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Kindergarten Newsletter January 31st

It was an exciting week in Kindergarten with all of the fun Catholic Schools week activities!  The children enjoyed talking about their favorite book characters, had special time reading with their 8th grade buddies, and talked about all of the reasons they love going to a Catholic School. We got to go cheer for our buddies playing in the Red and White volleyball game! We also had fun talking about Groundhog Day.  The children all made their predictions on whether the Groundhog would see his shadow on Sunday!

*Please remember as we are in the height of cold and flu season…if your child is NOT feeling well, please keep them home to prevent the spread of illness.

Important Dates:

  • Tuesday, February 4: Kindergarten 100th day celebration (please refer to the flyer sent home about our special snack)
  • Friday, February 14th: Classroom Valentine’s Party: thank you class reps for organizing! Sign up to volunteer or bring in supplies if you can! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080a48aaaf2fa4fc1-valentines

Next Week:

Language Arts:

Daily journaling and interactive writing: the kids are doing a great job during our writing block time! Half of the children journal while the other half practice writing sentences on whiteboards.  During journal time, we are looking for 2+ sentences, detailed drawings, finger spaces in between words, correct spelling of word wall words and INDEPENDENT (this is hard!) stretching of unfamiliar words.  At home, don’t forget to say, “write the sounds you hear” when helping your child spell words.  If “snow” is spelled “sno”–that is great!  Correct spelling will come later, let’s build CONFIDENT writers first! At home: ask your child what he/she wrote about in his/her journal each day!

  • Guided reading with fluency journals: the children will practice reading fluency passages at their reading level.  During reading group, we will practice sounding out consonant vowel consonant words and nonsense words. At home, practice sounding out consonant/vowel/consonant words like bug, rat, mat, etc. and have your child write those words down.
  • Sight words: Last week we added the word “because” to our word wall.  We continue to practice the song to remember the “tricky” spelling of this new word. We will practice sight words please refer to the December/January word wall. How do we practice?  We write the words on salt trays, on whiteboards with magnetic letters, we sing and look for these words in books, our morning message and pocket chart poem/song. At home: be sure to look for these words in books!
  • Jolly Phonics:  We reviewed our jolly phonics sounds. The children continue to practice “stretching out” words using their jolly phonics skills.

Religion:

  • We continued our lesson on feelings and discussed how accidents happen.  When we accidently hurt or upset one of our friends, we can apologize and say “It was an accident. I didn’t mean to..”  Our kindergarten bulletin board shows how we are making our classroom a better place every day with kindness. All of the children have placed heart stickers on their mittens because they were “caught being kind”!  We feel God’s love through our friends!
  • The children can all recite our pocket chart song about going to a Catholic School …ask your child to sing it to you.  It starts off like this: “we go to a Catholic School; We go to St. Cletus;  Yes we do! Yes we do!”  They have had so much fun talking, journaling, and discussing all of the things they love about going to a Catholic School.

Math:

  • We worked on dice roll addition and the children practiced counting up on the number line by one and two. Ask your children to come up with number stories to practice their addition. Math can be fun!
  • Continue to practice counting to 60 by ones.
  • Continue to practice counting to 100 by 5s and 10s to 100. Practice this at home!
  • We will begin to learn how to count by 2s to 20. Practice this at home!
  • Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  • Addition and subtraction: We will represent Addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds. We will represent Subtraction up to 5 with fingers, drawings,  sounds.  Our goal is to to be able to fluently add and subtract within numbers 5 and under (so 4+2, 3+2, 4+1, etc. will become automatic).  To practice this, we do a lot of small group center time work with manipulatives including dice, dominoes.
  • We will compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawing.