Class News 12/9/22

December 9, 2022 Class News

We had a super fun and spirited week in kindergarten as we prepared our hearts for Christmas.

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

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned the letters /y/ /v/ and /z/.  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 y, v and z. 

Literacy centers: We continued with our reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, and iPad center. At the phonics center, students used letter beads and CVC word cards to build words! In our reading groups, we are working on fluency and comprehension. We are asking questions while we read stories. Do we have a home/story connection? Can we retell the beginning, middle, and end? What sight words can we spot? We continue to sound out words in order to hear every letter in the word.

Writer’s Workshop/Social Studies: To assist in the understanding of the Advent season, this week we spent time discussing the difference between a need and a want. We defined a need as something we have to have in order to live. Some needs we came up with are – water, healthy food, clothes to keep us warm, and shelter. Some wants we came up with are – phones, iPads, video games, toys and junk food. Students cut and sorted different pictures into a “want” or a “need.” You can keep this conversation going at home by donating things you no longer need to others during the Advent season, or maybe as a point of prayer to thank God that we have all that we need.

We also learned and discussed what an acrostic poem is. Students brainstormed words, transferring their knowledge about what Christmas is all about, and filled out an acrostic poem of ‘Christmas.’ We came up with so many words-ask your child what some of them were! Try writing your own acrostic winter poem at home!

Math: We continue to work on Chapter 3, showing numbers beyond 10. We are practicing writing teen numbers and identifying numbers 1-100 on a hundred chart! 

We also created math sequencing trees! Students received 7 strips of paper and had to figure out how to create a Christmas tree out of the strips! 

Religion: We continue to prepare our hearts for Jesus. Monday morning, we watched as the second candle was lit in the church to celebrate the second week of Advent. We added ornaments to our Jesse tree each morning – each ornament symbolizes something different about the Advent season. One symbol we added this week was the sun. Just as the sun gives light and warmth to our planet, Jesus lights our way and warms our lives with his love. Ask your child if they can remember an ornament that we added this week! We are working on identifying and sharing connections we make in class to our Advent tree. 

Second Step: Last week, we learned that kindness is a way to show people that they care and that doing kind acts can make both the giver and the receiver feel good. We shared personal examples and discussed how we felt when we gave or received kind acts.

This week, we practiced two kind acts: asking, “Would you like to share?” and “Would you like a hug?”. We learned that not everyone will accept the offer of a hug, and instead can brainstorm other ways to help others.

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 15th – Primary Christmas Program 6:15pm, Location TBD
  • Friday, December 16th – Noon Dismissal, Christmas Break
  • Tuesday, January 3rd – Classes Resume
  • Friday, January 6th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass
  • Monday, January 16th – No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day