Sunday, September 22, 2013

Run, Run As Fast As You Can! You Can't Catch Me I'm the Gingerbread Man!!!!

  Last week was great! My students are doing a fabulous job! (I'm knocking on wood right now!!!) We are only on Day 12 in Kindergarten and already we have written in our journals, completed a project, learned the phonetic signs for each letter sound of the alphabet and so much more.
  One highlight was reading the story "The Gingerbread Man". Wouldn't you know it, while we were outside at recess, the Gingerbread Boy left us a snack and clues about where he might be hiding?!?! So of course we had to go find him! We searched the entire school for clues but in the end, we just couldn't catch him:)  He did leave us a cute project with directions and all, so we all got to make our very own Gingerbread Boy or Girl! So much fun in Kindergarten!

  You might have also heard the we played the DIBELS "games" on Friday.  Dibels stands for Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Success.  Each student in Kindergarten is tested individually in the fall, winter and spring.  The fall tests (games) include First Sound Fluency (Tester says "Duck," student hopefully responds with "/d/," so on and so forth for one minute.) and Letter Naming Fluency (Students are given a sheet with random upper and lower case letters and are asked to name as many letters as they can within a minute.)  I will use this information to help inform my reading instruction.  More to come on that another time.
  Hoping you had a fabulous weekend.  Can't wait for another great week in Kindergarten!

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