Working and Learning Together
This week we began our newest unit in Language Workshop. All of the books we will be reading in the next month will center around the theme of problem solving. It has been exciting to watch our kindergarteners think deeply about books and be able to explain their thinking in their writing! Ask your child to tell you about this week's book, Strictly No Elephants.
During Reading Workshop the kindergartners have been using their reading super powers to help them become stronger readers. In addition to using the pictures and beginning sounds to help figure out unknown words, our kindergarten readers have been finding "snap words" in their books. (Snap words are words you can read in a snap, otherwise known as high frequency words or sight words.)
We have been practicing reading, spelling and writing come, here, said and are. Continue practicing all of the kindergarten words at home! By clicking on the link below, you will have access to the list.
Our kindergarten mathematicians have been working on making the various combinations of 5 (5 and 0, 4 and 1, 3 and 2, 2 and 3, 1 and 4, 0 and 5). Understanding and being fluent with the combinations of 5 is an expectation in kindergarten. We also were introduced to combinations of 10 which is a skill we will return to later in the school year. Below is one of our favorite songs about the combinations of 5.
We have been learning about the unique and special qualities each of us has. We are also discovering that our friends can have different likes and dislikes. Even though we have different ideas and opinions, we can still be friends! We are now learning more about each other's families. Thank you so much for sending a family photo for your child to share with his/her classmates.
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 cold weather and the early snow we've had, the kindergartners have had a lot of practice getting dressed to go outside. We seem to be getting quicker every day. There are still a few children who are struggling to be independent when getting ready for recess.The biggest area of difficulty seems to be students being able to zip their own coats. If your child is not able to zip his/her own coat, then be sure that you are giving your child plenty of opportunities to practice this skill 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.) The other area of difficulty seems to be putting on gloves. If your child is not able to get the fingers into the correct places in his/her gloves even after much practice at home, then you should consider having your child wear mittens to school. 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.