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[2016-04-07] New!

April 15 kindergarten Round-Up: The new kids for next year kindergarten will come to visit and the current classes will sing a song to welcome them. ( you do not need to come). 2 parents will assist the class as teachers go to talk to crowd. We will go lunch after the festivities and resume the rest of the day.

New Author Study: Eric Carle – he is an author / illustrator who writes for children and often uses animals as a topic. We will study seeds, plants, animals and their life cycles and use Eric Carle as a source for writing and science activities.

April 22 is FIELD DAY - Send child in a RED SHIRT for our TEAM PANAMA colors. Activities will be all day long and parents have been invited in previous correspondence.

May 6 - SUMMER BIRTHDAYS CELEBRATION: 10 children will turn 6 in June, July, or August and we will have a combined celebration on May 6th. Parents of celebrants can chip in for cupcakes for the class, and each celebrant can bring stickers for 24 kids to share. They can be whatever type the birthday child wants to share, Star Wars, Hello Kitty, dinosaurs, etc. They will sing the songs, wear the crown, and have a sticker party as a special treat. I will remind the summer kids of the plan as the day approaches.

May 13 - KINDERGARTEN EXPO 8:30 am - 9:00 am: This GT Project will be an opportunity for parents to assist their child in exploring 3 different author/illustrators style and make an original self-portrait in the chosen style. Eric Carle, Faith Ringgold and Dr. Seuss are the 3 choices. More information will be sent home with a piece of cardstock to use for the self-portrait of your child. Parents are invited to come to the EXPO to listen to each child present about the self-portrait. Look for information in May Tuesday folder.

May 25 - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL: Plans for the party and events of the day will be coming as the day gets closer. The week before - May 16-20, each child will bring a white t-shirt to paint to wear the last day of school. More information will be sent home as the time comes for that activity.

The year is really going fast now, and we have fun activities to work on as the year winds down. It has been a great year with your kids and I will have fond memories of them as my last kindergarten class. I appreciate all you have done for the class and Kolter and we can celebrate the new horizons together.

-- Thanks, Ms. Yeager


[2016-03-28] New!

Article sharing: How Nature Makes Kids Calmer, Healthier, Smarter


Kids who spend time outside in nature, research shows, are:
  • Calmer - This is particularly important for ADHD kids because it lowers their need for medication, but fresh air soothes the senses of all children.
  • Happier - Studies show sunshine, fresh air and physical activity all encourage good moods and reduce tendencies toward depression.
  • Healthier - Many kids who don't get enough time outdoors are Vitamin D deficient, affecting health and mood. Indoor air is also usually less healthy.
  • Less likely to be overweight - Pediatricians recommend at least an hour of active physical play daily during childhood to protect against obesity and diabetes.
  • Better vision - Kids who play outdoors more have better vision and less need for eyeglasses. Until recently, we thought that was simply because they stare at screens less. But it turns out that Vitamin D plays a role. And the latest research indicates that exposure to light is important for healthy eye function.
  • Better students - Research shows that kids who play outdoors actually have longer attention spans, more frustration tolerance, and do better in school. Kids even do better on tests if they are allowed to play first. It's not just that it gets their wiggles out. It's all that oxygen to the brain.
  • More creative - Outdoor play is often less structured than what kids do indoors with technology, so kids exercise their imaginations as well as their bodies.

The answer to our nature deprived modern lives? Parents need to get outside, too. Read the full article here

-- Thanks, Ms. Yeager


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  • FIELD DAY March 11 - wear red shirts and we have a song to sing for celebrating PANAMA. Field day is one event after another and we need parents to come and assist with the activities. You can come anytime, just let us know. The schedule is not out yet, but activities are for most of the day.

  • DR. SEUSS is our author study this month. This week we will have special activities related to his stories, and working on rhymes, his specialty.

  • TECHNOLOGY and its uses will be explored during science this week. We will use the computer, Discovery Education, and books to look at components of technology and its uses.

  • The class will participate in a GT Project where they each choose a subject to research. The subjects are: Tools of the Stone Age, Mummies or Pyramids of Egypt, Technology in Dr. Who, or Star Wars Technology. I will send home a research page that is to be filled in by your child, 3 facts about some aspect of the subject that they choose. The back can be for illustrations or print out from the computer. Each child will present their information to the class and we will compile the pages into a book for the classroom. Papers are due on March 10th.

-- Thanks, Ms. Yeager


[2016-02-29]

Article sharing: Five-Year-Old Writes Backwards

Q: My five-year-old granddaughter, when trying her skills at writing, usually starts on the right side of the paper rather that the left. About half of the time she mixes her Bs and Ds and makes her S backwards. She has been in a structured day care and is getting ready for kindergarten this fall. Any need for concern, especially about dyslexia?

A: There is no need for concern if your granddaughter is otherwise well. It is completely normal for children to write "backwards" at this age. In addition to letter and number reversals, some children will truly write in mirror image: going from right to left with all the letters reversed. There is nothing wrong with this. The brain does not completely form the concept of left and right until somewhere between ages five and eight. This means that almost all children will have persistent reversals when they first start writing.
You should definitely not stop your granddaughter from writing in this way, or even make her correct it. If she asks if it is correct, you should point out the errors, but don't make a big deal of it. The more that children write, the easier it becomes for them. You don't want to limit your granddaughter's creativity by constantly pointing out what is wrong. When she learned to walk, you wouldn't have dreamed of telling her to stop because she couldn't do it properly, or of trying to correct her and give her lessons. Similarly, with writing, children should be free to practice and make multiple mistakes without corrections or limitations. By first grade, teachers will start asking children to correct their reversals, and by the end of second grade almost all children have stopped doing it completely.


[2016-01-14]

Article sharing: Peaceful Parenting Examples with School-Age Kids

There's no such thing as parenting perfectly. We're all doing the best we can with the resources we have in that moment. True, if we use a positive parenting approach when our children are toddlers, they're easier when they're older. But you can start peaceful parenting any time, and you'll see a difference in your child's behavior very quickly.

So what does peaceful parenting look like with kids in the elementary school years? Regardless of the situation, here are the steps.

1. Regulate your own emotions. This is your #1 parenting responsibility. No one can be peaceful all the time, but the key to improving our ratio is self-regulation.

2. Re-connect with your child. The only reason for her to cooperate is her connection with you. If she's acting out, she's feeling disconnected.

3. Coach your child instead of punishing. That means you set limits as necessary, but you see it from his point of view and you allow emotions. That helps kids stay connected so they want to cooperate. And it helps them "befriend" their emotions so they get better at regulating them. Once they can regulate emotions, they can regulate behavior.

Want some Examples? You can finish the full article here.


[2015-10-18]
In today's Aha! Parenting weekly issue, there's an excellent article I'd like to share:
"How to Get Your Child to LISTEN!" Basically, there are ten steps parents can take to make their child listen:
  1. Don't start talking until you have your child's attention.
  2. Don't repeat yourself.
  3. Use fewer words.
  4. See it from his point of view.
  5. Engage cooperation.
  6. Stay calm.
  7. Set up routines.
  8. Listen.
  9. Watch for understanding.
  10. Pare down your orders to what's really non-negotiable.

In addition to this article, there are a couple more you might be interested in reading:
"My child blames others for everything"
"How kids learn to control their emotions"

Hope you'll find them helpful!
-- Ms. Yeager


[2015-08-31]

Reminders:
  • Computer is on every other Monday

  • Art is on every Monday - our new art teacher will explore different mediums with the class

  • French is our first Magnet Language class, which is everyday but Thursday

  • PE is on Thursday

  • Library day is WEDNESDAY, so please RETURN BOOKS IN BACKPACK ON THE FOLLOWING WEDNESDAY


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Monthly Events - April & May, 2016

  • Apr. 13: Wednesday - Kolter early dismissal at 12:30 pm

  • Apr. 15: Friday - Kindergarten Round-Up

  • Apr. 22: Friday - Field Day, wear red shirt

  • May. 6: Friday - Summer Birthday Celebration

  • May 13: Friday - Kindergarten Expo at 8:30 am - 9:00 am

  • May 16 - 20: Bring a white t-shirt to school for painting

  • May 25: Wednesday - Last Day of School


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Photos and Videos

  • May 25, 2016 Last Day of School


  • May 13, 2016 Kindergarten EXPO


  • May 6, 2016 Group Birthday Celebration


  • May 5, 2016 Spring Program



  • Apr.22, 2016 Field Day



  • Apr. 15, 2016 Kindergarten Round Up
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  • Technology Odets using Kaplan blocks and paper
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  • GT Projects on Technology were a great success, each child got to choose what they wanted to study and presented to the class. Good Job everybody!
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  • Mar.3, 2016 Rodeo Field Trip
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  • Feb. 26, 2016 Class Play
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  • Feb. 25, 2016 Volkswagen Beetle Fitting Activities
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  • Feb. 19, 2016 Children's Museum Field Trip
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  • Feb. 12, 2016 Academic Field Day
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  • Jan. 27, 2016 Black History Program kickoff
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  • Dec. 18, 2015 Class Party
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  • Nov. 16, 2015
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We are studying about beavers as animals and
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Kids are learning about the native American
culture, buffalo, beaver and tipi

  • Oct. 30, 2015 Character Parade
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  • Oct. 27, 2015 Pumpkin Carving
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  • Oct. 22, 2015 Zoo Field Trip
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  • Oct. 16, 2015
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We saw fog on the field when we were coming to school this morning, so the class went out to walk through the fog and watch as the sun dried it up.

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During calendar math we went out to the courtyard to see a tree that was dropping seed pods which squirrels were eating and the leaves that have been falling. The season of FALL produces such events.


  • Sept. 24, 2015
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We are making a graph of the weather in Panama
for our IIM research project
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The children drew their own house and then we
compared them to photos of houses in Panama as
part of our IIM research project on Panama
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Each child brought an apple and we sorted
and counted the 3 kinds of apples onto a graph


  • Sept. 9, 2015: Edible Play-Doh from Kaia and her family, what a great time we are having!
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  • istation.pngIstation is also available for all K-5 Students at home! Download the program at http://www.istation.com/Support/DownloadIstation Ask your student's reading teacher for their username and password. If you have trouble running the program, make sure the domain is set to kolter.houston.tx


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