Class News 9/20/19

September 20, 2019 Class News

It was a very busy week in kindergarten!  Your children are asking lots of questions and are excited to learn.  We were so happy to participate in the Jog-A-Thon on Friday.  We met our 7th grade buddies on Thursday and they helped the kindergarteners decorate their t-shirts.  The kids loved running with their buddies and seeing how many laps they could complete!  Thank you to everyone for your participation! Please keep in mind, we are still on our way to the $85,000 goal.  Donations will be accepted through the end of September.

Sight Words:  Our two sight words this week were and and a.  We will continue to learn two sight words per week.  Next week we will learn to and in.  We love noticing our sight words in books and around our classroom.  The kids are discovering that sight words are everywhere!

Phonics:  During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /b/ and /m/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /b/ and /m/ and glued them in our workbooks. We are active learners!  Next week will be beginning sounds /r/ and /s/.

Handwriting:  We love learning how to correctly form letters and numbers in kindergarten!  This week we have focused on both lowercase and uppercase b and m.  We are also practicing numbers 1-5! If your family chooses to do homework, letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home!  Refer to resources in your child’s Friday Folder for guidance.

Literacy centers:  We worked hard in our literacy centers this week!  In ability-based groups of 4-5 students, we rotated through independent reading “library” center, sight word center, phonics center, fine motor skills, and guided reading group with me!  Literacy centers are one of many examples of how are students are active learners who work independently and collaboratively (SLE).

Math:  Kindergarten math is all about number sense!  This week we practiced writing and reading numbers 1, 2 and 3. Our math specialist, Miss Gudaitis, joins us on Monday afternoons to help with small group instruction.

Religion:  This week we continued studying the Creation Story!  Students are learning that God created everything in the world, things we can and cannot see.  Because God is good, everything He created is good! We continue to show we are Christ-centered people by making the sign of the cross before and after every prayer.  We are mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals, and Prayer After Meals.

Social Studies:  We continued to talk about how everyone in our class is unique and has different names this week. Even though we are all different, we are a part of our kindergarten family and more importantly the church community.  We read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and made our own coconut tree with the letters of our name attached!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

Important Dates:

  • Blessing of the Backpacks Mass – Sunday, September 22nd
  • Safe Environment Training – St. John School, Egan Hall – October 1st
  • Field Trip to Stocker Farms – Friday, October 18th
    • Please do not order hot lunch for this day!

Reminders:

    • Please send in a small photo of your immediate family (4×6/5×7 if possible) by next Friday for a class project. Please also attach a list of names (for your children to read). Thank you!
    • We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! A permission slip will be sent home with your child sometime next week. Please fill out and send back ASAP. We need 2-3 more chaperones, email me if you would like join. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up. Thank you!

Best,

Miss Williamson