October 10, 2019 Class News
We had fun discovering, sharing and adventuring together this week in kindergarten!
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: that and it. Next week we will learn he and was. Are you working on these at home? A good way to practice sight words is to keep a bundle of sight words (simple flashcards you can make with notecards) in your purse or bag and pull them out whenever you have an extra minute to spare – waiting for an appointment, quickly before you go out the door, etc.
Phonics: During our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /n/ and /p/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /n/ and /p/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with n and p. Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder. If you choose to do homework at home, practicing lowercase letter formation is a good skill to practice with parent guidance! You might choose to brainstorm words that start and end with n and p while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner. Next week will be beginning sounds /c/ and /h/.
Handwriting: This week we practiced forming lowercase letters n and p. We also practiced writing our names, starting with an uppercase letter and the rest being lowercase. We are continuing to use our hat line, belt line, and foot line to make letters and numbers.
Writers Workshop: This week, we started learning all about pumpkins! During writer’s workshop, we reviewed what a ‘label’ is (a word that tells us about a picture) and labeled the parts of a pumpkin. We used water colors to paint a pumpkin and labels the different parts of it. Come take a look at them!
Math: We continue to work through chapter one: Numbers 0-5, and will continue to explore the essential question, how do we show how many? We have been learning to compare numbers using the terms “greater than,” “less than” and “equal to.” We look at different numbers and then work to figure out if that number is even or odd. The students use their hands to see if each finger, while modeling the number, would have a buddy or if one is left out. In kindergarten, we learn how to use “tools not toys,” in order to help us solve math problems. We are continuing to practice using complete sentences and showing all our work to explain our math thinking.
Key math words: Count, equal to, greater than, less than, number, zero, one, two, three, four, and five.
Religion: Our school lunch recess monitor, Mrs. Dahlgren, came in this week for a “Peacemakers” lesson. She read a book to the class about friendship and talked with the students about how to be a good friend on the playground and in the classroom. We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals.
Science: We began our unit all about pumpkins! This week, we observed many different kinds of pumpkins in the classroom and learned the parts of a pumpkin. Ask your child to name the parts of a pumpkin! We learned the life cycle of a pumpkin, too. Ask your child to retell you the life cycle of a pumpkin!
Common Core Standards we’re working on:
- I can read common sight words.
- 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 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.
- Wednesday, October 16th – Liturgy, Dress Uniform
- Friday, October 18th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
- Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
- Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- St. John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound – a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. Kindergarten will sponsor Bruno. He is from Bolivia and speaks Spanish! He is 5 years old and enjoys playing ball, putting together puzzles and watching television. I attached a photo of Neil. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Neil throughout the year. Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Bruno. If you have any additional questions, please let me know. Thank you! Your support will help Bruno get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.