Class News 10/13/22

October 13, 2022 Class News

We had fun discovering, sharing and adventuring together this week in kindergarten!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: he and was.Next week we will learn for and on

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /n/ and /p/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /n/ and /p/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with n and p. Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder. If you choose to do homework at home, practicing lowercase letter formation is a good skill to practice with parent guidance! You might choose to brainstorm words that start and end with n and p while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner. 

Next week will be beginning sounds /c/ and /h/. 

Handwriting: This week we practiced forming lowercase letters n and p. We are also reviewing our uppercase letter formation in our Handwriting Without Tears workbooks. We are continuing to use our hat line, belt line, and foot line to make letters and numbers, as well as practicing writing our names with only one uppercase letter! 

Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center, and at the phonics center used snap cubes to create letters of the alphabet. In reading groups, we began our decodable books this week. We begin by making predictions about what the story is going to be about based upon the title and illustrations we see when we take our picture walks. Keep up the reading practice at home!

Writers Workshop: This week, we started learning all about pumpkins! During writer’s workshop, we reviewed what a ‘label’ is (a word that tells us about a picture) and labeled the parts of a pumpkin.  We also introduced the concept of ‘nonfiction’ books verses ‘fiction’ books. We learned a few clues that can tell us which one it is – real photographs, table of contents, glossary, real true information or, make believe components – not real photographs, talking animals, etc. At home, you can practice this by having your child identify whether the book you are reading is nonfiction or fiction and why.

Math: This week we began chapter two which explores numbers to 10. We continued to focus on “how many more” from 5 on a tens frame. For example, 6 is “one more” than 5. 7 is “two more” than 5. Students continue to practice writing numbers 0-10 and counting to 100 by ones, fives and tens during our morning calendar.

Science: We began our unit all about pumpkins! This week, we observed many different kinds of pumpkins in the classroom and learned the parts of a pumpkin. Ask your child to name the parts of a pumpkin! We learned the life cycle of a pumpkin, too. Ask your child to retell you the life cycle of a pumpkin!

Second Step: This week we began Unit 2 within our Second Step Program. Unit 2 focuses on emotion management, where students will learn how to identify emotions in themselves and others and will apply strategies to manage their emotions. 

In this week’s lesson, we learned to use body language and context clues to figure out when someone feels happy. By looking at their face, we may notice they are smiling or laughing. By looking at their body, we may notice they are clapping or dancing. We then practiced looking at a person’s face and body, as well as thinking about what’s going on in the situation to figure out if they are feeling happy and how we can tell. 

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • 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 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 print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
  • I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.

Important Dates:

  • Friday, October 14th – No School, Teacher In-service
  • Tuesday, October 18th – Individual Portrait Day 
  • Tuesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day