Kindergarten NewsWeek of January 16-18, 2018
What We’re Learning
During this short week I will be finishing up mid-year assessments in reading and math. I’m pleased with the growth I am seeing so far, and I will be tweaking our daily schedule a little bit at semester to better use our time and resources to meet the needs of all kindergarteners.
Reading: In phonics, we’ll learn the letter sounds /b/ and /l/ and we’ll do an intensive review of short vowel sounds. In ReadyGen, we’ll read an informational text called Weather Words and What They Mean. We are practicing strategies for figuring out meanings of unfamiliar words, as well as rereading to help us better understand what we read.
Writing: In writer’s workshop, we are continuing to work on expository/ informative writing. This week our focus will be on adding more details to our main idea or topic. We are continuing to work on stretching out words and writing the sounds we know. This takes a lot of brain power!
Math: We are continuing to explore patterns and number bonds. This week we’ll do some activities that help us develop understanding of addition and subtraction.
Thursday, Feb. 1: Quarterly Awards Assembly, 2:30 p.m., elementary gym.
Monday, Feb. 19: No School. Presidents’ Day holiday.
Winter is upon us! Please be sure your child wears appropriate clothing for the weather. This includes hats, gloves, boots, and a heavy coat. Snow pants are also needed if he/she wants to play on the sledding hill at recess. There are a few items available to borrow in the classroom and in the office if needed. There are also resources available to help with winter clothing for families in need. Please contact me or our school social worker, Chris Evers, for more information.
Please help your child remember his or her library book on Thursday.
Things to Work On
Remember to fill out the reading log for time spent reading outside of school! Kindergarteners earn a Bikes for Books ticket for every 60 minutes logged! Our bike drawing is held at the end of the school year.
Counting by ones to 100. (Your child is on track for meeting the year-end goal if he/she can count to 40 or beyond with no prompts at this point in the year.)
Writing. The kids LOVE to “take dictation” for short, silly words that don’t make sense, like zaf, nof, vig and so on. This helps with letter/sound connections! Making lists and writing notes are great practice, too!