Mrs. Mohn's Class
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Just over three weeks in already! Can you believe it?! We are really getting the hang of our procedures and routines! We are working on Concepts of Print (front cover, back cover, title page, top to bottom, left to right, spaces, & punctuation marks), and using key clues to help us read tricky words. See if your kindergartner remembers where we can find key clues (answer: in the pictures). We have be focusing on sounds m, n, f, v, b, p, and where we hear the sounds (beginning or end). We have also been learning how to count syllables in words! The kids are bringing home 1-2 take-home books a week now. Please let your Kindergartner practice reading each book to you, fill out the feedback note stapled to the front (when there is one attached), and return the book back to school the next day. We will store these in the classroom and use them to practice reading throughout the year! Be sure to read through the rest of the newsletter as there are some great tools on how to support your emerging reader and coach reading strategies at home when your child brings home books to read!
Not only are we getting academics under our belt, but we are building interpersonal/social skills too as we problem-solve during a wide variety of learning opportunities! It's been great to see the children begin to form relationships as they learn to get along and support each other! Just yesterday, I watched as one of my students was having a rough go at problem-solving. Two other children jumped in to "teach" how-to work through the sad/anger feelings with the tools in our Cool Down Zone. These two "student-teachers" had already experienced this learning opportunity and they used their experience and expertise to support another fellow-student! It was a heart-warming moment to watch my class "gel."Hope your weekend has been safe and restful! I am looking forward to another great week!
Spend time reading those books and asking your kindergartner questions about the story! When a take-home book comes home, ask your child to point as they read, use picture clues to figure out tricky words. If your child has a difficult time with a sight word we've introduced in class (aka Spot's Words in the BEE folder), make a mental note to practice that word another day, or make a list of words to practice on the fridge for another day. Again, Pinterest.com has some great ideas to practice sight words (try keywords: Sight Word Practice)! Give your child that 20-minutes a day advantage!
Have you heard this from your Kindergartner yet? Wonder what she is talking about? In an attempt to help the children understand “respect,” we describe how our actions can make someone’s heart feel warm and full of energy (like positive words or helping others), or can drain energy (like back-talking, pestering, or whining). If we become an energy drainer, then we find a way to put energy back into our class! Sometimes it’s changing our attitude, and other times it’s fulfilling a classroom chore to help us out! It’s a great tool to help youngsters understand how important respecting each other can be! And YOU CAN USE IT AT HOME TOO! Try it out and see how it goes. :)
Kindergarten Economics (K101)
Did you know that one of our curriculum goals in kindergarten social studies involves basic economic principles? “Given an economic choice in the community, students will determine the opportunity cost. (EC.4.A.K.b) "
One of the best ways your child can learn these economic principles is through real-life experiences! The penny-slip he earns for good behavior, or on Pay Day from working a class job for the week, is the beginning of this learning experience!
The penny-slips work like classroom money, and they can be traded for nickel-slips and dime-slips. A student can use penny-slips to buy extra time to finish work; pay Mrs. Mohn for extra jobs (some times I have to be a detective to figure out who left their name off their paper, or reteach a lesson when someone wasn't paying attention); or penny-slips can also be used to pay for repairs or replacements of classroom tools if your kindergartner breaks something. If your child doesn’t have the penny-slip to pay, he will have to put an “I.O.U” in his “behavior badge pocket.” Once in debt, he will not get classroom privileges until he gets out of debt. Usually, there are opportunities to take on an “extra job” to earn what is needed to get out of debt (Whew)! Students can also buy tape, staples, or an extra copy of work (if a he needs to start over); and, of course, students can use penny-slips to buy prizes from the treasure chest. Eventually, I will be offering "classroom coupons." Your kindergartner can bring the coupon back to class to redeem a special privilege (wear PJs to school, listen to music all day, sit in the comfy chair, etc). Penny-slips offer a great way to make the intangible more tangible for your Kindergartner, and provide learning opportunities to delay gratification if he wants to save up for a desired object from the treasure chest.
Just another example of all you ever really needed to know, you learned in Kindergarten!