Class News 1/17/20

January 17, 2020 Class News 

We had a nice week together in kindergarten, reflecting on Martin Luther King Jr. and enjoying watching the snow fall and weather change!

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

Phonics: Our Words Their Way lesson this week focused on a new digraph (two letters that go together to make one sound)! We reviewed the letters c and h and learned that together, they make the ch sound. During spelling, students cut out their sort cards, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled their own words that begin with c, h, and ch. Students also worked on a little ch book and used each ch word in a sentence! For example, one of the words in the book was chips, students had to brainstorm a sentence using the words chip and write it in their book! Have them read their little ch book to you!

Literacy Centers: Students were busy practicing their literacy skills during literacy centers this week. At the library center, students enjoyed reading picture books, writing the title of the book, giving it 1-5 stars and then drawing their favorite part! Thank you Miss Annie for helping! At the sight word center, students worked on writing complete sentences using sight words. At the iPad center, students worked on reading stories and following along to the words. At the phonics center, students “wrote the room.” They carried clipboards as they wrote different January and Winter themed words around the room. Thank you Mr James for helping! In our reading groups, we are working on fluency and comprehension. We are asking questions while we read stories. Can we retell the beginning, middle, and end? What sight words can we spot? We continue to sound out words slowly to hear every letter in the word.

Writer’s Workshop: Students are continuing working on beginning sentences with a capital letter, including finger spaces and adding punctation at the end of their sentences. Students are challenging themselves to give more information to their reader and provide more than one sentence!

We read the winter book, “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.

Math: We continue our chapter on “composing” and “decomposing” numbers 1-10 (the breakdown of numbers into their sub-parts, for example we can break apart 4 into 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 4 and 0). We are busy showing composing and decomposing numbers by using hands on manipulatives during our math groups.

We also continued our Counting Collections work this week! Students worked with new bags of items and practiced recording their findings in new ways! Ask your child what bag/bags of items they counted and how many they counted!

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 had a long class discussion about that idea that just because you look differently than someone else, not only because of your skin color, but maybe because of your hair color, your eye color or the clothes you wear; we have to show kindness to everyone and be welcoming to them because we never want to dip into others buckets and make them feel hurt by our actions! The students made really great and heart felt connections about times in their lives that they showed someone different from themselves kindness!

Auction Art: Thank you to Miss Shana and Miss Carol who came into our classroom on Friday to help the students create the Auction Art Project! They took their time and did their very best work! We look forward to you seeing it at the Auction!

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 20th– Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
  • Sunday, January 26th– All School Liturgy/Open House for Catholic School’s Week
  • January 27th-January 31st– Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Wednesday, February 12th– All School Liturgy for Saint Valentine’s Day!
  • Thursday, February 13th– Saint Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • Please bring in a covered shoebox (any plain paper will do, do not decorate!); we will be decorating them in class!
    • Your child may bring in one Valentine for each student in our class. No names please!
  • Friday February 14th, Monday February 17th, Tuesday February 18th– No School, Winter Holiday

Important Information: 

  • Comfort Kits: I still have a lot of missing kits for the classroom.  Here is what you need:
    • Small working flashlight
    • Stocking cap
    • A small package of Wet Wipes
    • One or two-family photos not larger than 4”x6”
    • One page letter to your child to comfort him/her while awaiting your arrival
    • One pair of tube socks
    • One small plastic drinking cup – 5- or 6-ounce size

    Place all items in a one-gallon Ziploc bag labeled with your student’s name.

  • Kindergarten is sponsoring Bruno, a child from the Unbound program.  He is from Bolivia and speaks Spanish!  He is 5 years old and enjoys playing ball, putting together puzzles and watching television. Every first Friday of the month, or whenever it is convenient for you, your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation to help support Bruno. Thank you! Your support will help Bruno get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.

Best,

Miss Williamson