The kindergarteners celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday this week. We enjoyed reading and listening to his books and learning about the author & illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss). Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 books. If he was still alive, he would be over 100 years old. One of the fun parts of Dr. Seuss’s stories are that they rhyme. Each time we read one of his books, we found all of the different rhyming words. We worked a lot on rhyming this week. We even made our own rhyming book. We also worked on identifying two different kinds of sentences, asking (questions) and telling (statements). Then we each wrote a letter to the Cat in the Hat telling him about ourselves and asking him questions. The highlight of the week was when we read Green Eggs and Ham and then made green eggs and ham. We each got an opportunity to crack open two eggs and then mix up the batter with the hand mixer. We ended the week at church with a Lenten Retreat. We spent the day focusing on Lent and getting ready for Easter.
Monday: In reading, we were introduced to our new letter sound and letter, Vv. After watching the video, we identified words that begin with the /v/. Then we completed our letter w sorting worksheet. Next we listened to the story, Dr. Seuss, and we read the book, All About Theodor Seuss Geisel. There were both biographies about his life. We also watched a short video clip. We found out Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated 44 books. If he was still alive, he would be over 100 years old. His real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel. His birthday is March 2nd. He wasn’t a doctor. He just put doctor in front of his name to make him sound more important. Finally we listened to the to the story of the Cat in the Hat. Then we made Cat in the Hat hats. The Cat in the Hat wears a very distinctive hat. It is red and white striped. We had to color the hat just like the original, red and white striped. Starting and ending with red. In religion, we reviewed the first 4 Stations of the Cross. Then we talked about the 5th Station: Simon Helps Jesus Carry His Cross. We also worked on our March letters for the Seniors at Ecumen. We had to color a picture and cut it out. Then Ms. Torborg glued it on a card. Our last step was to add the words “Happy St. Patrick’s Day” to the inside. In math, we played a new game, Hiding Bears. We started with 10 bears and a cup. We pretended the cup was a bear den. One person hid some bears in the den. Then the other person had to figure out how many bears were hiding in the den. To figure out the answer, we had to use the bears left. If we didn’t know the “tens pair”, we could use our finger or count on to figure it out. Tuesday: Today is Read Across America Day in honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. Throughout the day Ms. Torborg would randomly shout read. When we heard it, we had to drop everything we were doing, get our reading bin, and read a book. We would spend about 5 minutes reading the books in our bin. Our schedule was a little different today. We started with an introduce to our two new sight words, look & be. Then we reviewed all of our sight words. After title and reading stations, we read the story Green Eggs and Ham. Then we made green eggs and ham. We each got an opportunity to crack open two eggs and then mix up the batter with the hand mixer. Ms. Torborg cooked our eggs and ham while we worked on some work. First we completed our two sight word worksheets. Then we colored the Sixth Stations of the Cross: Veronica Wipes Jesus’s Face. Finally our eggs were done. We all agreed to at least try them just like in the book. Mmmm.... It was delicious. Everyone at least tried a bit of each. Maybe we will have it for lunch one day. This morning we also read through our new emergent reader, My Hat. As we read through it, we noticed that there were asking sentences and telling sentences. The first pages asks a question and then next page answered the question all the way through the book. So we talked about the two different kinds of sentences, telling sentences (statements) or asking sentences (questions). Telling sentences tell the reader something and have a period at the end. Asking sentences ask the reader something and have a question mark at the end. We each told Ms. Torborg a sentence that she wrote down. We had to decide if it was an asking sentence or a telling sentences and what kind of end mark write. After that, we completed a sentence worksheet together. Ms. Torborg read the sentence and we had to put the correct punctuation mark at the end. Besides coloring the 6th Stations of the Cross in Religion, we also finished the St. Patrick’s day cards for the Seniors at Ecumen. In math played a new game, The Train Game, with a partner. To play, you need a pile of unifix cubes (interlocking blocks) and two special dice. One of the die had plus and minus signs on it. The other die had the numbers 1, 2, & 3 on it. We started by reviewing what the plus (add more) and minus (take away) sign mean. On your turn, you had to roll the “signs” die and then the number die. If it was a plus sign, then you collect that many cubes. If it was a minus sign, then you had to give that many cubes back. Before your turn ended, we had to identify how many blocks we had in our train. Then it is the other person’s turn. The first person with 20 cubes wins. Wednesday: We started our day off by listening to the Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. We enjoyed hearing the trouble the Cat in the Hat caused when he visited the two little kids again. We also took turns identifying the different rhyming words we hear. After our story, we reviewed our sentence end marks from yesterday, periods and question marks. Ms. Torborg told us a sentence. We had to identify what kind of sentence it was, asking or telling, and the end mark. Next we practiced our new skills by writing a letter. We started with a letter outline. Our job was to fill in the blanks. First we had to pick a Dr. Seuss character to write to. Then we had to fill in the blanks. Some of the sentences were questions and some were statements. We had to put the correct end mark at the end of each sentence. We ended our reading time with our Vv song and worksheet. In Math, we worked on solving number stories (story problems) with a picture and number sentence. We ended math with a new game, Hundreds Game. The goal was to get the hundred block. Our game board looked just like one of our calendar activities with a ones, tens, and hundreds column. Using the Denn’s blocks (ones, tens, and hundred blocks), we tried be the first person to get the hundred block. You start by rolling a dice and taking that many single blocks (cubes). When you have 10 cubes, you can trade in for 1 ten block (a long). When you have 10 ten longs, you can trade it in for a 100 block. We ended our day with our Olweus lesson. Today we talked about laughing. We started by getting in a circle. We each took a turn laughing. Pretty soon everyone was laughing. Then we told some jokes and again everyone was laughing. We decided that was a good kind of laughing because it made everyone feel happy. We talked about some times when it is not a good kind of laughing and what we can do about it.
Thursday: We started our morning off with Stations of the Cross. Mrs. Lingen lead us as we listened to what happened at each station and said a short prayer. In Reading, we continued our work on rhyming. Today we read the Dr. Seuss story, Fox in Socks. We had fun identifying some of the rhymes in the story. We know that Dr. Seuss loved to write books that rhyme. In honor of Dr. Seuss, we created our own rhyming books. On each page of our book, there was a picture of a Cat in the Hat hat. On the bottom stripe of the hat was a CVC (consonant vowel consonant) word. Our job was to write a real rhyming word on each of the rest of the stripes of the hat. In religion, we reviewed the first six stations of the Cross. Then we colored the Seventh Station: Jesus Falls a Second Time. In math, we were introduced to a number line. We have used a number line before when working on identifying the order of numbers. We also addd a number each day to our growing number line. Today we learned how to add numbers together using a number line. First, we need to read the number sentence (4+2=?). It tells us exactly what to do. We start on the first number. The second number tells us how many jumps to make. Since it is an addition number, we need to jump forward. After solving several problems on our own number line with a teddy bear counter, we used the number line in our calendar binder to solve a addition problems by drawing the answer. Friday: We started our day at school with quick calendar before we got ready to go to church. After Mass, we stayed at church for the rest of the day for a Lenten Retreat. We spent the rest of the day focusing on Lent and getting ready for Easter. After Mass, we had snack and then we watched the video Brother Francis: The Blessing of Confession while the older students went to confession. Then we joined them in church for adoration. We spent some time in quiet prayer. Next, we worked together as a school to fill a giant cross with different things we are doing during Lent to prepare for Easter. After lunch and recess, we created an Easter wreath with the journey Jesus took during Holy Week. We ended our day with Stations of the Cross.