September 27, 2019 Class News
We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten! We were busy writing letters and sight words, celebrating our families, identifying feelings, and noticing signs of fall.
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were in and to. We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Next week we will learn is and you. Our students are very good at noticing sight words all around us! Keep practicing this with them at home! They love identifying words they know in books, magazines, etc.
Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week, we learned all about the letters /r/ and /s/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /r/ and /s/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with r and s. Next week will be beginning sounds /t/ and /g/.
Handwriting: This week we have focused on the letters r and s. We are also continuing to practice numbers 1-5! Letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home! Refer to resources in your child’s Friday Folder for guidance. Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line and boot line.”
Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, fine motor center, and phonics center. A Blanchet High school student came in this week to help with centers. She will continue to come in to volunteer (as a part of the Blanchet class, “Christian Call”). We look forward to parent volunteers starting soon! In reading groups, we made predictions of what our story would be about using two kinds of clues – picture clues and word clues on the cover. We are learning to take a “picture walk” before we read our story to see what the book will be about!
Writers Workshop: We began our Writer’s Workshop this week! Twice a week we think of ideas, write and illustrate stories and to follow our school SLE: An active learner who articulates ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively. This week we learned that writing is just telling on paper. We practiced using three steps to write a story – think of a story or something you know a lot about, picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. We focused on “best guess spelling” and really emphasized to sound out each word phonetically. We even learned to label our illustrations! Ask your child about their own writing journals and what they wrote about!
Math: We are working on math models and how to model our answers to different questions. For example “How many kids are at your table? How can you show this answer?”. Students come up with various different ways to model an answer to the question in their math journal. They then come up to the document camera and share with the class their thinking. We are discussing that there are many different ways to show your answers in math and that everyone can have a different answer and they can all be correct!
Religion: We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers. We continue to practice sharing God’s love by using compliments and kind words. We are focusing on ways we can fill others buckets and ways in which we dip into buckets. Ask your child ways in which they have been filling others buckets!
Science: We were so excited to each get a National Geographic Explorer magazine! We read through it as a class, compared and contrasted animals in the rainforest, and discussed where food comes from! Take a look at the magazine with your child! We also observed signs of fall! Some students noticed coldness, leaves changing colors, flowers drooping, animals searching for warmth and more clouds in the sky. We are empowered disciples!
Social Studies: We explored and celebrated our unique families this week. Through various stories and student sharing we learned that every family is special and unique and that God has given us the gift of family. We created family trees with handprints, paper apples, and your family photo! They are up in our classroom for everyone to admire! Come take a look!
Common Core Standards we’re working on:
- I can read common sight words.
- I can read the words in a book in the right order.
- I can recognize and make rhyming words.
- 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 print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
- I can write numbers from 0-20.
- I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
- I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.
Upcoming Dates to Remember:
- October 1st – Safe Environment Training @ Egan Hall
- Friday, October 11th – No School, Teacher In-service
- Wednesday, October 16th – Liturgy, Dress Uniform
- Friday, October 18th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
- Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
- Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- There is a field trip permission slip (complete both sides) in your child’s Friday folder. We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! Please sign and return ASAP. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up to chaperone. Thank you!