Kindergarten Newsletter, November 9

Upcoming Events/mark your newsletters:

  • Monday, November 13th: please begin to send in food items!
  • Tuesday, November 14th: 8am Mass
  • Thursday, November 16th: Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast: students do NOT need a lunch, but should bring a regular snack.  I’ll send a reminder email the day before.

What’s Due:

This week:

It was another busy week! I started assessments this week and will be finishing up next week.  I look forward to discussing your child’s progress with you!  I assessed students on word wall words through October, name writing, number writing 1-20, letter names and sounds, number recognition to 20, counting a set of objects and rote counting by 1s.

Language Arts:

  • We will be wrapping up L is for “Lily”. The hand motion is crossing arms across the chest to sign “love” while rocking and saying /l/ /l/ /l/.  Lily loves lions! Next week, I will introduce I for “Icky”. “Ickety  click” is the sound made  when Icky changes the channel on his tv, so we will make the /i/ sound while making that clicking motion.
  • Current word wall words are: a, do, go, I, like, no, see, to, the, we, will, yes, my, did, you, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, black, brown, pink. The latest word wall ( Super Kids end of November (1)) was sent home last week.
  • Journaling: we continue to practice drawing pictures with crayons and labeling with pencils or writing simple “I like” or “I see sentences.”
  • 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: When doing read alouds, we are focusing on our story elements: characters, setting, problem and solution. We will continue to read fiction and nonfiction stories about Thanksgiving.

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?”  “what is the setting of the story? Does it take place in the forest, in a house, in the city?”  “What is the problem in the story?” Discuss these different story elements!

Math: We will continue with chapter 4: Represent and Compare numbers to 10. We will be about halfway through chapter 4 next week.

  • 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 50: We will continue to practice counting to 50!
  • Comparing numbers and naming them as less than, greater than or equal to.
  • Counting by 10s.
  • Recognizing 1-10 quickly on a ten frame.  Automatically recognizing vs having to count is called subitizing!

At home:

1.) Practice counting by 1s to 50. Please continue to practice!  It’s hardest when the tens number changes so from 29 to 30 and 39 to 40.  Practice, practice!

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 continue our thankful unit.  Every other day, we add a “thankful feather” to turkeys hanging in our classroom.  Next week, we will be very busy preparing for our Thanksgiving “blessings feast”.  We will feast together upstairs in our school building with our friends.  Before the feast, we will work hard to prepare the different foods together.  Thank you in advance for sending those food items in!