The Kindergarten Chronical
Rachel & Billi's Class 2015-2016
Happiest New Year!
As we move through the month of January, we will be conducting individual assessments for each child as well as putting together your child's first narrative report of the school year. You will receive these reports before our parent teacher conferences in February. All we can say is WOW! Your children have come such a long way since this summer! We are so very proud of their hard work and perseverance and can't wait to see what the rest of 2016 brings us.
We're also studying question words so here are the bonus ones this month:
who, what, why, when, where
Continue to practice these words and the old ones at home to increase the instant recognition of them as the children begin to read more and more books. We have finished learning how to correctly form all uppercase letters and are working on lowercase now in our handwriting books. In the next few months we will be looking for children to be using the correct case, spacing and punctuation in their writing samples. You can expect to see our first "published" piece of narrative writing in the next few weeks! We are in the editing process right now as the children are writing teaching books.
Keeping it fun at home...
Here are some ideas to en-courage writing at home...
- Set up a writing station somewhere in the house with various materials they can explore
- Keep their writing authentic by letting them write their own invitations, valentines, thank you cards, pen pal letters and even have them help write a grocery list. This helps connect writing with “the real world” rather than just something fictional
- Make a vocabulary notebook where they can write new words they hear or learn
- Make it playful and fun! Don’t force anything that seems frustrating
Using alternative tools for measurement.
Isabel, Eva, Lance and Luca playing a silly word forming game.
Duncan, Ray, Joshua and Ellie create a Menorah with pattern blocks.
What's coming up in math...
Along with our daily calendar activities of counting, patterns, place value and recognizing greater and less than, we will be adding a clock this month to our routine.We will continue to set the fundamentals of numerals through 10. This includes; correct numeral formations, conservation of number, numeral combinations and instant recognition. We will finish up our number books and then use math manipulatives to learn about order, probability and 2-D/3-D shapes.