Class News 1/6/23

January 6, 2023 Class News

We are so happy to be back together in kindergarten! The kids were excited to write about their adventures over Christmas break and be back with their friends!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: one and had. Next week we will learn by and words.

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was the word family –at. Word families are new starting this week – words that end the same are in the same word family (for example cat, bat, mat). The kids observed right away words within a word family all rhyme! 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 spelled our own words that begin with –at. Can you brainstorm words at home that end in –at?  

Literacy Centers: This week we continued with sight words, iPads, phonics games, independent reading, and reading groups. In our guided reading groups, we are working on decoding words. We continue to practice making observations and predictions about what our story may be about before reading it, along with answering questions throughout the story to check for reading comprehension. We also discovered that there are often sight words within other words! Using sight words to “chunk” bigger words can help us decode words, too! At the phonics center, students used stamps with pictures and beginning missing letters. Once they stamped their stamp onto their recording sheet, they had to write the missing letter to complete the word on the stamp! Students continue to read stories and write sentences with sight words at the sight word center, and read along with stories at the iPad center.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we wrote about what we did over our winter break! We introduced what we call our writers checklist – a checklist of things we must have to make a complete sentence. We discussed that even professional authors used checklists to write some of our favorite books! 

This checklist helps us focus on 4 things when writing:

1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.

2. Spaces between words.

3. Punctuation at the end of a sentence.

4. Mostly lowercase letters.

We will continue to master these writing requirements throughout kindergarten. 

In honor of our new year, students learned what a resolution is – a goal you set to help yourself or others be better. Students came up with their own goals for 2023 and wrote them using complete sentences. One student’s goal was to become a better reader; another’s was to make more friends. We also created a self-portrait to go with our new year’s resolutions! 

Math: We finished up Chapter 3 this week and began a new Common Core Standard – composing and decomposing numbers 1-10 (breaking down numbers into their sub-parts, for example we can break apart 4 into 2 and 2, 3 and 1, 4 and 0). We explored this concept by using a number of bear manipulatives and breaking them apart in two groups in a variety of ways. We also explored this concept by using two different colored counters to show numbers on a tens frame. This skill helps lay a foundation for algebraic and operational thinking.

Social Studies: In preparation of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., we read biographies and talked about his dreams he had for all people. We talked about the incredible work he did to make our world more fair for all people, of all colors. We brainstormed ways we can continue his work in our school, community, and out in the world, like playing and including others that may look different from us, and using our voices to stand up for those that may not be heard. Students then brainstormed dreams they had for their family and the world! Ask your child what their dream is! 

Second Step: We completed Unit 3 in Second Step which focused on empathy and kindness. We continue to practice ways that we can be kind at school, like offering a hug when someone looks sad, or offering our help to someone that may be upset.

We will be pausing Second Step lessons this trimester as our school counselor, Ms. Shaw, will be joining our classroom beginning next week to teach problem solving lessons!

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
  • Wednesday, January 25th – Dress Uniform, Primary Mass, 9am. Join us if you can!
  • Friday, January 27th – Field Trip to Seattle Prep! More information to come.
  • 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
  • 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