Class News 9/23/22

September 23, 2022 Class News 

It was a very busy week in kindergarten! We were so happy to participate in the Jog-A-Thon on Wednesday.  The kids loved running and seeing how many laps they could complete!  Thank you to everyone for your participation!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were inand to.We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Next week we will learn is and you.

Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /r/ and /s/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /r/ and /s/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with r and s. Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder.

Next week we will review letters /b/, /m/, /r/, and /s/. 

Handwriting: This week we have focused on lowercase r and s as well as numbers 1-9! We are also reviewing our uppercase letters. If your family chooses to do homework, letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home! Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line, and boot line.”

Literacy Centers: We worked hard in our literacy centers this week! In ability-based groups of 5-6 students, we rotated through iPad center, independent reading center, sight word center, phonics center (this week students used magnets to put the alphabet in order), and guided reading group with me! This week we learned how our centers will work for the year and practiced our center rules. These rules are: no talking, work the whole time and clean up when you are finished. Along with using magnets to put the alphabet in order, students created alphabet puzzles, matching a picture to the letter it starts with, along with practicing our upper and lowercase alphabet writing. 

Writers Workshop: Writer’s Workshop has already become a favorite time of day for many kiddos! I feel blessed to have the privilege of guiding our class of young writers. We practiced using three steps to write a story – think of a story and picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. Ask your child what ‘best guess spelling’ is and see if they can show you how to write all the sounds they hear in a word. 

Math: We are working towards articulating our ideas clearly by using complete sentences to explain our math thinking during morning calendar. We also continued our work with our counting collections! Students counted a new bag of items this week and recorded how many items they counted on their recording sheet. We continue to grow as mathematicians in differentiated groups by counting, writing, and showing numbers 0-10.

Key math words: Count, equal to, greater than, less than, number, zero, one, two, three, four, and five.

Science: We observed signs of fall! Some students noticed coldness, leaves changing colors, flowers drooping, animals searching for warmth, and more clouds in the sky. We are empowered disciples!

Second Step: In this week’s lesson, we learned that mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. We learned that we can encourage our classmates through using kind words, and we can also encourage ourselves through kind self-talk! We brainstormed kind phrases which may include, “You got this”, “Keep trying”, and “I know you can do it”. We will practice kind self-talk when encouraging our classmates, along with ourselves when we make mistakes.

Religion: This week we dove into our Religion workbooks! We began Lesson 2, learning about Jesus’s Heavenly Father. We also read the book A Picture of God, 3 in 1, where students learned that there are three persons, but one God. Ask your child if they can tell you the three persons! 

We continue to show we are Christ-centered people by making the sign of the cross before and after every prayer. We are mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals. We continue to practice being mindful using our high five breathing.

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can recognize and make rhyming words.
  • 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 print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
  • I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.

Important Dates:

  • Monday, October 10th – Dress Uniform, All School Mass
  • Friday, October 14th – No School, Teacher In-Service
  • Tuesday, October 18th – Individual Portrait Day
  • Tuesday, November 1st – All Saints Day Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Wednesday, November 9th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Thursday, November 10th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
  • Friday, November 11th – No School, Veteran’s Day