Sight Word Woods

This documentation is brought to you by Teacher Sarah! It was such a delight to get to spend time with each and every one of your children. I'm so honored to get to support them as kindergarteners and help supplement the distance learning you are doing at home, too. Our children are developing and learning kindergarten skills like reading, writing, sorting, counting, adding, subtracting and recognizing numbers. They've all grown so much since we first met as 3-year old preschoolers and nature campers. WOW! Thank you for raising such wonderful people and letting us teach, love, grow and learn with them. 

Children hold up sight words we are learning together. Notice from their smiling faces, we are still practicing wearing a mask during the whole day (especially after snack).*

A sight word game - Children run to find sight words written on the ground with chalk. Children also practiced writing words on their own with chalk.

Journaling in the Kindergarten Nest is a very important part of the day! Children practice writing the words they know and draw pictures. Their journal prompt today was, "how can we be respectful kindergarteners during morning meeting?"

After choosing a special tree, Caterpillar takes his turn hole punching a sight word sign to help create the Sight Word Woods. He loved this tool so much, he used it the rest of the hike; hole punching dead leaves along the way, "where do [the cut outs] go?" he asks. We explore the hole puncher and find the compartment with all of the tiny circles that keeps the forest clean as we use the tool, "you should empty this out at home." he reminds me at the end of the day.

Our new Sight Word Woods! We will be adding more signs to this space as we continue the work of learning to read and write new words. We should have 50-60 words in the forest by June! 

*Wearing a mask for long periods of time can be a bother, but keeps us safe and warm (especially in the cold!). I suggest using a mask with ear loops and adding a special piece of fabric or elastic to the back to create a sort of necklace. Have your child wear a back-up mask around their neck so they can switch to a dry one if the first gets wet in the winter air. Make sure the mask fits snuggly over their nose and does not easily slip down. Thanks for helping your children learn this new skill and keep our school community safe and healthy!