Kindergarten News: April 2018

What We Are Learning

Reading
  • Ezra Jack Keats Author Study
    • Characters, dialogue, sound words
    • Collage illustrations
  • Independent reading: figuring out words, thinking about what we read
  • Making Text to Self Connections
Writing
  • Writing about science!
  • Organizing ideas with the help of a writing web
  • Spelling sight words correctly using word wall
  • Stretching sounds to write unfamiliar words
  • Write simple sentences with uppercase letter in the beginning, spaces between each word, and punctuation at the end
Phonics
  • Reviewing all letter names and sounds, digraph sounds: sh, ch, th, wh and -ck
  • Silent (or “magic”) e  (e.g. bake, bite, hole, cute, etc.)
Math
  • Counting up to 20 objects and Counting to 100
  • Quickly adding one more or finding one less
  • Addition--strategies for finding how many in all
  • Story problems: What’s happening? How many at the end of the story?
Science
  • Engineering: ramps/slides, gravity, friction, textures and movement

Reminders

  • School starts promptly at 8:10. Even though not all students eat breakfast at school, kindergarten does calendar and other important math routines during our breakfast time so when students are late, they are missing instructional time.  Please make sure your child arrives at school no later than 8:09 a.m. to ensure they can walk upstairs with their class and get started on the right foot each morning.
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Family Connection

  • We are at the beginning stages of our new engineering unit! The beginning of the unit focuses on slides and ramps. We talk about gravity and friction. You can extend this learning to home and even to the park!
  • Suggestions:
    • Make your own ramp out of an old cardboard box. Try sliding different objects down the ramp (some smooth, some squishy, some bumpy, etc.). Test out the ramp at different heights and see how that changes how things move
    • Use the slide at the park as a science laboratory--Slide down the slide on top of different things (e.g. a towel, a coat, regular clothes, a yoga mat, etc.) OR make it a competition to see who can slide the farthest off the end of the slide. Talk about how things go farther or shorter distances and why

Important Dates

  • Monday April 9: Return from Spring Break
  • Saturday, April 14: Family & Community Health Fair
  • Thursday April 19: Parent Association & Family Movie Night 6pm