Welcome to Kindergarten!
We have 1:1 iPads this year! Your child has an iPad for their own particular use in class! We are using the apps SeeSaw (digital portfolios) and Class DOJO (behavior and parent/teacher messaging). These both have "Parent" apps for your use to check up on your child and see what is going on. Logins for DOJO have been sent home (red paper).
If you need login information please let me know! I send home a bunch of reminders and information on classDOJO messenger.
I try my best to update the following part of the webpage every weekend so you know what we did in the past week.
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:
~Finding combinations that make 10
~Name writing- Taking notice of uppercase letter ONLY AT THE BEGINNING
~Reading books together
~Play board games
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
We are learning sign language letters along with the print.
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:
When Sophie got Angry Really Really Angry, Umbrellas
We worked more on visualizing- using words from the story and poems to put pictures into our brains using our schema. This week we read a poem about Umbrellas and drew a picture for it.
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!
This week we worked more on "telling more." Check out seesaw to see your child telling about a time when they were angry. We used the story When Sophie Get Angry as inspiration.
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**
We practiced more with with identifying/comparing groups of objects using the vocabulary; more or less; greater than less than; more or fewer. Then we started reviewing: numbers that come before and after a given number, capacity, and number combonations that make ten using our "piano fingers"
In class we have been working as a team and setting a goal to use quiet voices and stay on task. We work on this so everyone can learn throughout our day.
Interrupting is very disrupting!
Spreading kindness like confetti!
These past few weeks we have been adjusting to being within a group of 23 kids and learning to take turns and problem solve independently.
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, and
Bullying(REPEATED verbal or physical abuse) vs. Bugging (making noises etc.).
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.
Check your DOJO messaging for a link to "signupgenius" to sign up for volunteering in class (if interested)