Dear Families, Our annual Mitten Tree will be set up in the Hambright lobby. Let’s synergize and fill our tree with mittens, hats, scarves and gloves that will be donated to families in need. All sizes from infant to adult will be accepted. Donations must be new and are due by Friday, December 21. Thank you for helping to keep Penn Manor families warm this winter!
What is Modified Kindergarten? Inclement Weather procedures are listed under the Inclement Weather Tab on this blog, but I wanted to repost it here since it is the first inclement weather of the year…
Two-hour delays with modified kindergarten: All school-related functions, including transportation, will begin exactly two hours later, except PM Kindergarten which will start one hour later. Please read below:
Modified kindergarten schedule: Morning kindergarten will start at 11 a.m. and run until 12:45 p.m. Afternoon kindergarten will run from 1:45 p.m. until the regular dismissal time.
Thank you and I will see you tomorrow!
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Our Second Unit in Social Studies is called “Families and Neighborhoods.”
Last week we had a great time focusing on our families! We made a book about our families that will be displayed in our classroom library…thank you for sending in your family pictures to complete this special project!
After we counted the adults and children in our families, we made Family Trees – The pictures above are two examples of them hanging in the hallway.
We read “Bear’s Busy Family.” Each person in Bear’s family liked to do different things. We talked about different things the people in our family like to do too! We also played a cross-over game about who is in our family! We also listened to Dr. Jean’s “We’re Goin’ On A Bearhunt.” The students loved searching for the bear through the peanut butter river and jelly swamp! Press here or on the picture below to hear the song!
We also read “Bee Bim Bop.” This story is about a little girl whose family loves to make a traditional Korean dish called, “Bee Bim Bop.” After we read the story, we wrote about a food that we like to eat with our families!
The Little Series!!! This is one of my favorite series of all time!!!
We read, “Little Pea,” “Little Oink” and “Little Hoot.” All of these endearing books were written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace. Each character in the “Little” series does not like something that his mom and dad make him do. We laughed along with one another when we found out that Little Pea does not like to eat candy (because that’s what you have to do when you’re a pea), Little Oink does not like making a mess (because that’s what you have to do when you’re a pig) , and Little Hoot does not like to stay up late (because that’s what you have to do when you’re an owl) . Ask your children more about these books.
Throughout this week, we talked about how we are different and how we are special. We read two stories that show we are all special, but we are also different. “Ellie” by Mike Wu (Click on the title for a reading of the story) is about a sweet elephant who saves the zoo when she discovers her artistic talent! Ellie showed us that we all have things that we can do and that is what makes us each special. We spent time talking and affirming each other about the things we can do!
We also read the story, “Elmer,” by David McKee (Click on the title for a reading of the story). Elmer showed us that we are special because of our differences and that life would be boring if we were all the same. We painted with watercolors and talked about our favorite part of the story and also what makes us different and special!
Thank you to everyone who has sent in school supplies. You are all very generous and our kindergartners will have what they need to start the year with everything you have sent in.
We had a great first week! Your children are all very special. I have really enjoyed getting to know them better each day. They are doing a great job adjusting to our kindergarten schedule and routine. They are being friendly, kind, and they have been such good listeners while I am teaching. As you spend time giving your child hugs this weekend, please give them an extra one from me! Oh, and please tell them they are doing a great job in kindergarten and that I love having them in our classroom! Here are some highlights:
We met Kinderoo and Joey! We listened to a story called, “Pouch,” by David Ezra Stein where a Joey kangaroo tries exploring on his own, but when he gets scared, he jumps into his momma’s pouch! We laughed at the funny faces the Joey kangaroo made. He feels better at the end of the story when he makes a new friend!
We learned it is important to feel safe in school. If we follow the school rules, we keep ourselves and others safe! We also learned it takes time to feel safe in a new place and making new friends can help us feel better….so we spent time getting to know each other by playing together on the playground!
On our second day of school, we celebrated riding on the school bus! Listening to quality children’s literature brings a unique shared experience for children and also helps to develop their early reading skills! We listened to the story, “Don’t Let The Pigeon Ride The Bus!” by Mo Willems. (Click on the title or book picture below for a reading of the story!) We laughed and laughed through this fun story!! The students were engaged with the pigeon throughout the reading. He begged them to let him ride the bus, but the children adamantly told him, “No!” After the reading, we glued the pigeon onto a bus. Some of us let him drive the bus, and some did not – take a look at the yellow school bus your child brought home…What did he/she decide to let the pigeon do? We graphed our results on the board and we saw that most of us let him drive the bus after all!
If you’re a parent, the sound of little voices saying, “Read it again!” is undoubtedly something you’ve heard often. The desire to reread a story is very common among young children. And their favorite books always seem to be at the top of the stack. While adults may find rereading children’s books a bit monotonous, young readers and pre-readers savor the repetition of the language and the familiarity of stories, as well as the cozy feeling of sitting close to a loved one with a book. Rereading not only makes children happy, it also builds confidence and enhances reading comprehension.