Class News 9/27/19

September 27, 2019 Class News 

We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten! We were busy writing letters and sight words, celebrating our families, identifying feelings, and noticing signs of fall.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were in and to.  We will continue to learn two sight words per week.  Next week we will learn is and you.  Our students are very good at noticing sight words all around us!  Keep practicing this with them at home!  They love identifying words they know in books, magazines, etc.

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. Next week will be beginning sounds /t/ and /g/.

Handwriting: This week we have focused on the letters r and s.  We are also continuing to practice numbers 1-5!  Letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home!  Refer to resources in your child’s Friday Folder for guidance.  Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line and boot line.”

Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, fine motor center, and phonics center.  A Blanchet High school student came in this week to help with centers.  She will continue to come in to volunteer (as a part of the Blanchet class, “Christian Call”).  We look forward to parent volunteers starting soon!  In reading groups, we made predictions of what our story would be about using two kinds of clues – picture clues and word clues on the cover. We are learning to take a “picture walk” before we read our story to see what the book will be about!

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!

Math: We are working on math models and how to model our answers to different questions. For example “How many kids are at your table? How can you show this answer?”. Students come up with various different ways to model an answer to the question in their math journal. They then come up to the document camera and share with the class their thinking. We are discussing that there are many different ways to show your answers in math and that everyone can have a different answer and they can all be correct!

Religion: We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers.  We continue to practice sharing God’s love by using compliments and kind words.  We are focusing on ways we can fill others buckets and ways in which we dip into buckets. Ask your child ways in which they have been filling others buckets!

Science: We were so excited to each get a National Geographic Explorer magazine! We read through it as a class, compared and contrasted animals in the rainforest, and discussed where food comes from! Take a look at the magazine with your child! We also 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!

Social Studies: We explored and celebrated our unique families this week. Through various stories and student sharing we learned that every family is special and unique and that God has given us the gift of family.  We created family trees with handprints, paper apples, and your family photo!  They are up in our classroom for everyone to admire!  Come take a look!

 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.

Upcoming Dates to Remember:

  • October 1st – Safe Environment Training @ Egan Hall
  • Friday, October 11th – No School, Teacher In-service
  • 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)

 Reminders:

  • There is a field trip permission slip (complete both sides) in your child’s Friday folder. We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! Please sign and return ASAP. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up to chaperone. Thank you!

Best,

Miss Williamson

Class News 9/20/19

September 20, 2019 Class News

It was a very busy week in kindergarten!  Your children are asking lots of questions and are excited to learn.  We were so happy to participate in the Jog-A-Thon on Friday.  We met our 7th grade buddies on Thursday and they helped the kindergarteners decorate their t-shirts.  The kids loved running with their buddies and seeing how many laps they could complete!  Thank you to everyone for your participation! Please keep in mind, we are still on our way to the $85,000 goal.  Donations will be accepted through the end of September.

Sight Words:  Our two sight words this week were and and 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 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! 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.

Literacy centers:  We worked hard in our literacy centers this week!  In ability-based groups of 4-5 students, we rotated through independent reading “library” center, sight word center, phonics center, fine motor skills, and guided reading group with me!  Literacy centers are one of many examples of how are students are active learners who work independently and collaboratively (SLE).

Math:  Kindergarten math is all about number sense!  This week we practiced writing and reading numbers 1, 2 and 3. Our math specialist, Miss Gudaitis, joins us on Monday afternoons to help with small group instruction.

Religion:  This week we continued studying the Creation Story!  Students are learning that God created everything in the world, things we can and cannot see.  Because God is good, everything He created is good! 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.

Social Studies:  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!

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:

  • Blessing of the Backpacks Mass – Sunday, September 22nd
  • Safe Environment Training – St. John School, Egan Hall – October 1st
  • Field Trip to Stocker Farms – Friday, October 18th
    • Please do not order hot lunch for this day!

Reminders:

    • Please send in a small photo of your immediate family (4×6/5×7 if possible) by next Friday for a class project. Please also attach a list of names (for your children to read). Thank you!
    • We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! A permission slip will be sent home with your child sometime next week. Please fill out and send back ASAP. We need 2-3 more chaperones, email me if you would like join. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up. Thank you!

Best,

Miss Williamson