Mrs. Dudley's Kindergarten Leaders

Mrs. Serena Dudley
Room 111 in Synergizing Circle

   I have been lucky to teach at C. J. Schurter since 2006. Before coming to CJS, I taught in Northern London, UK for 2 years. This is my 4th 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 husband, two children (who are 4 and 6), and I love to go camping, fishing and quading.

 

What's Happening in February?

Themes - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Valentine's Day and Space

Personal and Social Responsibility
- continue to work on following classroom routines and behaviour expectations and
 exploring more of Leader in Me with a focus on Habit #4 Think Win - Win. We will keep focusing and moving through our day with being successful with our mission statement. 

Our Classroom Mission Statement: We love school because we want to learn, get better at things, play and make new friends.

Early Literacy
- We continue to practice name printing focusing on beginning our name with a capital and the rest of the letters are lowercase.
-We have introduced all the letters and sounds in the Jolly Phonics program. We will continue to practice the sound but with a focus on the sounds in words (first beginning sounds, then ending sounds, lastly the sounds in the middle of the words).
-We are practicing rhyming words by thinking of a new word that rhymes. We are practicing syllables in words.
-We are 
listening attentively to stories, and participate in class discussions. We are beginning to talk about characters and trying to remember 3 things that happened in the story.

Early Numeracy
- We will begin to focus on numbers 1-5, understanding the numerals and representing them in different ways. We have started to subitize Dot Collections by making the cards and talking about how we saw the dots quickly. The goal when subitizing is to see groups of dots and to not count the dots 1 by 1.
-We continue to talk about 3D shapes in the environment, folding, sorting, describing and tracing shapes. We are practicing ABC patterns, counting backwards and forwards to 10, and reviewing sorting concepts.

Physical Skills and Well Being in the classroom
- We started the Handwriting without Tears printing/drawing program with the letters that have straight lines. We are trying to remember to always make lines starting at the top and left to right. 
- encouraging and strengthening pincer hand grasp (using large tweezers, placing marbles on tees, placing buttons/gems in a line formation), and scissor use.
- identifying healthy choices for morning snack.
-Mrs. Adams and Mr. Pickering are teaching us new activities and helping with our gross motor skills everyday during our gym period.

Creative Expression
- dramatic play within our Valentine's and Space themes. Valentine's and Space themed crafts. Daily songs with dances and movement breaks.
- We are practicing many Music concepts weekly with Mrs. Southwood. 
- Art is accomplished through letter, Valentine's and Space themed crafts.

Environment and Community Awareness
- participating in a variety of centers to explore properties of materials (such as sand, water, playdough, beans, rice, and many different building toys) and using a them safely and properly. We are even learning about some aspects of Space. 


Citizenship and Identity
- We enjoyed Star of the Week presentations from Alexius, Kashtyn, Zachary, Bella

Technology
- HPSD Technology Coach, Mostapha Kamar, came to our classroom to give us our first opportunity with the Sphero robot. We had a maze set up and everyone had the chance to drive Sphero with the IPad.
-We have used the Smart Board all year to show we are here, dress the bear, add to the Missing Teeth graph. We are starting to use slides to lead each other in practicing sounds in words.

What's Happening in March?

Themes - Space, St. Patrick's Day, Easter

Personal and Social Responsibility
- We continue to work on following classroom routines and behaviour expectations.
- We are exploring more of Leader in Me with a focus on Habit #5 -Seek First to Understand and then To Be Understood. We are reading books and doing activities to understand this habit better. We will keep focusing and moving through our day with being successful with our mission statement.

Our Classroom Mission Statement: We love school because we want to learn, get better at things, play and make new friends.

Early Literacy
- We will continue to practice sounds but with a focus on the sounds in words (first beginning sounds, then ending sounds, and lastly the sounds in the middle of the words).
- We continue to practice name printing focusing on beginning our name with a capital and the rest of the letters are lowercase. 
- We are practicing rhyming words by thinking of a new word that rhymes. We are practicing syllables in words. We are listening attentively to stories, and participate in class discussions. We are beginning to talk about characters and trying to remember 3 things that happened in the story.
-  We will introduce sight words: a, I, can

 Early Numeracy
- We continue to focus on numbers 1-5, understanding the numerals and representing them in different ways. We are starting to work with Chunkits. Understanding their shape and they space they use to represent numbers 2-5. We continue to subitize Dot Collections by making the cards and talking about how we saw the dots quickly. The goal when subitizing is to see groups of dots and to progress past counting the dots 1 by 1. We continue to talk about 3D shapes in the environment, folding, sorting, describing and tracing shapes. We are practicing ABC patterns, counting backwards and forwards to 10.

Physical Skills and Well Being in the classroom
- We working with the Handwriting without Tears printing/drawing program moving through the letters that have straight lines. We are trying to remember to always make lines starting at the top and left to right. By the end of the month we will be talking about the letters with curved lines.
- We are encouraging and strengthening pincer hand grasp (using large tweezers, placing marbles on tees, placing buttons/gems in a line formation), and scissor use
- identifying healthy choices for morning snack.
-Mrs. Adams and Mr. Pickering are teaching us new activities and helping with our gross motor skills everyday during our gym period.

Creative Expression
- dramatic play within our Space, St. Patrick's Day and Easter themed crafts. Daily songs with dances and movement breaks.

- We are practicing many Music concepts weekly with Mrs. Southwood. 
- Art is accomplished through letter, Valentine's and Space themed crafts.

Environment and Community Awareness
- participating in a variety of centers to explore properties of materials (such as sand, water, playdough, beans, rice, and many different building toys) and using a them safely and properly. We are even learning about some aspects of Space. 

Citizenship and Identity
- We will enjoy Star of the Week presentations by Taylor, Hunter, Jessie, Naveah. Thank you for your help and your visits. The kids enjoy them so much.

Technology
- We hope to welcome back  HPSD Technology Coach, Mostapha Kamar, to our classroom to give us another opportunity with the many robots the School Division and CJS are buying for us to experience. 
-We have used the Smart Board all year to show we are here, add to the Missing Teeth graph. We are starting to use slides to lead each other in practicing sounds in words. We play letter/word games on starfall.com