Learning Lately

We had another great and busy week!

Reading: We practiced the letter names, sounds, and formation of m,n. We also practiced reading familiar poems and pointing to each word. The kids have a copy of the poems in their poetry folders and they get to illustrate each poem. We continued participating in literacy work stations as well as building our reading stamina! We are up to 5 minutes of independent reading!

Writing: We practiced the routines of writing time and finding the balance of talking about our writing while also making sure we are getting lots of pictures on the paper.  We worked on writing our names at the top of our writing, choosing a topic, drawing, “rereading” our work and adding more.

Math: Since our curriculum is spiraling, we touched on many topic this week. We played Match it to identify equal quantities, and Top It to practice finding higher and lower quantities. We worked on growing patterns, repeating patterns and describing shapes. By practicing many topics more often, the students will  retain what they have learned about a topic and gradually work towards mastery.

Science/Social Studies: For science this week we explored circuits at Maker’s Space and also worked on observing what is happening and trying something new. We continued to work on skills for school in social studies-the kids enjoyed reading My Mouth is a Volcano to learn about erupting/interrupting.

Friday Folder Behavior Checklists- Coming Next Week

In order to keep you informed about your child’s progress at school, we will be completing a  behavior checklist for you each Friday, starting September 22nd. Kindergarten’s checklist is digital rather than the paper copy that first through fifth grade uses. Paper copies can be printed for you if you would like. Please email me or handwrite a note and send it with your child to let me know if you would prefer a paper copy. This checklist is our primary tool for communication with you. This checklist is how we will let you know how your child’s week went. There will be fewer personal notes and emails. This checklist includes the behaviors expected for all CPS students. We have spent the past few weeks learning and practicing these expectations. A check mark indicates your child is meeting expectations in this area. A minus indicates improvement is needed in this area. Please discuss the checklist each week with your child, both what they are doing well and areas in which they can improve. Please expect minuses from time to time and consider them opportunities for learning and growth rather than deficits. All the children are learning lots of social skills here at school.

Next week I will send you an email with the details on how to access your child’s checklist. Each week I will send an email to let you know the checklist is updated so you can view, sign, and comment electronically.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to review your child’s checklist each week. I hope this communication is helpful and purposeful for you!

Learning Lately

Here is what we have been learning lately…

Reading: We practiced the names, sounds, and formation of the letters t, b, and f. We learned about sentences and practiced pointing at each word as we read. We also learned about the many literacy work stations the kids will participate in to help them become better readers and writers.

 

Writing: We practiced people this week. We looked at the shape of each part of the body, drew those shapes, and added details like hair, clothing, and ears. We also learned that writing is telling a story using paper, crayons and other tools instead of using our voices.

 

Math: We made collections of the numbers 0-4, and explored where numbers are used all around us. We practiced counting as well.

Science and Social Studies: We learned about germs and proper hand washing this week. We continue working on school social skills the children need throughout the day like voice levels for certain activities, taking turns, and raising hands.

 

 

Homework in Kindergarten

Homework begins this Friday (9/1). Homework is the daily reading log. Please read  a minimum of 15 minutes with your child Monday-Thursday and record on the reading log. The reading log will be collected at the end of each month. If you miss a night, please try to make up the time another night. Extra reading is always encouraged!

Math and alphabet resources will also be sent home each week. These are optional activities and do not need to be returned to school. Please use your judgement of your child’s needs to determine how much time you spend on the additional math and alphabet activities.

Important Dates for September

I am hopeful that this is a complete list of September dates and that you can use this as a resource whenever you need it. If other dates come up, I will do an additional post.

  • September 1st- Reading Logs begin (more info. to come in a separate post)
  • September 4th- No School for Labor Day
  • September 5th- PTA Fundraiser begins
  • September 7th- PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30
  • September 28th- Book Orders Due
  • September 22nd- Weekly Behavior Checklists Begin (This date is tentative. More information will be provided about what the checklists are closer to time.)
  • September 29th- September Reading Logs due and October Reading Logs come home

Friends and Family Display

Some of the most important members of our school community are our friends and family!  The children will have an opportunity to share photos of their family and friends with the class. We will then create a display in our classroom to show all the members of our school community! Please send one photo for your child to add to our display.  Your child may bring in 2-3 additional photos to share with the class if they would like. Please send photos of your child’s friends or family-whoever is an important influence in your child’s life.  Feel free to send a copy of your special photos as they will be taped onto our display. Please send your photo on Monday, August 28nd if you can. We will be sharing photos throughout the week so if you need to send it another day next week that will work too.

Thank you!

Eclipse Day Help!

Our school is looking forward to experiencing the eclipse together. We are planning to view the eclipse together on the playground. Since it will only be the 3rd day of kindergarten and the children will still be getting the routine, I would love to have some extra hands to help during the Eclipse viewing from 12:30-1:30. If you would like to help our class please send me an email-any and all are welcome! I would also like to serve the kids a special Eclipse themed snack that day-maybe a Moon Pie or something else fun? If you would like to send a snack for the class, please also email me! Thank you!

Field Trip!

Our field trip to the MU Campus is Monday, May 1st! Please remember to send your child with a disposable lunch (if that is what you signed up for).  We will be outside most of the day so please make  your child is wearing comfortable tennis shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. If it is raining or there is a good chance of rain we may have to cancel.

A special thank you to our parent volunteers who are helping out with the trip!