Kindergarten Newsletter, October 27

Upcoming Events/mark your newsletters:

  • Tuesday, October 31: Halloween party in the morning, haunted car yard in the afternoon.  The parading by students will begin at 1:45. I think kindergarten specifically will start closer to 2.
  • Wednesday, November 1: 8 am Mass, All Saints Day
  • Thursday, November 2: 8 am Mass, All Souls Day

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.”
  • Halloween Guidelines for Kindergarten
  • The “house book” is making its way around the classroom!  When it’s your turn, return it be the date indicated on the inside front cover.  Who will be next!?
  • Boom cards: check those out in the next two weeks!

What’s Due:

  • Halloween tally page: I will send home a Halloween tally page on MONDAY. Students are asked to pick three candies and sort them into three piles.  Then they’re to tally those candies and write the number. Complete any day next week and turn it in for a sticker. I know there will be some tired children, no rush in turning in. 🙂

Next Week:

Next week is Halloween!  Be sure to read the guidelines listed above.  We will have a party in the morning and will parade around haunted car yard in the afternoon. Please note what you signed up to bring in or if you signed up to volunteer:

Language Arts:

  • S is for “Sal”.  We will continue with “s” next week!
  • We will add “you” to the word wall. Current words are: a, do, go, I, like, no, see, to, the, we, will, yes, my, did.  Please click Superkids End of october word wall (1) to see what the word wall looks like right now.  These are words that children are expected to read and write independently.
  • 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
  • Next week our read alouds will be all about pumpkins and bats!  We will continue to discuss the difference between fiction and nonfiction text.  What are the differences between a nonfiction bat book and a fiction bat book?  Which story TEACHES US about bats and which is fun, imaginative story about bats?
  • 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.
  • Guided writing: we will do our first guided writing activity next week.  This is where I write on the board and the students follow along with me. We will turn this guided writing into our first class book! This class book will be in our classroom library.  Students LOVE getting their hands on our class books!

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
  • Look for our October word wall words in books, get a magnadoodle and drawing app out and ask your child to spell the words, spell them on the car ride (you spell, your child says the word or you say the word and your child spells)

Math: We will be moving on to 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 1-10 on a ten frame. We have introduced the “double ten frame” and are starting to show numbers 1-15.  We are learning that numbers 11-19 are, ” 1 group of ten with ___ ones left over”.  We are trying to become more automatic with recognizing numbers on a double ten frame.
  • Comparing numbers 1-15 and naming them as less than, greater than or equal to.
  • Counting by 10s.  We will begin to practice counting by 10s.
  • We will work with number pairs to make numbers 6-9; we will do this with counters.
  • Centers: Base ten blocks, ten frame work, number writing, grab and count (1-1 correspondence practice), greater than/less than dice roll

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.)


Saints are God’s superstars! We will learn about All Saints’ and All Souls’ Day next week.


We will be all about pumpkins and bats next week! We will be reading both fiction and nonfiction text about pumpkins and bats.