Welcome to Kindergarten!
Music Concert Thursday, April 25.
Firestation 1/2 day field trip (no money or chaperones required) is May 2. More info to come home soon.
Green Meadows Field Trip is May 7th.
We have adopted a class pet!-or pets- :-) We have begun to watch the "Decorah Eagels". It is a live webcam of an eagle's next in Decorah Iowa. There are two eggs that will hatch in a few weeks. It plays in the background of our day and the kids LOVE watching it.
There are two eaglets!!
It's all very exciting. The cam is 24/7 and I told the kids to ask you to find them so they can see them at night. See them here :
You can expect from now on the website to be updated Friday/Saturday. I will send out a DOJO message notifying you of updates!
What we did!
Things to practice at home:
~practing teen numbers
~Name writing- First and Last names
~Reading books together
~Play board games
~If you don't have anything nice to say, dont say ANYTHING at all.
Character Trait of the month:
We know:ALL OF THEM!! Please practice letter names and sounds with your child. Also identifying words that start with specific letters- and RHYMING!
Rr, Nn, Tt, Ii, Ss, Mm, Ll, Dd, Cc, Ff, Dd, Pp, Ww, Aa, Ee, Gg, Vv, Kk, Hh, Bb, Oo, Xx, Jj, Uu, Qq, Yy, Zz, Pp
Also, please do not over pronounce the letters. For example /t/- is a short quick sound made when your tongue touches your teeth. It is not pronouced "tuh". Or /r/ - is a sound you can hold out similar to gRRRRRR, not "ruh"
High Frequency Words: (I teach formal and informal HF words. Formal HF words the kids will be assessed on. Informal ones are just extras we have done work with in class. Formal words are taught within our reading curriculum and will be marked with an * )
These words are vital to early learning as they are seen frequently in beginner texts and often don't follow phonetic sounding out rules.
Books/Poems we have read this week:
Noisy Nora, Happy Pig Day, The Sun, I Love Bugs, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Pigeon Wants A Puppy, Pigeon Wants to Stay Up Late, Should I Share My Ice Cream?
Non fiction and text/illustration features. THis week we covered: Table of Contents, Heading, Caption, Glossary, Index, Diagrams
We have been working on an author study of Mo Willems books. We have read a handful of Elephant and Piggie books- read the two Knuffle bunny stories, and now have moved on to the Pigeon books.
Remember, simply reading to your child every day is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT thing you can do to help them become a better reader. And don't forget the Non-fiction section of the library!
Opinion writing. This week we used our "techy" skills and used our ipads to search for pictures and use markup tools to write on. We learned about "interviewing". We interviewed partners, searched for picutres (favorite food, favorite outdoor activity, and favorite dessert) and wrote why they like that item or activity.
Writing can be done with words or pictures or a combo of both!
As we get started-Please encourage brave spelling!!! Have them write the sounds they hear. It's ok if they only hear one or two- encourage that!- So for example they may only write "dk" for "duck" or "trtl" for "turtle" THIS IS AMAZING! Encourage them to write instead of being upset that they can't "spell" it right. If they are worried about misspelling words, it hinders their writing potential. Correct spelling comes through exposure and practice. Right now we want to encourage getting ideas on paper through pictures and words.
Math: **Daily HW sheets have been coming home. Complete daily and return**
THe "hide zero way" of writing is taking 10 and 5 and moving the five to "hide" the zero of the 10 (15). THis way the kdis can visualize that 15 is 10 with 5 more.
TEEN NUMBERS. Right now we are trying to get across that teen numbers are 10 plus more. We call each object a "one" because there is one thing we are counting. It is language used for when they start learning more about place value later. For example when counting to the number 15 it is "10 ones and 5 ones".
Last week we have had our social workers come in at talk about "Trusted adults" (family, police officers) and "Safe strangers" ( the doctor or a bus driver). They also talked about a "safe/unsafe" secrets. Safe secrets are fun, happy and don't hurt anyone (surprises, presents, fun activites) Unsafe secrets are hurt someone or make you feel bad.
Interrupting is very disrupting!
Spreading kindness like confetti!
Please know that this is a HUGE part of kindergarten and I will do my best to help your child learn to appropriately act/respond in a classroom setting but this learning STARTS AT HOME! I cannot do it without you and your support. Academic learning simply doesn't happen if our kids are struggling to function in class.
Some things to keep in mind at home that help in school:
--Manners! "Please" and "Thank you" and "Excuse me" go a long way.
--Patience/Waiting and realizing your child is in a class with 20 others. I will do my best to nurture your child but sometimes your child will simply have to wait their turn.
--Let your child experience failure and guide them through how to handle the emotions that go with it. Example- play a board game and let them lose!
--If we don't have anything nice to say, don't say it! (this is something learned through setting a positive example at home)
--Be kind to each other and considering the others in our classroom when we get upset or angry. Everyone is there to learn.
--Perseverance- when things get hard try again. (Give them hints if they need) but things are learned the best through overcoming struggles.
--Learning to solve problems INDEPENDENTLY. This can be supported at home by simply allowing TIME for your child to think, try, and try again when there is a problem. (asking for help is also a good skill if they simply can't do it)
Tattling vs. Reporting, VS being rude
Bullying(REPEATED verbal or physical abuse over time) vs. Bugging (making noises etc.) vs being rude (one/limited occurances of unkind words or actions)
We follow the STOP, WALK, TALK model to handle tough situations on our own by 1. Respectfully asking bullies or buggers to stop. 2. walking away and if those don't work.... THEN 3. Tell the teacher. We want to empower kids to solve probelms on their own... as long as no one is hurt or sick or in danger.