Maillet's Kindergarten Newsletter

Week Of February 2nd

Highlights from last week....

Considering we had a snow day, we still were able to get a lot of learning in! I have finished most of the mid year assessments. You should be very proud of your children, they have come so far and it is only January. Thank you for ALL of your support at home. We would not have seen as much growth without your help. Please keep up the great work!!

In Phonics, we continued learning about digraphs (wh, th, ch, sh, and ck) and practice working with them in text. We also practiced using them in dictation. Most of our children are really understanding the concept and learning about sentence structure at the same time. We will keep working until we master the skill!

We practiced writing our first and last name on our work. They are really working hard on this skill. Some of my friends have VERY LONG names! Please reinforce this at home as well.

In Reader's Workshop, we continued with the strategy of using multiple clues when we come to a tricky word. A strategy that good readers use is to think about what we read. When we sound out the letters in the word and the word we say doesn't make sense or sound right, we will learn that we need to stop and do some reading work. We need to ask ourselves, "Does that make sense?", "Does that sound right?" and "Do the letters match?" Because this is a newly introduced skill, we will be working on this skill for a few weeks before we can move on. If your child masters this skill before we move on, I will work with them independently to challenge them at their level.

In Math, we continued to compare using words more, less, fewer, same as and equal.


In Science, we learned about magnets. We learned the vocabulary words attract and repel. Please see our friends having fun with magnets.


In Social Studies, we learned about important American symbols. We will learned about the flag, the national anthem, the president and the words to the Pledge of Allegiance.

In our Second Step program, we continued to learn about our own feelings.


We will read several books about America.

A peek at our learning this week....

Monday will be Ground Hog day! I cannot believe it is February ALREADY!

In Phonics, we are going to continue learning about digraphs (wh, th, ch, sh, and ck) and practice working with them in text. We will also work on CVCe words. We talked about it last week, but we will really work on seeing these words in text. Many of my friends are at a reading level where they see these words frequently, so they will need to recognize the pattern and know what to do when they encounter these words.

We have also been practicing writing our first and last name on our work. Please reinforce this at home as well.

In Reader's Workshop, we will be focusing on looking at the picture, the first letter and then looking through the word and sound out the letters that we know. This is where the majority of the class is with regards to their reading. Have them show you some of their strategies at home. They are really doing great! Please keep reading those books that I have been sending home weekly with your child. Also, please practice the new sight words that went home last week. The more sight words they know, the better readers they will become!

In Math, we will continue to compare using words more, less, fewer, same as and equal. We will be counting and using numbers to find out which is more or less.


In Science, we are going to be learning ground hogs and shadows.


In our Second Step program, we will continue to learn about our own feelings.


We will read several books about shadows and groundhogs.

SIX FLAGS READING CHALLENGE

I sent home a letter explaining the Six Flags reading challenge. If your child reads 6 hours between now and February 23, please fill out the form in your child's red folder to receive a free Six Flags Ticket. The completed form is Due February 23. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your participation! Keep Reading!

More information

BOOK ORDERS
Your books went home with your child on Friday, please check your child's back pack if you ordered. I also send home February flyers, there were several flyers this month. I also attached a coupon to the flyers, please see your child's red folder for details.

SUPPLIES NEEDED
Many parents are asking what the class needs for supplies. We could use some Clorox Wipes and paper towels. Thank you in advance.

FLASHCARDS

Please practice letters and sounds with your child nightly! Thank you!



Thank you!!