Friday, November 10, 2017

Reading Super Powers, Writing Across Pages, Counting Objects in the Teens and Weather

We've had another great week in kindergarten.  Here is what we've been up to!

Reader's Workshop:  We are learning to read with the "Reader's Super Powers."  Here is an overview of the "Powers" will be discussing during this unit:

1.  Pointing Power-using our index finger to touch each word as we read.
2.  Picture Power-using the picture to help us with clues about what we might be reading.
3.  Sound Power-using the beginning sound of words to help us sound words out (stretching words to
      EVERY sound).
4.  Word Power-read the sight words to "zip through words."
5.  Pattern Power-fly through the pattern.  Find patterns in books I read them quickly.

We will be using these powers as we spend time in "Readers Are Superheroes!"  Practice these powers at home while reading with your child.

Writer's Workshop:  We continue to write across pages.  We are focusing on writing a complete sentence with a capital letter at the beginning and a punctuation mark at the end.  We are writing about topics that we know a lot about. Practice writing a simple sentence at home with your child.

Math Workshop:  We continue to work on counting objects and writing the number that goes with it!  This is somewhat tricky for the students when we are working with numbers in the teens and twenties.  Many students can count that high, but when they are counting pictures on a page or items on their desk, it is trickier.  Try putting objects on your table and have your child touch each object and count them.  Please make the pile of objects between 10-20.  Once he/she has mastered that, make it more than 20 and so on.

Science Workshop:  We are working on weather.  We've been tracking the weather in our kindergarten hallway.  We will continue to discuss different kinds of weather and what we can do/wear during those times.

Next week's schedule:
Monday-B day
Tuesday-C day
Wednesday-D day
Thursday-A day
Friday-B day

Friday, November 3, 2017

Jolly Phonics & Numbers in the Teens & Science

We have completed the Jolly Phonics program!  Please continue to review and practice.  Our SMART goal in Kindergarten is that by the end of second quarter 100 percent of our Kindergarten students will be able to produce all 42 Jolly Phonics sounds.  IF we meet this goal, we will celebrate with a popcorn party!

Please help your child practice these sounds so we can be successful and meet our classroom goal.  The double letters sounds are especially tricky for our kids.  You can review the letters by singing the sounds using this Youtube link:  When we are teaching the sounds to the kids, we use the following language:

Rule Followers (When two vowels go walking the first ones do the talking)

Rule Breakers (have their own sound)

Bossy “R”

H Brothers



















This week in math we have been focusing on the numbers in the "teens."  Please work on these numbers with your student.  Practice counting a group of objects to 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.  This one-to-one matching/counting is an important skill.  Practice identifying the numbers and writing each of them the correct way.  We've been using ten-frames to help us with the numbers in the teens!

During science we've been discussing energy from the sun.  We enjoyed building a "cover/shelter/tent" for our chocolate and seeing if it would help the chocolate not to melt.  We wish we could have put them outside in the sun to "test" but used the heat lamp inside.  

Next week's schedule:
Thursday-EARLY RELEASE (all students go to PE)

Friday, October 20, 2017

End of First Quarter

We have completed our first quarter of Kindergarten!  The Kindergarten kids have learned so much since the first day of school.

We are almost finished with the Jolly Phonics program!  Our Kindergarten SMART GOAL is that 100 percent of  Kindergarten students will be able to produce all 42 Jolly Phonics sounds (black ribbon) by the end of 2nd quarter.  We will be assessing your child on all the sounds at second quarter midterm to see if your child has met this goal.  WHEN 75% OF KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS CAN PRODUCE ALL 42 JOLLY PHONICS SOUNDS, WE WILL CELEBRATE WITH A POPCORN PARTY!

The double letter sounds can be very CHALLENGING and easily forgotten if they are not being used.  Please continue to practice these sounds periodically throughout the school year even if your child has earned the sound ribbon.  Your child's awareness of these sounds and his/her ability to apply these sounds when reading can really increase your child's reading level.

Thank you to all of the parents who are working with your child on the word list homework!  Completing this homework is very beneficial for helping your child GROW as a reader!

We continue to work very hard to "stretch out sounds" to write words. We are also learning how to write sentences.  Dictating sentences (My dog is fast.  I see a bat.) for your child to write at home would be great practice!

The schedule for next week:
Monday-B Day
Tuesday-C Day
Friday- no school