classes. They proudly walked around the pod and school with a tray welcoming others to try their creations!
- Weekly Kid Read-Alouds: Dominic and Logan
- Passover: The major Jewish spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery, lasting seven or eight days was April 10-18th. We read a few books about this and hoped to make macaroons for cooking but the parent willing to do it was unable to come in, last minute. After break, we’ll do it though!
- Animal Visitor: Sheila (Claudia’s mom) brought a gopher snake!
- Literacy: Drawing and writing reflections on their favorite part of space day!
- Story Workshop: Children made their story workshop stories with the loose parts cart and we finished sharing the 5 stories from the previous week, on Wednesday via power point. Children have 10 seconds to look at someone’s work, then say what they think it might be. After, either I or they read their story and explain what the parts represent. They have time for 1 minute of questions or comments. So far, everyone has been warmly received and supported!
- Science: No science – field trip!
- Art: Making the pom-poms for the sensory rug we’re auctioning for the Spring Fun Fair auction item!
- Just-Right Reading! Each morning, parents can help kids choose leveled books totake home and practice reading with children. Please be sure to return the books and put them in the proper bins!
- 1-on-1 Reading: From now on, I will take emerging and beginner readers (Fountas & Pinnell level A-G) 1-on-1 to practice reading and work on sight words during Quiet Time, and both mid-range readers (H-K) and high readers (L-N, and above) will go with TK teacher Carol for guided readings group 1-2x a week. I also read 1-on-1 with children who ask during exploration, as well.
- Field Trip: Tuesday March 28th at NASA Ames Research Center which tied in nicely to the space unit we’re doing.
Field Trip: NASA Ames Research Center
After hearing Ellie Luz read last month, many other children felt inspired to read to the
class, too. They begged me to create a sign-up and kept asking when they would read! So, we took time today to create this list, below. They chose where on the list they wanted to be (knowing the higher or lower they were meant sooner or later), but please talk with your child about when they’re scheduled to read and whether they’ll be able to prepare their book, by then. If your child would like to go a little later on the list, in order to practice a book that he/she is comfortable it be ready to read it on his own, please let me know.
We talked as a class about read-alouds and how children prepared themselves to read for the class. Ellie Luz said that she practiced that ONE book both at school and at home with her family for a month. Genevieve said she practiced it at home a bunch of times and wanted to share it. Dominic and Logan said the same thing! I want to be very clear that this list is not about a list of books that they choose and I read aloud. This is the list that the kids asked me to put together, because they wanted to read a book to the class themselves. If your child’s goal is to do this, but he/she’s not ready right now, I can definitely have him/her go later! For children who aren’t reading yet but volunteered, too, they could simply do a picture walk (narrating the story orally based on each picture)! The last option is perhaps they can read with a partner, taking turns, or they can read a page and I read a page. The bottom line is that I want them to take as much ownership over this activity as possible 🙂
What type of book?
Whatever book they want! From BOB books to picture books. It’s their choice of whatever makes them feel comfortable and CONFIDENT J
List of read-aloud dates and students:
- Genevieve 3/24
Logan 3/29 Dominic 3/30
- Claudia 4/20
- Jada 4/21
- Maddie S./Izzy 4/28
- Nakiya 5/11
- Pranav 5/12
- Tyler 5/18
- Maddie K. 6/1
- Sthanika 6/2
- Sadie 6/7
- Donovan 6/8
- Quentin 6/9
- Oscar 6/13
- Byron 6/14
- Nadia 6/15
- Cameron 6/16
Opted Out (for now?)
Spring Green Feast and Pod-wide Celebration
NEW! Friday Skill Sharing Schedule (9:00-9:30am)
Children will have an opportunity to explain, demonstrate and field question/comments
on ONE (1) skill of their choice. Some have to decide WHICH SKILL because they thought of two. Those children have an (*) next to their name. They have 5-10 minutes each. You can discuss with them how they may want to show their skill, what props they might need, how they will utilize the space of our classroom safely, and help them prepare for this public speaking opportunity by rehearsing it with them. I will prepare the children to be encouraging, kind, and respectful audience members. Some children already told me what they chose as a skill. So that’s why some names already have a skill in parenthesis. If your child has not chosen a skill, yet, please help them choose and prepare before their debut! Please see the following sign-ups, this week’s in bold:
- March 31: Cici (Flexibility), *Genevieve (Art) and Oscar (T-ball)
- April 21: Byron (Karate) and *Nadia (Dancing or Singing?)
- April 28: Tyler (Dance moves), Ellie (Drawing) and Logan (_________)
- May 5: Donovan (Hockey), Pranav (Gymnastics), Maddie S. (Gymnastics)
- May 12: Dominic (Basketball) and Jada (Gymnastics)
- May 26: Maddie K (Gymnastics) and Henry (Gymnastics)
- June 2: Sthanika (_________) and Nakiya (Teaching reading)
- June 9: Cameron (Gymnastics) and Nicholas (_______), Steele (Protecting)
- June 16: Quentin (Running) and Sadie (Dance moves)