Week Ahead in Junior Kindergarten

November 18th, 2019

Last week we had such a fun time on our first field trip to visit the ancient plants in the Botanical Gardens. The Junior Kindergarteners spotted moss, ferns, horsetail, magnolia and ginkgo, redwoods that once lived with the dinosaurs and are known as living fossils today!  


Our investigations of prehistoric plants have lead to an incredible discovery! Did you know the Bay Area is home to one of the most remarkable trees in the world? The Coastal Redwoods have been growing on Earth for 240 million years and were once alive with the dinosaurs!!


In a new unit study of the Redwoods, our class will observe and experiment with the extraordinary characteristics of a redwood tree itself, and then dive into explorations of the forest habitat to discover what we learn about animals today and those from long, long ago.


On Monday we are off to explore Muir Woods! This field trip will be an incredible opportunity for our students to step back in time, imagining how dinosaurs would have stomped through the towering trees, and to step forward, inspiring our new study of the plants and creatures that live in the forest today.


It’s all about the numbers! This week students will continue to deepen their understanding of numbers 1-10 and beyond. They will deepen number sense while playing fun math games like Number Battle (a number recognition and comparison game), Storm Cloud (a game which strengthens recognition of numbers 1-12 or 1-20), Mystery Number, and Find It (a subitizing game).  We are excited to invite the JK families in on Monday, December 9th from 9:00-10:00 am for a morning of math learning and fun in JK!

Literacy/Social Studies

This week for readers and writers workshop the Junior Kindergarteners will enjoy read alouds and have discussions about gratitude and thankfulness. They will then use this as inspiration when creating “thankful branches.” 

We will also continue to strengthen letter identification and sound correspondence while creating an alphabet book, playing Zap It, alphabet match, reading our daily schedule, and singing songs. Students will focus on the letters P and B this week.


We had lots of fun last week with bowling and practicing our underhand toss and roll. Next week students will add catching to their repertoire while playing several games of bounce catch with large soft playground balls and practice throwing and aiming at fixed targets. Currently we are getting our cardiovascular pumping with fun team tag games and will continue to learn new fun active games while concentrating on our body awareness, general and personal space.



Students will be rendering plant and floral designs using the laser cutter to create pieces to add to the planter boxes near our playground.  We will be painting and adding our designs, inspired by the natural world around us. This project is the culmination of the 1st design challenge how to solve a ‘problem’ at AVS.


Kindergarten will be learning vocabulary for animals.With the aid of this vocabulary, students will be able to talk about what pets they like or one that they have. They will also be able to describe these animals with the aid of the vocabulary previously learned. These vocabulary is introduced with a lot of movement games, songs, and art projects. 

Repetition is key so feel free to practice with your child at home! 



The main focus of JK music for the next several weeks will really be rehearsing  for our upcoming December performance. We will also review all we have learned in music this year- songs, movements, percussion activities, and games. They have worked incredibly hard and are very excited to showcase some of their work with you. Please mark your calendars for December 13th, 830-930a. 

Ms Sophie
Ms Simone
Class Resources

Mark Your Calendars


Monday, November 18th: Muir Woods Field Trip, 9:00am -2:30 pm


Friday, November 22nd: C4 early release day, 1:30pm dismissal


Monday, November 25th-Friday, November 29th: Thanksgiving Break, No School


Monday, December 9th: Jk/K Math Exploration Morning, 9:00-10:00 am


Friday, December 13th: JK-2nd Drama and Music Performance, 8:30-9:30 am


Today’s Connection 


Monday: Tell your family about your favorite moment from our Redwoods field trip! Describe that event with detail and expression!


Tuesday: Tonight, enjoy reading your library book with friends and family for the last night, and remember to return it to school tomorrow. 


Wednesday: Tonight in your homework folder you will find the materials to play "Sound Sort," a game that practices letter-sound correspondence. Choose one picture card and say its name aloud. Listen carefully for the first sound in that word and identify the matching letter. Continue until all pictures have been sorted.

Thursday: Today in class we made “thankful branches!”  Share your branches and what you are thankful for with someone at home.  You could even brainstorm more things that you are thankful for and add some more “thankful leaves” to your branch at home!

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