Kindergarten Newsletter, October 30

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • November 2-4: Dining for Dollars at Little Joe’s in Countryside; little joe’s
  • November 4: Picture retake day
  • November 9: Parent teacher conference link opens for families with multiple students
  • November 11: Parent teacher conference link opens for families with one student

This Week:

What a fun Halloween day we had in kindergarten! We certainly missed our parent volunteers, but we still had a spook-tacular time!

Next Week:

Election day is next week in our country and in kindergarten!  Get ready to vote kindergarteners!

Language Arts:

  • We will be finishing the last group of Jolly Phonics, group 7! Very exciting!
  • We will continue to practice reading and writing color words and will add the following words to our word walls: am, play, by.
  • Journaling: Current journaling expectations: Name at the top, words written in pencil, detailed drawing in crayon, correct spelling of any word wall words, finger spaces in between words, punctuation at the end and stretch out any non word wall words and “write the sounds you hear.” This is the hardest thing for kindergarten writers.  It takes some time to build that confidence! Daily journaling will start next week when we complete Jolly Phonics.
  • Reading strategies: “Get your mouth ready,” “use the picture clue,”  “look for chunks” and “does it make sense?”
  • Making connections: connecting one text to another text and connecting own experiences to a text: “this reminds me of when…”
  • We will practice hearing the beginning, middle and end sounds in CVC (consonant/vowel/consonant) words.
  • iReady reading in the lab.


We will continue to work in our GO MATH workbooks.

  • Counting to 40 by ones.
  • We will continue to practice counting by 10s to 100.
  • Counting forward from a given number other than 1.
  • Writing and representing groups up to 20.
  • Counting and answering “how many?” up to 20.
  • Comparing numbers using >< = and “matching up” as Go Math teaches us.
  • We will continue to practice those “tricky teen numbers.” We look at teen numbers as “1 group of ten with —- ones left over.”
  • We are very good at representing numbers with a ten frame.  We will practice representing numbers more with base 10 blocks.
  • iReady math in the lab.
Science/Social Studies:
  • There’s so much fun to be had with PUMPKINS!  We will continue to explore pumpkins next week.
  • Election Day: We will be having our own election on Tuesday! After reading Duck for President, each character, duck and Farmer Brown will campaign to win the kindergarten election.  Ask your kindergartener what those election promises are! The children will vote privately and we will discuss not voting for who your friend votes for, but for who YOU think the best candidate is.