Kindergarten Memo

Reading Workshop

We are now moving through the Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles unit. We have talked about what to do when we come across tricky words:

  • Does it sound right, does it look right, does it make sense
  • We also discussed ways to introduce our books to our partners (i.e. My book is called__, It is about___,) how to make predictions, and how to retell stories.
    • Super Readers Retell!
      • Tell who
      • Tell where
      • Tell what happened
      • Tell it in order

Writing Workshop

We have discussed in great detail about what makes our writing hard easy to read:

    • What makes reading easy to read:
      • Leave spaces between words.
      • Make pictures that help with the words.
      • Write a letter for each sound.
      • Use capital letters to start sentences.
      • Put a period at the end of every sentence.

We also talked about tools we can utilize to help with our writing.  For example, using the word wall to spell snap words correctly, including vowels in words, and using a checklist to make sure our story has a beginning, middle, and end. The checklist also helps us remember to include important details like who we were with, where we were, and what we were doing.


As we continue our work in addition and subtraction, students were presented with a real world problem that required them to go off and investigate. The investigation started with the story of a sleep over, in which 8 children play, moving up and down bunk beds, teasing the babysitter who imagines she is losing and then gaining children! Students had to find all the different ways to arrange the eight children on the bunk beds. This unit introduced and/or reinforced the following ideas and strategies:

  • compensation and equivalence,
  • Using trial and error vs. systematic production of arrangements


Social Studies

In Social studies, we talked a lot about families.  We read books and discussed the following:

  • Families are made up of immediate and extended family
  • Family members may or may not live together
  • Families are diverse and have diverse cultures and customs
  • Families celebrate important days together and celebrate in different ways
  • Families share customs, beliefs, and values

We also talked about our core value, modesty, and what that means and looks like.


Last month, Art Farm came and we learned all about reptiles! We learned that all reptiles are covered in scales. We learned that tortoise’s live on land but turtles can live in the river and on land. We met and pet Davinci, a wood turtle with webbed feet, Yeltzan, a tortoise with long claws, and Sammy, a blue tongued skink (lizard) who lives in the forest.