Kindergarten Newsletter

Word Study

 

  • We’ve been studying “snap words”, also known as high-frequency words (i.e. words that appear frequently in the texts). Students learn new snap words by looking at the written word (visual), spelling the word (auditory rhythmic), and writing the word (kinesthetic). We encourage you to practice these words at home.

 

  • Some of the words we’ve studied or are about to study are: a, at, and, an, be, can, cat, dad, do, dog, got, house, here, I, is, it, in, look, like, me, my, mom, park, see, the, this, then, to, we, was, went

 

Reading Workshop

 

  • Students are learning to activate more super reading powers!

 

    • Picture Power: Students use the pictures to help each other figure out tricky words.

 

    • Snap Word Power: They hunt for snap words with partners and read the words
      • Students also learned how to memorize a word (look at the work, read it, spell it, write it, look at the word again and reread it)

 

    • Sound power: super readers look at the first letter and say the first sound to help them predict and read tricky words.
      • We also played the “I spy” game using letter sounds ☺ For example, “I spy something that starts with the /m/ sound”
      • Feel free to play this at home!

 

    • Persistence power: when one power doesn’t work, we don’t give up, instead we try to activate other powers!

 

Writing Workshop

 

  • We wrapped up our Show and Tell unit and had a very successful gallery walk! A gallery walk is when the students read their stories to each other and write compliments 🙂

 

  • Our current unit shifts back to narrative writing. Students have been writing “True Stories” that include thinking of a topic, planning across pages, and sketching their drawings.  We have talked about what makes reading easy to read and what makes writing hard to read.

 

  • Our publishing party will be Monday, December 16th!

 

Math

 

Our class is finishing up our math unit called building numbers and solving word problems.  The students are learning more about addition and subtraction.  The students continue to work towards the following goals:

  • Understanding that you can count on/back to add/subtract
  • Writing equations using +, -, =
  • Fluency with addition and subtraction facts, showing work and explaining solutions (using pictures, ten frames, or number lines)
  • Interpreting and solving addition and subtraction word problems where the result is unknown

 

Social Studies

 

  • We are sharing all of our Star of the Day projects! Students are learning a lot of new facts about their classmates, which highlights the fact that people in a community share similarities and differences.

 

  • We read books and talked about our core value GENEROSITY and what it means (looks like/sounds like) to be GIVING/GENEROUS

 

Science
Last month, we had Art Farm come and we learned all about birds!  We met and pet Bonnie (a dove) and Clucky (a chicken.) Some of the things we learned:

 

  • We learned that all birds have bones, feathers, wings, and lay eggs.
  • We learned that birds have lightweight, hollow bones.
  • We also learned that birds have ears behind their eyes.
  • We learned that a girl chicken is called a hen
  • We learned that a boy chicken is called a rooster
  • We learned that baby birds come from eggs