Our Class News

January 22, 2015

This Week

This week in reading we learned what genre means and how to identify if the genre is informational or literary. Ask your child to identify the genre in the readers he/she brings home in the book bag. We learned the sound for th and the sight words do & said. During writing we focused on being neat so our readers can read what we write. We are working on proper letter formation and fixing our mistakes when we make them.

In math we continued our study of the numbers 16-20, learning how to build them with ten frames and write them. We are continually working on writing the numbers. MOST of the students are still reversing numbers on a consistent basis. If you see your child do this please have him/her erase and correct it. While it is developmental and common for kindergarteners to do, they will not break the habit if we don't make them. :) Thanks for your help.

In social studies in honor of MLK we did a lesson on similarities and differences and the importance of tolerance and acceptance. We talked about the variety of ways people in our school looked, then referenced the book How to Fill a Bucket - which discusses how everyone has feelings that are the same. Then we studied two eggs, one brown, one white and discussed the differences. We predicted if they would be the same/different on the inside. Then we cracked them open to discover they are the same. We predicted they would taste the same if we cooked them to eat. Our conclusion was that it doesn't matter what's on the outside, what's important is that we're all the same on the inside! The students were very engaged in this lesson and very wise with their answers.

In science we began to learn about things in the sky/space. We learned what causes day/ night. We watched a Discovery Education video about space.

Show & Tell

We will have show & tell again tomorrow. The students may bring an item that starts with whatever phonics skill we are learning (this week it is th). I will not let them show something that does not correspond with our skill so please help me prevent tears and tantrums by leaving things at home that do not apply. After show & tell is over they will be asked to put their item away and leave it alone.

Food is okay and we can use it for snack if applicable. During this time we will focus on phonics as well as "public speaking" - using complete sentences, projecting our voices, body positioning, etc.



-return your child's report card envelope

-sign your child's behavior calendar nightly

-read with your child every night and sign his/her reading log

Feb. 2nd 100th day of school! - 100 day art project due


Feb. 10th DRA (reading) test - Mrs. Hoelscher will have a sub

Practice phonics on starfall

Starfall is an excellent way to practice phonics skills we are learning in class. There is a short game for ch as well as sh & th which are coming up in the next two weeks.

Some students still need to practice letters and there are great games for that as well. Most of the site is free. There is a paid portion which we have at school but there are lots of great things on the free section. www.starfall.com


We are having a lot of trouble obeying again and being respectful in general. I spend a large portion of my conference time every day writing in 10-14 folders due to behavior. I am going to start putting the responsibility more on the students in order to free up time for other important things I need to do. Ask your child what he/she did & hold him/her accountable. They should know. I do write everything down so if your child is unable to tell you text or email me and I will let you know. I will write it sometimes but not everyday. I will always write if it is something out of the ordinary or extreme. Thanks for understanding.

Raz Kids e-book access

Your child now has access to hundreds of electronic books to read at home AND you can write them on the reading log!

Go to www.raz-kids.com/login/mhoelscher0 and click on your child's name. There are books leveled specifically for your child to choose from. Your child can take quizzes to show understanding of the book. You can download an app for tablets and mobile devices. I will be sending a paper home with further instructions on setting up parent notifications via email if you like.

Mrs. Hoelscher's contact information

My conference time is 1:10-1:55

The school number is below, but feel free to text or call me at (512)426-6190 when something important comes up.

Things we've learned so far...

You can reinforce these things at home for review.



all 26 letters/ sounds; ch, th

Sight words (read & write/spell)

like I the a and see can we to yes no come me with my boy girl do said

Decoding strategies (figuring out unknown words)

point to the words

use picture clues

sound out the word

beginning sound and what makes sense

chunking word parts together




events in a story (B/M/E)


author's purpose

author's group information in ways to help us understand (informational texts)

making connections to something in the story or another story read

identifying topic of an informational book

cause & effect


Numbers (identify, build & write) 0-20

Comparing numbers 0-20

Sorting & organizing data

creating graphs

addition/ subtraction

Social Studies

  • why people work
  • needs vs. wants
  • why we have rules
  • community helpers
  • Verteran's Day


  • science tools/ lab safety
  • hand-washing/ germs
  • recycling
  • 5 senses
  • force & motion
  • magnets
  • properties of matter
  • weather
Numbers in the Teens (Have a Group of 10)- [a place value song for kids]