Kindergarten

Mrs. Krahn & Ms. Miszewski

October 2, 2020

Yesterday we each sent out an email with the link to our conference schedule. If you have not signed up for a conference time yet, we invite you to click on the appropriate link below to select a day and time for us to meet.


As a reminder, conferences are virtual this year. We will be in contact with you in the upcoming weeks to give you information about the procedure we will follow. We look forward to talking with you soon.

Language Workshop

Language Workshop is a time during the day when we dive deeply into books. We work on one book each week, really thinking about the different components of the story. Some of these components include figuring out unknown words, using the illustrations to help tell the story, character development, major events and problem/solution. With the books we read last week and this week, we finished up our first Language Workshop unit about community. Through their words and actions, our students are really showing their understanding of the importance of being a positive member of a community!

Reading Workshop

We have been building our reading stamina each morning through the independent reading and partner reading we have been doing. It is exciting to see how engaged our students are while spending time enjoying books!


Being able to identify all uppercase and lowercase letters and produce the sound that each letter makes are very important foundational skills for all of the reading and writing activities we do in kindergarten. Recently we have been working hard at identifying the beginning sounds of words. We also have been introduced to some sight words through our new phonics program. At this time, the words have been introduced are: I, can, to & see. It is important for Kindergartners to master all 40 Kindergarten Sight Words so that they have a strong foundation for reading. We will continue introducing sight words as the year progresses. Below you will find a list of all of the words we will be learning plus a few extra words that will come up in their reading. It never hurts to practice at home! :)

Kindergarten Sight Words

Click on this link to see the 40 words (plus an additional 6 important words) that kindergartners are expected to be able to read by the end of the year.

Interactive Writing

We practiced reading and writing while making a class chart about the things we can do at recess. The chart in the top picture was made by Ms. Miszewski's class and the chart in the bottom picture was made by Mrs. Krahn's class.
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Math Workshop

We have been busy during our daily Math Workshop time! During the last two weeks, we have completed Unit 2 (Comparisons) and Unit 3 (Counting and Cardinality).


Unit 2 focused on identifying whether the quantity of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the quantity of objects in another group. Unit 3 focused on counting skills within 5 and writing numerals correctly.


One of the Kindergarten expectations is that students are able to count to 100 by the end of the school year. This is a skill that can only be achieved through practice. If your child is not able to count to 100, a great time to practice is while you're riding in the car. See how far your child can count independently and then join in during the tricky parts.


Please click on the link below to read the School District of Waukesha Kindergarten Math Moment for the month of October.

Science

During science time, we have been discussing ways we can make Earth a happy planet. The kindergartners were able to think of many ways in which they can be a friend to the Earth. Enjoy the class charts we made (pictured below). Ms. Mizsewski's class poster is the top one and Mrs. Krahn's class poster is the bottom one.
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Your help is needed!

In addition to the academic learning that occurs in kindergarten, it is very important that your child learns how to be independent with his/her self-help skills. With the weather getting cooler, everyone is beginning to wear jackets to school. Even though most kindergartners are able to get themselves dressed to go outside, we have noticed there are a few children who are struggling to be independent when getting ready for recess.The two biggest areas of difficulty seem to be students being able to zip their own coats and figuring out how to fix your coat sleeves when they are inside out. If your child is not able to do these things independently, then please be sure you are giving your child plenty of opportunities to practice these skills at home. (If you are the one that is zipping your child's coat at home, then your child will have trouble zipping his/her own coat at school.) It will also be important for you to consider your child's self-help skills when you are choosing new winter coats, gloves/mittens and boots - your child should be able to independently put on and take off any items he/she wears to school. Thank you for your assistance with this important matter.

Upcoming Events:



  • Wednesday, October 7: Pizza Ranch Dining Night
  • Wednesday, October 14: Culver's Dining Night
  • Thursday, October 15: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 20: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences from 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 21: School Picture Day
  • Wednesday, October 28: Early Release at 1:40 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 29: No School - Fall Break
  • Friday, October 30: No School - Fall Break

Enjoy the fall weekend! - Beth Anne & Kaitlyn