Class News 2/11/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 2/11/21

We had another busy and exciting week in Kindergarten! Our highlight was handing out Valentines to our friends! See what else we were up to.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: said and there. Next week we will learn use and an. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child? Making flashcards is also a fun way for your child to keep practicing!

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was word families –at and –an. Word families are new starting this week – words that end the same are in the same word family (for example fan, can, man and cat, bat, mat). The kids observed right away words within a word family all rhyme! Students cut out their sort cards (that now have pictures and words), played digraph memory match, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with –at and –an. We also made fun flipbooks with these word endings. Can you brainstorm words at home that end in –at and –an?

Literacy Centers: We had fun at literacy centers this week! At the library center, students read books by themselves and identified the setting in the book. At the iPad center, students listened to audio books and the stories of the Bible. At the sight word center, students are learning to look at four pictures and put them in order from first to last. They are practicing using transition words such as first, next, then, and last. At the guided reading center, I read with students one on one and worked on comprehension.


Reader’s Workshop: This week, we read the book, Miss Nelson is Missing, so we could compare and contrast characters in the story! We also reviewed characters and setting by completing a sort and gluing it into our writing journals.

Writer’s Workshop: We continued writing our own fiction and nonfiction stories and are working on adding details using words like “and” and “because.” We continue to focus on including 4 things in our sentences, using our “Fab 4 checklist.”

  1. Capital letters at the beginning of a sentence.
  2. Spaces between words.
  3. Period at the end of a sentence.
  4. Mostly lowercase letters.

Math: We continue to master addition and subtraction facts to 10 using a variety of tools and strategies – drawing pictures, number line, counters and counting on in our head.

Science: In our special Valentine science lab, we experimented with candy hearts. We placed candy hearts in vinegar, water and soda and observed what happened to the candy over time. We also made predictions if a candy heart would sink or float in water. Ask your scientist about the results!


Religion: This week we read about Saint Valentine and his kindness toward others. We practiced kindness last week as we showed love for our classmates through Valentine cards.

Miss. Shaw visited our classroom again this week to teach students the next lesson on the Kelso’s Choice wheel! This week students learned about ignoring. Students learned 4 strategies in order to ignore. These strategies include: ignore with my eyes and look the other way, ignoring with my mouth and not making a sound, ignoring with my body and keep doing as I was doing, and ignoring with my mind while thinking about something else. Ask your child if they can brainstorm a time that choosing to ignore would be useful!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can count to 100 by ones and tens.
  • I can count forward beginning with a given number within the known sequence (instead of starting at 1)
  • Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
  • I can read emergent level text with purpose and understanding.
  • With prompting and support, I can ask and answer questions about key details in text.
  • I can spell simple words phonetically.
  • I can read CVC words.
  • I can speak audibly and express thoughts, feelings and ideas clearly.
  • I can read the words in a book in the right order.
  • I can tell how the words and pictures go together in stories.
  • I can say the most common sound for each consonant in the alphabet.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can help my class learn about a subject and then write about it.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.
  • I can tell who the author and illustrator are in stories.
  • I can tell the characters, setting, and what happens in stories.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can add numbers within 5.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday February 12th, Monday February 15th, Tuesday February 16th – No School, Winter Holiday
  • Tuesday, February 23rd – Our 100th day of school!
  • Wednesday, February 17th – Ash Wednesday Mass, Dress Uniform

Have a wonderful weekend!

Miss Murray