Toy Day on Friday!

We are celebrating meeting our class behavior goal with a Toy Day! We have been working on using the appropriate voice level for each activity we do. The kids have made a lot of progress in this area! Please allow your child to celebrate by bringing in a toy to play with this Friday, January 17th! Please make sure toys are small enough to fit in backpacks and are appropriate for school (no guns or fighting related toys please)! It is ok to bring more than one toy if they can still fit in your child’s back packs. Please remember that we will do our best to take care of toys but they could get lost or broken at school. Please leave very special or very expensive toys at home!

Learning Lately

Reading- We finished up capital letter formation this week. I am starting to hold the kids more accountable for using the letter formation we have learned anytime they write. We are practicing using letter sounds to tap and read simple words.  We are also working on memorizing sight words. We read a nonfiction book  to learn all about different kinds of weather this week.We practiced remembering the facts we learned and sharing them with our friends.

Writing- We continued working on how to write a sentence. At this point in the school year, the kids should be able to write one sentence that matches their picture. We are working on remembering capitals, punctuation, and word spaces. We are also working on stretching words out by saying them slowly and writing a letter for every sound we here. We will wrap up our personal narrative unit in the next few weeks and move onto informational writing.

Math: We worked on counting by tens this week. We learned about the penny and the dime. We explored the number grid and applied our knowledge of counting by ones and tens. The kids are very excited that we are nearing the 100th day of school and will have a 100 themed celebration.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why January is the first month of the year as well as a mystery science video about the biggest tree in the world. We continued learning about weather. Our cool tool this week was about indoor recess rules.

Spelling Bee!

We are having a spelling bee the week of January 6th! We will have a low key written test to see how many words we can write. Please help your child practice writing the first list below. The second list will be used as our 2nd round for those students who correctly spell all the words on the first list. Practice the second list if your child can spell all the words on the first list. This is meant to be a fun, enrichment activity to help the kids learn to spell sight words and should not be stressful or overly competitive. We will emphasize doing our best work, being proud of our personal progress, and being happy for the success of others!

Here are the words. Happy Spelling! (This list will also be in the folder this week.)

Set 1

a and at be can
dad for go had he
I in is it like
look me mom my on
see the to up yes

 

Set 2

are as by do from
has have his of one
or she they was we
you

Learning Lately

Reading- We are working hard to memorize sight words to help us read books and write simple sentences. We are working on capital letter formation as well as reviewing lower case formation. This is a tricky skill for kindergarten and most kids need quite a bit more practice with letter formation so it becomes effortless and automatic. We read stories this week and practiced identifying story elements like characters, setting, problem and solution. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- We worked on doing our very best writing. We are working on completing a piece of writing and making sure we draw, show who, what, and where, label, add details, write words and sentences, and color. We learned that it might take a few days to finish a piece of writing and writers reread and check their work before moving on to another story.

Math: We focused on teen numbers this week as well as combinations that make 10. We had fun making a class favorite colors graph as well as exploring how to use a calculator.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about the coldest place on Earth. We began our weather science unit and became weather explorers!

December and January Dates

December 6th- Ugly Sweater Day

December 13th- Respect Celebration- Dress to Impress Day (Fancy Dress- more info to come)

December 20th Winter Party (2:30-3) All parents are invited to attend and help with the party. Sign up for supplies needed is coming soon.

December 20th-Kindergarten Cozy Day- Kids wear pajamas to school and do fun cozy activities. More info to come.

December 23rd First day of winter break

January 6th- Return to school after winter break

January 6th- 10th Kindergarten Spelling bee week (More info to come. For now, practice sight word list from conferences to prepare!)

January 9th PTA Meeting at 6:30

January 10th- Favorite Sports team day- wear your team gear

January 20th- No School for MLK Day

January 29th- Early dismissal at 12:50

January 31st Beulah Ralph’s birthday

Learning Lately

Reading- We reviewed letter names, sounds, and formation of all 26 letters. We will continue practicing the letters to build fluency. We want the kids to know each letter name, sound and formation so it is automatic and effortless, which will help them be successful with reading and writing skills. We learned a strategy for reading and writing words called “tapping”. See the letter packet in the folder this week for more information. We learned the sight word “go” this week. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- We continued to write true stories/personal narratives. We worked on using the sight words we know to help us form a sentence!

Math: We played more fun number games this week like “roll and record” and “monster squeeze” to help us continue to build our understanding of each number and practice writing each number.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about what those red things on turkeys are. We celebrated veterans and heroes!  Our cool tool was about Success Ready skills. We decided based on our votes that the kindergarten service learning project this year will be helping pets!

Learning Lately

Reading- We focused on the name, sound, and formation of z and qu this week. We learn q with the letter u because most English words have qu rather than q by itself.  These are the last 2 letters in the alphabet! We are celebrating learning all 26 next week with an Alphabet Party! We are practicing the sight words we, the, a, and I. We continued to play sound games to help us break apart and put sounds together which are essential skills for reading.

Writing- We continued to write true stories/personal narratives. We are working on getting beginning and ending sounds in the labels and words we write. We also really focused on neatness and slowing down to do our best work.

Math: We played some fun math games with numbers this week like number spin and guess the missing number.

Science/ Social Studies- We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about why people don’t eat ostrich eggs. We began reading about Fall holidays like Day of the Dead. We will read about several more in the coming week.