Class News 12/3/21

December 3, 2021 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 played sight word string up! They chose a CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) word and had to create the word using plastic letters and string. Students said the word then wrote the word on a white board. In reading groups, we continued playing ‘build it’ and ‘switch it’, this week focusing more on switching it! Students were given a beginning word, they were then given following words and had to switch the letters in the word to make the new word. We are focusing on each individual sound in a word, once we know each sound, we can blend the word together to read it. 

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 learned a new game called, Race to 120. Students found a partner, decided who got each game piece and dice and then began playing! Students took turns rolling their dice and moving their player on their way to 120. Whoever made it to 120 first won! 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.

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 and the meaning of Christmas. 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 Christmas and Advent 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:

  • Wednesday, December 8th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Friday, December 17th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Holiday break
  • Tuesday, January 4th – Classes Resume

Best,

Miss Williamson