October 18, 2019 Class News
We had another great week together in kindergarten! One highlight of our week was our field trip of course! We had a blast together in the pumpkin patch and got to see a real working farm to summarize and celebrate all we have learned together about pumpkins. I am looking forward to conferencing and sharing your child’s successes with you. I treasure being able to partner with such wonderful families. Your children are excited, kind and happy learners!
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: he and was. Next week we will learn for and on. 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 /c/ and /h/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /c/ and /h/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with c and h. Some words they came up with were ‘Haunted House, Hat, Candy Corn, Cat.’ 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 c and h while you’re driving, going for a walk or eating dinner. Next week will be beginning sounds /f/ and /d/.
Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, iPad center and at the phonics center students used white boards to walk around the room and copy the words of Halloween cards! Thank you to all the parents who were able to volunteer this week! In reading groups, we continue to use our “Eagle Eye” to observe picture clues and word clues to make predictions about what the story will be about. We are busy finding and circling sight words in our decodable readers! Keep up the reading practice at home!
Writers Workshop/Science: During writer’s workshop, we compared and contrasted a pumpkin and an apple using a Venn diagram! We first brainstormed as a class, and then completed it individually. We used pictures and words to see how they are the same and how they are different! See if your child remembers what the similarities and differences are.
Math: We practiced showing numbers 1-10 with tally marks, dots, words, tens frames and numeral. We are using math models to problem solve and find the answer to word problems. Students get the opportunity to come up to the document camera and share their thinking during this time.
Religion: This week we started unit two in our religion book, “God Always Loves Us.” We are learning how to be a friend, and comfort our friends when they are sad. We can ask “are you okay?” or “can I help you?” Jesus taught us to love God, but also love our neighbor!
The entire kindergarten grade and 7th grade is putting on the All Saints Day mass on Nov 1st. We invite you to join us! 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.
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.
- Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
- Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- Thursday, October 31st – Halloween Carnival led by middle school 1-3pm
- Students may wear a Halloween costume that day
- More information to follow next week
- Friday, November 1st – All Saint’s Day Liturgy, Dress Uniform
- Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)