December 6, 2019 Class News
We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten. We are getting ready for Advent and thanking God for all we have! Your children are progressing tremendously in so many ways. They are growing into confident learners!
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: this and have. Next week will be from and or.
Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /y/ /v/ and /z/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with y, v and z.
Literacy centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students used stamps that had a picture and then the word with missing letters and students had to write the missing letter t in order to finish spelling the word. Students used their own stamp pads to stamp the picture and then sound out the word to complete it. In reading groups, we continue to practice CVC and some CVCe words in our decodable books.
Writer’s Workshop/Social Studies: To assist in the understanding of the Advent season, this week we spent time discussing the difference between a need and a want. We defined a need as something we have to have in order to live. Some needs we came up with are – water, healthy food, clothes to keep us warm, and shelter. Some wants we came up with are – phones, iPads, video games, toys and junk food. You can keep this conversation going at home by donating things you no longer need to others during the Advent season, or maybe as a point of prayer to thank God that we have all that we need.
We also learned all about elves this week! We brainstormed ‘adjectives’ – words that describe elves. A few we came up with are: happy, sneaky, and little! We used a writer’s workshop skill to label the parts of an elf, and noticed patterns and trends of clothing we often see Elves wearing – hats, belts and pointy shoes. We exercised our creative writing skills this week by writing what we would do if we were an elf! On Friday, we had fun making our own elves to display in our classroom! Come check them out!
Math: This week, we continue to learn numbers beyond 10 (10-20). We are showing numbers 10-20 on tens frames to help us grow our number sense and understand the place value of teen numbers (group of ten and how many more?) When we count numbers 10-20 on a tens frame, we start at ten, then count on from there – “Ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen…”
Religion: We began Unit 3 in our religion books: Jesus is God’s Son. We are learning that Jesus is God, he is the Son of God, and we call Jesus Lord because he is God. We will continue this unit through Advent to learn about the birth of Jesus! We also learned who the Holy family is – Mary is the Mother of Jesus, Jesus is the Son of God and Joseph cared for Mary and Jesus. We read the story of the birth of Jesus. Each morning, as a part of our Advent prayer, we learn a new symbol of Advent. We then add that symbol as an ornament to our Advent trees. Some of the symbols we have learned about so far are – sun, hand, dove, cross, garden and the evergreen tree. Ask your child if they can remember what any of these symbols mean. We will gather with the first grade every morning to celebrate each week of Advent. We continue to practice the Sign of the Cross and our daily prayers.
STEM/Science: We had the opportunity to travel to the Makerspace in the portables to create snow launchers with Mrs. Ocampo! We used cups, balloons and cotton balls to create snow launchers that shot our snow at targets. Students poked holes in their cups, put a balloon over the end and then decorated them to look like a snowman. They would pull back on the balloon and the cotton ball would shoot out. Students were shooting their snow at snowmen, into blizzards and at different targets. It was a great opportunity for students to have creative freedom and we look forward working in the Makerspace again in January! There are photos from this activity on my website!
Second Step: Ms. Shaw visited our classroom again this week to teach another Kelso’s Choice lesson to the students! This lesson was about ignoring and how we ignore when we are being bothered or someone is saying something unkind to us. Ignoring requires students to use their eyes to look away, zip their lips so they don’t engage, calm their body and keep their hands to themselves and think about something that makes them happy or that they look forward to. Ms. Shaw acted out ignoring with various different students so that they had the opportunity to practice this skill. She would say something that was unkind and they had to look away, zip their lips, calm their body and think of something that made them happy. Students shared that while they were ignoring, they were thinking of Christmas, spending time with family and playing with their friends! I encourage you to ask your child about ignoring and even practice with them at home!
Common Core Standards we’re working on:
- I can read common sight words.
- I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
- I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
- Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
- I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
- With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
- I can spell simple words phonetically.
- I can read CVC words.
- I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
- I can read the words in a book in the right order.
- I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
- I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
- I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
- I can help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
- I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
- I can write numbers from 0-20.
- Monday, December 9th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
- Thursday, December 19th – Christmas Concert, 6:20pm in the Church. Meet in our classroom at 5:50pm.
- Friday, December 20th – Noon Dismissal
- No School Dec 21st – Jan 5th – Winter Break