Miss Murray’s Class News 9/27/19
We had another fantastic week together in kindergarten! We were busy writing stories, celebrating our families, identifying feelings and noticing signs of fall.
Sight Words: Our two sight words this week were in and to. We will continue to learn two sight words per week. Next week we will learn is and you. Our students are very good at noticing sight words all around us!
Phonics: during our Words Their Way phonics lesson this week we learned all about the letters /r/ and /s/. We cut our “sort” cards, sorted them by beginning sounds /r/ and /s/, glued them on a graphic organizer and lastly drew and spelled our own words that begin with r and s. Take a look at your child’s spelling coming home in their Friday folder.
Next week will be beginning sounds /t/ and /g/.
Handwriting: This week we have focused on lowercase r and s. We are also continuing to practice numbers 1-5! 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. Ask your child to show you the “hat line, belt line and foot line.”
Literacy centers: This week we continued reading groups, sight word center, independent library center, word work center, and phonics center. At the phonics center this week, students chose picture cards with words on them (animals, colors, and food), wrote the word and drew the picture. They also used playdoh to trace letters while saying the letter sounds. A Blanchet High school student came in this week to help with centers. He will continue to come in to volunteer (as a part of the Blanchet class, “Christian Call”). We look forward to parent volunteers starting soon! In reading groups, we made predictions of what our story would be about using two kinds of clues – picture clues and word clues on the cover. We are learning to take a “picture walk” before we read our story to see what the book will be about!
Writers Workshop: We began our Writer’s Workshop this week! Twice a week we think of ideas, write and illustrate stories and to follow our school SLE: An active learner who articulates ideas clearly, creatively, and effectively. This week we learned that writing is just telling on paper. We practiced using three steps to write a story – think of a story or something you know a lot about, picture it in your mind, draw the pictures, write the words. We focused on “best guess spelling” and really emphasized to sound out each word phonetically. We even learned to label our illustrations! Ask your child about their own writing journals and what they wrote about!
Math: We are working towards articulating our ideas clearly by using complete sentences to explain our math thinking during morning calendar and marking days of school on our class 200 chart. We continue to grow as mathematicians in differentiated groups by counting, writing, and showing numbers 0-10. We love working in math groups and extending our learning through “dessert” games!
- Key math words: Number, counting, zero, one, two, three, four, and five.
Religion: We continue to be Christ-centered people who pray with intention and reverence (SLE) by mastering our prayers – Guardian Angel, Prayer Before Meals and Prayer After Meals. We continue to practice being mindful and calming down when necessary using our high five breathing. We continue to practice sharing God’s love by using compliments and kind words through a variety of games and role-play.
Science: We were so excited to each get a National Geographic Explorer magazine! We read through it as a class, compared and contrasted animals in the rainforest, and discussed where food comes from! Take a look at the magazine with your child! We also observed signs of fall! Some students noticed coldness, leaves changing colors, flowers drooping, animals searching for warmth and more clouds in the sky. We are empowered disciples!
Social Studies: We explored and celebrated our unique families this week. Through various stories and student sharing we learned that every family is special and unique and that God has given us the gift of family. We created family trees with paint, handprints, paper apples and your family photo! They will be up in our classroom soon for everyone to admire! Come take a look!
Common Core Standards we’re working on:
- I can read common sight words.
- I can read the words in a book in the right order.
- I can recognize and make rhyming words.
- 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 print lots of upper and lowercase letters.
- I can write numbers from 0-20.
- I can understand that the last thing I count tells the number of things in a group.
- I can name the number for each thing in a group as I count them.
- October 1st – Safe Environment Training @ Egan Hall
- Tuesday/Thursday, October 8th and 10th, MAP testing
- Friday, October 11th – No School, Teacher In-service
- Wednesday, October 16th – Liturgy, Dress Uniform
- Friday, October 18th – Field Trip to Stocker Farms
- Tuesday, October 22nd – Individual Portrait Day
- Monday, October 28th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- Friday, November 8th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Students do not attend)
- Monday, November 11th – Veteran’s Day, No School
- There is a field trip permission slip (complete both sides) in your child’s Friday folder. We are going to Stocker Farms on Friday, October 18th! Please sign and return ASAP. Make sure you have completed your Safe Environment Training before you sign up to chaperone. Thank you!
Have a wonderful weekend!