Maillet's Kindergarten Newsletter

Week Of February 9th

Highlights from last week....

Okay, Mother Nature, please give us a break! We have enough snow, you can stop now! We missed Groundhog Day, because of the SNOW! But the little guy still saw his shadow, so we all know what that means.....SIX more weeks of winter!!! UGH!! Well, regardless of the weather and the delays, we were still able to pack in the learning!

In Phonics, we focused on spelling words with several digraphs (wh, th, ch, sh, and ck) and searched for these types of words in text. The children loved being word detectives and enjoyed finding these words in text and practiced reading them. We also worked on CVCe words. Again, they loved finding these words in text and loved being able to read them!

We also practiced writing our first and last name on our work. Please reinforce this at home as well.

In Reader's Workshop, we focused on looking at the picture, the first letter and then looking through the word and sound out the letters that we know. This is where the majority of the class is with regards to their reading. Have them show you some of their strategies at home. They are really doing great! Please keep reading those books that I have been sending home weekly with your child. Also, please practice the new sight words that went home last week. The more sight words they know, the better readers they will become!

In Math, we continued to compare using words more, less, fewer, same as and equal. We counted and used numbers to find out which is more or less.


In Science, we learned about groundhogs and shadows.


In our Second Step program, we continued to learn about our own feelings.
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A peek at our learning this week....

This week will be a busy week of learning!

After completing a comprehensive set of assessments, I will be changing groups around again based on the skills they need to work on. Some of the groups will focus on beginning and ending sounds. Some of the groups will focus on short vowels sounds. Some of the groups will focus on blends, digraphs and CVCe. I will be working with your child based on their needs. Our main phonics focus lesson will be on digraphs this week. We will practice spelling them and seeing them in text. I know it sounds like we spend a lot of time on specific skills, but in order to obtain mastery, the children need to practice, practice, practice! We actually practice by playing fun games, so the skill may sound redundant each week, but the games we play are different and engaging. This way they are not bored doing the same activity each week!

We will continue to practice writing our first and last name on our work. Please reinforce this at home as well.

In Reader's Workshop, we will be focusing looking through the word and sound out the letters that we know. I will also be introducing "Flippy Dolphin", which is when you come to a tricky word, you can flip the vowel sound. Have them show you some of their strategies at home. They are really doing great! Please keep reading those books that I have been sending home weekly with your child. Also, please practice the new sight words that went home last week. The more sight words they know, the better readers they will become!

In Math, we will be completing our second round of MAP testing and also be completing our end of module 3 assessment.


In Science, we are going to be learning about dental health. We will read several books and also create a tooth model to help us learn how to floss and brush correctly.


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


Our author of the week will be Ezra Jack Keats. We will read several of his books and discuss the similarities and differences of each of his books.
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VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY- FRIDAY, February 13th

We will also be having our Valentine's Day party on Friday, February 13. If your child chooses to participate, please have them ONLY sign their name to their valentines. We have 24 students in our class. This makes the distribution process a whole lot easier if we do not have to sort through the valentines looking for names. If funds are tight and you cannot afford to purchase valentines, we discussed that homemade valentines are just as great as store bought. Let me know and I can send home some construction paper for you. If you would like to send in a yummy treat for the party, please let me know by sending in a note in your child's red folder. Thank you in advance for you help!

REPORT CARDS

Report cards went home on Friday. Please understand that the report cards are standards based on the entire year. Most of your children will be at a "2", which is making progress toward the goal. Many of the skills have just been introduced to the children and we are working toward mastery for the end of the year. I hope this helps explain the report card a little bit. You should ALL be proud of how well your children are doing! However, if you should have any questions, please let me know.

SIX FLAGS READING CHALLENGE

I sent home a letter explaining the Six Flags reading challenge. If your child reads 6 hours between now and February 23, please fill out the form in your child's red folder to receive a free Six Flags Ticket. The completed form is Due February 23. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your participation! Keep Reading!

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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!



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