Maillet's Kindergarten Newsletter

Week Of March 23rd

Highlights from last week....

Wow, what a week! Our friends did a wonderful job creating the best leprechaun traps, thank you for your support in this activity. Because he is a tricky little guy, we did not catch him, however, he did do a great job trashing our room, leaving candy and leaving some remnants of his visit. We discussed what it was that he left us and wrote about it. We also wrote about what he might have looked like if we did catch him. Our friends are great writers!

In Reader's Workshop, we reviewed the strategies that we learned thus far. Take a look at the video of some of my friends reading! They are doing a great job using their reading strategies! We also worked on building our schema, which is our background knowledge, to help us read.

In phonics, we focused on short vowels and digraphs.

In Math, we worked on number bonds and number sentences. We focused on adding or "putting numbers together" this week. We also created number bonds to match our number sentences.


In Science, we began our month long unit on life cycles. This week we focused on caterpillars and butterflies. We read some non-fiction books and compared them to some fiction books that we have read.


In Social Studies, we concentrated on identifying sequential actions, such as first, next and last in stories and used them describe personal experiences.


In our Second Step program, we continued to learn about our own feelings and how they can change.


We read many of Eric Carle's books and discussed the similarities and differences of each of his books. The students can now identify Eric Carle books based on the illustrations. We also made several text to text connections during this author study.

A peek at our learning this week....

Well, Happy Spring!! Although I am looking out my window right now, and what do I see? Yes, you guessed it, snow falling from the sky...AGAIN!!! Maybe Mother Nature missed the memo that it is now spring! Hopefully, we will start having nicer weather soon! Regardless of the cloudy weather outside, our friends are bringing the sunshine of learning into the classroom. Our math and reading skills are soaring!

In Reader's Workshop, we will be working on how readers think while they read. We will be using our schema as we read our books. The kids LOVE sharing their schema with us and then we make a big deal when we learn something new and we discuss how we just added to our schema. It is so much fun learning with your children!

In phonics, we will focus on rhyming, word families and short vowels. After assessing my friends, I realized that these are the areas that need the most work. Please rhyme with your children at home. Remember rhyming words are words that sound the same at the end of the word.

In Math, we will be working on number bonds and number sentences. We will be focusing on subtracting or "breaking numbers apart" this week. We will focus on number stories and work on acting them out, writing the sentence and creating a number bond to match the sentence. It is amazing to see our friends in math, they are doing great!


In Science, we will begin our month long unit on life cycles. We did not get a chance to really delve into the life cycle of a butterfly and your children loved reading about them so this week we will continue to focus on butterflies. We will read some non-fiction books and compare them to some fiction books that we have read. We did not get a chance to create a model to help us remember the life cycle a butterfly, so we will do that this week.


In Social Studies, we will really concentrate on identifying sequential actions, such as first, next and last in stories and use them describe personal experiences. Last week we practiced using these words with sequence cards. This week, we will try to create stories using these words.


In our Second Step program, we will continue to learn about our own feelings and how they can change.


We are going to start our author study on Robert Munsch. We will read several of his books and discuss the similarities and differences of each of his books. Now that we have read several books from several different authors, we are going to try and make text to self and text to text connections during our readings.
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Sanders Street T shirts and Sweatshirts

A purple order form went home with your child regarding T shirts and sweatshirts. The deadline for ordering is April 3. You can send your orders in earlier than April 3 if you would like.

Book Orders

I have placed the book orders for both last month and this month. They should be arriving this week. As soon as they come in, I will send them home. Thank you!

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

FLASHCARDS

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



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