Whitingham Elementary School
Welcome to the Kindergarten website.
I am very excited about creating a place in which
to share all the wonderful work that the kindergarten
class is doing.I am also very excited about sharing helpful
information with parents.
Please be sure to visit my webquests with your children
and enjoy some enrichment activities.
In Literacy we are in the middle of our author study
of Jan Brett. We have enjoyed her
beautifully illustrated books and also had many
laughs at the great humor she includes in all her books.
We have discovered that Jan Brett
loves to use animals in her stories and gives them
wonderful personalities. Her stories most always have
borders and patterns. She loves to use hedgehogs in her
stories and we are presently working on a counting
contest to find the correct number of hedgehogs in
five of her most well known books. We could win a
visit from Jan Brett herself or some autographed books.
In writing we are using different thinking maps to respond and
discuss her stories. We compared two
stories; The Mitten and The Hat, using a double
bubble map. We used a tree map to show the sequence of
events in her story The Gingerbread Baby. We
found lots of similarities to the story The Gingerbread Man.
In Math we are continuing our work with patterns,
graphing data and exploring quantity of numbers 0-5.
We are learning to make groups of 100 with collections
to celebrate our 100th day of school. With our 4/5
reading partners we found many ways to count to 100. We
have displayed our 100 collections on the wall in the
We also celebrated Valentine's Day while exploring 100.
In Science we are learning about weather
and its changes throughout the seasons.
We had our E.L.F program this month. The lessons were
all about what happens to birds and trees in the winter.
Ask your child what they learned about
migration and hibernation. We discovered that the birds
who migrate do so, because they can't find the food they
need to survive. They will travel as far as 2000 miles to
south America and travel back to the same location in which
they left in Spring-time.Trees will sleep during the winter
but continue to provide shelter and protection for animals.
In social studies we are about some important people
in history who made changes. We enjoyed our study of Martin
Luther King, Jr. and were very impressed by his courage. We all
agreed that everyone wants to be treated with kindness and respect
no matter what our skin color is and we are working hard to practice
kindness and respect each day. We also learned
that courage has no age limit in the case of Ruby Bridges.
Ann Larberg has been doing a tremendous job in our classroom implementing
and mentoring me
with the Second
Step social skills program.
We are practicing
what to when we get angry-
Put your hand on your stomach and say calm down, take a deep breath
count 1, 2, 3, 4,5.