Mrs. Munson's
Kindergarten News
Week of April 20-24, 2015

What We’re Learning

Reading: We will continue to research plants this week. We’ll read informational text for the purpose of answering questions about plants. Whole group phonics instruction will focus on counting how many sounds in words. Small groups will work with vowel sounds, building words, and reading appropriately leveled text with fluency.

Writing: This week, we’ll continue working in our science journals to document what we learn about plants. We have been observing plants as they grow, then drawing what we see in our journals and writing a sentence about it. We are also working on labeling diagrams.

Math: We are continuing to learn about subtraction as “taking away.” This week we will subtract from 7, 8, and 9 using objects and pictures.

Science: We’re still learning about plants! We’ll look at structures of real plants (not just pictures) and talk about the function of each structure. We are also very excited to get in and dig in the worm composter! We’ve been feeding them some vegetable and fruit scraps.

Coming Events

Wednesday, May 20: Early release at 11 a.m. for staff development. No lunch will be served.

Thursday, May 21: “Touch-a-Truck” event at the Calispel Valley Library. More info will follow.

Monday, May 25: No school. Memorial Day holiday.

Announcements

Library: We had a few weeks where our library times got cancelled or rescheduled, and a lot of the kids have overdue books as a result. We are now back on our regular schedule (Wednesday afternoon). Please help your child remember his or her book this week.

Campbells Labels/Box Tops for Education: Our annual soup label/box top drive is in progress. If you collect labels and box tops all year, now is the time to send them in! J

Reading Logs: Remember to track reading minutes for the Bikes for Books drawing! Two lucky kindergartners (a boy and a girl) will win bikes at the end of the year.

Things to Work On

·        Counting to 100 by ones, tens, and fives.

·        Counting back from 20.

·        Counting on from a given number (for example, you say 15, and your child counts on 16, 17, 18).

·        Reading, reading, reading!

·        Writing lists and notes. Remember that we use phonetic spelling … the kids write the sounds they hear and know the spelling for.