The Kindergarten Times

Ms. Liddell's Class Newsletter

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you all enjoy time with your little ones today, and that they make you feel extra loved! Hopefully, they have already given you their gift, but if not, it should be in their backpack :) We had a great time making them, and hope they brighten your day!

End of The Year Sign Up

We are still in need of a few things for our end of the year celebrations. Thank you to everyone who has already donated!

Week at a Glance

Morning Meeting

During our Morning Meeting, we used a fist bump to greet each other. We are really working on being attentive listeners while other friends are greeted. We have talked about how you can show people that you are listening by making eye contact, and keeping your voice off. This week during share, we worked on talking about things that we did over the weekend, things we did after school, or things we were looking forward to using a complete sentence.


We played four corners this week with new sight words. We worked on that, then, with, and when. Can your child identify these words easily?


Overall, we just worked on being good friends to each other. The last couple of weeks, we have not always shown kindness during our time in the classroom and on the playground. We are working on finishing strong and being kind, compassionate, thoughtful (almost) first graders!


Literacy

In literacy this week, we read a variety of fiction and non-fiction texts as we began learning about seasons and the weather! After reading Seasons of the Year, we talked about weather that is typical during each season. Then, we used oil pastels to draw a picture of the weather during our favorite season, and made a graph. Summer was the most popular season! What's your child's favorite season?


After reading a non-fiction book about clouds, we discussed the 3 different types of clouds: stratus, cumulus, and cirrus. We read It Looked Like Spilt Milk, and created clouds by making symmetrical paintings. We used our imaginations to write what we thought each of our clouds looked like. Look for these in the hallway! We read The Wind Blew, and created a class book where each child wrote what they would want the wind to blow.


Math

In math this week, we continued to practice our addition and subtraction skills. We learned how to play the game Car Race. Where we work as a team to move all 3 "cars" to the finish line by rolling dice and deciding which car to move. We also worked on decomposing numbers as we played, by splitting up numbers in order to move more than one car. While we played, we talked a lot about teamwork and discussing ideas with your team before taking action. We also created loops with pipe cleaners and 10 beads, and practiced decomposing numbers.An example of a question I would ask is, "If I move 4 beads, how many do I have left?" Your child brought their loops home in their backpack so that you can practice these skills at home!

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Learning Songs

Here are some of our favorite songs that we listen to in class to help us remember key concepts and ideas...
Water Cycle Song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H32W-6CKdfk

Sight Words

We worked on our sight word with this week. You can practice these at home! You can also work on your child's fluency by combining sight words to make sentences to read such as I can see a ________________.

Words We Have Learned:


  • a
  • I
  • see
  • can
  • the
  • we
  • to
  • like
  • and
  • you
  • go
  • my
  • said
  • little
  • is
  • my
  • it
  • are
  • have
  • here
  • went
  • be
  • she
  • he
  • up
  • this
  • what

Ask Me About...

    • My favorite book we read this week. Can your child identify the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?
    • Make a connection in a story you read - can they tell you about something the character did or had happen to them and how it made them think of something that they have done or has happened to them?
    • Can they use their schema (what they know) to make a prediction when you are reading a story at home? What can your child infer when they look at pictures of the book?
    • Skip count by 5's or 10's to 100! Use nickels or dimes to practice.
    • Skip count by 2's to 20.
    • Give your child a number. Is it even or odd? We are working on understanding the difference.
    • Count backwards from 20 to 0.
    • Sort loose coins - can I identify the different coins? What's their value?
    • Sort items by length - either from longest to shortest or vice versa.

    Dates to Remember

    Tuesday, May 15th - Monroe Sonic Night


    Thursday, May 17: Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Tie Dye T-Shirts


    Friday, May 18: I Scream, You Scream, We All Like Ice Cream!


    Monday, May 21: Pancakes and Pajamas


    Tuesday, May 22: Lettuce “Taco” About A Great Year


    Wednesday, May 23: One Smart Cookie!


    Thursday, May 24: Thunder Thursday


    Friday, May 25: Oh! The Places You’ll Go! - Kindergarten Recognition


    Tuesday, May 29: Arr Matey! Treasure Hunt Tuesday!


    Wednesday, May 30: Popsicles in the Park


    Thursday, May 31: Last Day! Hooray!