Kindergarten News

Adventures in Ms. Kovalesky's Kindergarten Class

January 13, 2015


PALS: We continue to add letter sounds to our PALS lessons. We've added the following sounds: z, w, and j. We continue to build on reading sentences that incorporate sight words and words that need to be stretched out. We've added another component this week-book reading. The coach reads a page, then the reader reads the page. We are working on both accuracy and fluency during PALS.

We've continued to work on patterns in reading. We read the book We Like to Play. In that book we discovered that sometimes there are question and answer patterns in books. We read the rhyme "Who Stole the Cookie from the Cookie Jar" to help us see how question patterns help us become better readers.

We read the book The Mitten this week. We worked on sequencing the events of the story using picture cards. We did an activity with the book where we each chose to write and draw about an animal that was in the mitten. Then we sang the following song to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It"

For example:

If a mouse is in the mitten give an m /m/ /m/

If a mouse is in the mitten give an m /m/ /m/

If a mouse is in the mitten, if a mouse is in the mitten, if a mouse is in the mitten give an m /m/ /m/

Home-School Connection

Sing If an Animal is in a Mitten using different animals to help your child practice listening for beginning sounds and letter sounds.

We also started Read to Someone. We talked about what it should look and sound like when we're reading with a partner. Then we practiced reading to our partner. We read for 10 minutes with everyone doing the right thing!

We also practiced writing both uppercase and lowercase q and u.


We worked on finding the partners for numbers 2-10. Partners are two numbers that we add together. We used pictures to help us find partners.

Home-School Connection

Use a manipulative such as cereal, beans, or markers to have your child find the different partners for a number. Have them separate the objects into two different groups. How many ways can they create the same number?

We also began to work on teen numbers. We noticed that teen numbers have one group of ten and extra ones. We started looking at the partners for teen numbers, when one of the partners is 10. We also used dimes and pennies to help us see that there is one group of ten, or a dime, and extra ones, or pennies.

Home-School Connection

Help your child identify the group of ten and extra ones in teen numbers. For example you could say, "10 + 4" and your child has to say the total of 14. Then switch roles you say the total and your child say the partners.

In our math centers we practiced finding the partners for 9. We are using "tokens" of snowflakes and snowmen to find the different combinations to make 9. We also were number detectives for numbers 1-20 using magnifying glasses. Another center is matching partners to totals. And


As we continue to work on All About Me, we've focused on three main things. We've talked about our characteristics, our abilities, and our feelings.

We made class graphs that compared our age, eye color, hair color, and gender. We learned what characteristics make us the same and what makes us different. Then we worked with a partner to find how we are the same and how we are different.

We talked about what the word abilities means. Then we brainstormed a list of things that we are able to do. We then worked with a partner to find something that we are both able to do.

We made read the book The Way I Feel to introduce the topic of feelings. We created a bubble map of different things that we have felt.

We will be finishing the unit next week as we identify a physical characteristic, an ability, and a feeling about ourselves.

Other Activities

We went to the computer lab to do Raz-Kids. Raz-Kids is a website that allows the students to listen to and read books at their just right level. And then they take quizzes to check their understanding. Look for something to come home within the next week or so to see how your child can use Raz-Kids at home.

Notes From Ms. Kovalesky

I hope that everyone had safe and enjoyable holidays!

One thing that we've been working on is writing both the upper case and lower case letters in order. This is also something that you can do at home! Please let me know if you need any resources.

When your child is reading from their book bag, encourage them

  • to use their tracking finger
  • to figure out unknown words by looking at the picture and/or saying the first part of the word. Let them try to figure out the word on their own before you tell it to them.
  • to read the book more than one time to help them become fluent
  • to talk about the book after they read, what happened in the book?

Upcoming Events

Monday, January 19: MLK Day NO SCHOOL

Friday, January 23: NO SCHOOL