Kindergarten News: April 2017

What We Are Learning


  • Ezra Jack Keats Author Study
    • Characters, dialogue, sound words
    • Collage illustrations
  • Independent reading: figuring out words, thinking about what we read
  • Writing about science!
  • “Stretching” out words (sounding out words to use invented spelling)
  • Writing simple sentences
    • Uppercase letters at the beginning
    • Spaces between words


  • 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.)
  • Writing complete sentences


  • 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?


  • Engineering: ramps/slides, gravity, friction, textures and movement

Important Dates

  • Monday April 10 to Tuesday April 18: Spring Break! - NO SCHOOL
  • Wednesday April 19: School resumes
  • Tuesday May 2: Arts on the Stage Trip Field trip to Queens College
  • Central Park Zoo Field Trip:
    • Monday 5/15: K-207 & K-209  
    • Thursday 5/18: K-204 & K-208
    • Thursday 5/25: K/1-411
  • Monday May 29: Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Family Connection

  • Now that our students are emerging as readers, we want to encourage them to do some more independent reading at home. Students are (or will soon be) taking home leveled books that they should be able to ready by themselves.  Don’t stop reading great (more difficult) books together as a family, but celebrate their growth as readers. Maybe have “independent” reading time together--where everyone in the family reads their own book together in the same room! If you need more leveled books here is a good book list.
  • 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!
  • 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


    • 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.