Kindergarten Newsletter, November 3

Upcoming Events/mark your newsletters:

  • Wednesday, November 8: Picture Retake day
  • Thursday, November 9: Spirit Day Assembly, wear red and white
  • Friday, November 10: Veteran’s Day and teacher professional development, NO SCHOOL

What’s Due:

  • Great job with the name writing!  Keep turning those pages in.  The kids are doing a great job writing their names “the kindergarten way.”
  • Boom cards: check those out in the next two weeks! Login to SEESAW and find them under messages.  PLEASE REACH OUT if you’re having any issues.
  • Halloween tally page:  The kids have enjoyed presenting to the class their Halloween candy results. Keep sending those in as you finish.

Next Week: 

Assessments: I will begin assessments for November conferences.  P/T conference sign up information will be coming out next week!

Kindergarten Thanksgiving feast: Isaac’s mom will be sending out a sign-up for our Thanksgiving feast which is coming up in a couple of weeks! We need food items for this event, no volunteers.  Fasten your seatbelts, these next two months will be busy and will fly by!

Language Arts:

  • L is for “Lily”.  We will begin L next week; the hand motion is crossing arms across the chest to sign “love” while rocking and saying /l/ /l/ /l/.  Lily loves lions!
  • Current word wall words are: a, do, go, I, like, no, see, to, the, we, will, yes, my, did, you. The latest word wall ( Super Kids end of November (1)) was sent home on Friday! I will begin introducing color words next week–red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, black, brown, pink. We will do a lot of singing to help remember how to read and spell these words!
  • Journaling: We will be writing sentences that start with “I see” and “I like” and will use writing center word cards to finish those sentences.
  • Daily phonemic awareness exercises
  • Shared writing continues!  The format is: My name is…, I am __ years old, I like…, I do not like… We practice writing the words together. Each child has a chance to be the story leader.
  • Read alouds: we are focusing on identifying the CHARACTERS (the people or animals a story is about) and the SETTING (the time and place a story takes place).  We are also working hard to sequence stories, remembering the order of events.

At home:

  • Parking lot: Erase the words that are in there by default and insert any of our word wall words.  Use a matchbox car and say, “park in the GO spot.  Now pull out and park in the “will” spot” etc.  Sight Word Parking Lot
  • Word wall practice: using a magnadoodle, drawing app, gel pens, markers, etc. — ask your child to spell  our word wall words.  In the car, spell a word wall word and see if your child knows what it is.
  • Reading: ask your child: “who are the characters in this story?”  “Which character did you like the best? why?” What happened at the beginning of the story?  The middle?  The end?

Math: We will continue with chapter 4: Represent and Compare numbers to 10.

  • Tally marks: tallying numbers up 10 remembering to “make a bundle with 5” and “circle groups of ten”.
  • Number formation: I have no introduced ALL number poems.  Just a reminder, poems can be found Number Poems  It really helps the kids to form their numbers correctly.
  • Counting to 30: We are practicing counting to 20 and are being extra careful with “13, 14, 15”
  • Ten frames: representing numbers 1-20 on a ten frame.
  • Comparing numbers 1-15 and naming them as less than, greater than or equal to.
  • Counting by 10s.

At home:

1.) Practice counting by 1s to 40.

2.) Practice counting by 10s to 100.

3.) Start at a number other than 1 and say the next two numbers.  For example, “what comes after 8?”  “9, 10!”

4.) double ten frame mats: feel free to print and focus on representing teen numbers as a group of ten with ___ ones. You can use any small manipulatives or food (beads, cubes, m and ms, etc.)


We will begin our thankful unit.  We will color, cut and paste a turkey onto  construction paper.  Every other day, we will add a “thankful feather” to our turkeys.  We will illustrate our new pocket chart song: “The earth below, the sky above, the food we eat, the friends we love, are ALL gifts from God, ALL gifts from God!”