Mrs. Birkland's Kindergarten Class

Room 108



This week we were introduced to the long Ee and Long Ii choices. We are getting better at understanding the terms long and short vowel and identifying them. Ask your child if they can name short sound for a. the long sound for a...and so on. How did they do? This quarter they need to identify the sounds for all the consonants and the long and short vowels.

No new words this week!

Letters and the Sounds We have studied

Ss , Nn, Tt, Mm, Aa, Rr, Ii, Ff, Hh, Uu, Dd, Cc, Kk, Oo, Bb, Yy, Pp, Gg, Ll, Ww, Ee, Vv, Xx, Jj, Zz Qq, Long Aa, Long E, Long I

Special Sounds

th(2), sh, ch/_tch

Sight Words We have practiced-PLEASE PRACTICE AT HOME!!!

Quarter 1 Words: I, see, the, you, me, my, can, a, in, is, and, we, an, on, am, yes, no, if, said

Quarter 2 Words: are, as, like, by, he, she, will, go, all, it, of, to, up, do, at, look, had, was, so, have, for

Reader's Workshop

In Reader's Workshop, we have been working on identifying the setting of the story. This is where the story takes place. Sometimes books have one setting, often they take place in many locations. So, this can be a little tricky sometimes. This week we used our character and setting journal to record the setting of our same fun books, David Goes to School, Skippyjon Jones, and Officer Buckle and Gloria. Show them the book pictures below and see if they can tell you the setting of each story.

Writer's Workshop-Small Moments and FLEX Group Time

We wrapped up our story from our winter break and placed them out in the hall. We can't wait for you to see them at our student led conferences in February.

Also, during our writing time, this week, and for the next few weeks, we are moving to different classrooms to work on writing, right where we are at. Our goal is for all kids to be able to sound out CVC words like rat, bed, mop, tin, mud, etc on their own. This might seem strange, but the kids progress in this order: being able to hear and write beginning sounds, then ending, and lastly middle sounds. Those vowels can be so tricky. So, some kiddos are working on still getting that beginning and ending sound. Some are working on perfecting those vowels, and some are already there. So, two classrooms are working beyond on digraphs-ch,sh,th and blends, and then even working on writing long vowel words.

Because we are trying to fit such important learning in a 3 week blast of time, some of us are getting homework as extra practice on the skills for their room. So, thanks for being on the lookout for yellow homework envelopes and helping your kiddo review the work we are doing in our rooms.


Week 2 of subtraction and we are getting more comfortable with reading the problems and solving them. This week we turned our brainy box into a math tool box and filled it with manipulatives we can use to solve our problems. With subtraction we can use a numberline, manipulatives, our fingers, or count back in our heads to solve them. Next week we will be working on subtraction fluency. We need to be able to solve subtraction problems from 5. In the car, driving around town or at home, give them some problems to try to do on their own. We have already talked about problems with -0. They are super easy. Then, we practiced -1. How is your child with this? Easy? getting easier? Still needs lots of help?


On Friday, we did spend a lot of our day growing our schema on Marin Luther King, Jr. We learned that he is a very important person in American history who helped to turn this world upside down. We read several books that taught us how unfair the laws and ways were a long time ago and how Martin was determined to help make a change. Through love and peace he was able to help change the laws and ways people were treated. Even as a kid, Martin had a dream. We then shared how we wished the world would change. We loved sharing our dreams with one another.

Grade Cards

I hope you got your child's grade card today. It was in their folder paper clipped with a parent page that explains what was assessed in each quarter, just like what we gave you all 1st quarter. If you have any questions, please ask. These grades were based on what they showed me in December. So, I know they are already doing more by now. So, please check out seesaw to see their more up to date things.

Also, just a reminder of what the things mean on the grade card:



N-needs improvement

3-met the goal

2-making progress towards the goal/ getting close/ might need some assistance

1-an area that needs lots of work still/ even with help, still struggles with the concept

some fun from our week in guided reading centers

WJC readers

We had 2 basketball players from William Jewell College come read to us this week. We read a book about perseverance, not giving up on something that is new or challenging and trying your best, no matter what. It was neat to get to ask them questions about basketball and college.

DId you check this video out yet?

I wonder (things to ask your child at home)

  • What was your favorite center this week?
  • What are you working on in your flex group room?
  • What is 5-3? 3-1? 4-0?
  • Can you count by 10's to 100?

Snack and Share

Our snack and share students next week are:




Emma B

*Please remember that we are a peanut free classroom. Check out the peanut free snack list for acceptable snacks.

Just a Few Reminders

  • As it is starting to get chilly outside, please dress your child in layers (jacket, short sleeves, etc.) Our rooms are warm and I don't want your child to be too hot inside and cold outside! DON'T FORGET A JACKET/COAT!
  • Please go through your child's backpack every evening to see their accomplishments and charge their iPad!

Specials Schedule for next week

Monday-No School





Dates to Remember


29th-100th Day of School!!!


9th and 11th-Parent Teacher Conferences Sign up here

12th-Valentine's Day Party

12th and 15th-No School