Mrs. Dudley's Kindergarten Class

Ms. Serena Dudley
Room 111 in the Circle

 Serena  I have been lucky to teach at C. J. Schurter since 2006. Before coming to CJS, I taught in North London area, UK for 2 years. This is my 6th year of teaching Kindergarten at CJS and I have also taught Grade 1, 2 and 3. I have lived in Slave Lake most of my life. My two children (who are 8 and 10), and I love to go to the beach, camping, and fishing.

 

What's Happening in April?

Themes - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Weather, Spring, Easter, Earth Day, Bears

Personal and Social Responsibility
- We continue to focus on being a classroom community. We have jobs that change weekly and we work together to keep our classroom a happy place to be. We will keep focusing and moving through our day with being successful with our mission statement and 
exploring more of Kindness Counts, Superflex, 7 Habits of Happy Kids and Bucketfilling activities.

Our Classroom Mission Statement:

We always try to be nice, helpful and responsible. We listen quietly, wait our turns, share and play with many friends.

*Every week the Morning Message Reader looks forward to showcasing their leadership and tracking skills in a video put into their Seesaw activities*

Early Literacy
- We ALMOST achieved our letter and sound goal last month! We need to work on Xx. The celebrate being finished with "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom"!
- We are practicing letters and sounds by working on sound isolation and using reading strategies like Stretchy Snake, Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish.
- We will work more on hearing, differentiating between syllables, beginning and ending sounds - taking away one syllable/sound, adding a syllable/sound and replacing syllable/sound
- We are going to really develop our understanding of the stories we read with continued focus on the importance of naming main characters and giving many details when retelling a story.
-We have been working hard on understanding on how to form lowercase letters: 
Magic 'c' letters - c,o,a,d,q,g
Diver letters - b,h,m,n,p,r
- We are practicing rhyming by working with word families. 
- During morning message time, we are looking for the Word Wall words and we talk about word possibilities (Oral Cloze) in sentences so we are more ready to use Skippy Frog when we begin to read.

Early Numeracy
- We are exploring numbers by breaking them  apart into "__ and __ make _3, 4, or 5_ with dot collections and chunkits.
-We will represent and work to understand 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Physical Skills and Well Being in the classroom
- strengthening pincer hand grasp, scissor use with sensory bins and tools, paper work,
- Identifying healthy choices for first snack.

Creative Expression
- dramatic play within our 
Bears, Weather, and Spring themes.
- Bears, Weather, and Spring themed crafts.
- We enjoy songs with dances and movement breaks.

Environment and Community Awareness
- participating in a variety of centers to explore properties of materials (such as water, clay, beans, rice, scrap paper and many different building toys) and using a them safely and properly. 


Citizenship and Identity - The Star of the Week activities are still in Seesaw. Please let me know if you would rather complete the activities by paper copies. Please let me know if you would like to schedule a time to come talk to class about your family's values. 

Technology
- We have used the Smart Board all year to show we are here, calendar activities and movement activities.
- We are doing more activities as a class with Seesaw. We log in using a QR code. Find the lightbulb for our activities. Listen to the instructions and then Add Response.
At home, please login using your child's Gmail and password. It should be on their folder.

Thank you for supporting us with our Seesaw activities!

What's Happening in May?

Themes - Weather, Mother's Day, Bears, Transportation, Community

Personal and Social Responsibility
- We continue to work on following classroom routines and behaviour expectations. We work together to keep our classroom a happy place to be. We will keep focusing and moving through our day with being successful with our mission statement.

Our Classroom Mission Statement:

We always try to be nice, helpful and responsible. We listen quietly, wait our turns, share and play with many friends.

*Every week the Morning Message Reader looks forward to showcasing their leadership and tracking skills in a video put into their Seesaw activities*

Early Literacy
- We continue to practice letters and sounds by working on sound isolation and using reading strategies like Stretchy Snake, Eagle Eye and Lips the Fish.
- We will begin to work on hearing, differentiating to identify a specific sound location in a word, segment all sounds in small words and continue to word with beginning and ending sounds
- When read together, we will really look at the pictures in the storybook and predicting what will happen in the stories. We will continue to focus on the importance of naming main characters and giving many details when retelling a story.
-We continue to work on proper letter formation to develop the good habits needed after kindergarten.
-We have been working hard on understanding on how to form lowercase letters: 
Magic 'c' letters - c,o,a,d,q,g
Diver letters - b,h,m,n,p,r
Frog Jump letters - t,f,k,y,i,j
Odd Ball letters - l,u,e,z

- During morning message time, we look for  Word Wall words (words to this wall when they are recognized often) and we talk about word possibilities (Oral Cloze) in sentences so we are more ready to use Skippy Frog when we begin to read. The new concept this month cutting and pasting the words of the morning message sentence back into order.

*4 students know ALL their letters and sounds!!!*

Early Numeracy
- We will compare numbers to understand more, less and equal
- We will build and extend patterns.
- We will compared objects using the weigh scales and blocks.
- During play, we are constantly building 3D shapes, sorting, and patterning

Physical Skills and Well Being in the classroom
- strengthening pincer hand grasp, scissor use with sensory bins and tools, paper work, 
- Identifying healthy choices for first snack.

Creative Expression
- dramatic play within our T
ransportation and Community themes. 
- Transportation and Community themed crafts. 
- We sing Daily songs with dances and movement breaks.

Environment and Community Awareness
- participating in a variety of centers to explore properties of materials (such as sand, water, playdough, beans, rice, scrap paper and many different building toys) and using a them safely and properly. 

- During our Transportation unit, we investigated rules of the road, signs as well as different vehicles.
- During our Community Unit, we discussed important jobs in our community.

Citizenship and Identity
- We work to keep our classroom community harmonious. 
- During our Transportation unit, we investigated rules of the road, signs as well as different vehicles.
-If you haven't completed the All About Me Seesaw Activities, please make time to do these with your child. Don't hesitate to ask me for help. Every child wants to have their time to shine in our class.

Technology
- We have used the Smart Board all year to show we are here, calendar activities and movement activities.
- We are using Seesaw to complete more activities as a class. We log in using a QR code. Find the lightbulb for our activities. Listen to the instructions and then Add Response.
At home, please login using your child's Gmail and password using the Google sign-in. It should be on their folder.

Thank you for supporting us with our Seesaw activities!