Fall is here and we're enjoying the cooler weather at recess. Hopefully, it will continue to stay nice for awhile. Just a reminder on those cooler mornings--please label all jackets with your child's name! In a few weeks our lost and found will be full and if it is labeled we can easily get that item back to your child.
Here is what we've been learning and a little look ahead:
Readers Workshop: We're learning how to shop for books in our classroom and how good readers stay engaged with their books for extended durations of time. We've also learned to go on a picture walk to see what the book might be about. Pictures really help our young readers figure out "tricky" words. Helping them to look at the words is a good reading strategy.
Writers Workshop: We've learned how to listen for sounds in words to write them. We're also working on writing pattern books--books that repeat to help convey meaning. Students have enjoyed using sight words to create books. We will continue this unit through the month of October.
Handwriting/Phonics: This year, we have learned the following letters and their corresponding sounds-Bb, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ss, Ee, Tt, Gg, Nn, Pp, Ii, Cc, Hh, and Ff. Please encourage your child to use proper letter formation to help break any poor habits that have already been established, particularly for the letters we have already introduced!
Sight words: color words, to, can, I, am, you, it, the, me, see
Additionally, you can see ALL of the Kindergarten sight words on the back of the calendar in the daily folder.
Math: We recently wrapped up our 2-dimensional shape unit. Students are expected to identify circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles and their attributes (number of sides, number of vertices, etc.) We also have learned how to write, read, and represent numbers 0-5.
Social Studies: Our community helper unit was a big hit! We had special visitors that came to share about their jobs in the community. The children also enjoyed our community helper dress up day. Currently, we are learning about maps and our neighborhoods. Something that both the fire department AND the police department encourgaed was for EVERY student to learn their address and their first and last name. We encourage you to practice this with your child as well.
Science: We have completed our unit on the senses and have moved on to sound and light energy. Students are learning about sources of light and how that light is used. This week, we are making "light energy wands" to see how light can be reflected from the sun.
Our Cardinal Kindergartners are already rocking and rolling this school year! Here is what we have been up to the last few weeks.
Reading: In Reading, we have been working on reading books independently. We've talked about how good readers read their books from the beginning to the end. We're also learning how good readers LOVE to read and spend time reading and they read the world around them, too (like bathroom signs, store names, etc.). We are working to build up our reading stamina in our classrooms (reading/looking at books for longer amounts of time).
Writing: Our writers are learning how and where writers come up with ideas for writing. We have learned about labeling and finding labels in our classroom to help us become better writers. We are also generating classroom lists of writing ideas to help get us started with new writing pieces.
Handwriting/Letter study/Phonics: We have learned how to write the letters Bb, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ss, and Ee. We build the letters with our handwriting wood pieces and practice writing the letters in our handwriting workbooks. We also brainstorm words that begin with the letter sounds and we practice singing our alphabet song. You can see Mrs. Clark's class in action below!
Sight Words: We just wrapped up our colors and color word unit. We also have added "see" and "I" to our word wall. Next week, we will add "the" and "me".
Math: We are working on number talks and ways to represent numbers. So far, we have learned numbers 0-5. Ask your child: how can I make 4? Can you make it with 2 hands? Is there another way you can make it? These discussions will help build your child's number fluency and will greatly help your child understand addition and subtraction facts.
Science/Social Studies: We learned about the places around our school and went on a search to find the gingerbread man who got loose! We are learning about our 5 senses and how scientists use their senses to make observations, comparisons, and conclusions to solve problems. Next week, we will learn more about our classmates as we begin our ME posters!
We hope you enjoy reading about what we are doing everyday. A couple of reminders: Our library day is MONDAY. Please help your child remember to return their book. Also, water bottles should be brought to school every Monday and they should be EMPTY. They will be sent home on Fridays. Thank you so much!
Our year is off to a great start! Our students have been busy making new friends, learning rules and procedures, and having FUN while learning. Here is a little about what we've been up to and what we have coming up next, too!
Reading: We are learning how to "treasure" books. We've discussed taking care of books, holding books correctly, and how good readers look at the pictures and words. We're also working to build up sustained reading time. The more we practice, the better our reading habits will become.
Writing: Many times, our children express frustration in the beginning of the year because they "can't write". Well, we've taught our students that we are ALL writers! Drawing is writing. "Scribbling" is writing. Writing the first letter of a word is writing. Even writing random letters is writing! During our writing workshop time, students are given time to practice their writing craft.
Math: We have begun "number talks" where we discuss numbers and how to represent different numbers. We've also learned how we use our math manipulatives and tools in the classroom. We will start our mystery jar soon--more information will go home with your child when it is their turn to bring in the mystery jar!
Handwriting and Phonics: This week, we focused on the letters Bb and Mm. Next week, we will work on the letters Aa and Rr. Ask your child--where do you start your letters? (The answer is "at the top!") Proper letter formation is important to our young writers. Students should begin writing from the top and pull DOWN to form letters. They should never write from bottom to top.
Science and Social Studies: Our first few weeks will be spent learning about what science is and what scientists do. We will also learn how to stay safe in science and try out a few experiments to practice being a scientist. In social studies, we are learning about why we have rules and what we do at school. In the coming weeks, the focus will be "All about Me", so that we can learn more about each student.
Coming up: Our first homework project is going home TODAY (September 8). It is due back September 25. Also, our color days begin next week, September 11. Each day, we encourage the children to wear the color and we will have various activities to support it. The days are as follows:
9/19 Pink or Maroon
The Kindergarten team is excited to see you all on Monday! A couple of reminders and helpful tips: