Class News 1/13/23

January 13, 2023 Class News

We had a nice week together in kindergarten, reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. and his teachings.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: by and words. Next week we will learn not and what. 

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –ad and –an. Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), played word family memory match, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with –ad and –an. Can you brainstorm words at home that end in –ad and –an?  

Literacy Centers: Students were busy practicing their literacy skills during literacy centers this week. At the library center, students enjoyed reading picture books and used a special recording sheet to go for a sight word search. At the phonics center, students played ZINGO! A fun word building game where students used two letter tokens to create CVC words. In our reading groups, we are working on fluency and comprehension. We are asking questions while we read stories. Do we have a home/story connection? Can we retell the beginning, middle, and end? What sight words can we spot? We continue to sound out words slowly like to hear every letter in the word.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we read one of my favorite winter books, “Snowmen at Night” and wrote our own version of what we would do if we were a snowman at night. We ripped up paper to create a mosaic snowman to go with our writing. Then, we read a different version, “Snowmen at Christmas” and used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two stories. 

We continue to focus on including 4 things in our sentences, using our “Fab 4 checklist.”

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.

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!

Social Studies: We read books about Martin Luther King Jr. and took time to notice and celebrate the differences in our own classroom! In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., we created a dove “peace” necklace! We also listened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech where he shares the dream that “my four children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” We then discussed what he meant by those words. Ask your child if they can explain the meaning to you!

Kelso’s Choice: Ms. Shaw, our school counselor, visited our classroom this week! She will be coming into our class this trimester to introduce the class to our conflict management skills curriculum, Kelso’s Choices. There are 9 different specific strategies for children to use to solve small problems on their own. The choices are wonderful because it empowers our students to solve problems at recess, in the classroom, at home, everywhere! It might be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with the choices and reinforce them at home – the “wheel of choices” are below. They can also be found in the “helpful handouts” page. We are excited to learn about Kelso’ Choices this trimester!

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, January 16th – No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • 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!
  • 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