Class News 9/20/19

Miss Murray’s Class News 9/20/19

We have had a busy week in kindergarten! Your children are asking questions and are excited to learn. We were so happy to participate in the Jog-A-Thon on Friday. The kids loved running and seeing how many laps they could do! Thank you to everyone for your participation!

Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were and and a. We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Next week we will learn to and in. We love noticing our sight words in books and around our classroom! They are discovering that sight words are everywhere!

Phonics: during our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /b/ and /m/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /b/ and /m/, glued them on a graphic organizer and last thought of our own words that began with b and m and drew a picture to match. We even tried our best to spell the words we thought of. We are active learners!

Next week will be beginning sounds /r/ and /s/.

Handwriting: We love learning how to correctly form letters and numbers in kindergarten! This week we have focused on lowercase b and m. We are also practicing numbers 1-5! Ask your child about “hat line, belt line, and foot line.” If your family chooses to do homework, letter and number formation is a great skill to practice at home! Refer to resources in Friday folder for guidance.

Literacy centers: We worked hard in our literacy centers this week! In ability-based groups of 4-5 students, we rotated through independent reading “library” center, sight word center, phonics center (this week they worked on identifying beginning sounds, used alphabet cards to trace letters, and used magnets to show the alphabet) and guided reading group with me! Literacy centers are one of many examples of how are students are Active Learners who work independently and collaboratively (SLE).

Math: Kindergarten math is all about number sense! We began our math group system of working with a teacher or making a “math dessert choice”. When we divide into our math groups, 2-3 groups work with a teacher, while the remaining group(s) have the chance to use hands-on manipulatives (dice, dominoes, unifix cubes, etc.), or a “dessert game.” Then we will switch. Our math specialist, Miss Gudaitis comes in on Tuesdays and will work with small groups as well!

Religion: This week we explored our new religion books! We began with unit one: God Created All Things. Students are learning that God created everything in the world, things we can and cannot see. Because God is good, everything He created is good!

We continue to show we are Christ-centered people by making the sign of the cross before and after every prayer. We are mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals. We continue to practice being mindful using our high five breathing.

Social Studies: We continue to talk about how everyone in our class is unique and has different names. Even though we are all different, we are a part of our kindergarten family. To celebrate our names, we read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and made our own coconut tree! Each student put all the letters of their name on their own coconut tree. We also created a class book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Look Who’s in Our Classroom.” Each student made a page for the book. They drew a detailed picture of themselves and wrote their name. We combined everyone’s work to make a class book!

Science: We were so excited to explore our school garden this week! Students were able to see what was planted and even pick carrots to eat!

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:

  • Safe Environment Training – St. John School, Egan Hall – October 1st
  • Wednesday, October 16th – All School Mass, Dress Uniform
  • Field Trip to Stocker Farms – Friday, October 18th
    • Please do not order hot lunch for this day! Thank you!

Reminders:

  • Please send in a small photo of your immediate family (4×6/5×7 if possible) by next Friday for a class project. Please also attach a list of names (for your children to read). Thank you!

Have a great weekend!

Miss Murray