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Kindergarten Newsletter, October 15

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars/Important Reminders:

This Week:

We are loving fall in kindergarten!  On Friday we got to enjoy some time outside with our 8th grade buddies.  They read Halloween/fall stories to the children and they also had more time to chat and learn more about one another.

We have been busy with fall art projects, songs and activities.  Ask your child to sing some of our latest songs to you!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

The single MOST important thing YOU can do to help your child develop strong literacy skills is…READ, READ, READ! For more tips on reading with your child, click here: Reading Instruction

Quotes about reading: Emilie Buchwald - Bilingual Kidspot Quotes about Reading Aloud (47 quotes)

Sight Words:  We are on to COLOR WORDS!  We have a lot of songs and chants that will help us learn how to read and spell the color words: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, white, brown, pink. We will be movin’ and groovin’ for sure!  A new word wall will be sent home next week.  Please keep this in a safe place and practice reading and writing these words.  Look for them in books, practice writing them and practice spelling them in the car on the way to school!

Journaling and Shared Writing: we have started journaling in our classrooms.  We are currently working on the following: drawing a picture with crayon, writing words with pencils, printing legibly, ‘writing the sounds we hear’ (the answer to “how do you spell —?” questions will always be: “STRETCH IT OUT!”) and making sure the words match the picture. We will be journaling 2-3 days a week and will transition to daily journaling once all Jolly sounds are introduced.  We have also started shared writing.  During shared writing, the children “share the pen/marker” with the teacher and help fill in missing letters, words, etc. We practice left to right tracking, finger spaces in between words and letter formation.

Reading: When your child comes home with a printable book, please be sure he/she practices reading this to three “lucky listeners” at home. We are currently working on the following reading strategies: “get your mouth ready (say the beginning sound)”, use the picture clues, ask yourself– ‘what makes sense?’

We are reading fiction and nonfiction texts about spiders and bats; ask your child what he/she has learned about bats and spiders from the nonfiction text that we’ve read.

Jolly Phonics: We will be moving on to GROUP 6 sounds: y, x, ch

Math: We will finish Chapter 3 in Go Math next week!

  • Counting to 40 by ones-this is easy to practice at home or in the car!
  •  Writing & Representing to 10
  • 1 to1 Counting a group of objects
  •  Representing 1 more; What’s one more than 8?  One more than 10?
  • Answer “How Many?” up to 10
  •  Identify Shapes (different orientation/sizes)
  • Patterning
  • Use tally marks and ten frames to represent different numbers
  • We will be focusing on TEEN numbers and showing them as “one group of ten with _____ many ones left over.”
  • We will continue to practice counting by TENS. Practice this at home and in the car!

Religion: We will wrap up our discussion on “happy/sad” feelings and will move on to “angry”.  God cares for us when we feel angry too!  It’s okay to have angry feelings.  What should we do when have angry feelings? Who can we talk to?  We will revisit our Second Step program.  In Second Step, we look at picture cards, hear about scenario and then discuss feelings.  The children learn to look for clues to figure out how to recognize feelings in others.  For example, eyes down, arms crossed, looking away, etc.