Friday Check-In Survey

Friday Check-In Survey

Class News 3/12/20

March 12, 2020 Class News 

We had a lovely week together! Your children are working hard and learning so much every day. Take a look at what else we were up to this week!

Sight Words: This week we learned the words how and their. Next week we will learn if and will.

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –ip –ig, and –ill. Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly spelled our own words within these word families. Students also did a Saint Patrick’s Day phonics activity with a four leaf clover. They choose between using the word family -ip or -ig and had to write four words that ended with that word family on their four leaf clover. When they had completed writing their words, they had to use at least two of those words in a sentence!

Literacy Centers: We were busy and productive at literacy centers this week! At the library center students read picture books and drew their favorite part in the book. At the sight word center, students wrote complete sentences using their sight word rings. At the iPad center, students worked on reading and spelling words. At the phonics center, students used CVC cards and had to match the beginning letter to the proper word family in order to make a word. Once they created a CVC word, they wrote the word down on their recording sheet. In our guided reading center, we worked on story comprehension, reading CVC words, and sight words. Some students read their decodables, while others read mini books and highlighted important details!

Writer’s Workshop: To get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day, we discussed what we would do if we found a pot of gold! Then, we wrote and shared our responses. Some students would ask the leprechaun to turn everything green and others wouldn’t tell anyone they found the gold and would keep it a secret!

Math: This week we focused on writing addition story problems in our journals using the words “join” and “in all.” We continue to build our addition knowledge using number lines in order to find the sum of a problem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are the steps they have learned to use a number line:

  1. Circle the greatest number in problem.
  2. Find it on the number line
  3. Hop forward to count on.
  4. Circle “sum”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science: We were very excited to learn about and observe clouds this week! We learned that a cloud is a form of condensation. We learned that scientists categorize clouds into three different types – cumulus, stratus and cirrus. We created each type of cloud using cotton balls to show our learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Religion: We have been learning about Lent and Stations of the Cross. We discussed that during Lent we fast from things we don’t need to free up space in our hearts and minds for Jesus. We discussed ways that we can give to others – give others our prayers, time, love, food or belongings. We also dove deeper into our understanding of the Stations of the Cross and began to learn more about each individual station. This week, we learned about stations 3 and 4. Ask your child if they can tell you what they are!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • 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 tell who the author and illustrator are in stories.
  • I can tell the characters, setting, and what happens in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can change sounds in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
  • I can add numbers within 5.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, April 10th – Good Friday, Noon Dismissal
  • April 13th – 17th – Easter Break, No School

Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 3/6/20

March 6, 2020 Class News 

We had another terrific week learning together in the magical land of kindergarten! A few highlights were seeing the middle school play, solving addition story problems, and learning about clouds!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: she and do. Next week we will learn how and their. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child? We practice our sight words every morning during our morning routine! Let me know if you would like me to send you the sight word PowerPoint we use each morning so that you can use it at home!

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –op and –ot and –og. Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly spelled our own words within these word families.

Reader’s Workshop: During read aloud, we continue to practice identifying and sharing about books and the world around us by using the sentence starters, “I notice ____” “I predict ____” “I observe ____” to help us with reading comprehension. The whole class is doing a great job using these strategies to deepen their understanding of text. We have continued to become experts on Story Elements – title, author, illustrator, characters and setting. We also learned about Fiction vs. Nonfiction books. We read two different books, one fiction and one nonfiction to understand the difference! We then cut out and sorted pictures of fiction vs nonfiction books.

Literacy Centers: This week at the phonics center, students read sight words and wrote them 4 ways using pens, markers, pencils and crayons! At the library center, students enjoyed fiction and non fiction books either independently or with a partner. At the iPad center, students listened to audio books and the stories of the Bible. At the sight word center, students picked two pattern blocks out of a bag that had sight words on them! They had to read the sight words and then in their small group, they had to work together to create a shape using their pattern block sight words! During the reading center, students read stories and answered comprehension questions.

Writer’s Workshop: We have been learning about clouds this week! We see so many different shapes in the sky, from rocket ships to puppies! After reading the book It Looked Like Spilt Milk, students painted their own cloud shapes and finished the writing prompt, “Sometimes it looked like a _____, but it wasn’t. It was just a cloud in the sky.” Ask your child what their “spilt milk” cloud looked like!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We continue to focus on including all 5 parts from our Writing Checklist in our writing!

  1. Capitalization
  2. Finger Spaces
  3. Punctuation
  4. Use of sight words
  5. Words match our picture

Math: This week we focused on writing addition story problems. We did this by using a domino, writing an equation using the dots on the domino, creating a picture to model our equation and writing a story problem to explain our equation! These will be in your child’s Friday Folder, take a look! We continue to practice our new tool on our math tool belt – the number line! These are the steps they have learned to use a number line:

  1. Identify the greatest number in problem.
  2. Find it on the number line
  3. Hop forward to count on.
  4. Circle “sum.”

Religion: We have been learning about Lent and Stations of the Cross. We discussed that during Lent we fast from things we don’t need to free up space in our hearts and minds for Jesus. We discussed ways that we can give to others – give others our prayers, time, love, food or belongings. We also dove deeper into our understanding of the Stations of the Cross and began to learn more about each individual station. This week we discussed Station 1 and 2. Ask your child if they can tell you what the first two stations are!

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.
  • I can tell who the author and illustrator are in stories.
  • I can tell the characters, setting, and what happens in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can add numbers within 5.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, March 13th – Teacher In-Service, No School
  • Wednesday, March 18th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, April 10th – Good Friday, Noon Dismissal
  • April 13th – 17th – Easter Break, No School

 Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 2/28/20

February 28, 2020 Class News

We had a wonderful week in kindergarten full of celebrations! Can you believe we have been in Kindergarten for 100 days? Wow! So much growth has been made! Your children continue to grow as readers, writers, mathematicians, scientists, artists and prayerful stewards. Thank you for your teamwork as together we teach your whole child!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: each and which. Next week we will learn she and do. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child?

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families -ap, and -ag. Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly spelled their own words within these word families. Students also created their own word family ice cream cones. We brainstormed 8 different words that ended with the word family -ap. Students transferred the words we brainstormed onto their ice cream scoops! What are some words that end with these word families? Ask your child to tell you at least 5 words!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literacy Centers: Students were busy during literacy centers this week! At the library center, students read picture books independently and drew the characters and setting of the story. At the sight word center, students continued writing complete sentences using their sight word rings. At the iPad center, students worked on reading stories and following along to the words. At the phonics center, students wrote sentences using word family wheels and had to incorporate whatever word they spun into a sentence. At our guided reading center, we read passages that incorporated our word families. Students used highlighters to locate all of our word family words and then drew a picture to visually show how they imagined the passage in their head! We are all working so hard and it shows!

Reader’s Workshop: We reviewed the story elements we have learned: Title, author, illustrator, characters, and setting. This week we focused on characters and settings. Students cut and sorted pictures of characters and different settings and glued them into their journals. We read a story and students had to identify the characters and the setting. We also learned about Fiction vs. Nonfiction books. Ask your child what fiction and nonfiction mean!

Writer’s Workshop: In celebration of our 100th day of school last week, we wrote about things we can do 100 of, things we can’t do 100 of, what we would buy with $100 and what we wouldn’t by with $100, etc. Some of would use that money to buy toys but not spiders! We also used the number 100 to invent something. Students cut out the numbers and created dragons, bob cats, farmers and even tractors! We have very creative thinkers in here!

To celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday, we read the story One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish! We charted how many times each colored fish was shown in the story and we compared our findings. Students also did a directed drawing creating their own Cat in the Hat, they are hanging in our classroom! We also read as many Dr. Seuss books throughout the day as we could. Ask your child how many books we read!

Math: We continue to build our addition knowledge to work towards our end of the year goal – mastery of addition facts within 10.

This week we showed addition using red and yellow counters to play the game Shake, Spill and Add game. Students had a cup of 10 counters. They shook their cup, spilled the counters and then counted how many landed on yellow and how many landed on red. They then wrote the addition sentence depending on how their counters fell.

We also learned how to use a number line this week!

To use a number line to solve an addition problem we:

  1. Identify the greatest number in problem.
  2. Find it on the number line
  3. Hop forward to count on.
  4. Circle “sum.”

In honor of our 100th day of school, we counted out 100 Fruit Loops (by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s) and made them into a delicious edible necklace!

Religion: We celebrated Ash Wednesday this week by attending an all school Mass. Students received ashes on their foreheads as a symbol that we all have sinned, but God forgives us! As individuals, we set goals for ourselves to be more like Jesus during this Lenten Season. Using our Writing Checklist, students reflected and wrote their goals on feet, symbolizing the pathway to Lent. Some students wrote about donating things to the homeless, praying more often and even watching less TV!

Lent: During Lent, we will gather as a school each Friday afternoon at 2:30 in the church for Stations of the Cross. You are welcome to join us any time.

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.
  • I can tell who the author and illustrator are in stories.
  • I can tell the characters, setting, and what happens in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can add numbers within 5.

 Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, February 26th – Ash Wednesday Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Thursday, March 12th – Grandparent’s and Special Friends’ Day, 11am Egan Hall
  • Friday, March 13th – Teacher In-Service, No School

 Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 2/13/20

February 13, 2020 Class News 

We had another busy and exciting week in Kindergarten! Our highlight was handing out Valentines to our friends! See what else we were up to.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: said and there. Next week we will learn use and an. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child? Making flashcards is also a fun way for your child to keep practicing!

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –at and –an. Word families are new starting this week – words that end the same are in the same word family (for example fan, can, man and cat, bat, mat). The kids observed right away words within a word family all rhyme! Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with –at and –an. Can you brainstorm words at home that end in –at and –an?

Literacy Centers: This week in the phonics center, students worked with our new Blanchet aide, Miss Maggie, rolling sight word dice and using the sight word that landed face up to write a sentence using it!  At the library center, students read books by themselves and drew the setting that was in their book. At the iPad center, students practiced handwriting, spelling sight words and having stories read to them. At the sight word center, students are learning to look at four pictures and put them in order from first to last. They are practicing using transition words such as first, next, then, and last. At the guided reading center, I read with students one on one and worked on comprehension.

Reader’s Workshop: This week, we took a closer look at what the setting is – where the story takes place. We read the story, The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room, identified the setting, and drew and labeled it in our journals.

Math: We continue to work on addition to 10! This week we did a fun math activity using candy hearts! Students each had a cup of 15 assorted colored hearts. They had to separate all their hearts into different colored piles and use tally marks to show how many candy hearts of each color they had. They then graphed how many of each color they had using a bar chart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science: In our special Valentine science lab, we experimented with candy hearts. We placed candy hearts in vinegar, water and Sprite and observed what happened to the candy over time. We also made predictions if a candy heart would sink or float in water. Ask your scientist about the results!

Religion: This week we read about Saint Valentine and his kindness toward others. We practiced kindness last week as we showed love for our classmates through Valentine cards.

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.
  • I can tell who the author and illustrator are in stories.
  • I can tell the characters, setting, and what happens in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can add numbers within 5.

Important Dates:

  • Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th – No School, Winter Holiday
  • Wednesday, February 19th – Our 100th Day of School!
  • Wednesday, February 26th – Ash Wednesday Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Thursday, March 12th – Grandparent’s and Special Friends’ Day, 11am Egan Hall
  • Friday, March 13th – Teacher In-Service, No School

Best,

Miss Williamson

 

Class News 2/7/20

February 7, 2020 Class News 

We had another terrific week in kindergarten! Your children are growing and progressing immensely! Think of how far they have come since the fall – way to go kindergartners! Here is what we have been up to the last couple of weeks.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: can and your. Next week we will learn said and there. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child?

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was reviewing the diagraphs – /ch/ /sh/ /th/ and /wh/. Students cut out their sort cards, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with /ch/ /sh/ /th/ and /wh/. Continue to brainstorm words that begin with these sounds at home! How many words can you think of that begin with these sounds?

Literacy Centers: We were busy workers during literacy centers this week! Students were busy using their digraphs and practicing their sight words. During reading groups, we are focusing on comprehension strategies. Students are reading questions about the story, highlighting answers, and writing those answers down. In our phonics center, students played a digraph game with a partner! They each had their own game board, one with the digraphs /th/ and /wh/ and another with /ch/ and /sh/. There were playing cards that all had pictures of words that began with one of our four digraphs. Students picked a card and if the picture began with one of the digraphs on their board, they got to put it on their game board! Once their game board was filled with each digraph, they won! Students continue to use their sight words in sentences and at the independent reading center student read a book and then drew all the characters they were able to identify in the book.

Reader’s Workshop: We began Reader’s Workshop this week! This is a time when we will focus on learning elements of a story to help us understand and enjoy what we read (comprehension)! This week, we reviewed the elements we already know – title, author and illustrator. We took a closer look at characters – the people or animals in a story. We learned that a main character is the person or animal that is most of the pictures and words. We read the story, Biscuit Loves the Library, identified the main characters and other characters in the story, and drew and labeled them in our journals. We also compared and contrasted two characters while reading Arthur’s Goes to School. We discussed how they were similar and how they were different.

Math: This week, we read the book Raining Hearts and created our own raining hearts, math and art project. Students chose an addition number sentence and represented it with hearts “raining” down from an umbrella!

We continue to work on Chapter 5, addition to 10.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peacemakers: Mrs. Dahlgren (our lead playground teacher) came in for our final Peacemakers lesson. She taught the kids the difference between “teasing” and “taunting”. Taunting is when you keep doing something that bothers someone else even when they ask you to stop.

Parent Art: Thank you to Miss Daytona and Miss Georgina for leading and helping with Parent Art this week! The students used chalk and white paint to create Northern Light pictures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Step: Ms. Shaw came in to teach the last Kelso’s Choice lesson which was Apologize. Students brainstormed and shared times in which they have had to say sorry to someone. They learned the difference between saying a quick “sorry” for bumping into someone or interrupting someone speaking and when you need to say a sincere sorry for really hurting someones feelings. Students learned a 3 part apology in order to sincerely apologize to someone if they really hurt their feelings or body. The 3 part apology begins by telling the person what you are sorry for, “I”m sorry for calling you that mean name”. The second part is to tell them what you’ll do differently in the future, “Next time I will not say anything like that”. The last part is asking what you can do to make it better for them, “How can I make it better?”. I encourage you to practice and use this 3 part apology with your child at home so they become more familiar with it!

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.

Important Dates: 

  • Wednesday, February 12th– All School Liturgy for Saint Valentine’s Day!
  • Thursday, February 13th– Saint Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • Please bring in a covered shoebox (any plain paper will do, do not decorate!); we will be decorating them in class!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class. We have 20 kids in the class. No names please!
  • Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th – No School, Winter Holiday
  • Wednesday, February 19th – Our 100th day of school!
  • Thursday, March 12th – Grandparent’s and Special Friends’ Day, 11am Egan Hall

Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 1/31/20

January 31, 2020 Class News 

We were busy kindergarteners celebrating Catholic Schools Week! We thanked our volunteers, listened to vocations, and showed our school spirit with our 7th grade buddies!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: we and when. Next week we will learn your and can. Is your child practicing their sight words at home? Try using them as flash cards or practicing them before bedtime!

Phonics: We learned two new digraphs this week – /th/ and /wh/.  In our Words Their Way books, we sorted pictures that began with /th/ and /wh/.  As a class, we brainstormed words that have the /th/ or /wh/ sounds in them.  Then, the kids wrote their own words that started with these digraphs and illustrated pictures to match. We also created little books for both our new diagraphs! Students had to brainstorm and write sentences in their little books about whiskers, baths, teeth and so many more. Have your child read you all their sentences in both little books! Next week, we will be reviewing all four digraphs we’ve learned /sh/ /ch/ /th/ and /wh/.

Literacy Centers:  Students were busy practicing their literacy skills during literacy centers this week. At the library center, students enjoyed reading picture books independently, picture books this week were all about weather and different weather we see throughout the months! At the sight word center, students worked on writing sentences that use the weeks sight words. During the phonics center, students built CVC words using magnetic letters and small picture cues. In our reading groups, we continued working on stretching out words to sound them out. We keep moving through our leveled reading books that progressively get more challenging as we move through them!

Writer’s Workshop: In honor of Service and Outreach Day, as a class we wrote a letter to our Unbound friend, Bruno, from Bolivia! Students brainstormed something they could tell Bruno about themselves and then asked Bruno a question about his life. After we completed writing the letter as a class, students drew Bruno a picture. We will be eagerly awaiting to hear a response from our new friend!

We also celebrated that we are all unique! We were able to write a sentence or sentences on why we are special and unique! This week students began using a Writer’s Checklist that is kept in the back of their writing journal. Students will use this checklist to make sure they are including all of the components in their writing.

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Finger spaces between words.
  3. Punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  4. Use of sight words and sounding out words.
  5. Matching their picture to their words.

Math: In Math this week, we did two days of math centers in order to continue finishing up Chapter 4 in our workbooks, composing and decomposing numbers 1-10. Math centers include Ms. Miller, myself, iPads and a rotating skill building math activity. This week, students used pattern blocks and different shapes including a snowflake and snowman, to cover the outline using pattern blocks. This required them to find specific shapes in order to correctly outline and fill in the snowflake and snowman. Next week we will begin Chapter 5: Addition! Chapter 5’s essential question is: How can I use objects to add?.

We continue our work with Counting Collections and are increasing the size of the bags that students are counting so they are continually challenged to count on. Larger bags also force them to think of more efficient ways to record their findings so that they are not drawing over 50 of an individual shape or tally, and instead are finding ways to record in groups of 5’s or 10’s.

Social Studies: We were so lucky to have parents come in and talk about their vocations! We learned about what being an ER Doctor is like, what being a Lawyer is like, rockets and airplanes, construction, costal transportation, and how we can help the homeless in our community! Thank you to Miss Amy, Mr. Elliot, Miss April, Miss Kerry, Mr. John, and Miss Shana for taking the time out of your day to celebrate your vocations with us!


Second Step: Ms. Shaw came in to teach the second to last Kelso’s Choice lesson which was Take a Break! Students learned that its best to wait and cool off to solve a problem when you’re less upset. Students learned psychical signs that may show them when they need to take a break. Some of these psychical signs may be checking to see if their head hurts, are their hands in fists, or is their face hot? Then they discussed different ways that you can take a break in order to calm down. Strategies to take a break are: thinking of something happy or a fond memory, taking deep breaths, counting to 10, or finding a calm and quiet spot to go sit or lay at. The calm and quiet spot in our classroom for students to take a break at is the library, where students can sit or lay on the bench in order to calm down. Do you have a calm down corner or space in your house that your child is aware of? If you don’t, I urge you to think about finding one with your child, that way they know exactly where to go if they are feeling angry or frustrated.

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.

Important Dates: 

  • Wednesday, February 12th– All School Liturgy for Saint Valentine’s Day!
  • Thursday, February 13th– Saint Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • Please bring in a covered shoebox with a slit/opening on the top of the box so classmates can easily drop cards inside (any plain paper will do, do not decorate!); we will be decorating them in class!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class, there are 20 students. Have your child put his or her own name on the Valentine cards but do not address them please!
  • Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th– No School, Winter Holiday
  • Thursday, March 12th – Grandparent’s and Special Friends’ Day, 11am Egan Hall

Best,
Miss Williamson

Class News 1/24/20

January 24, 2020 Class News 

We had a wonderful week in Room 1! We are excited in preparing for Catholic School’s Week. Take a look at what we have been up to.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: all and were. Next week we will learn we and when. Are you practicing sight words at home? You can make simple flash cards out of our words and practice them with your child!

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was a review of the two digraphs ch and sh. Students cut out their sort cards, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly spelled our own words and drew pictures that began with ch and sh. Ask your child if they know what the word digraph means! Next week we will learn th and wh.

Literacy Centers: Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who come in to help during literacy centers. The students love having parents in the classroom and the support you provide during this time is much appreciated. At the library center, students enjoyed reading picture books independently. At the sight word center, students worked on writing sentences that use the weeks sight words. At the phonics centers, students walked around the room finding cards that had words with a matching picture on them, they then had to look at their recording sheet and figure out which word rhymed with the card they were looking at. For example, a picture of a hat was on their recording sheet and the rhyming card they had to find said “cat”. At our guided reading center, we worked on letter sounds and brainstorming words that began with those sounds. We also continue to move through reading our leveled reading group books.

Writer’s Workshop: In celebration of the upcoming Catholic Schools Week, we wrote about what we love about our school. We continue to focus on beginning the sentence with a capital letter, finger spaces and finishing the sentence with a period. Some students wrote how they love P.E., recess, and hot lunch, others wrote about how they love reading, writing, and their friends! Come check out these writing projects when you come on Sunday for Catholic Schools Week open house!

Math: We are finishing up Chapter 4, composing and decomposing numbers 1-10! Students are using manipulatives to show multiple ways to make a number or take it apart. We are showing different ways in our math journals and in groups!

Students continued working with Counting Collections and really enjoy their time counting fun items and recording their findings! They are practicing making groups of 5’s and 10’s to show their recordings instead of groups of just 1’s. Ask your child what bag they counted and how they went about counting it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Step: Ms. Shaw visited our classroom this week to begin the Kelso’s Choice lessons again. This week the students learned about Share and Take Turns. Students discussed what it means to share and brainstormed times in which they feel that it is easy to share and times in which it is hard for them to share. They talked about what they can do and things they can think about when they are patiently waiting their turn for something. Taking deep breaths and reminding yourself that it’s ok to wait are ways that students can regulate their feelings when they are waiting for a turn. Students shared what they can say to someone when they’d like them to know they want a turn with something. For example, “Can I use that now please?”, “Let’s do it together”, or “Can we take turns?”. The lesson ended with students demonstrating how they can offer someone else a turn, like saying “Do you want a turn now?” or “You can have a turn now”. Practicing sharing with your child at home and ways in which to express that they would like something is always beneficial!

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.

Important Dates: 

  • Sunday, January 26th– All School Liturgy/Open House for Catholic School’s Week
  • January 27th-January 31st– Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Wednesday, February 12th– All School Liturgy for Saint Valentine’s Day!
  • Thursday, February 13th– Saint Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • Please bring in a covered shoebox (any plain paper will do, do not decorate!); we will be decorating them in class!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class, there are 20 students. No names please!
  • Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th– No School, Winter Holiday

Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 1/17/20

January 17, 2020 Class News 

We had a nice week together in kindergarten, reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoying watching the snow fall and weather change!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: not and what. Next week we will learn all and were.

Phonics: Our Words Their Way lesson this week focused on a new digraph (two letters that go together to make one sound)! We reviewed the letters c and h and learned that together, they make the ch sound. During spelling, students cut out their sort cards, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled their own words that begin with c, h, and ch. Students also worked on a little ch book and used each ch word in a sentence! For example, one of the words in the book was chips, students had to brainstorm a sentence using the words chip and write it in their book! Have them read their little ch book to you!

Literacy Centers: Students were busy practicing their literacy skills during literacy centers this week. At the library center, students enjoyed reading picture books, writing the title of the book, giving it 1-5 stars and then drawing their favorite part! Thank you Miss Annie for helping! At the sight word center, students worked on writing complete sentences using sight words. At the iPad center, students worked on reading stories and following along to the words. At the phonics center, students “wrote the room.” They carried clipboards as they wrote different January and Winter themed words around the room. Thank you Mr James for helping! In our reading groups, we are working on fluency and comprehension. We are asking questions while we read stories. Can we retell the beginning, middle, and end? What sight words can we spot? We continue to sound out words slowly to hear every letter in the word.

Writer’s Workshop: Students are continuing working on beginning sentences with a capital letter, including finger spaces and adding punctation at the end of their sentences. Students are challenging themselves to give more information to their reader and provide more than one sentence!

We read the winter book, “Snowmen at Night” and wrote our own version of what we would do if we were a snowman at night. We ripped up paper to create a mosaic snowman to go with our writing. Then, we read a different version, “Snowmen at Christmas” and used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two stories.

Math: We continue our chapter on “composing” and “decomposing” numbers 1-10 (the breakdown of numbers into their sub-parts, for example we can break apart 4 into 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 4 and 0). We are busy showing composing and decomposing numbers by using hands on manipulatives during our math groups.

We also continued our Counting Collections work this week! Students worked with new bags of items and practiced recording their findings in new ways! Ask your child what bag/bags of items they counted and how many they counted!

Social Studies: We read books about Martin Luther King Jr. and took time to notice and celebrate the differences in our own classroom! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we had a long class discussion about that idea that just because you look differently than someone else, not only because of your skin color, but maybe because of your hair color, your eye color or the clothes you wear; we have to show kindness to everyone and be welcoming to them because we never want to dip into others buckets and make them feel hurt by our actions! The students made really great and heart felt connections about times in their lives that they showed someone different from themselves kindness!

Auction Art: Thank you to Miss Shana and Miss Carol who came into our classroom on Friday to help the students create the Auction Art Project! They took their time and did their very best work! We look forward to you seeing it at the Auction!

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.

Important Dates: 

  • Monday, January 20th– Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
  • Sunday, January 26th– All School Liturgy/Open House for Catholic School’s Week
  • January 27th-January 31st– Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Wednesday, February 12th– All School Liturgy for Saint Valentine’s Day!
  • Thursday, February 13th– Saint Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • Please bring in a covered shoebox (any plain paper will do, do not decorate!); we will be decorating them in class!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class. No names please!
  • Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th– No School, Winter Holiday

Important Information: 

  • Comfort Kits: I still have a lot of missing kits for the classroom.  Here is what you need:
    • Small working flashlight
    • Stocking cap
    • A small package of Wet Wipes
    • One or two-family photos not larger than 4”x6”
    • One page letter to your child to comfort him/her while awaiting your arrival
    • One pair of tube socks
    • One small plastic drinking cup – 5- or 6-ounce size

    Place all items in a one-gallon Ziploc bag labeled with your student’s name.

  • Kindergarten is sponsoring Bruno, a child from the Unbound program.  He is from Bolivia and speaks Spanish!  He is 5 years old and enjoys playing ball, putting together puzzles and watching television. Every first Friday of the month, or whenever it is convenient for you, your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation to help support Bruno. Thank you! Your support will help Bruno get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.

Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 1/10/20

January 10, 2020 Class News 

It was such a wonderful first week back from Christmas break!  All the kids seemed very happy to be back in our normal school routine and see their friends again.  We were all very tired by the end of the week – make sure to get lots of rest this weekend and we will start fresh again on Monday!

Sight Words:  This week we learned two new sight words – by and words. Next week, we will be learning the words what and not.

Phonics: We learned our first “digraph” this week – two letters that when put together, make a whole new sound.  We learned the digraph /sh/.  We sorted pictures that began with /s/ /h/ and /sh/.  As a class, we brainstormed words that begin and end with the /sh/ sound.  Next week, we will be learning the digraph /ch/.

Literacy Centers:  In reading groups this week, we brainstormed and wrote words that began with the digraph “sh”. Students then picked one of the words we brainstormed and used it in a sentence. The students continued to do the sight word center with Ms. Miller and independent iPad center.  In the phonics center this week, students looked at a picture and had to cut and glue letters in order to build the CVC word that matched the picture, they then had to write the word and at the end created a secret word based off of the letters they had left.  They are all gaining confidence in sounding out and blending these words independently!

Writer’s Workshop:  On Monday morning, the class was so eager to share all about their Christmas break.  We wrote at least two things we did over break in our Writer’s Workshop notebooks and drew pictures to go with our writing.  We continue to practice beginning sentences with an uppercase letter, using finger spaces between words, and ending our sentences with a period.

In honor of our new year, students learned what a resolution is – a goal you set to help yourself or others be better. Students came up with their own goals for 2020 and wrote them using complete sentences. One student’s goal was to help their Mom and Dad make breakfast in the morning; another’s was to feed the homeless. We also created a self-portrait to go with our new year’s resolutions! Come check out your child’s project!

Math:  We began a new Common Core Standard this week – composing and decomposing numbers 1-10 (breaking apart numbers into their sub-parts, for example we can break apart 4 into 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 4 and 0).  We explored this concept by using pipe cleaner and beads to show how different ways of grouping can create the same number.

We also began Counting Collections in Math this week. Counting Collections consist of students grabbing a bag of items that are sorted, for example, some they can choose from are dinosaurs, erasers, gold coins, and other small items. The students take a recording sheet and go anywhere in the classroom to count their bag. Once they have counted the items, they have to record that number on their sheet. They can do this in many different ways, for example, tally marks, ten frames, circles or groups of 5 or 10. Students counted up to two bags of items during this time. Incorporating Counting Collections into the classroom gives students practice with not only counting but counting objects and recording their findings. We will continue to do this same routine once a week!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Studies: In preparation of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., we read a mini book about his life and circled all the words we were able to read independently. We then wrote about one dream that we have for the world and glued our writing on a blue cloud. This work is on our Wow Work Wall, come take a look!

Religion/Peacemakers:  On Monday, Mrs. Dahlgren came in for peacemakers (a monthly discussion about bullying). Here is a not from Mrs. Dahlgren:

January – This month’s lesson was about bystanders. We talked about the choices a bystander has to make (to do something to help the person in need or to ignore the problem), what happens if the choice is to ignore the problem, and who has the power when choosing to be an up-stander.  We read Willow Finds A Way by Lana Button.

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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, January 20th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
  • Sunday, January 26th – All School Liturgy/Open House for Catholic School’s Week
  • January 27th – January 31st – Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Wednesday, February 12th– All School Liturgy for Saint Valentine’s Day!
  • Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th – No School, Winter Holiday

Best,

Miss Williamson