Maillet's Kindergarten Newsletter

Week Of November 17th

Highlights From Last Week....

We had a very productive week of learning.

In Reader's Workshop, we continued to look at the picture AND the first letter of the word to see if it makes sense! Our reading stamina has plateaued at 15 minutes, which is still great! We continued to practice our other strategies as well: looking at the picture while we read, trading out books, practicing turning and talking.


In Writers Workshop, we learned how to label our pictures to help us write. We created a class book with our pictures.


Our literacy stations started this week! We have 6 rotations, similar to our math stations. The first station is the listening center, where the children listen to a story on CD and then write about the story. The second station is a Science station, where the children can use the science manipulatives. The third station is a book making station, where the children are using their strategies from Writer's Workshop to create their own books. The fourth station is a sight word station, where the children work with an adult to practice their words. The fifth station is a retelling station. This is where the student looks through the book and create puppets or other retelling creations to help retell the story. The final station is read to me. The student's read to me at their level and we work on different reading strategies that they need to work on to be an independent reader. Each child visits each station every day. The stations stay the same for a week and then the materials are switched out. The kids love this time of day and they do not even realize that it is a learning time!!! I could use some parent volunteers for this time of day. The time would be from 2:00 to 2:45. Please let me know if you are interested. Thank you in advance.


In Math, we continued our unit on shapes. We learned what the shapes are and what characteristics make them what shape. For instance, a triangle has three sides and three vertices.


In Phonics, we practiced letter sounds and learned the sight words "He" and "Can", please practice these words at home. Our letter of the week was "L".


In Science, we learned about simple machines. We focused on wheels and axles and levers.


In Social Studies, we honored a veteran during our Veteran's Day program.


In our Second Step program, we continued to learn about our own feelings.


We read several fall related books and used our strategies to retell some of the stories.

A peek at our learning this week...

Our week of learning will be AWESOME! We are learning about the Letter A!

In Reader's Workshop, we are going to continue to look at the picture AND the first letter of the word to see if it makes sense! We are going to try to increase our stamina past 15 minutes this week! We will continue to practice our other strategies as well: looking at the picture while we read, trading out books, practicing turning and talking.


In Writers Workshop, we will continue to learn how to label our pictures to help us write. We will create books at our new book making station.


In Math, we will finish our unit on shapes. We will review what the shapes are and what characteristics make them what shape. For instance, a triangle has three sides and three vertices.


In Phonics, we will practice letter sounds and learn the sight words "it" and "is", please practice these words at home. Our letter of the week will be "A". We will start to use the letters we have learned with the letter "A" to create words.


In Science, we will learn about simple machines. We will focus on pulleys and ramps.


In Social Studies, we will learn about Thanksgiving.


In our Second Step program, we will continue to learn about our own feelings.


We will be reading several fall related books and using our strategies to retell some of the stories.

More information...

CLASS PICTURES
Our pictures have come in and you can pick them up at conferences.

CONFERENCES
Conferences are this week! Please call to schedule an appointment to discuss your child's progress.

SUPPLIES NEEDED
Many parents are asking what the class needs for supplies. We could use some Clorox Wipes and paper towels. Thank you in advance.

FLASHCARDS

Please practice letters and sounds with your child nightly! Thank you!


Homework:

Great job working with your child on their homework! As a reminder, homework will go home Monday, please make be sure to return it to school on Friday.


HELP!!

Our classroom is filling up with clothes that have no home! Please LABEL EVERYTHING!! If your child is missing sweatshirts or lunch boxes, please let me know.


Thank you!!



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