It was a very busy week in kindergarten! We focused on weather and STEM in reading, writing, and science. It’s hard to believe that next week is already April!
A few reminders… If you are able to escort your child to the playground in the mornings, please do so. When waiting for teachers to come pick up their classes, the expectation is that students are standing in a line and waiting nicely. Please remind your child that there is no running, playing, screaming, wrestling, etc. during this time. Parents, thank you for reinforcing this prior to 8:15am when they are picked up and taken inside. We appreciate your help with this issue!
Sight Words: This week we learned the words their and if. Next week, we will learn the words will and up. Please continue to practice sight words on a daily basis at home! You can use this list to reference the words we’ve learned so far this year.
Phonics: During phonics this week, we focused on reading, spelling, and brainstorming words in the -ut, -ug, and -un word families. On Monday and Tuesday, we brainstormed a number of words within these word families and spelled them out together. On Wednesday, students cut and glued their sort picture and word cards and matched each word to a picture. On Friday, they were able to write sentences that included one word from each word family.
Literacy Centers: It was such a productive week in Literacy Centers! Students practiced sequencing story-cards in the correct order so that the story made sense. Our Blanchet helper was leading this center on Tuesday and Monica Wambua was leading it on Thursday – thank you! During word work, students filled out their own word family donut-chart that included pictures and spellings of many words within our -ut, -ug, and -un word famlies. On iPads, they were either practicing their letter formation or spelling CVC words to match given pictures. At sight word center, Ms. Miller worked on practicing our new sight words and writing them in complete sentences. During Reading Group, we began working in our StoryTown textbook and focused on the reading skill Making Predictions. The kids (and teachers) absolutely love when parents come in and help for literacy centers and we are in need of parents on Tuesdays and Thursdays! If you are able to sign-up, please do so using the following link.
Writer’s Workshop: We spent our week talking about the weather around us and different climates throughout the world! On Monday, we wrote about our favorite way to spend a rainy day. See photos below for a few very creative ideas! On Wednesday, we wrote “official” weather reports to present to kids who are trying to dress appropriately for the changing springtime weather. Their reports included advice such as, “Today it is partly sunny and windy. You will need a coat. Don’t wear sandals and you better not forget your shoes!”
Math: We introduced the concept of “take away” or subtraction this week! We read story problems and drew pictures to model the number sentence. We will continue subtraction throughout the next several weeks. At home, you can help your child by practicing basic addition and subtraction problems. We also practiced our problem-solving skills with Ms. Gudaitis on Tuesday while solving Tangram Puzzles. The kids showed such persistence and grit during this challenging activity!
Science: Not only did we learn about different types of weather this week, but we also celebrated the school-wide STEM Day on Thursday! We adventured up to the third floor and visited our 7th grade buddies for a STEM challenge. Teams were given 20 notecards, 20 paper clips, 20 straws, and 2 meters of masking tape. The goal was to build the tallest free-standing tower. The tallest tower built in our class was 150cm high! On Friday, we created wind-tunnel mazes using connecting cubes, straws, and marbles. The kids had so much fun designing their mazes to be more complex and challenging each time!
Art: Thank you so much to Anna Redmond for leading a very creative art lesson this week! The students were given the task of creating a “triangle quilt” using recycled paper scraps and elmer’s glue. Anna taught about the four layers of a quilt and they mimicked her exercise in their own paper quilt designs.
Religion: We continue to reflect on our Lenten journey. We also continue learning about the Stations of the Cross in class and as a school on Friday afternoons. We learned about the community of a small farming village in Sri Lanka and where the CRS rice bowl contributions will go this week. We continue to focus on prayer, fasting, and helping others.
Lent Service Project: Teddy Bear Patrol – We are collecting new or gently used small stuffed animals (no bigger than 12 inches) for kids in need. Please bring your donation to our classroom by April 11th. Perhaps your child could do a job or use some allowance money and then buy a stuffy for a child in need. We will be parading our bears to the Greenwood Fire Department. More details about the delivery walk coming soon!
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- Friday, April 5th – St. John School Auction
- Friday, April 19th – Good Friday (dress uniform & silent dismissal)
- April 20th-28th – Spring Break
- Wednesday, May 1st – Crowning of Mary Rosary (dress uniform)
- Monday, May 27th – No School
- Friday, May 31st – Field Trip (volunteer forms will be sent home after break)