Grade K • High-Frequency Word Cards
We have a fun short week coming up. We will learn the basic history of Thanksgiving and focus on what we are thankful for. As part of this theme, we will be making a friendship salad on Tuesday, November 26th. I am asking every child to bring in 1 cup of cut up fruit to add to the fruit salad.
On Wednesday November 27th, the AM class will be taking part in a pep rally, please have your child wear gray on that day(our class color for this event). They have earned it by displaying good bobcat behavior. Both the AM and PM classes have been working hard on being kind and showing good bobcat behavior and in December we will have a "fun day" in class to celebrate their hard work. More info will go out on this day in December.
Parent/Teacher conferences will start on December 2nd. I will send a note home asking for a few available times and dates soon. Please keep your eye out for that in your child's folder.
Winter weather has started. Please send your child to school in a warm coat, hat, and mittens. When snow falls, please send your child to school daily with snow pants and boots-we will try to head outside daily. Outside play is very important. If any family needs assistance in getting snow clothes, please contact me privately. We are happy to help any family in need.
Kindergarten does not have a lot of homework but they do have daily homework. The daily homework is to read for 15-20 minutes. If your child brings home a reading bag, please do this bag daily. Your children are starting to be able to read on their own so this time can be split with someone reading to them(still very important) and them reading to you. Other things that can be worked on at home-letter identification, letter sound identification, rhyming, number identification to 100, and counting by 1's, 10s and backward from 20.
Your children have been working hard and forming strong friendships. I am enjoying my time with them. Thank you for sharing your children with me!
Congratulations to all of the kindergarten students! The have successfully completed their first month of kindergarten. They have done a great job learning their entrance routine independently and have all connected with their classmates and formed new friendships. I have really enjoyed getting to know all of their personalities. They are a lot of fun.
Monday- September 30th is Picture day. If you would like to order school pictures-please send in the picture form with your child on Monday.
Friday-October 4th is Kindergarten's Cardboard Challenge. We will be building ramps for matchbox cars. If you have any cardboard to spare-please send it to the kindergarten class by October 4th.
Birthday Note-We celebrate student birthdays by singing to them and giving them a card and pencil from their teachers and making them feel special throughout the day. We ask that parents do not send in food as birthday treats for the class. You are welcome to put something special in your child's lunch box to enjoy.
End of class plan change-please remember, if there is a change to your child's dismissal(different person picking up, taking a different bus, or getting picked up instead of taking bus etc.)-please either send a note in your child's folder(best option) or call the office and let them know of the change.
Afternoon drop off-we try to head to class at 11:20. If you child arrives after that time, please check them into the office so the office can notify us that they are on their way up to class. You can sign in and choose to walk them up.
What have we been doing/learning?
Free choice and play
We start our day with free choice. The children sign in and choose a part of the room and materials they would like to play with. This is an important time for the children to make independent choices according to their interests and practice socials skills and problem solving in appropriate ways. It provides teachers with a time to help them practice these skills.
We do a lot of learning first thing in our morning meeting. We do the pledge daily. We learn the days of the week and the months of the year. Ask your student to sing both songs to you. We count on the calendar and do place value by counting how many days we have been in school. We observe weather and chart the weather of the day and look at monthly weather patterns. Grouptime is a great time to work on identifying numbers, days of the week, and months of the year. Each child takes turns doing a daily job-pledge leader, calendar, weather, days of the week, number of the day, turtle feeder, light person, line leader, and caboose. We end grouptime with a movement activity-we do educational songs and dances.
WIN Time(what I need time)
We have started "groups". We assessed all the students in reading skills such as letter ID, letter sound ID, rhyming, and beginning sound identification. We formed groups according to each student's needs. In the morning, the students are in groups for 20 or 30 minutes with Mrs. Lamontagne, Mrs. Bono, Mrs. Marchesseault, Mrs. Dodge, Mrs. McCoy, or Mrs. Wayland. They either work in my class, Mrs. Lamontagne's class, or the reading room. In the afternoon, they work with Mrs. Marchesseault, Mrs. Dodge, Mrs. McCoy, or Mrs. Wayland. They either work in my class or the reading room.
Depending on which group they are in, they can be working on such things as letter ID, letter sounds, high frequency words, rhyming, blending words, and reading. We do this through different games, materials, books, and papers.
We have started our handwriting program. The children learn how to form each letter. The children learn how to hold a pencil, start their letters at the top, and place their letters correctly on the lines. They learn the size of the letters, how many times their pencil makes contact with one of the lines(top, middle, or bottom). They assess if letters are star quality. They trace and write letters on their own. The lines they are learning are called standing tall line, laying down line, forward slant line, backward slant line, smile, frown, super c, and clock line. All letter are formed with these lines.
In literacy we practice our handwriting, take part in reading groups, and take part in activities that practice reading skills such as sorting by beginning sound, practicing high frequency words, rhyming, and other reading skills. We do this with simple books and hands on activities. In reading, we have focused on the letter Mm and next week will be Aa. We have learned high frequency words I, can, the, and next week will be we. The children are responsible for being able to read the high frequency words that we have learned so far-please practice these words at home too.Each week, we focus on an essential question. Last week's question was -How can we be good friends? and next week will be -How do baby animals move?
We have been focusing on basic math skills and exploring math materials. We are practicing counting to 20, identifying numbers to 10, making patterns, identifying shapes(circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, hexagon, and trapezoid), sorting by color, size, and shape, counting groups, matching a number to that group, placing numerals in order, and writing numbers to 10.
We learned what it is like to be an inventor and we invented ways for "bobby" our bobby pin to land more slowly on the ground by floating safely to the ground. The students created with paper different ways to help "Bobby" float slowly. They worked on this with their buddies. We learned that inventors create, analyze, and adjust and sometimes recreate.
We also learned about apples. We painted with apples, read about apples, and made applesauce. We observed the changes the apples went through as they were cooked into applesauce.
We learned what the Constitution is on Constitution day. We learned some basic history and what the constitution is.
What can you do at home?
practice identifying letters-both upper case and lower case
practice identifying number to 10 and then once mastered to 20
count to 20 then once mastered to 100
color and cut things out with kids scissors
Practice words I, can, the, we
Read for 20 minutes daily
Great ways to do this include games, playdough, shaving cream, posting letters and numbers in different places at home and in the car and practice them. Use a flashlight to point at and identify letters and numbers.
I am so excited to meet all of my new students and their families! I hope all my students received their letter from me. Please stop by on Thursday, August 29th between 1:30-2:30 to meet me, see the classroom and meet some new classmates. Feel free to bring your brown "all about you" bag that day. The first day of school is Tuesday, September 3rd. When you come to your first day of school, please bring a backpack, a pocket folder(for notes), an extra set of clothes(to stay in the backpack),a water bottle, a lunch box with 2 healthy snacks, and a drink, and a smile! Drop off is at 7:45 for the am class and 11:20am for the PM class. Pick up is 10:35 am for the am class and 2:10 for the PM class. Please check the bus routes to see which bus your child will be on if they are taking the bus. I will want this information from parents before the first day of school for a smooth dismissal. I can't wait for the first day of school! It will be a great year.
Please feel free to email me with any questions. Kathy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Spring! The children are so happy to have seen the sunshine a couple of times.
We have some exciting dates coming up. The first date is Friday, June 14th, we will be joining Readiness-3rd grade and taking part in field day. We will be walking down to the Town Fields and taking part in some fun active outdoor games planned by Ms. Baines-NBCS gym teacher. If you are available to volunteer, please email me to let me know by the beginning of June. The AM field day times would be 9am - 10:15. AM volunteers can plan to volunteer from 8:30-10:30. The PM field day times are 12:00-1:15. PM volunteers can plan to volunteer from 11:30-1:30pm. Please let me know are interested.
The next very important dates are:
PM Class End of year ceremony-June 17th at 12:30pm.
AM Class End of Year ceremony-June 18th at 9:00am.
All are welcome to attend! Please be sure your child has at least one person attending their celebration. I am so proud of all of them. They have grown so much this year!
*****Attention-Friday 2/22 is a fun play day-the children earned a whole jar of marbles and have earned a full day of play-they can bring in toys and/or a game. The only rule is no play weapons or fighting and no electronics-and nothing that needs batteries. I reminded the children to not bring anything in that is too special to them. I also told them it is ok if they do not bring anything because we have plenty of things to play with.********************
We celebrated the 100th day of school by doing a lot of counting to 100 by 1's and 10's. The students really enjoyed making 10 piles of 10 fruit loops for their 100 necklace. They also loved counting out 10 of 10 different snacks to make their 100th day snack mix. It was a great day.
One week later, we enjoyed a fun Valentine's celebration. We decorated cookies and sorted and graphed conversation hearts in the AM. In the PM, we played a Valentine's matching game and played a Valentine's game where we practiced writing CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. The children LOVED placing on their special Valentines in their friend's boxes.
In reading, the essential questions have been What do things need to grow? How do things change as they grow? and What grows on a farm? The children have been invested in the topics, have great background knowledge, and are excited to share information. The children are doing a great job sounding out words. They are also doing very well saying all the sounds in a word when given a word out loud(beginning, middle, and end sound). At this point, most students are ready to read simple books independently to you. They have all the tools. Please have them read to you as part of your daily 20 minutes of reading. You can also have them find high frequency words in the books that you read to them. We have learned I, can, the, we, see, a, like, to, and, go, you, do, my, are, he and with. The children are now expected to read those words independently. These are great words to practice at home.
In writing, we have continued to research bears. We have researched black bears and polar bears. We have looked at books on those topics and done research online on the Pebblego site. We research together and come up with 3 facts we learned and then the children draw a picture and write some of the facts. The children are learning proper sentence formation. All sentences start with a upper case letter, have spaces between words, and end with punctuation. The children are getting more independent with writing. We have also started the workbooks for letter formation from our new writing program. The children work hard on forming the letters correctly(always start letters at the top) and placing the letters correctly on the line. We use paper with a top and bottom line and a dotted middle line. They are making "Star worthy" letters!
In math, we have learned the names of the coins and their worth. We have been singing a song "Money in my pocket" to help. They love it. We will move to telling time by the hour soon. All children are expected to identify their numbers to 100 and count to 100 by 1's and 10's and count backwards from 20. We practice these skills regularly through song and movement. Please practice at home too. We continue to work with numbers, place value, patterns, graphing, and many other topics in various ways.
Outside play has been sporadic due to weather and playground conditions but please continue to send in all outdoor clothing daily. Please send your child with shoes or sneakers to change into from their boots(no slippers please) Please remember to send your child with at least 2 snacks and a drink daily and a water bottle.
Classroom wish list items: disinfectant wipes to wipe down tables, little waters, and extra snacks.
Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday break. The children came back happy and rested. We are getting back into the swing of things. It did not take the children long to get back into routine.
In writing, the students are continuing to practice first names and last names with upper case for the first letter and lower case for the rest. They are also practicing writing numbers to 20. We are learning to form upper case letters X and Y.
In reading, our focus is on What tools do different workers use? We have been reading about different professions. The letter of the week is O(soft sound) and the new high frequency word is you. The children have learned and are responsible for being able to read I, can, the we, see, a, like, to, and, go, you. Keep reading daily for 20 minutes with your child. They can start taking turns reading to you. We are focusing on reading CVC(consonant vowel consonant) words. The children are working on a each sound and blending the sounds to make the word. They are learners!
In math, we have graphed how many pattern blocks we had in our pile. We matched dot cards to number cards(matching game). We are counting to 100 by 1's and 10's and counting backward from 20. They are learning to identify numbers to 20.
We made pretend snow in class last Friday since we did not have any real snow at that point. We used baby oil or vegetable oil and Corn starch. They made little snowmen and snowballs. They enjoyed it. They painted snowy winter trees. Check them out on our bulletin boards!
We will try to go outside daily-please send all snow gear (snowpants, winter coat, boots, hat and mittens) daily.
There have been some viruses going around. Thank you for keeping your child home until they are fever free(with no meds) for at least 24 hours. It helps stop the spread of viruses.
On that note, our class is in need of donations of disinfecting wipes to wipe down the tables. We could also use sandwich size ziplock bags and small waters. Thank you for being so supportive of the classroom needs.
We had a great October! The Halloween parades were a success. All the kiddos had a blast and looked great in their costumes.
In reading, we have completed Unit 1 and 2 in the Wonders reading program. The children took the unit 1 assessment as practice. The unit assessments include a lot of material so we do a little everyday of the week. We learned how to use our private offices and what the expectations are during as assessment. We practiced how to listen to a question and answer it in our booklet. Unit 1 was a learning process. We went over all the answers as we did it so the children could better understand the process. All the questions are given orally in Kindergarten. We will be taking the unit 2 assessment next week. This one will be their first scored Wonders assessment. We did not focus on that fact in school-we focus on the fact that they are showing what they have learned and it is "private office time". They love the private offices! Our focus in reading this week has been on bugs. We have read about different bugs and the life cycle of a caterpillar. We put the life cycle in order by coloring and gluing pictures. The children worked really well on this activity and showed some great independence. The high frequency words that the children are responsible for are I, can, the, we, see, a, like. At this point in the year, the children are working towards 100% accuracy in identifying all their upper and lower case letters. If your child is not there yet, please practice at home. We will continue to work on it at school too. We are now working hard learning all the sounds and how to read CVC(consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Please keep reading everyday with your child for at least 20 minutes.
In writing, we are drawing pictures on focused topics. We are practicing writing our high frequency words and practicing writing very basic sentences such as I like..... We are continuing to learn to form all of our letters correctly. Please watch your child when they write and encourage them to start all the letters at the top. They know upper case letters start at the top line and most lower case start at the dotted line. They have been working hard writing their first name with an upper case for the first letter and lower case for the rest. We will move on to last names soon. The names of the lines we use to form letters are standing tall line, lying down line, clockface, super C, and forward slant line and backward slant line, frown, and smile.
In math, we have focused on shapes(circle, triangle, square, rectangle, oval, rhombus, trapezoid, and hexagon). We have worked on sorting and patterning. We played Top-It(similar to the card game War) with dot cards to work on counting and identifying groups of objects and practicing more and less. We are working on identifying number 1-20 and counting to 100. We have enjoyed using pattern blocks, geoboards, and sorting and graphing with candy corn. We have learned what a five frame is. We practice our calendar skills daily. They have learned the days of the week and months of the year. They are also learning place value up to the tens place. We are mathematicians!
As you can tell, we have been busy learning. We have also been busy learning social skills and how to be a student. We are learning to be kind and respectful to our peers and teachers. We work on filling our friends "buckets" and helping brighten people's day. We work on learning when it is a good time to chit chat and when it is time to listen. We are learning classroom skills such as lining up, raising hands,and maintaining a quiet voice during work time. Phew! Now you know why they are so tired at the end of the school day! Laurie and I are both enjoying all of the children. Report cards will be going home mid December. Please keep an eye out for a sign up genius on scheduling conferences. I plan to send that out by the end of next week.
Weather note-we try to go outside daily. Please send your child to school with appropriate cold weather clothing for outdoors-Thank you!
Happy October! The children have been busy learning and having fun!
Important date to remember-Wednesday October 31st-
Whole school Halloween Parade at 1pm. The afternoon kindergarten class does take part in that. We ask the afternoon students to bring their costumes in a bag to school and they will change into them closer to the parade time. Morning class students can take part in the parade-They can meet us in our classroom dressed in their Halloween costume by 12:45. Both classes will have a simple celebration at their individual class times. More information will come regarding the festivities. We ask that the costumes not include any weapons(real or pretend) and that at this age they not be too scary or gory.
Parents have been asking about volunteer opportunities. When volunteer opportunities arise, I will post them on here. These opportunities will include helping out with classroom parties or special events. I am always looking for a class photographer for special events. There are also opportunities for putting together materials at home, too.
Homework reminder-Kindergarten homework includes reading everyday for 20 minutes. We have learned the high frequency words I, can, the , we, and see. They should be practicing these words daily and be able to read them in all settings. They are all working hard learning both upper case letters and lower case letters. If your child comes home with a ring of letters to practice, please practice them daily and return them to school daily. We practice them everyday at school too. We are working at 100% identification of both upper case and lower case letters soon. We will move on to sounds and decoding these sounds in words.
We have been very busy focusing on a lot of great topics. This week in Language arts we are focusing on how senses help you learn. Last week, we focused on how baby animals move, and before that was how can we get along with new friends. We have started reading groups and are reading a guided reading book everyday. Every other Friday, we read with our reading buddies. The morning class are buddies with a 5th grade class and the afternoon are buddies with a 3rd grade class. They love being read to and they will start to read to their buddies too. We have been practicing writing our first name with the first letter being upper case and the rest being lower case.
In Math, we have focused on counting to 20(we will move on to 100 soon). We are also learning to identify all of our numbers to 20. We learned about different shapes(circle, square, triangle, rhombus, hexagon, and trapezoid). We created patterns with shapes. We identified how many items in a group and played memory with dot cards and played Top-It with dot cards. Top-It is very similar to the card game WAR. Each child flips a card-the child that has the card with the most dots keeps the cards. We are getting to know each number in different ways-numeral, ten frame, tallies. etc. We've explored our environment looking for numbers in our everyday lives. As a class, we have created graphs and read from them.
We learned about apples and did craft activities around that theme. We will be moving on to pumpkins.
We have started visiting the library and borrowing books for our classroom.
Fall time weather is here. We will go outside everyday(unless it is steadily raining)-please send your child dressed for the weather. Thank you!