Kindergarten NewsWeek of November 13-16
What We’re Learning
Reading: We’ll spend the week reviewing/reteaching letter sounds that have been introduced, and practice more with blending sounds into words. We will continue reading about “then and now” with a new informational text called Four Seasons Make a Year. We’ll focus on story elements and sequence and discuss how the illustrations support the author’s ideas.
Writing: In Writer’s Workshop, we are still working on putting letter sounds down on paper as we begin to write more words/sentences. We are continuing to work on adding true details to our pictures and using our pictures to “show, not tell.” This is a tough idea for kindergarteners to understand, and it involves a fair amount of nudging on my part and risk-taking on their parts. I’m very proud of the effort I’m seeing during our workshop time!
Math: Last week we worked on developing number sense with numbers up to 10. We built a new tool to use called a number rack or “rekenrek.” (Kinders LOVE that word!) Tally marks will be introduced this week, reinforcing the idea of “five and some more” to build numbers up to 10.
Fall conferences will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday after school. You should have received a letter with your date and time. If you do not have an appointment scheduled, please contact the elementary office. We’ll discuss your child’s progress to date and go over our new standards-based report cards. Conferences are only 20 minutes long, so please be on time! If you’re unable to make your scheduled time, please call the office to reschedule.
Tuesday, November 14, and Wednesday, November 15: Parent-teacher conferences. All conferences will be held after school. If you have not yet received your scheduled day and time, please contact the office.
Thursday, November 16: Field trip to the wellness center for science activities brought to us by Mobius Science Center. K-1 will leave at 8:45 a.m. and return about 10:15. Permission forms were sent home last week. Please contact me if you need another!
Thursday, November 16: First quarter awards assembly, 2:30 p.m., elementary gym.
Thursday, November 23: No school. Thanksgiving holiday.