FROM UNDER OUR BIG TREE: Week 18 (5 to 7 Class)

All Together
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
― Hal Borland
Hope you had a refreshing weekend! Our teacher team has been working very hard to support our sprouts and our families through our growth periods.  We promise to stay open and we invite you to come to us.  Our morning planning time and debrief is a wonderful place to discuss observations and concerns.

This week, I have been creating opportunity for:

We have been meeting to add work to portfolios and reflect on their learning.  They have also been requesting some time with me at the peace table and at lunch, so Wednesdays I will have conferences and lunch dates on all classroom days to keep our connections strong.
English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening » Kindergarten Comprehension and Collaboration: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners aboutkindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

Bill of Rights
We have a request to add “No hitting, kicking, etc”.  They worked on their presentation and shared with the group on Wednesday.  We will continue the dialogue and I predict it will be added as it fits in with our rights to learn, be safe, and feel loved.   At Home: Check in with your child and see what they think, do they want to present their thoughts to the group?
English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening » Kindergarten Comprehension and Collaboration: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1a Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).

I’ve added sentences throughout the room that label each area, each begin with “This is the _______ area.”  We are encouraging independent reasoning and reading exploration.
English Language Arts Standards » Reading: Literature » Kindergarten Key Ideas and Details: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

Chapter 3 in Charlotte’s Web begins with a rich description of Wilbur’s new home at the barn.  All week we will be using our senses to investigate apples and adjectives – which also transcends into our math activities.  Many were also interested in the apple peeling plan outside and are wanting to bring their own apples for peeling and eating.  At home: Does your spout have a favorite kind of apple?  How do they describe it’s taste, smell, texture, sound, etc.?
English Language Arts Standards » Speaking & Listening » Kindergarten Comprehension and Collaboration: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.3 Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

Building on the bunk bed unit we will think about how ways a customer can buy a box of 10 red and green apples.  Or how many ways a farmer could box up ten apples?
Mathematics » Kindergarten » Operations & Algebraic Thinking, Understand addition, and understand subtraction: CCSS.Math.Content.K.OA.A.3 Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).

Have a wonderful week and hope to see you Wednesday!

Michelle Goldbach-Johnson, Founding Teacher/5 to 7 Classroom
Yvette Fenton/Co-Teacher, 5 to 7 Classroom
Saundi Williams, 5 to 7 Room Parent
Lena Garcia, School Builder/7 to 9 Classroom
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TKG Info

Tending the Garden

***PARK DAY: Hermosa Beach
Scooter and Helmet plans are welcome!  Forecast is Sunny with a high of 59°

***TKG Parent Workshop: 5 Feb 7:00pm (time may move to 6:30pm)
Our topic is “Making Babies and It Doesn’t Involve a Stork.”  Please register at our event page and invite your friends.

***ECHO 8-Week Parenting Class Begins this Tuesday, Feb 4 @ TKG
Please contact Renee Dokmanovich to register!  This is a great opportunity to add to your parenting portfolio.

TKG Principals
  • CONSTRUCTIVISM, as teachers and parents, we provide the trellis on which students will build on their existing knowledge
  • WHOLE CHILD, cognitive, physical and social/emotional are inseparable
  • BRAIN SCIENCE, students are sensory learners, we honor each student’s unique developmental map
  • CAPACITY BUILDING, nurturing creative thinkers who are encouraged to solve problems that serve our community
  • COOPERATIVE LEARNING, small groups, low ratios, mixed ages and generations
Parent Teacher Info

Parent/Teacher Corner

Please contact John to re-schedule missed parent meeting and/or missed work day commitments.  Thank you!

MON Feb 3
Would you like to swap a park day for your regular shift?  Please let John know asap so we can schedule it!

TUE Feb 4
LS (8:30-11:15am)/AS(11:30-1:30pm)
Please set up for ECHO Parenting Class

WED Feb 5
Please set up for Gail Price Workshop

THUR Feb 6

FRI Feb 7

Please contact John Schwartz with any questions.

PT TOOLBOX: Oral Soothing – Jellystone Organic Pendant

From Michelle: I’ve noticed many sprouts are self soothing orally.  Between chewing, sucking on clothes, fingers and sometimes toes in mouths, I got to thinking about how to support them and minimize colds.  There are many tools out there, and necklaces may be a good option for our mobile sprouts.  I may even order this one for myself as I’ve had the habit of chewing the insides of my cheeks since 3rd grade!

From the TKG Office

  • TKG Office Hours are this Tuesday from 9am. Monica and Trish are available (weekly) for business and conversation.
  • TKG Echo Parenting Series, Tuesday Feb 4th. Renee Dokmanovich will be facilitating her next, 8-Week Series.Amazing discounts for TKG Friends, Families and Teachers:  Register Here!
  • FEB Tuition is now due!  Thank you for your attention.

Thank you Families!  Contact Trish or Monica with any questions.

The Four Agreements
1. Be Impeccable with your Word
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
4. Always Do Your Best

In Math News

“Talking math” with kids

Do you speak math with your kids?

Many of us feel completely comfortable talking about letters, words and sentences with our children—reading to them at night, helping them decode their own books, noting messages on street signs and billboards.

But speaking to them about numbers, fractions, and decimals? Not so much. And yet studies show that “number talk” at home is a key predictor of young children’s achievement in math once they get to school. Research provides evidence that gender is also part of the equation: Parents speak to their daughters about numbers far less than their sons.


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