What We’re Learning
We’ve had a week to get settled in, and we are ready to rock our kindergarten routine this week! We will be doing baseline MAP testing (Measure of Academic Progress), as well as individual baseline assessments in math and foundational literacy skills. Here is a peek at what else we’ll focus on this week:
Reading: We are working on identifying letters of the alphabet, Aa to Ii. At this point we are just working on letter naming, not the sound. We are working to form the letters in our names correctly, using a capital letter for the first letter and lower case for the rest. We are also working on identifying and generating rhymes. Our reading comprehension focus is identifying story elements including setting, character, and main events. We are also illustrating vocabulary words in our reader’s journals.
Writing: We have finished baseline writing samples for narrative, informational, and opinion writing. This week we will begin Writer’s Workshop by learning the routines and procedures of the workshop model. We’ll also begin building stamina for writing independently.
Math: We have a new math curriculum, Bridges in Mathematics. In the Number Corner component, we work on patterning, counting, and developing number sense. In the Bridges curriculum, we develop math concepts and spend time each day doing hands on Work Places.
Thursday, September 21: Deadline for Scholastic Book Club order.
Sounds like we may have some rainy days and cooler weather this week. We do try to get the kids outside if it is at all possible, so please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.
This is also the time of year that we get a lot of coats left on the playground. Please be sure to label the inside of your child’s coat with his/her name so it can be returned if it is left outside. Thanks!
Things to Work On
- Identifying and naming capital and lower-case letters of the alphabet in random order.
- Rhyming – deciding whether two words rhyme (such as cat/bat) and generating more rhyming words (given two or three rhyming words like cat/bat/rat, the child comes up with one or two more like sat/fat).
- Counting to 20 or more; counting 10 or more objects.
- Counting on/counting back starting at a number other than 1. For example, you say 5, and your child counts on 6,7, 8, 9, 10 or back 4, 3, 2, 1.