Kindergarten News

Mrs. Pogue's Kindergarten

We Have Been Learning...

This week, Monday, March 5th - Friday, March 9th
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Morning Meeting

During our morning meeting this week, we are working on greeting each other and making eye contact as we do it. We have been working on greeting each other with a right fist bump and being confident about which one is our right hand. Many children know the difference but still defer to me to help. I am working on having them identify it without my help when they know! We continue to work on not talking when it is not our turn. We are practicing using eye contact for the two children who are doing the greeting. We began playing a new game to work on our sight words called four corners. In each corner of the classroom, there is a sight word. We each choose a corner while I count backwards and I pick corners (with my eyes closed) until there is only one player remaining. We are working on strategies as we play this game in addition to sight word recognition.

Literacy Learning

We grew as readers and writers this week as we explored Dr. Seuss as an author and illustrator. We listened to Yertle the Turtle and talked about the main character being Yertle. We talked about his choices in the book and whether or not they indicated that he was a good leader. We used interactive writing and a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast Yertle's choices with another character in the book, Mack. We also listened to My Many Colored Days and talked about the illustrations in the book (which are water color pictures done by a different artist) and he used the illustrations to talk about feelings. We wrote and illustrated a page for our class book about our favorite color words and feelings to match. A guest reader, my sister-in-law, came to read I am Enough to us. We talked about doing our best and learning from our mistakes. We wrote a page for a class book about the sport we would compete in if were in the Olympics! We have listened to True Colors song from Trolls and have visited about being our best version of our selves and being respectful of others and our differences.

During our writing time, we are working on using interactive writing and dry erase boards to respond to Yertle. What are some ideas for how the characters were the same? Different? We have really been working on isolating sounds in words, especially those vowel sounds and writing them in short cvc words. I am including a video that we have been practicing long and short sounds with.

During our independent time, we are working on using our resources to be independent writers. We continue to practice using Words I Know book to help your little one use it to spell words (sight words, common words) correctly. We talked about the book being in alphabetical order and identifying where a word might be if I wanted to use it. We are also really working on adding spaces between our words and adding a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and punctuation at the end of a sentence. We are really working on going back to look at our work and adding details either with pictures or words as we work on finding pieces to add to our portfolio for student led conferences.

Words To Know...

We worked on the word she this week. We are working on using all of these words appropriately in sentences as well as identifying and writing it. You can also work on your child's fluency by combining sight words to make sentences to read such as I can see a ________________ or I have a ____________________.

Words We Have Learned:

  • a
  • I
  • see
  • can
  • the
  • we
  • to
  • like
  • and
  • you
  • go
  • my
  • said
  • little
  • is
  • my
  • it
  • are
  • have
  • here
  • dog
  • went
  • what
  • he

Math Matters!

During math this week, we learned a couple new math games, Disappearing Train Game focuses on subtraction while Growing and Disappearing Train Game focuses on both addition and subtraction. You can learn more about these games by logging into play the Everyday Math Games online. We also worked with number stories with addition and subtraction as well as being able to identify what symbols mean and reading number sentences with ease. We used the number line as a tool to do addition and subtraction quickly. We are also working on identifying what math words tell us to do. For example, if I hear the statement 5 more than 5, I would know that means 5+5.

During our math stations, we worked on sorting number sentences that represent the teen numbers 11 and 13, using flash cards and unifix cubes to practice our math fact fluency with addition, used geoboards as a math tool to work on making shapes, and used our paper foot to measure different items including paper clips, post-it notes, pennies, and inches. You can check out our work during student led conferences in your child's portfolio!

Ask Me About...

  • My favorite book we read this week. Can your child identify the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?
  • Make a connection in a story you read - can they tell you about something the character did or had happen to them and how it made them think of something that they have done or has happened to them?
  • Can they use their schema (what they know) to make a prediction when you are reading a story at home? What can your child infer when they look at pictures of the book?
  • Skip count by 5's or 10's to 100! Use nickels or dimes to practice.
  • Skip count by 2's to 20.
  • Give your child a number. Is it even or odd? We are working on understanding the difference.
  • Count backwards from 20 to 0.
  • Sort loose coins - can I identify the different coins? What's their value?
  • Play Top-It! As you play, talk about the numbers and practice good sportmanship! Use math words such as greater than, less than, equal, how many more, how many less, etc.
  • What does (+) mean? What are some other words for addition?
  • What does (-) mean? What are some other words for subtraction?

Monroe's Art Festival

Tuesday, April 24th, 5:30-7:30pm

1601 McGee Drive

Norman, OK

Come bid on our pieces in the live and silent auction! All proceeds help support the arts at Monroe!
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Upcoming Events

Friday, March 9th - Family Fun Night

Monday, March 12th - Ms. Barlett, an OU student teacher, will begin her eight weeks with our classroom

Tuesday, March 13th - Sonic Night

Thursday, March 15th - Student Led Conferences

Friday, March 16th - No School

Monday, March 19th - Friday, March 23rd - Spring Break - No School

Tuesday, April 24th - Monroe's Arts Festival

Wednesday, April 25th - Field Trip to Science Museum

Ice Pop Sales

Attention Monroe Families!

Every day the week of MARCH 12th-15th Student Council will be selling ICE POPS for 50 cents at the end of the school day. Ours will be served during second recess after snack.

Bring 50 cents each day (or $2.00 on Monday - this does make it easier for me to organize who will or will not be getting one) to enjoy a delicious ICE POP!!

Proceeds benefit Monroe Students in Need!

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Kindergarten Field Trip - Oklahoma Science Museum

Wednesday, April 25th, 9am

2020 Remington Place

Oklahoma City, OK

Permission slips are coming home on Friday, February 23rd in the folder. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Volunteers Needed

Greetings Monroe Families! It is that time again... testing time! I am beginning the process of looking for Test Monitors. It is not a hard job and does not have to be a big time commitment at all! All you have to do is attend test monitor training and pick which days you would like to be a monitor.

Tests Monitor Slots (can pick one or more!):

  • Monday, April 2nd 8:00-10:00
  • Tuesday, April 3rd 8:00-10:00
  • Wednesday, April 4th 8:00-11:00**
  • Thursday, April 5th 8:00-11:00**
  • Friday, April 6th 8:00-11:00
  • Tuesday, April 10th 8:00-11:00**
  • Wednesday, April 11th 8:00-11:00**
  • Thursday, April 12th 8:00-10:00
  • Thursday, April 12th 12:30-2:30

**We need significantly more volunteers on these days. All times are approximate because it is not a timed test-- will likely be much shorter!

Test Monitor Training is offered at the following days and times (you only have to attend one). Your children are welcome to attend. It should not take longer than 30 minutes.

  • Monday, March 26th at 8:00
  • Tuesday, March 27th at 3:00
  • Thursday, March 29th at 12:30

If you would like to volunteer your time or have any questions at all, please email me at or give me a call at the school 366-5927. Thank you so much for all you do for your students and our school!

With gratitude, Sarah Kirk

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Individual Conferences

Due to the fact, that our Spring conferences will be student led. I will only be scheduling individual conferences with families who I need to talk with one on one without children present.

If you are interested in scheduling an individual conference, you can email me and I will work on getting some dates and times that work for us both. My expectation if you schedule a conference is for your concerns, questions, etc. lead the conference. There will not be another progress report until following the conference. I will be doing these conferences before student led conferences so that my time that week can be devoted to those. If you have any questions, please let me know.