Maillet's Kindergarten Newsletter

Week Of April 7, 2014

Highlights From Last Week

I hope you all had a wonderful week! JUST A REMINDER, kindergarten does NOT have school on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11. These days will be used to screen incoming kindergarten children. If you have a child that will be eligible for kindergarten and you have not registered yet, please call the school and schedule a time for your child to be registered and screened. Last week we focused on letters W and Z, we tapped" out letter sounds, and practiced nonsense words. Our featured author/illustrator was Frank Asch. The children loved his stories and learned how good readers think while they read. We also created class books with the writings from the stories we read. Our books focused on what we were thinking about during the story.

In math, we learned about number bonds with teens. We learned to look for a group of ten, circle it and to count the remaining numbers. We then break the big number into parts using ten as one number. This helped the children to visualize that a teen number is 10 plus another number. They are doing a wonderful job with teen numbers!

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What We Are Learning This Week

In ELA, we will be focusing on letters Q and K this week. We will be "tapping out" words this week. This is a technique used to practice breaking words down by their sounds. This skill helps us to be better readers and writers! We will also practice reading nonsense words.

In Math, we will be focusing on teen numbers using number bonds, pictures and ten frames. It is important for the children to be exposed to the different math tools to help them learn. Each child is different and learns differently. Providing them with various tools will give them the ability to use whichever tool makes sense to them as they approach different math problems.

Reader's Workshop and our Featured Author/Illustrator

Author/Illustrator of the Week: This week we will be focusing on Karma Wilson. We will read several of her books and compare her stories to other stories she wrote and maybe find some connections to other books we have read written by different authors. We will even add some science this week as we talk about living things. In Reader's Workshop, we will be using the "Flippy Dolphin" strategy. This strategy is used when a good reader comes to a difficult word, tries to sound it out, but it just doesn't sound right. The reader will try the other vowel sound. The reader will flip the short vowel sound into a long vowel sound, visa versa. We will also review turn and talk and readers read the whole time during quiet reading.

Our friend's will also have a writing component to go along with each of the stories that we read.

Books By Karma Wilson

Reminder-No kindergarten April 10 and April 11!!!!!!

Thank you for all that you do!!! Keep up the great work!!