Friday, September 14, 2018

Jolly Phonics Sounds, Making Words, Reading Words, Reading Books with Sight Words & Counting/Writing Numbers 1-5

Wow, it's been a busy week in kindergarten.  We have learned, practiced and reviewed these Jolly Phonics Sounds:  s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u, l and f!  During our phonics time we have learned how to write both the uppercase and lowercase letters the "kindergarten" way.  We've also practiced how fast we can recall the sounds.  This week we have worked on reading words by putting these sounds together.  This is a great activity to practice at home.  Use these words (sat, pat, cat, hat, sit, pit, kit, hit, sip, nip, hip, hen, pen, ten, tick, sick, pick, sack, pack, neck, it, at) to practice at home.  You can practice in many ways.  Here are some ideas:

1.  Write these words and have your child say the sound and read the word.
2.  Use letter cheeze-its and make/build these words-then read the word and eat the snack.
3.  Use sidewalk chalk to write the words.
4.  While driving in the car, the adult can say the sounds and ask the child to "guess the word."
5.  Use shaving cream and write the words.
6.  Build the words with magnetic letters.

This practice is VERY important in building a foundation for reading!  If your child can read these words quickly, trying having him/her write the words.  This will build on the skills we're doing at school.  Find these words in books you're reading at home.  Go on a "hunt" for words in books/magazines, etc.

Along with studying the Jolly Phonics Sounds, we've started learning the kindergarten sight words and ways to read a book.  We've talked about being "readers!"  We can look.  We can think.  We can read.  These are ways to spend time with books.  We've spent time reading I Can and What I Like and other early readers.  We're keeping these books at school and will be adding more to our collection.  Kindergarten has a total of 75 sight words, please see the list and start practicing.  The more repetition the better!

In math, we've spent time counting different groups of objects and writing the corresponding number.  We've changed the arrangement of the objects and counted them again-we've realized it's still the same number even if the group looks different.  Writing numbers is another great way to practice the skills we've been learning at school.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Bike Night

Join Mrs. Lindsey on Monday night for bike night!  Please see the picture below for more information.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Kindergarten Rocks!

Your Kindergarten kid has had a great first month of school!  Time to celebrate and welcome September.

We have settled into our Kindergarten daily routine.  In Writer's Workshop, we have been learning how to write a story drawing a detailed picture.  Our goal is to draw a picture with great details so anyone who sees our work can tell what our story is about.

We have been busy learning Jolly Phonics sounds.  We have learned the sounds for s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, and h!  Please review these letter names and their sounds at home.  You can have your child write the letters, say the sounds, try to "blend" the sounds to read simple words, or "stretch out the sounds" to write simple words (sat, tip, pen, cat, etc).

In Math Workshop we are working on counting objects and writing the numbers to match.  We have really been working on the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

We have also been busy reading BOOKS in Reader's Workshop.  We have been reading the Kindergarten sight words I, like, to, can, and play in these books.  Practice reading and writing these words at home.

Our specials schedule for next week:

Tuesday: B Day
Wednesday: C Day
Thursday: D Day
Friday: A Day