Friday, June 24, 2011


It's MOVING DAY! I have been anticipating this day, and when better to begin but the first day of summer break with my fresh new class list and folders of bright faces anticipating their start of kindergarten! I often dabble in work throughout the summer and my professional development goal of next year is to expand my blog. So here it is, my NEW classroom blog, not just math, everything kindergarten, please visit often and become a follower!!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

No More Monkeys Jumping On The Bed!

Today our animals of the day were primates. Everone loved this silly video and the kids actually said "Mrs. Giglio can you put this on our blog?" So here it is! Enjoy!

Friday, April 29, 2011


Since day one of kindergarten I have been reminding you how important it is to not just read with your child but practice retelling. This is a difficult skill since the children need to learn how to do it. They must really concentrate, be fluent readers and then remember all of the information. We practice this skill daily in our classroom but it is still a skill they struggle with!


Below I have uploaded a video of Emilee. She reads a story to me, then I ask her to "tell me what happened in this story." Emilee does a wonderful job with her retelling! She explains what happened on each page, tells me about each character and then gives detail in the ending. She even infers about what the main character is thinking.


This video (other than the noise in the background, and that Emilee is a bit of a fast talker)  is a perfect example of what retelling is and how you can practice it at home.

Keep up the great work and thank you Emilee!!


Reading and Retelling

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Flying By!


Picture things are just flying by in kindergarten now, that always seems to happen at this time of the year! Our third report cards are coming home and the LAST ones will be  before you know it! We are currently working on our end of the year, "get ready for first grade skills!!"

So please practice your math facts each night. Hopefully your child can add any number 1 through 5 automatically by the start of first grade. Keep working!

Here is the list of math skills that your child will be expected to know for their first grade teacher:

  • Identifies, copies, extends, and creates patterns
  • Can count to 100 by 1's, 5's and 10's
  • Identifies numerals (0-100)
  • Labels sets (0-10) with correct numeral
  • Compares sets of objects and uses the terms equal, more than, or less than correctly
  • Identifies coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter)
  • Joins and separates sets of objects
  • Tells time to the hour
  • Identifies half versus whole
  • Divides sets of objects into equal groups
  • Measures length with a variety of non standard measurements
  • Compares measurements and uses the terms shorter, longer, taller, heavier, warmer, cooler, holds more, etc. correctly
  • Uses positional words to explain location  (left, right, on, off, inside, between, above, below, etc.)
  • Interprets graphs
  • Counts with 1:1 correspondence
  • Sorts by attributes (shape, size, color)

Writing "How To" Stories

Easter Egg Word Hunt!

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Add and Subtract Body Part Dance (song by Jack Hartmann)

Its a FACT!

Practice makes perfect...well.... practice makes us better! Keep working on the number families at home. We are playing games and completing activities in the classroom every day to reinforce these skills at home, we need your help too! This week i hope to post a new video of some of our math games so keep an eye out! If you would like to receive instant updates when this blog is updated, become a follower! Thanks
Adding by 3

Adding Review

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It All Adds Up!

We have been working hard on our "facts." We have been adding by 0 and 1 and for some of us it is easy, but some it has been a little trickier. Please practice at home. You can play games, make flashcards or watch the videos from Mr. Harry! Our morning work today looked like this, you cn practice these at home:

0+0=_____                          0+1=_____

0+2=_____                          0+3=_____

0+4=_____                          0+5=_____

0+1=_____                          2+1=_____

3+1=_____                          4+1=_____

5+1=_____                          0+5=_____

Check out the video's poted below or here are some more adding videos:

Adding and Subtracting Song- (Add means put together... Subtract me...

Add 'Em Up (counting/addition song for kids)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Northwood In The News

Click the link to watch our Great Kids at Northwood On the News!!

Way to go Emilee and Brandon! So proud of you!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine Math


Today we worked on some Valentine Math. We used conversation hearts to estimate, sort and graph. What a fun and yummy way to practice our math skills! Enjoy a sneak peek of us in action by clicking on the video link below. Happy Heart Day!

Valentine Math Video

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Monster Squeeze

Today for our Math Problem Of The Day, the class played another one of our favorite math games called: Monster Squeeze. It was even more fun because today we used the Promethian board to play! Enjoy a video of us playing, Monster Squeeze

Math Problem Of The Day Video

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

New Standards

Have you heard the news? Kindergartners will be facing tougher math standards starting next year! The good news is that we are doing many of the additional "requirements" in our classroom already. However, with the bar raised and your child having more accountability it is even more important to continue working at home together! We have begun the 3rd marking period already below find a list of the requirements your child needs to master this quarter.

Count to 100
Count backward for 20
Read numbers to 30
Write numbers to 50
Count to 100 by 10
Names penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar
Create a 3 part pattern
Verbilize addition and subtraction stories
Measures with ruler and other nonstandard items


Here is the link to Buffalo News article about the additional kindergartenstandards:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Calendar Numbers, Where children have fun learning to read!
Every morning we used to complete the calendar. It is a great website for beginning reading and it is FREE! So we use it every day. Everyday it asks you to fill in the missing day and date as well as mark any special days. I have noticed that some children have been having trouble recognizing teen and higher numbers. So take some time with your child to review numbers. Ask them to find a specific number and see how they do. Report cards will be written this week and the children are expected to read and write numbers up to 30. A calendar is a fun way to practice this skill.

ps. if you child still needs letter sounds check them out while you are there or practice reading the little stories and play the reading games...enjoy!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

Every week at Tasty Tuesday we have a great story, lesson, activity and then treat planned for the kids to enjoy. This week we played a game of "sightword" snowball fight where the kids practiced reading their words by choosing a "snowball" reading the word and tossing it to the other side. Then they made snowflakes out of marshmallows and pretzels. Here is a quick clip of them in action, enjoy!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Disappearing Train

Today during math centers we played a really great game from our math series called: Disappearing Train. This game is always a huge hit. The game is very simple and you can play at home to help build basic math skills. I have uploaded a video (just click the link) of me giving the game directions to the kids I also added another video of them playing the game. So try it at home and enjoy the videos!

Click here to see:

How to Play The Game Video
Click here to see us:

Playing the game Video

Here is a link where you can try the game online too.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Numbers and the 100th day!

Numbers, numbers everywhere! It is getting closer to the 100th day of school. It is hard to believe but this is a major milestone in kindergarten. We have been preparing since the very first day of school and will continue to do so until the big day (mid-February) The kids (and you) will be asked to decorate a shirt with 100 things! So start your creative minds now. More information will be sent home very soon!

Meanwhile I hope to keep adding more videos from my FlipCamera, I hope you have enjoyed the first 2!

Keep working on number writing, I am seeing a lot of backward numbers still. Also practice counting by 1, 5's and 10's. I have some links below for a couple counting songs we are singing in class.

Count to 100 by 1

Counting by 10

Counting by 5

Counting by 2, 5, 10