November 15, 2019 Class News
We had another wonderful week in Kindergarten! We have been working hard, having fun and learning new things!
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: they and I.
Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /j/ /w/ and /q/. 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 j, w, and q.
Literacy centers: We continued reading groups, sight word center, phonics center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students read sight word cards, used letter beads to string them into the words, and wrote the word down! In reading groups, we used expo markers and foam letters to finish spelling simple CVC and worked on sounding them out! We continue to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about.
Writers Workshop: This week we started a Thanksgiving project. We are making placemats to use at your Thanksgiving dinner! Students wrote the prayer before meals, “Bless Us Oh Lord” and watercolored items that relate to Thanksgiving. We will laminate and send home soon for you to enjoy at home! In celebration of the upcoming holiday, we discussed what it means to be thankful for something – to feel happy and pleased that you have something or someone in your life. We first brainstormed as a class about things we are thankful for (mom, dad, the Earth, recycling, sunshine, teachers, and Jesus!). Then, we then took those ideas and wrote them on a graphic organizer. In order to spell words, students are working on “best guess spelling” and doing their best to hear every sound in the word so they know what letters to write down. At home, when your kids ask you how to spell something, remind them about “best guess spelling” and putting down all the sounds they hear! We used our graphic organizers to make turkey’s, writing down the 6 things we are thankful for on the feathers of the turkey! They are up on our Wow Work Wall, come take a look!
Math: This week, we continued to work on using the vocabulary of “greater” and “less” than. Students use these words during calendar time to make observations about the weather chart and which days are “greater” and “less” than others! We also practiced looking at numbers that are one more, and one less. Students used a number line to write down numbers that are one more and one less than the number given!
Second Step: Ms. Shaw, our school counselor visited our classroom to introduce the class to our conflict management skills curriculum, Kelso’s Choices. There are 9 different specific strategies for children to use to solve small problems on their own. The choices are wonderful because it empowers our students to solve problems at recess, in the classroom, at home, everywhere! It might be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with the choices and reinforce them at home – the “wheel of choices” are attached. They also can be found in the “helpful handouts” page. This week, students discussed the difference between a small problem and a big problem as well as the difference between tattling and reporting. Students listened to a scenario and categorized it as a small problem that they should use a Kelso’s choice to solve, or a big problem where they need an adult’s help. We learned that tattling is when you tell an adult about a small problem that you can solve on your own with a Kelso’s choice. Reporting is when you tell an adult about a big problem.
Religion: This week we spent time re-focusing our intention and reverence during our afternoon prayer when we ask our Guardian Angels to watch over us. “Angel of God, my Guardian Dear…” We also worked on a social and emotional book where students had to read the emotion the girl or boy was feeling and draw what their face may look like. We are working empathy and being aware of what others around us are feeling so that we can best help them!
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.
- Wednesday, November 20th – Picture Retakes
- Thursday, November 21st – Dress Uniform, Grandparents and Special Friends Day (Grades 2-5)
- Monday, November 25th – All school Thanksgiving Mass, Dress Uniform
- Wednesday, November 27th – Friday, November 29th, Thanksgiving Holiday, No School
- The 6thgraders are putting on a food drive to stock up the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. The drive is from now through Monday, November 25th. Thank you in advance for your help!
- John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound-a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. Kindergarten will sponsor Bruno. He is from Bolivia and speaks Spanish! He is 5 years old and enjoys playing ball, putting together puzzles and watching television. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Bruno throughout the year. Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Bruno. If you have any additional questions, please let me know. Thank you! Your support will help Bruno get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.