Kindergarten News ACES
Week Of January 9th
Highlights from last week....
Before vacation, we were working on the following areas:
In Phonics, we reviewed the sight words that we learned so far and practiced "tapping" out words. The children are doing so well with this skill.
In Reader's Workshop, we learned a strategy of using the picture and matching the first letter.
In Writer's Workshop, we learned how we can make our world a better place by writing our opinions. The children LOVE this!!
In Math, we continued our unit on measurement. Our focus this week was on weight. We used our balance scales and compared weight by using the words "heavier" and "lighter". The children loved using the scales on their own to practice this skill.
We read several fun books about Christmas. During these read alouds we practiced some of our strategies that we are learning in our retelling unit. We really focused on the story elements of fictional text. We talked about the character, setting, problem and solution to the stories that were read. One of our favorite read alouds was The Polar Express. We boarded the train and listened to the story as I read it. We stopped throughout the story to discuss the story elements. It was a blast!
A peek at our learning this week....
In Phonics, we will review the words we have learned up until this point, please practice the new set of words that will be sent home this week. This week we will practice tapping out words and working on the correct letter formation of all the upper case letters.
In Reader's Workshop, we will work on the strategy of using multiple clues when we come to a tricky word. A strategy that good readers use is to think about what we read. When we sound out the letters in the word and the word we say doesn't make sense or sound right, we will learn that we need to stop and do some reading work. We need to ask ourselves, "Does that make sense?", "Does that sound right?" and "Do the letters match?" Because this is a newly introduced skill, we will be working on this skill for a few weeks before we can move on. If your child masters this skill before we move on, we will work with them independently to challenge them at their level.
In Math, we be comparing numbers.
In Science, we continuing our unit on construction.
We will read several books from our construction unit both fiction and nonfiction and discuss the story elements, such as character, setting, problem and solution. We will also compare the difference between fiction and nonfiction.
Many parents are asking what the class needs for supplies. We could use some Clorox Wipes and paper towels. Thank you in advance.
Please practice letters and sounds with your child nightly! Thank you!
Notes from Mrs. Maillet
Notes from Mrs. Goldthwaite
I sent home book orders last week. They are due on the 13th. It is a great way to keep up on the reading logs. This months flyer has some leveled books. Take a look and add to you home library.
PTO Is having a dance. More news is coming. Please be looking for it.
We are working on learning about construction. This week's books are going to be focused on building homes. If you have any empty boxes or paper rolls or any other materials to have the students build a house in our room please send it in. Will share what they create.
We ar just finishing up our Unit 2 in Fundations. Please continue to use those papers that were sent home last week to help form letters correctly.
Thank you for all the support you give at home. Mrs. Goldthwaite
Notes from Mrs. Potter
At this time, Mrs. Walsh will remain in the classroom with us to help create a smooth transition for the kids.
We welcomed our new student, Kristina, to the class. The kids were very excited to have a new friend join us!
I really enjoyed getting to know the students this week! I am so excited to work with your children and share in their learning! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Notes from Mrs. Melanson
Thank you to all that donated snacks and gave gifts before the holiday break! It is so appreciated! Our book swap was a lot of fun and the children seemed happy with their new books. Thank you for participating!
January book orders will be send home on Monday and will be due on Friday.
Wish list: clorox wipes, paper towels
Thank you for all you do!!!
Notes From Mrs. Chadwick
I hope you all had a great vacation!
I wanted to say a BIG thank you to Mrs. Jennings who has been in our classroom for the past few weeks. It was great having her helping out and we will all miss her. She will still be around the school and will come to say hi when she can.
We want to welcome Ms. Lanna to our room. She is now in our class to help out. We are excited to have her and her great ideas to make our room even more amazing.
I sent home the book order I plan on placing the order Tuesday, January 10th.
The kids are very excited about the construction unit and I can't wait to see the things that get brought in for them to construct with.