Welcome to Kindergarten!
Welcome to Kindergarten!
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The section below will change throughout the year. I will update it over the weekends to tell you what we are working on!
What we did!
Next week is our NWEA MAP testing. Please ask your child if their headphones are working.
Homework: Remember, you only have to do 4 activities each week. You may choose EITHER the calendar activity OR the math homework sent home each day. You do NOT have to do both. (If you want to?.... go for it! It can't hurt)
Also, please keep it all together and turn it in at the END of the month altogether.
Things to practice at home:
Counting forwards and backwards. Playing "tell me one more than__" or "Tell me one less than___" within 10.
Writing their name (uppercase at beginning, the rest lowercase)
Rhyming- Dr. Suess books are great!
Using a keyboard to type. (finding letters in their names or letters in general)
Saying the first sound of any given word (not the letter name)
Character Trait focus of the month: Academics
We are really practicing "chopping" words into sounds. Saying "pet" and having your child say /p/-/e/-/t/. An extension would be to have your child then write the letters in order.
We have learned all of the letters and sounds. If your child does not konw them all please start doing flashcards at home. Or you can use any of the things I handed out at converences.
Syllables- clapping out words into parts ex. pa-per or mar-ker
Rhyming words and word families
Coming up with words that start with a specific sound.
Letters learned so far: Ss Aa Tt, Ii, Pp, Nn, Cc, Kk, Ee, Hh, Rr, Mm, Dd, Gg, Oo, Uu, Ll, Ff, Bb, Jj, Zz, Ww, Vv, Yy, Zz, Qq
Letters vs words vs sentences. Seeing familiar words in other places.
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:
These words are vital to early learning as they are seen frequently in beginner texts and often don't follow phonetic sounding out rules.
Simply encourage your child to "find" these words everywhere! Try books, signs, magazines, junk mail etc.
Words so far: my, is, and, a, I, the, see, me, you, we, are, can, can't, like, he, she, isn't, to, get, play, yes, no, down, go, where, by, here, saw, they
Books/Poems we have read this week:
Honey Honey LION
Sequencing/Retelling: We are reading books and putting events in order and retelling to friends.
Text to text connections- Comparing and contrasting different stories using a Graphic organizer
"Ingredients to make a story": Beginning-middle-end
Making text-to-self connections (connecting stories to their own experiences) Discussing these experiences with a partner.
Character and Setting. Ask your child to identify these story elements while you are reading.
Listening to stories and talking with friends about what we have read. Learning "Turn to your partner" and how to interact with eachother.
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!
Narrative writing: Writing about Winter Break. We did another "art gallery" visit. Ask your child about this.
We are also starting to really apply and practice writing a sentence correctly: Uppercase letter at beginning, the rest lowercase, spaces between words, the sight word "I" is ALWAYS uppercase, ending mark at the end
Ideas: Writing about things the students know a lot about.
What makes a quality illustration. (Careful coloring not scribbling, outline objects, 3 or more colors, fill the page, add details)
BRAAAAAAAAAAVE SPELLING! We are rocking and rolling and starting to see students gain confidence with brave spelling!
Writing the letters Ww, Zz, and Yy with correct letter formation.
We are continuing to add labels to our drawings to help provide more information.
We learned that sharing ideas helps us become better writers and illustrators.
Your child is OFFICIALLY an AUTHOR! They made or started making their first books!
Writing our names and tracing the alphabet. 4 star coloring.
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.
Matching quantities- drawing groups of 1 more- drawing groups of 1 less
Module 2-Pushes and Pulls- exploring forces. We are going to investigate movement and build a class pinball machine :-)
This week we talkd about strong/gentle forces, and how you can use forces differently to change directions to get a ball to move it where you want it to.
This week we started learning about National Holidays and why we have them.
Focus Focus, Listen, Use your self talk, Be Assertive- This is the way we all can learn.
Interrupting! Please help your child learn to wait for appropriate times to start conversations or ask questions when you're reading together or speaking with someone else.
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.
Things to donate to our classroom
small treasures/favors for the treasure box
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