Class News 9/13/19

Miss Murray’s Class News 9/13/19

Your children are superstars! It has been a pleasure getting to know them. They are adjusting well and are happy learners! This week we focused on learning and practicing our classroom and school procedures as well as modeling expectations. Ask your child what our 3 class rules are. Also, ask your child about our class marble jar, table points, grateful beads and “lips and hip.” At our morning meeting, we learn about the days of the week and discuss the weather and how it changes over time. Ask your child how to sing our calendar songs and what a meteorologist is. This week we participated in PE, music, Spanish, library and art class for the first time! The class enjoyed our specialist time very much!  We also had a fire drill last week. Ask your child what we do to stay safe in these situations.

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were the and of. We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Our goal is to learn 50 by the end of Kindergarten! Sight words are words that are most commonly seen in text, that most often break the rules (they are not spelled phonetically), so we learn them by sight!

Phonics: We began whole group spelling lessons with our curriculum, Words Their Way. This week we learned how to sort! Our focus was “Concept sort: Clothes.” We cut out our sort cards that had different clothing on them (shoes, hats, gloves, coats), sorted them by where we wear them on our body, glued them on a graphic organizer and finally created our own drawings and words on the back page. Every week, we will have a new “phonics focus”- next week will be beginning sounds /b/ and /m/.

Literacy centers: Literacy center time is another part of our literacy instruction. Students work in small groups of 5. Once we complete assessments for each child, these groups will be ability based. The literacy centers are – guided reading group (with me, where we will practice reading accuracy and fluency with ability leveled books), sight word group (led by Mrs. S.), independent reading in our class library, iPads (we use ‘Teach Me Kindergarten’ app and ‘Little Writers’), and phonics center (hands on phonics practice with weekly changing tools). We look forward to having parent volunteers to help with these centers starting in October! Thank you to those of you who have already signed up!

Writers Workshop: We read the story, A My Name is Alice to facilitate our name study this week. Using the book as inspiration, students created a self-portrait and wrote their names in a sentence with a word that begins with the same letter as their name. For example, “M my name is Miss Murray and I like marshmallows!” Take a peek in our classroom to find your child’s self-portrait!

Math: We read the book, Chrysanthemum and shared the diversity of names in our class – a wonderful example of the Empowered Disciple SLE (Student Learning Expectations)– valuing the diversity of God’s children. We then counted how many letters we each have in our names and created a bar graph to organize our class data. We discussed the greatest and the least number of letters.

Religion: We are showing we are Christ-centered people and are learning and reviewing how to make the sign of the cross. Every morning, we pray with intention and reverence to God and say the Our Father as a class. At the end of the day we pray to our Guardian Angels to protect us by saying the prayer of the Guardian Angel. We are also learning the prayer before and after meals, which we say to thank God for our lunch and snack. We read the story of Creation from the bible and learned about all the wonderful gifts God has given us. Students made a mobile showing the seven days of Creation!

We continue to practice being mindful using our high five breathing! Ask your child to show you this at home!

Common Core Standards we’re working on:

  • I can read common sight words.
  • I can draw or write to help me share what I think.
  • I can print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
  • I can write numbers from 0-20.

 Important Dates:

  • Friday, Sept 20thJog-A-Thon!
    • K will be running from 9-9:30! Come join us!
  • Sunday, September 22nd – Blessing of the Backpacks Mass
  • Friday, October 18th – Field trip to Stocker Farms. Please do not order hot lunch for this day! More information to come!

Have a great weekend!
Miss Murray