Mrs. Schatte's Cougar News

September 25, 2015

This Week in Kindergarten

Thank you to everyone who attended a conference! It was such a joy to get to meet with each family and share your child's progress with you. I am very proud of all of the students and their accomplishments in Kindergarten.

This week in Kindergarten students focused on making predictions in reading. A prediction is thinking about what might happen and using clues from the story to make a good guess about what will happen next. We read a few fall stories and practiced using our "schema" to help us make predictions. We will continue practicing this skill next week. In writing, we continue to focus on using sight words to write simple sentences. Students were also introduced to pictionaries to help them write "tricky words." In math, students practiced identifying and writing teen numbers using counters and ten frames. They also learned about patterning using two or three different colored counters. Ask your child how to make an AB, AAB, and ABC pattern at home. Students should be using real objects to practice this at home.

Fun Run Update

Today your child participated in the PTA Fun Run! Your child is coming home with their total number of laps completed and now is the time to start collecting the money that was pledged. Your child can begin bringing in their collected money on Monday. Please put it in a sealed envelope with your child's name, teacher's name and FUN RUN clearly written on the envelope. Thank you to everyone who has participated in helping our PTA support MPES!

Next Week in Kindergarten

Next week I will be assessing your child's ability to predict in stories and how well they can identify, read, and write teen numbers. Please practice these skills at home. It is important that students be writing the numbers using correct number formation. Parents can help with this skill at home by having students count real objects in arrangements of 20 and having them write the correct numeral.

We will begin our study of forces in motion. This unit is fun and the students will get to enjoy going outside to learn about push, pull, slide and fly! Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.

Due to the Fun Run we did not assess on "Where we live." We will ask the children their address, city, county, state, county, continent, and planet Monday. There is a flip book on their folder to help you can also go to to sing "We All Live Together."

Guided Reading

Thank you to everyone who is reading with their child at home. Please make sure that your child returns their book everyday. If your child does not have a new book to read, please reread the book from the night before. Familiar rereading helps to build confidence and fluency in young readers! Also, your child can read books from home as well as books from the library. The public library has many books that are appropriate and fun for young readers!

Book It!

In your child's orange folder you will find information on Book It! Read 20 minutes each day for 10 days with your child, return the heart sheet with the days colored in and receive a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut. Your can include the time your child reads his/her baggie book, other books they read to you, and the time you spend reading to them. Happy Reading!

Counting Fun

Please begin working with your student on counting aloud to 100! Students must be able to count to 100 correctly by 1's and by 10's. There are several popular Jack Hartman songs on that help to combine movement, music and counting fun! I will be assessing your child's counting skills in the upcoming weeks for their report card.

Mark Your Calendar

October 7- Little Caesars Spirit Night

October 8- End of Term

Field Day

Suggested Kindergarten Apps for Home

Endless Reader: sight words, lots of levels

Sight Words by Little Speller: sight words, nice parental controls

Kids Crosswords: spelling skills, sight words, and word recognition

PBS Kids: access to shows and other content

Little Patterns: creating and continuing patterns

ABC Letter Tracing: fine motor skills, letter recognition and letter formation