Class News 9/9/22

September 9, 2022 Class News

Your children are such a treat to have in the classroom! It has been a joy getting to know them this past week. They are adjusting well and are happy learners! This week we focused on learning and practicing our classroom and school procedures as well as modeling expectations.  Ask your child about our class marble jar, table points, punch cards and “lips and hips”! At our morning meeting, we learn about the days of the week and discuss the weather and how it changes over time. Ask your child how to sing our calendar song! This week we participated in PE, music, Spanish, and art class for the first time! The class enjoyed our specialist time very much!  We also had a fire drill this week. Ask your child what we do to stay safe in these situations.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were the and of. We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Our goal is to learn 50 by the end of Kindergarten! Sight words are words that are most commonly seen in text, that most often break the rules (they are not spelled phonetically), so we learn them by sight!

Phonics: We began whole group spelling lessons with our curriculum, Words Their Way. This week we learned how to sort! Our focus was “Concept sort: Animal and Not an Animal.” We cut out our sort cards that had different animals on them (horse, turtle, etc.) and non-animals (flower, tree, etc.), sorted them, glued them on a graphic organizer and finally created our own drawings and words on the back page. Every week, we will have a new “phonics focus”- next week will be beginning sounds /b/ and /m/.

Literacy Centers: Literacy center time is another part of our literacy instruction. Students work in small groups of 4-5. Once we complete assessments for each child, these groups will be ability based. The literacy centers are – guided reading group (with me, where we will practice reading accuracy and fluency with ability leveled books), sight word group (led by Ms. Wakefield), independent reading in our class library, iPads (we use ‘Teach Me Kindergarten’ app and ‘Little Writers’), and phonics center (hands on phonics practice with weekly changing tools). We look forward to having parent volunteers to help with these centers starting in October!

Math: We read the book, Chrysanthemum and shared the diversity of names in our class – a wonderful example of the Empowered Disciple SLE (Student Learning Expectations)– valuing the diversity of God’s children. We then counted how many letters we each have in our names and created a bar graph to organize our class data. We discussed the greatest and the least number of letters.

We also read the book, Ten Apples Up On Top and put 10 apples up on top our own heads! Students wrote their numbers 1-10 on apples, colored their apples, cut and glued them on top of a self drawn portrait! We are practicing properly writing our numbers 1-10!

Second Step: This week we began our unit on Growth Mindset and Goal Setting through our Second Step program. We learned that in order to pay attention, you watch with your eyes, listen with your ears, and think with your brain! Ask your child to show you how they can pay attention, for example, when you are reading a story with them or explaining how to do something.

Religion: We are showing we are Christ-centered people. We will begin to practice praying with intention and reverence to God and saying the Our Father as a class starting next week. As well, at the end of the day we will practice praying to our Guardian Angels to protect us by saying the prayer of the Guardian Angel. We are also learning the prayer before and after meals, which we say to thank God for our lunch and snack. We read the story of Creation from the bible and learned about all the wonderful gifts God has given us. Students made a mobile showing the seven days of Creation!

We also started a mindfulness activity that we will do throughout our school year. It is called “Mind Yeti”! This week, we learned how to take deep breaths, focus on our breathing and calm down our minds. Ask your child how to take deep breaths with their hot bowl of soup!

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!
  • Sunday, September 25th– Blessing of the Backpacks Mass