Welcome to Kindergarten!
Welcome to Kindergarten!
Please log into our class DOJO site. Login information was handed out at Meet and Greet. It, along with email, will be my primary means of communication this year.
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!
Homework calendars went home Monday! Please keep all papers until the end of the month. You may do the calendar activity OR the math homework. If you want to do both you may, but only one is required. :-)
Picture Day- Thursday September 26
Things to practice at home:
Writing their name (uppercase at beginning, the rest lowercase)
"double clicking" an ipad button to close out apps.
Using a keyboard to type. (finding letters in their names or letters in general)
Character Trait of the month: Self control
The Letters Tt, Ii, & Pp and the sounds that go with them.
Letters learned so far: Ss Aa
Letters vs words vs sentences. Seeing familiar words ( my & is) 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
Books/Poems we have read this week:
Itsy Bitsy Spider
School's First Day of School
Making text-to-self connections (connecting stories to their own experiences)
Reading the words on the page, or rather, matching sounds we say with the letters we see. Example: in the song "Itsy Bitsy Spider" there are different versions of the song- so when we were reading the text we had to match the letters and sounds and be "careful readers".
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!
Writing the letters Ii, Tt, and Pp with correct letter formation. 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.
Writing the numbers 0,1,2,3. Matching quatities. Knowing 0 means "nothing" or 'none'
Counting and tracking objects in a row and circling the corresponding numbers.
Matching colors, sizes, and shapes. Being able to use words to describe objects. How they are the same and how they are different. Coutning to 5. Using the "kindergarten math way" to show numbers to 5.
Living things need food to live. Animals need to live in a habitat where they can find the food they need.
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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