October 22, 2021 Class News
We had another great week together in kindergarten! I am looking forward to conferencing and sharing your child’s successes with you. I treasure being able to partner with such wonderful families. Your children are excited, kind and happy learners!
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: he and was. Next week we will learn for and on. Are you working on these at home? A good way to practice sight words is to keep a bundle of sight words (simple flashcards you can make with notecards) in your purse or bag and pull them out whenever you have an extra minute to spare – waiting for an appointment, quickly before you go out the door, etc.
Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /c/ and /h/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /c/ and /h/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with c and h. Some words they came up with were ‘Halloween, haunted house, candy, and cat.’ 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 c and h while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner.
Next week will be beginning sounds /f/ and /d/.
Literacy Centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center and at the phonics center students used tweezers and pom poms to outline upper and lowercase letters! Using tweezers improves students fine motor skills because they are having to use their thumb and pointer finger to pinch! We look forward to parent volunteers starting soon! In reading groups, some of us are working on comprehension, and some are working on sounding out CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words! We made predictions of what our story would be about using two kinds of clues – picture clues and word clues on the cover.
Writers Workshop: During writer’s workshop, we compared and contrasted a pumpkin and an apple using a Venn diagram! We first brainstormed as a class, and then completed it individually. We used pictures and words to see how they are the same and how they are different! See if your child remembers what the similarities and differences are. We also reviewed the lifecycle of a pumpkin by completing a second pumpkin life cycle! Ask your child if they remember the lifecycle 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: In math groups, we practiced “shake and spill” where students decomposed 5 or 10 on a tens frame. We filled a cup with 10 two-sided math tokens (one side yellow, other red), shook the cup and spilled them. Then, we moved the tokens to show the number on a tens frame. Lastly, we wrote the number of yellow and red tokens to 10! We also practiced showing numbers 1-10 with tally marks, dots, words, tens frames and numeral. We created a pumpkin patch book by matching various forms of numbers on pumpkins to the matching numeral pumpkin patch. Check out your child’s pumpkin patch book in their Friday folders!
Religion: We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals.
Second Step: This week we learned reviewed the three big emotions we have previously learned: sad, happy and mad. Students looked at pictures of kids and had to share if they thought they were sad, happy or mad. They also had to share how they could tell. Was it because they had a defeated looking body? Or was their eyebrow furrowed? Or did their eyes look like they were twinkling? Ask your child to show you what they look like when they are sad, happy or mad.
Science: This week we dove into our first STEM activity of the year! We began by reading Ten Timid Ghosts, students were then tasked with having to build a house to protect their ghost! Students began by brainstorming and planning how they would build their house, what it would look like and how they would make it protect their ghost. Once they had done that, them and their table partner used candy pumpkins and toothpicks to create their house! Check out some of our houses below and ask your child what their house looked like!
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.
- Thursday, October 28th – Students may wear their Halloween costumes this day!
- Monday, October 25th – No School, parent/teacher conferences via Zoom (Students do not attend)
- Friday, October 29th – No School, parent/teacher conferences via Zoom (Students do not attend)