Miss Butz's Class Newsletter
May 16 - 20
NO MORE HOMEWORK THIS YEAR! THE KIDS EARNED IT FROM THE FUN RUN!!
Our Last FULL Week!
It is hard to believe this is the last full week of kindergarten! This year has really flown by! We will be finishing up our reading series, doing the last few math lessons, and writing about some memories. We also have a lot of work to do for our play. We will be getting our room ready for our performance on Tuesday...
Just a reminder...
Our class play will be on Tuesday, May 24th in our classroom at 10am
The kids are doing a nice job with their lines; some of us could use more practice!! Please remember that our play will begin at 10:00 am. I am recording it, so if you come in late, please do not make any noise; it might disrupt the recording or the play. Also remember that we have VERY limited space in our classroom and not many chairs. You may have to stand. I want you to be aware of the possible crowded conditions in our room!
Important Note from the Clinic
As you should be aware, all medications are required to be transported to and from school by the child’s parent or guardian. As the school year comes to a close, I want to remind you that all medications will need to be picked up by 4:00pm the last day of school (May 25th). Any medications left in the clinic will be discarded and will not remain in the clinic. If your child currently has medications in the clinic that are not likely to be used again, please consider picking medications up prior to the final day of school to avoid long lines.
Denise Stanger, RN School Nurse
To Any Parents That Have VOlunteered this year...
Enjoying Great Weather at Recess!
Thursday, May 19th - end of the year convocation for students
Trike Hundred and 5th grade student vs. teacher basketball game @ 2:30pm
Tuesday, May 24th - Volunteer Breakfast
Any parent that has volunteered this year is welcome to attend (see above)
Tuesday, May 24th - Our Class Play!
We will perform our play in our classroom at 10 am.
Wednesday, May 25th - Last Day of School
No early release day: school is from 8:50 - 3:50pm today
Aloha Day! Wear your Hawaiian or "beachy" clothes - no swimsuits please!
Learning This Week!
Story: Panda Kindergarten
Letter Sounds: long vowel review
Phonemic Awareness Skills: middle sounds, ending sounds, segmenting words (saying all sounds in words, ex. dog -- /d/ /o/ /g/), changing sounds in words (ex. "hit" change /h/ to /s/, what is the new word?)
Reading Skills: main topic, key details, rereading
Sight Words: review
Math Focus: Missing Number Problems, Number Stories with Calculators, Pan Balance with Uniform Weights, Introduction of the $10 Bill
End of the Year Writing
Social Studies Focus:
End of the Year "stuff"
SPECIALS SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK!
Wednesday: Art (rotates each week)
Friday: Gym (wear your gym shoes!)
Ways to Help Your Child Get Ready for First Grade!
In addition to dealing with boundless energy levels and intense emotions, children preparing for 1st grade will face new responsibilities in school. Your child will learn to adjust to more seat work throughout the day, take more ownership of his homework, and learn to get around by himself.
Skills Acquired During 1st Grade
The emphasis remains firmly on developing your child’s reading and math skills, but lessons in art, social studies, science, and physical education are incorporated as well. Although some skills will resemble those your 6 year old learned in kindergarten, keep in mind that 1st grade is mostly about mastering lessons previously taught, building on what they know, and going more in depth in certain areas.
Preparing for 1st Grade Reading
- Expand sight-word vocabulary
- Recall the sequence of events in oral and written stories
- Discuss story elements such as plot, character, events, and setting
- Understand basic punctuation (capitalize first letter of a sentence, use periods and question marks, etc.)
- Identify the main idea and details in a story
- Print legibly
- Recognize single and plural forms of nouns
- Write in complete sentences
- Differentiate between fiction and nonfiction stories
- Memorize and correctly spell between 130 and 150 words
Preparing for 1st Grade Math
- Understand greater than, less than, lighter than, heavier than, the same as, etc.
- Recognize and write numbers up to 100
- Count by twos, fives, and 10s to 100
- Mentally add numbers to 10
- Add and subtract to 20
- Add and subtract with pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters
- Tell time to the hour and half hour
- Recognize shapes
- Identify, describe, and reproduce patterns with numbers, shapes, colors, or words
- Use simple graphs to record information
- Recognize simple mathematical symbols (e.g., “+”, “=”, “>”,”<”)
- Read thermometers and use measuring tools like rulers
Preparing for 1st Grade Social Studies
- Locate the United States, the seven continents, and the four oceans on a large map or globe
- Construct and interpret simple maps with cardinal directions and map key
- Demonstrate awareness of current news
- Participate in group decision-making
- Understand traditions that reflect American ideals and influences from diverse cultures within the nation
- Create charts and timelines demonstrating an understanding of past and present
- Recognize shared values and goals as students in the same community, despite differences in backgrounds
Preparing for 1st Grade Science
- Use tools such as a magnifying glass, ruler, and balancing scale
- Learn the basic needs of living things by caring for animals in class
- Conduct simple, hands-on experiments
- Explore the senses — hearing, sight, smell, touch, and taste
- Explore the life cycle of living things, such as frogs or butterflies
Part of an article on Scholastic.com