# Kindergarten

### December 4th

On Wednesday, the Icky books came home! Ask your kindergartener to read the words and sentences in the book and tell you about some of the TV shows Icky was watching. On Thursday, we met our THREE new Superkids. They are best friends that are sometimes called triple trouble! Their names are Tic, Tac, and Toc. We are working on identifying the medial vowel sound in words. We noticed that Tic, Tac, and Toc all begin and end with the same sound, but they have different vowel sounds. Check to see if your kindergartener can identify the beginning, middle, and ending sound in a word (such as cat or sod).

## Math

Our new math unit is Counting to 20. Nearly everyone can already count to twenty, so I decided to combine our Counting to 20 unit with our Teen Number unit. When teaching these two units together we will be able to not only continue to master rote counting to 20 and counting up to 20 objects. We will also learn about place value and the concept of teen numbers having a value of a group of ten and some more ones. The teen number unit asks that kindergarteners understand that 10 + 5 = 15. If we build this understanding when we are learning how to write numbers 11-20 we will no longer need to memorize that thirteen is a 1 and a 3. Instead, we understand that the 1 is written in the tens place in order to represent a group of ten and the 3 is written in the ones place to represent the 3 extra ones. This will help students to have a better foundation of place value and minimize some of the reversals (writing 31 instead of 13).

## Writing

We have transitioned into the editing phase with our narratives. It is a difficult concept for kindergarteners to grasp especially when they feel that they are DONE with their narratives. We are working to read our stories to a partner and find out if they have any questions about the story. If they have questions, we look to see if that is something that would make our story better if we added an extra detail, label, or sentence to our narrative.

## Woodridge District 68 Mission Statement

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 will provide a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.