Class News 1/20/23

January 20, 2023 Class News

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

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: not and what. Next week we will learn all and were. 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 word families –ap and –ag. Students cut out their sort cards (pictures and words), played memory match, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly spelled our own words that begin with –ap and –ag. We are discovering words in books and around the campus that are a part of our weekly word families. Can you help your child spot words around your house or in the neighborhood that end in –ap and –ag?

Literacy Centers: We worked hard in literacy centers this week! At the library center, students enjoyed reading picture books independently. At the sight word center, students created sight word flashcards with glitter pens that can be used to practice at home. At the iPad center, students worked on reading stories and following along to the words. At the phonics centers, students played sight word memory match. They flipped over two cards, read the sight words and tried to find a match! At our guided reading center, we either worked on reading and answering comprehension questions by finding and highlighting the evidence in the text, or reading our reading group books. 

Writer’s Workshop: This week, we started preparing for Catholic Schools Week by talking about why we love our school. Students completed the prompt: “I love St. John School because…” Students love to learn, love their teachers, and love being with their friends! Ask your child why they love our amazing school!

We continue to focus on including 4 things in our writing:

1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.

2. Spaces between words.

3. Period at the end of a sentence.

4. Mostly lowercase letters.

We will continue to master these writing requirements throughout kindergarten. 

Math: We continue to explore taking apart and putting together (composing and decomposing) numbers 0-20 with the use of many types of math tools – dominos, dice, white boards, bingo markers, and more! We are also practicing how to skip count by 10s.

Science: We are continuing to learn about engineering! This week we continue to learn what a STEM lesson consists of (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and completed our own STEM lesson! Students are given a problem, design and plan, create and test that plan, and see if there is any improvement needed. This week, students were given a problem: The children are having a snowball fight. They need a place to hide! The challenge: Build an igloo. Using toothpicks/popsicle sticks, and mini marshmallows students designed and built an igloo! They drew a picture of their idea and then at the end discussed if it worked and what improvements could be made. We enjoyed sharing our results with each other and discussing our project like true engineers!

Kelso’s Choices: Our school counselor, Ms. Shaw, came into our classroom this week! This week, students discussed the difference between a small problem and a big problem, as well as the difference between tattling and reporting. Students listened to a scenario and categorized it as a small problem that they should use a Kelso’s choice to solve, or a big problem where they need an adult’s help. We learned that tattling is when you tell an adult about a small problem that you can solve on your own with a Kelso’s choice. Reporting is when you tell an adult about a big problem! Ask your child to tell you the difference between a big problem and a small problem.

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, January 25th – Dress Uniform, Primary Mass, 9am. Join us if you can!
  • Friday, January 27th – Field Trip to Seattle Prep! 
  • January 29th – February 4h – Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Wednesday, February 8th – Dress Uniform, Primary Mass, 9am. Join us if you can!
  • Friday, February 10th – No School, Teacher In-Service
  • Tuesday, February 14th– Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class (26 students). No names, please!
  • Wednesday February 15th – Dress Uniform, St. Valentine Day Mass
  • Friday February 17th – Noon Dismissal – Winter Holiday
  • Monday February 20th – Tuesday February 21st – No School, Winter Holiday
  • Wednesday, February 22nd – Dress Uniform, Ash Wednesday Mass