The Bear Facts

October, 2016 - Week 7

Highlights from the Week!

This week in language arts we focused on practicing letter names and sounds so we can grow in mastery. We worked on blending words without pictures, depending entirely on our auditory blending skills! We worked on growing in stamina in our new Daily 5 routine of "Read to Self." We transitioned from science to geography and are learning about maps. Friday we had our second seminar on the story "The Little Red Hen." and discussed concepts of what it means to be responsible. Read on to hear more.....

Mrs. Celiberti

Star Student: Avery Christensen

All about Avery

  • Her favorite animals are giraffes and sloths.
  • Her favorite place is the Minneapolis Museum.
  • Her favorite thing to do is to play and do yoga outside.
  • Her favorite color is pink.
  • Her favorite food is spaghetti.
  • If she had one wish she would wish to live with a lot of animals.
  • When Avery grows up she wants to be a animal rescuer.

It was fun to learn more about Avery!

Look at What We are Learning!

Spotlight Skill

Phonemic Skill # 3 Blending sounds in words

Blending is a phonemic skill that is foundational for learning to read. Once your child begins to read, blending will help them when they attempt to decode an unfamiliar word. Students will say the sounds of the letters and “blend” those sounds together to read the word. We introduce the blending skill first by using pictures and saying the sounds in words orally. Once your child is confident in 2 sound words then move to 3 & 4 sound.

I Spy a.....

Tell your child you are going to play a different version of “I Spy.” Explain that you will only say the sounds of the thing you spy. For example, you would say, “I spy with my little eye a /c/ /l/ /o/ /ck/.” Your child will blend the object to figure out what you “spy.” They should then point to the object and say the name (in this case, “clock”). When you see /c/ - it indicates you are saying the sound of the letter only, not the name of the letter.

October Learning

Sight words: and, it, is, to go, my

Character Trait: Respect

Sayings & Phrases: “Treat others as you want to be treated.”

Literature: The Little Red Hen, Old Bear's Surprise Painting, Dr. Suess ABC.

Language Arts: Building stamina for our Daily 5 routine, Read to Self, nouns, & adjectives. Understanding that sentences tell a story and have a naming and telling part.

Writing: Working on Qtr. 1 writing goals: 4 elements, 5 colors, neatness & 5 people features.

Math: Identifing & sequencing 0-10. Counting orally to 31, writing numbers.

Social Studies: Maps, N S E W, what are maps? We read Looking at Maps & Globes.

Science: The sun & another star; the moon.

Learning At Home

  • Read nightly. Recall details from the story.
  • Review letter names and sounds brought home this week; Y, Z.
  • Draw and color the maps of your bedroom.
  • Draw and color the map of your neighborhood- google maps works great for this!
  • Enjoy the fall day and collect 8-12 leaves for your leaf creature!


  • Changes to end of day plans should be communicated in writing. Include name & date. Notes or emails work great.
  • Do your weekly head lice check.
  • Please put your child's name in any jacket, sweater etc...
  • Sign up for Conferences using the link below.

Upcoming Events

  • Oct. 19- All School Marathon!
  • Oct. 20-21— No school MEA
  • Oct. 23- October Scholastic Order due.
  • Oct. 28- Prairie Planting Day

This & that....

Friday Sharing:

No school.

Volunteer opportunity.

  • We are looking for 1 volunteer for our Halloween Learning Centers. Oct. 31 9:50 to 11:30- Email me -if you are interested.
  • We will have several small group volunteer needs in November, dates will be sent out soon!

Parents as readers:
Door Decorator:

  • Click on the red buttons below to sign up for either of these.

Contact information

Ann Celiberti

Kindergarten Teacher