Class News 1/7/22

January 7, 2022 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: by and words. Next week we will learn not and what.

Phonics: This week we learned our first “digraph” – two letters that when together, make a whole new sound. We learned the digraph /sh/. We learned this digraph by sorting pictures that began with either /s/ /h/ or /sh/. In spelling, 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 either /s/ /h/ or /sh/. As homework, you could go on a hunt for /sh/ words! They could make a list of /sh/ words they hear or see! 

Next week, we will introduce the digraph /ch/.

Literacy centers: This week we continued with iPads, independent reading, and reading groups. During read aloud, we are practicing identifying and sharing about books and the world around us by using the sentence starters, “I notice___” “I predict___” “I wonder___” and “I connect___” to help us with reading comprehension. The whole class is doing a great job using these strategies to deepen their understanding of text. In our guided reading groups, we are working on decoding words. We practiced using the picture clues to help us figure out a word we don’t know. 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 ‘rolled-a-word’ using two different dices with various letters on all sides. They then recorded the word and did their best to read it aloud.

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 2022 and wrote them using complete sentences. One student’s goal was to become a better reader; another’s was to help out more at home. We also created a self-portrait to go with our new year’s resolutions! 

Math: We finished up Chapter 3 this week and are preparing for our next chapter, composing and decomposing numbers! We also are continuing to navigate the 100s chart and count by 10s!

Social Studies: In preparation of celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., we read some biographies and talked about the 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 students 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.

Religion: Our school counselor, Ms. Shaw, came in this week to introduce herself. She used Mr. Potato Head to teach the students the parts of her job. She will be teaching our class Kelso’s Choice Lessons once a week through March! 

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 17th – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School
  • January 31st – February 4h – Catholic Schools Week. Please see school website for more details on this week!
  • Friday February 18th – Noon Dismissal – Winter Holiday
  • Monday February 21st, Tuesday February 22nd – No School, Winter Holiday

Best,

Miss Williamson