Class News 12/2/22

December 2, 2022 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: at and be. Next week will be this and have.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we reviewed the letters /l/ /k/ /j/ and /w/.  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 l, k, j, and w. 

Literacy centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students created sight words using alphabet apple cards and put them onto a sight word basket to create the word. In reading groups, we played ‘roll-a-word’ where students rolled two dice to create a CVC word. They then read it and determined if it was a ‘real’ or ‘nonsense’ word and recorded it accordingly. We also continue to work in our Explode the Code books which help students with handwriting, letter sounds, CVC words, and more! 

Writer’s Workshop/Social Studies: We learned all about elves this week! We brainstormed ‘adjectives’ – words that describe elves. A few we came up with are: happy, sneaky, and small! 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 two different stories – pretending an elf came and visited us, and what we would do if we were an elf! One person wrote they would feed the reindeer, and someone else wrote they would help make the toys! On Friday, we had fun making our own sneaky, helpful and adorable elves to display in our classroom! 

Math: We continue our investigation of the 100s chart! We are practicing to become 100 chart experts. We are learning to count and recognize numbers to 50. We also learned a new game called, Race to 120. I sent home a copy in their Friday folders, they can teach you how to play! All you need is a dice and two kinds of player pieces.

Science/STEM: This week we were able to explore and experiment in our school’s Maker Space! Students created “snowball launchers” made out of cups, balloons, and cotton balls. Students then answered the question, what makes this snowball fly? Was it the balloon, the cup, air, force?  Thank you to Mrs. O’Campo for leading such a fun S.T.E.M. project!

Religion: This week we 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 day, 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, dove, cross, garden and the evergreen tree. Ask your child if they can remember what any of these symbols mean. We continue to practice the Sign of the Cross and our daily prayers. 

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:

  • Thursday, December 8th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Museum! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. Please return your child’s permission slip if you have not done so already!
  • Thursday, December 15th – Primary Christmas Program 6pm, Egan Hall
  • Friday, December 16th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break
  • Tuesday, January 3rd – Classes Resume

Class News 11/18/22

November 18, 2022 Class News

We had another wonderful week in Kindergarten! We have been working hard, having fun and learning new things!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: they and I. Next week, due to the short week, we will not be introducing any new sight words. We will of course keep reviewing the ones we have learned! The students continue to use their sense of sight and hearing to spot sight words everywhere!

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /j/ /w/ and /q/.  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 j, w, and q. 

Literacy centers: We continued reading groups, sight word center, phonics center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the library center, students enjoyed a variety of picture pictures. At the phonics center, students wrote the room, finding various Thanksgiving themed picture cards. Once they found a card, they recorded it on their recording sheet! In reading groups, we continue to work on letter sounds, sounding out CVC words, and reading our blue decodable books! 

Writers Workshop: In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we discussed what it means to be thankful for something – to feel happy and pleased that you have something or someone in your life. We first brainstormed as a class about things we are thankful for (mom, dad, the Earth, life, sunshine, teachers, and Jesus!). Then, we then took those ideas and wrote them on a graphic organizer. In order to spell words, students are working on sounding out their words in order to hear every sound in the word so they know what letters to write down. We wrote a sentence about what we were thankful for, including our ideas from our graphic organizer! Some students challenged themselves by using the word and or because! We continue to work on keeping finger spaces between words, writing lowercase letters, and putting a period at the end of a sentence. 

Math: Our essential question for chapter 3 is “How can I show 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?). Students are learning to explain how they can count a number…can you count by 5’s to get to the number? Can you count on from 10?

Students created “decomposing turkeys” where they chose two numbers to create a larger number! They used feathers and numbers to show their thinking.

Social Studies: We read a mini-book about Veteran’s Day and drew a picture of why we are thankful to be free – to go to school, to vote, to have food, etc. 

Second Step: This week we learned about the feeling, calm. We learned that we can feel strong feelings like happy, sad, and mad. Sometimes a strong feeling can take over our attentions and actions. In order to help our strong feelings, we can do things like take a slow, deep breath and ask a grown up for help!

Religion: This week we are practicing prayer and expressing gratitude by taking a few seconds at the end of every day to thank God for 2 things. It is wonderful to hear the things the students are thankful for each day. Sometimes I hear things as simple as “Thank you God for the yellow ball at recess today.” We will continue to practice the act of thanking God for all of our blessings, big and small. 

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, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Thanksgiving Mass, 9am
  • Tuesday, November 22nd – Dress Uniform, Grand Day for 3rd-5th Grade
  • Wednesday November 23rd-Friday, November 25th – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Wednesday, November 30th – Dress Uniform, Primary Mass, 9am – Join us if you can!
  • Thursday, December 8th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Museum! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. More information to come!
  • Thursday, December 15th – Primary Christmas Concert, Egan Hall, 6:15pm
  • Friday, December 16th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break
  • Tuesday, January 3rd – Classes Resume

Class News 11/4/22

November 4, 2022 Class News

We had a fun week filled with celebrating Halloween, All Saints Day mass, and creating turkeys! I am looking forward to conferencing and sharing your child’s successes with you next week. I treasure being able to partner with such wonderful families. Your children are excited, kind and happy learners!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: with and his. 

Phonics: Our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week was /l/ and /k/. 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 l and k. We love to come up with new words that begin with our letters of the week!

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center, and the phonics center. In the library center, students read a story, wrote the title, and drew their favorite part of the story! At the phonics center, students used Thanksgiving cards to put them in order to make Thanksgiving sentences! In reading groups, we continue to to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are stretching out words slowly to hear every letter in the word. We continue to practice reading CVC words and sight words in our reading group books. Thank you for all our parent volunteers who have been able to sign up!

Writers Workshop: This week, we read the book “Arthur Writes a Story” and continued to write our own stories in our writing journals! In order to spell words, students are working on “best guess spelling” in order to hear every sound in the word so they know what letters to write down. At home, when your kids ask you how to spell something, remind them to do their “best guess spelling” and put down all the sounds they hear. We are working on using capital letters to start a sentence, finger spaces between words, writing mostly lowercase letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence!

Math: This week we learned what an ordinal number is (up to 5)! Ask your child about first, second, third, fourth, and fifth! We continue to work hard in our math journals and use manipulatives to explain our thinking!

Religion: The entire kindergarten and 7th grade was able to attend the All Saints Day mass on Thursday! We loved participating in the liturgy. We are Christ-centered students! (SLE) 

Second Step: In this week’s lesson, we learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels mad. We practiced looking at a person’s face and body, as well as thinking about what’s going on in the situation to determine if or why they may be feeling mad.

Art: With Thanksgiving coming up, we began to focus on and discuss as a class things that we are thankful for. Students created turkeys with 6 feathers, on each feather, students wrote something they were thankful for! Students brainstormed things like family, friends, school and food. Ask your child what they wrote on their turkey and the things they are thankful for in their life! We will continue this discussion throughout the month of November and will continue to discuss and add things in our lives that we are thankful for!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • 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 count and divide words into syllables.
  • 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 count up to 10 to tell how many things are in a group.
  • 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.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day
  • Monday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Thanksgiving Mass
  • Tuesday, November 22nd – Dress Uniform, Grandparents Day for 3rd-5th Grade
  • Wednesday November 23rd-Friday, November 25th – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Museum! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. More information to come!

Class News 10/28/22

October 28, 2022 Class News

We had a terrific week learning together in kindergarten! Your children are working hard and having fun! Take a peek at all we did this week:

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: are and as. Next week we will learn with and his

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /d/ and /f/.  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 d and f. We are working on our “best guess” spelling, meaning they write whatever letters they hear! Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder.

Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. In our phonics group, students “wrote the room.” They carried clipboards as they wrote different Halloween words around the room. In reading groups, we continue by taking picture walks to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are also practicing reading and writing CVC words and sight words in our reading group books. 

Writers Workshop: On Wednesday, we spent time writing about what we were going to be for Halloween. Students were so excited to share about costumes and festivities! We continue to work on finger spaces, writing with lowercase letters, and using punctuation at the end of our sentence.

Math: Students were excited to practice estimating with candy corn! We had one large class jar that students had to look at and make an educated guess as to how many candy corn they thought were in the jar. We then used 120 charts to count how many there were. Ask your child if they remember how many there ended up being! We continue to focus on “one more” when counting numbers 1-10, and are continuing to practice using ten frames. We know that a full tens frame is 10, and half of a tens frame is 5. We know this without even having to count!

Science: We used our five senses to observe our class pumpkins. The class came up with terrific describing words using our five senses to guide our thinking. As scientists do, we had a fun pumpkin investigation lab, where we got to measure the parts of a pumpkin with unifix cubes, count the lines, and we even investigated whether our pumpkins float or sink in water! These investigations led to other questions and wonders so we got to experiment a bit further based on the kid’s own questions!

STEM: This week we challenged ourselves with our first STEM project! Students were given candy pumpkins and toothpicks and tried to make a haunted house. The goal was to have the house stand up and to fit a “ghost” inside. Ask your child if their haunted house was a success! 

Second Step: This week we continued our unit on Emotion Management and learned that sometimes we can feel sad. We know that everyone can feel sad sometimes, and we can tell when others may be feeling sad by looking at their face or their body. Students talked about times when they have felt sad, and what they can do to help themselves or others feel better! 

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • 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 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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 31st – Happy Halloween! Students may wear their Halloween Costume on this day! 
  • Tuesday, November 1st – Dress Uniform, All Saints Day Mass
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day
  • Monday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Thanksgiving Mass
  • Tuesday, November 22nd – Dress Uniform, Grandparents Day for 3rd-5th Grade
  • Wednesday November 23rd-Friday, November 25th – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Museum! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. More information to come!

Class News 10/21/22

October 21, 2022 Class News

We had another great week together in kindergarten! We were busy learning the parts of a pumpkin, going on a leaf walk, and participating in the Great Shake Out! Check out what else we’ve been up to!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: on and for. Next week we will learn as and are.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /c/ and /h/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /c/ and /h/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with c and h. Some words they came up with were ‘Halloween, haunted house, candy, and cat.’ 

Next week will be beginning sounds /f/ and /d/.

Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At our phonics center, students used magnetic letters to letter match! They placed the magnetic letter that matched the first letter in a picture. For example, students put the letter ‘a’ over the picture of the apple. In reading groups, we continue to take picture walks before we begin reading to make predictions about what our story may be about. We are also practicing reading and writing CVC words and sight words in our reading group books. Thank you to Ms. Julia, Ms. Emily, and Mr. Noah for volunteering during centers this week! We are so excited to welcome parent volunteers into our classroom and appreciate all the help!

Writers Workshop: During writer’s workshop, we compared and contrasted a pumpkin and an apple using a Venn diagram! We used pictures and words to see how they are the same and how they are different! See if your child remembers what the similarities and differences are. We also reviewed the lifecycle of a pumpkin by completing a second pumpkin life cycle! Ask your child if they remember the lifecycle of a pumpkin!

Math: In math groups, we practiced “shake and spill” where students decomposed 5 or 10 on a tens frame. We filled a cup with 10 two-sided math tokens (one side yellow, other red), shook the cup and spilled them. Then, we moved the tokens to show the number on a tens frame. Lastly, we wrote the number of yellow and red tokens to 10! We also practiced showing numbers 1-10 with tally marks, dots, words, tens frames and numeral. We created a pumpkin patch book by matching various forms of numbers on pumpkins to the matching numeral pumpkin patch. Check out your child’s pumpkin patch book in their Friday folders!

Religion: This week we learned what a safe touch is. A safe touch is a high five, a hug from your guardian, or holding hands with grandma! We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel and Prayer Before Meals. We also start each morning by praying The Our Father. Ask your child to show you this prayer at home! 

Art: In honor of Halloween, we created “mosaic candy corns!” Students riped white, orange and yellow paper to create their own unique mosaic!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • 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 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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 31st – Happy Halloween! Students may wear their Halloween Costume on this day! 
  • Tuesday, November 1st – Dress Uniform, All Saints Day Mass
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day
  • Monday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Thanksgiving Mass
  • Tuesday, November 22nd – Dress Uniform, Grandparents Day for 3rd-5th Grade
  • Wednesday November 23rd-Friday, November 25th – No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Theatre! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. More information to come!

Class News 10/13/22

October 13, 2022 Class News

We had fun discovering, sharing and adventuring together this week in kindergarten!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: he and was.Next week we will learn for and on

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /n/ and /p/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /n/ and /p/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with n and p. Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder. If you choose to do homework at home, practicing lowercase letter formation is a good skill to practice with parent guidance! You might choose to brainstorm words that start and end with n and p while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner. 

Next week will be beginning sounds /c/ and /h/. 

Handwriting: This week we practiced forming lowercase letters n and p. We are also reviewing our uppercase letter formation in our Handwriting Without Tears workbooks. We are continuing to use our hat line, belt line, and foot line to make letters and numbers, as well as practicing writing our names with only one uppercase letter! 

Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center, and at the phonics center used snap cubes to create letters of the alphabet. In reading groups, we began our decodable books this week. We begin by making predictions about what the story is going to be about based upon the title and illustrations we see when we take our picture walks. Keep up the reading practice at home!

Writers Workshop: This week, we started learning all about pumpkins! During writer’s workshop, we reviewed what a ‘label’ is (a word that tells us about a picture) and labeled the parts of a pumpkin.  We also introduced the concept of ‘nonfiction’ books verses ‘fiction’ books. We learned a few clues that can tell us which one it is – real photographs, table of contents, glossary, real true information or, make believe components – not real photographs, talking animals, etc. At home, you can practice this by having your child identify whether the book you are reading is nonfiction or fiction and why.

Math: This week we began chapter two which explores numbers to 10. We continued to focus on “how many more” from 5 on a tens frame. For example, 6 is “one more” than 5. 7 is “two more” than 5. Students continue to practice writing numbers 0-10 and counting to 100 by ones, fives and tens during our morning calendar.

Science: We began our unit all about pumpkins! This week, we observed many different kinds of pumpkins in the classroom and learned the parts of a pumpkin. Ask your child to name the parts of a pumpkin! We learned the life cycle of a pumpkin, too. Ask your child to retell you the life cycle of a pumpkin!

Second Step: This week we began Unit 2 within our Second Step Program. Unit 2 focuses on emotion management, where students will learn how to identify emotions in themselves and others and will apply strategies to manage their emotions. 

In this week’s lesson, we learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels happy. By looking at their face, we may notice they are smiling or laughing. By looking at their body, we may notice they are clapping or dancing. We then practiced looking at a person’s face and body, as well as thinking about what’s going on in the situation to figure out if they are feeling happy and how we can tell. 

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • 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 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.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, October 14th – No School, Teacher In-service
  • Tuesday, October 18th – Individual Portrait Day 
  • Tuesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day

Class News 10/7/22

October 7, 2022 Class News

It was another busy week in kindergarten! We were scientists and investigated our 5 senses.  As scientists do, we will use our 5 senses the whole year to observe the world around us!  We are active learners!  Take a look at what else we were up to this week.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: that and it.Next week we will learn he and was. Are you working on these at home? A good way to practice sight words is to keep a bundle of sight words (simple flashcards you can make with notecards) in your purse or bag and pull them out whenever you have an extra minute to spare – waiting for an appointment, quickly before you go out the door, etc.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week, we learned all about the letters /t/ and /g/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /t/ and /g/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with t and g.

Next week will be beginning sounds /n/ and /p/.

Handwriting: This week we have focused on uppercase and lowercase t and g and continue to practice writing numbers 1-10! We are also working hard at writing our names with only one capital letter! Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line and boot line.” If you choose to do homework, name writing is a great skill to work on at home – using uppercase at the beginning and lowercase for the rest.

Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center and at the phonics center students thread beads onto pipe cleaner to help improve their fine motor skills! Some students challenged themselves to make patterns with the beads. We look forward to parent volunteers starting soon! In reading groups, we began by practicing our letter names and letter sounds, students then used alphabet cards to write the alphabet and put them in ABC order. 

Math: We finished up chapter one: Numbers 0-5, and will continue to explore the essential question, how do we show how many? We have been learning to compare numbers using the terms “greater than,” “less than” and “equal to.” In kindergarten, we learn how to use “tools not toys,” in order to help us solve math problems. One tool we added to our “math tool belt” is the tens frame. We will practice using this tool to help us understand numbers and help build our math tower of knowledge. Students explored the term “one more” with numbers to 10. Students were given tens frames and a number, then had to show a number that is one more than the original. This helps us with learning how to “count on” from any number. We will continue to use tens frames to learn how to compose numbers 1-10. We are continuing to practice using complete sentences and showing all our work to explain our math thinking.

Key math words: Count, equal to, greater than, less than, number, zero, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and ten

Science: We learned all about our 5 senses this week – sight, hear, smell, taste and touch. We read poems, played games, and created class charts to show that we understand each of the senses. When we learned about sight, we made a chart to see the different eye color in our class then discussed patterns we saw in the charted information. When we learned about hearing, we listened to different sounds and students drew what they heard (for instance, birds chirping, cars honking, rain falling). We also made a class chart of our favorite foods when discovering more about taste! When we discussed touch, students felt objects in a paper bag and had to guess what the objects were. Our last sense was smell. We had four cups of four different smells: lemon, mint, vanilla, and coffee. Students smelled what was in the cup and made predictions about what was in the cup! We use our senses to help understand the world around us. 

Second Step: In this week’s lesson, we showed what we’ve learned about the importance of paying attention, practicing, and continuing to try after making mistakes. We put these skills to use while learning a rhyme with accompanying movements! 

This week during our Mind Yeti mindfulness we learned about gratitude. We learned that finding gratitude throughout our days can help us feel happy and calm. When we find gratitude in something, we can say a simple “Thank You”! Students find gratitude through petting their dogs before school, playing with a friend at recess, and having a delicious breakfast. 

Religion: We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals. We continue to practice sharing God’s love by using compliments and kind words through a variety of games and role-play.

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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 10th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass 
  • Wednesday, October 12th – Primary Mass, 9AM
  • Friday, October 14th – No School, Teacher In-Service 
  • Tuesday, October 18th – Individual Portrait Day 
  • Tuesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform 
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend) 
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day 

Class News 9/30/22

September 30, 2022 Class News

We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten! We were busy writing letters and sight words, celebrating our families, and attending Primary Mass. 

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were is and you. We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Next week we will learn that and it

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week reviewed the letters /b/, /m/, /r/ and /s/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled words as a class that started with b, m, r, and s. Take a look at your child’s create page coming home in their Friday folder.

Next week will be beginning sounds /t/ and /g/.

Handwriting: This week we began using our Handwriting Without Teachers workbooks. We used these to review lowercase and uppercase letters b, m, r, and s. We also focused on and reviewed numbers 0-5! If your family chooses to do homework, I encourage you to practice letter and number formation at home! Make sure your child is using their “hat line, belt line, and boot line.”

Literacy Centers: We worked hard in our literacy centers this week! This week we continued rotating through the iPad center, independent reading center, sight word center, phonics center, and guided reading center! At the phonics center students used geoboards to create designs with rubber bands, at the sight word center students stamped the sight words we have learned so far this year and traced them. At the guided reading center we began with our letter names and sounds as a warm-up, and then continued on using playdoh to create the alphabet in upper and lowercase letters. We are starting off the year focusing on our fine motor skills during Literacy Centers! 

Math: We continue to grow as mathematicians in differentiated groups by counting, writing, and showing numbers 0-10. We love working in math groups and extending our learning through “dessert” games! This week we learned about equal to. Ask your child to show you a group of objects that are equal! We are practicing using complete sentences to explain our math thinking.

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 paint, handprints, paper apples and your family photo! Take a look below!

Second Step: In this week’s lesson, we learned that it’s important to practice and keep trying in order to get better at something! Students shared things they are practicing and want to get better at. Some of these included riding their bikes, learning their letters, and playing soccer. 

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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 10th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass 
  • Wednesday, October 12th – Primary Mass
  • Friday, October 14th – No School, Teacher In-Service 
  • Tuesday, October 18th – Individual Portrait Day 
  • Tuesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform 
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend) 
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day 

Class News 9/23/22

September 23, 2022 Class News 

It was a very busy week in kindergarten! We were so happy to participate in the Jog-A-Thon on Wednesday.  The kids loved running and seeing how many laps they could complete!  Thank you to everyone for your participation!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were inand to.We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Next week we will learn is and you.

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. Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder.

Next week we will review letters /b/, /m/, /r/, and /s/. 

Handwriting: This week we have focused on lowercase r and s as well as numbers 1-9! We are also reviewing our uppercase letters. If your family chooses to do homework, letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home! Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line, and boot line.”

Literacy Centers: We worked hard in our literacy centers this week! In ability-based groups of 5-6 students, we rotated through iPad center, independent reading center, sight word center, phonics center (this week students used magnets to put the alphabet in order), and guided reading group with me! This week we learned how our centers will work for the year and practiced our center rules. These rules are: no talking, work the whole time and clean up when you are finished. Along with using magnets to put the alphabet in order, students created alphabet puzzles, matching a picture to the letter it starts with, along with practicing our upper and lowercase alphabet writing. 

Writers Workshop: Writer’s Workshop has already become a favorite time of day for many kiddos! I feel blessed to have the privilege of guiding our class of young writers. We practiced using three steps to write a story – think of a story and picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. Ask your child what ‘best guess spelling’ is and see if they can show you how to write all the sounds they hear in a word. 

Math: We are working towards articulating our ideas clearly by using complete sentences to explain our math thinking during morning calendar. We also continued our work with our counting collections! Students counted a new bag of items this week and recorded how many items they counted on their recording sheet. We continue to grow as mathematicians in differentiated groups by counting, writing, and showing numbers 0-10.

Key math words: Count, equal to, greater than, less than, number, zero, one, two, three, four, and five.

Science: We 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!

Second Step: In this week’s lesson, we learned that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. We learned that we can encourage our classmates through using kind words, and we can also encourage ourselves through kind self-talk! We brainstormed kind phrases which may include, “You got this”, “Keep trying”, and “I know you can do it”. We will practice kind self-talk when encouraging our classmates, along with ourselves when we make mistakes.

Religion: This week we dove into our Religion workbooks! We began Lesson 2, learning about Jesus’s Heavenly Father. We also read the book A Picture of God, 3 in 1, where students learned that there are three persons, but one God. Ask your child if they can tell you the three persons! 

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. We continue to practice being mindful using our high five breathing.

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.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 10th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass
  • Friday, October 14th – No School, Teacher In-Service
  • Tuesday, October 18th – Individual Portrait Day
  • Tuesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day

Class News 9/16/22

September 16, 2022 Class News 

We have had a busy week in kindergarten! Your children are asking questions and are excited to learn. Check out what we have been up to this week!

Sight Words:  Our two sight words this week were andand 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 even tried our best to spell the words we thought of. 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! Ask your child about “hat line, belt line, and boot line.” 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.

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!

Literacy Centers:  We continued to work on our literacy centers this week! Students are working in small groups focused on fine motor skills. They are working together, sharing, and taking turns!

Math: Kindergarten math is all about number sense! In the beginning of class we start with a “warm up” by looking at dot cards. We show with our hands the number, say the number, and share our thinking. When we divide into our math groups, 2-3 groups work with a teacher, while the remaining group(s) have the chance to use hands-on manipulatives (dice, dominoes, unifix cubes, etc.), or a “dessert game.” Then we will switch. Our math specialist, Mrs. Olsen comes in on Wednesdays and will work with small groups as well!

This week we also began counting collections! Counting collections are when students get fun, hands-on items to count. These items range from dinosaurs to gold coins. Once students have counted all the items in their bag, they have to record the number of items on their recording sheet. Counting collections strengthens students’ one-to-one counting, as well as their recording skills. We will continue counting collections throughout the school year to help us become better counters! 

Social Studies:  We continue to talk about how everyone in our class is unique and has different names. Even though we are all different, we are a part of our kindergarten family. This week, we read the story, A My Name is Alice to facilitate our name study. Using the book as inspiration, students created a self-portrait and wrote their names in a sentence with a word that begins with the same letter as their name. For example, “M my name is Miss Williamson and I like marshmallows!” Take a peek in our classroom to find your child’s self-portrait!

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!

Second Step: This week we learned two reasons to pay attention: to learn, and to stay safe. We want to learn and pay attention in school, as well as paying attention in places like the kitchen, and when crossing the street!

Religion: This week we read the story “How Full is your Bucket?” and learned the difference between bucket filling and bucket dipping. Bucket filling is when we fill others buckets through giving them compliments, asking to play with them, or saying kind words. Bucket dipping is when dip into others buckets when we say unkind words or exclude others from playing. Ask your child other examples of bucket filling and bucket dipping, and how they can be bucket fillers! 

Mrs. Mansfield, a middle school teacher, taught our students a mini-lesson about growth mindset and the brain. They learned about how their brains can grow, just like our bodies, and each time we practice a new skill we are forming new neuropathways. But growing these pathways isn’t always easy, so what do we do when we feel frustrated and want to give up? We “hit the pause and say YET”- because we may not be able to do the new skill YET, but if we keep trying- we can do it! 

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:

  • Wednesday, Sept 21st – Jog-A-Thon!  
    • We will be running from 10:00-10:30! Come join us! 
  • Sunday, September 25th– Blessing of the Backpacks Mass

Reminders:

  • Please send a 5×7 or 4×6 photo of your immediate family in the next week (by Friday 9/23). We will be using these for a class project.