Class News 12/2/22

December 2, 2022 Class News

We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten. We are getting ready for Advent and thanking God for all we have! Your children are progressing tremendously in so many ways. They are growing into confident learners!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: at and be. Next week will be this and have.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we reviewed the letters /l/ /k/ /j/ and /w/.  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 l, k, j, and w. 

Literacy centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students created sight words using alphabet apple cards and put them onto a sight word basket to create the word. In reading groups, we played ‘roll-a-word’ where students rolled two dice to create a CVC word. They then read it and determined if it was a ‘real’ or ‘nonsense’ word and recorded it accordingly. We also continue to work in our Explode the Code books which help students with handwriting, letter sounds, CVC words, and more! 

Writer’s Workshop/Social Studies: We learned all about elves this week! We brainstormed ‘adjectives’ – words that describe elves. A few we came up with are: happy, sneaky, and small! We used a writer’s workshop skill to label the parts of an elf, and noticed patterns and trends of clothing we often see Elves wearing – hats, belts and pointy shoes. We exercised our creative writing skills this week by writing two different stories – pretending an elf came and visited us, and what we would do if we were an elf! One person wrote they would feed the reindeer, and someone else wrote they would help make the toys! On Friday, we had fun making our own sneaky, helpful and adorable elves to display in our classroom! 

Math: We continue our investigation of the 100s chart! We are practicing to become 100 chart experts. We are learning to count and recognize numbers to 50. We also learned a new game called, Race to 120. I sent home a copy in their Friday folders, they can teach you how to play! All you need is a dice and two kinds of player pieces.

Science/STEM: This week we were able to explore and experiment in our school’s Maker Space! Students created “snowball launchers” made out of cups, balloons, and cotton balls. Students then answered the question, what makes this snowball fly? Was it the balloon, the cup, air, force?  Thank you to Mrs. O’Campo for leading such a fun S.T.E.M. project!

Religion: This week we learned who the Holy family is – Mary is the Mother of Jesus, Jesus is the Son of God and Joseph cared for Mary and Jesus. We read the story of the birth of Jesus. Each day, as a part of our Advent prayer, we learn a new symbol of Advent. We then add that symbol as an ornament to our Advent trees. Some of the symbols we have learned about so far are – sun, dove, cross, garden and the evergreen tree. Ask your child if they can remember what any of these symbols mean. We continue to practice the Sign of the Cross and our daily prayers. 

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:

  • Thursday, December 8th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass
  • Friday, December 9th – Field trip to the Children’s Museum! Please do not order hot lunch for this day. Please return your child’s permission slip if you have not done so already!
  • Thursday, December 15th – Primary Christmas Program 6pm, Egan Hall
  • Friday, December 16th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break
  • Tuesday, January 3rd – Classes Resume