Class News 9/16/22

September 16, 2022 Class News 

We have had a busy week in kindergarten! Your children are asking questions and are excited to learn. Check out what we have been up to this week!

Sight Words:  Our two sight words this week were andand a.  We will continue to learn two sight words per week.  Next week we will learn to and in.  We love noticing our sight words in books and around our classroom.  The kids are discovering that sight words are everywhere!

Phonics:  During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /b/ and /m/.  We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /b/ and /m/ and glued them in our workbooks. We even tried our best to spell the words we thought of. We are active learners!

Next week will be beginning sounds /r/ and /s/.

Handwriting:  We love learning how to correctly form letters and numbers in kindergarten!  This week we have focused on both lowercase and uppercase b and m.  We are also practicing numbers 1-5! Ask your child about “hat line, belt line, and boot line.” If your family chooses to do homework, letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home!  Refer to resources in your child’s Friday Folder for guidance.

Writers Workshop: We began our Writer’s Workshop this week! Twice a week we think of ideas, write and illustrate stories and to follow our school SLE: An active learner who articulates ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively. This week we learned that writing is just telling on paper. We practiced using three steps to write a story – think of a story or something you know a lot about, picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. We focused on “best guess spelling” and really emphasized to sound out each word phonetically. We even learned to label our illustrations! Ask your child about their own writing journals and what they wrote about!

Literacy Centers:  We continued to work on our literacy centers this week! Students are working in small groups focused on fine motor skills. They are working together, sharing, and taking turns!

Math: Kindergarten math is all about number sense! In the beginning of class we start with a “warm up” by looking at dot cards. We show with our hands the number, say the number, and share our thinking. When we divide into our math groups, 2-3 groups work with a teacher, while the remaining group(s) have the chance to use hands-on manipulatives (dice, dominoes, unifix cubes, etc.), or a “dessert game.” Then we will switch. Our math specialist, Mrs. Olsen comes in on Wednesdays and will work with small groups as well!

This week we also began counting collections! Counting collections are when students get fun, hands-on items to count. These items range from dinosaurs to gold coins. Once students have counted all the items in their bag, they have to record the number of items on their recording sheet. Counting collections strengthens students’ one-to-one counting, as well as their recording skills. We will continue counting collections throughout the school year to help us become better counters! 

Social Studies:  We continue to talk about how everyone in our class is unique and has different names. Even though we are all different, we are a part of our kindergarten family. This week, we read the story, A My Name is Alice to facilitate our name study. Using the book as inspiration, students created a self-portrait and wrote their names in a sentence with a word that begins with the same letter as their name. For example, “M my name is Miss Williamson and I like marshmallows!” Take a peek in our classroom to find your child’s self-portrait!

We continued to talk about how everyone in our class is unique and has different names this week. Even though we are all different, we are a part of our kindergarten family and more importantly the church community.  We read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and made our own coconut tree with the letters of our name attached!

Second Step: This week we learned two reasons to pay attention: to learn, and to stay safe. We want to learn and pay attention in school, as well as paying attention in places like the kitchen, and when crossing the street!

Religion: This week we read the story “How Full is your Bucket?” and learned the difference between bucket filling and bucket dipping. Bucket filling is when we fill others buckets through giving them compliments, asking to play with them, or saying kind words. Bucket dipping is when dip into others buckets when we say unkind words or exclude others from playing. Ask your child other examples of bucket filling and bucket dipping, and how they can be bucket fillers! 

Mrs. Mansfield, a middle school teacher, taught our students a mini-lesson about growth mindset and the brain. They learned about how their brains can grow, just like our bodies, and each time we practice a new skill we are forming new neuropathways. But growing these pathways isn’t always easy, so what do we do when we feel frustrated and want to give up? We “hit the pause and say YET”- because we may not be able to do the new skill YET, but if we keep trying- we can do it! 

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • 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.

Important Dates:

  • Wednesday, Sept 21st – Jog-A-Thon!  
    • We will be running from 10:00-10:30! Come join us! 
  • Sunday, September 25th– Blessing of the Backpacks Mass

Reminders:

  • Please send a 5×7 or 4×6 photo of your immediate family in the next week (by Friday 9/23). We will be using these for a class project.