Class News 2/5/21

Miss Murray’s Class News 2/5/21

We had another terrific week in kindergarten! Your children are growing and progressing immensely! Think of how far they have come since the fall – way to go kindergartners! Here is what we have been up to this past week.

Celebrating Purple and Gold Day!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week: can and your. Next week we will learn said and there. Can you use these words in sentences or spot them in books with your child?

Phonics: Our phonics focus this week was reviewing the digraphs – /ch/ /sh/ /th/ and /wh/. Students cut out their sort cards, played digraph memory match, glued them onto their graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with /ch/ /sh/ /th/ and /wh/. We also graphed pictures using these sounds. Continue to brainstorm words that begin with these sounds at home! How many words can you think of that begin with these sounds?


Literacy Centers: We worked hard in literacy centers this week! At the library center, students read books by themselves and identified their favorite character 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: We continued with Reader’s Workshop this week! This week, we took a closer look at what the setting is – where the story takes place. We read the story, Biscuit’s Day at the Farm, identified the setting, and drew and labeled it in our journals.

Writer’s Workshop: We continued writing our own real or make-believe stories and adding details using our five senses to help give us ideas for details. 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: This week we began Chapter 6: subtraction! We learned that just like addition, subtraction has important clue words too! These math clue words are “away” and “are left”. We practiced telling subtraction stories with different characters and settings and listening for those math words to tell us if it was a subtraction problem or addition problem. We learned how to draw a picture, as a tool to add to our math tool belts to solve subtraction problems. We also introduced the minus sign and added number sentences to problems. We compared and contrasted addition and subtraction by looking at the symbols and words associated with each.

We also read the book Raining Hearts and created our own raining hearts, math and art project. Students chose an addition number sentence and represented it with hearts “raining” down from an umbrella!


We continue to work on addition to 10 and skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s.

Religion: Our school counselor, Ms. Shaw, also came into our classroom this week! She will be visiting our classroom over the next few weeks to teach the Kelso’s Choice wheel. This week we learned about Big Problems vs. Small Problems. Students learned that a big problem is a problem that requires an adults help, like if someone is hurt or in danger. A small problem doesn’t require an adult’s help and is a problem that can be resolved on their own! For example, someone not sharing or cutting in line. Ask your child if they can tell you the difference between a small and big problem!

Art: A special thanks to Mrs. Wellnitz for teaching us about the Chinese New Year over zoom! We made lion masks using oil pastels!


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.

 Important Dates:

  • Thursday, February 11th– Saint Valentine’s Day Celebration!
    • You are welcome to bring in Valentines for our entire class (21 students) or simply your child’s cohort! Miss Murray’s cohort: 15 students, Mrs. S.’s cohort: 11 students.
    • Please have your child put his or her own name on the Valentine cards. Do not put names of recipients on the Valentines.That way the children can simply drop a Valentine into each other’s bag during our celebration.
  • Friday February 12th, Monday February 15th, Tuesday February 16th – No School, Winter Holiday

Have a terrific weekend!

Miss Murray