Mrs. Green's PM Kinder
Mrs. Green's PM KINDER!
Please be sure to continue the work on Lexia Core 5. This is the time of year when our Kinder students develop quickly. 15 minutes a day is suggested. Please also continue to review the 17 core sight words. If your child has mastered those words, please see my eboard for other sight word lists. We have been working to build automaticity and fluency with our sight words. Please continue the work at home. Some suggestions for word work at home:
- rainbow writing
- use magnetic letters to build words
- using shaving cream in the tub or sand to spell words
- go fish --make a fishing pole with string and magnet and make some fish with the words written on them. Place a paperclip on the end and go fish. Child reads the word each time they catch one.
- use a white board
- spell words using stampers or playdough
Our students are beginning to read little books. I have been exposing the children to these all year long but now they are really showing interest. The students are allow to take a "just right book" home with them to share with you. Please allow your child to read the book to you and return it the next day. Because we are new readers, I would ask that you have your child point to the words as they are reading. I am encouraging all the children to choose a book to share. They may choose to read the book to me and may not be ready to share at home yet. Our goal is to have everyone share a book at home.
In Writing, we are still focusing on making our stories dynamic for the reader. We have discussed writing a story with a beginning that captures the reader, a middle with lots of transitions and an ending that has feeling and emotion. We will be taking a break from writing true stories to write how-to books. We will be returning to writing true stories shortly.
In Math, we continue to explore numbers in our environment. We write our date and temperature everyday. We discuss the difference between the temperature everyday. For example, if it is 52 degrees on Monday and 54 on Tuesday how many degrees warmer is it on tuesday than monday. (and how do you know???) We are also still exploring arrays of numbers. Looking at ten dots and some more to make "teen" numbers. You can continue this work at home using the apps I sent in my last news letter or you can use pennies or buttons as counters to support your child at home. We are moving into simple addition and subtraction and then 3-D shapes. (Please see below for some pictures and a video of some of our math work)
After Spring Break, we will be beginning our unit on Ants. Our live ants should be arriving when we get back. We will be learning all about the parts of an ant, how they live and eat, and how they take care of their babies. I always compare our classroom to a colony. How we are all worker ants who work towards the greater good. I am excited to share this unit with the children.
We continually work on expected behavior during the various parts of our day. For example, when we sit on the rug, we sit criss-cross applesauce, eyes on the speaker, hands in our lap, quiet voice and listening ears. Transitions seem to be the most challenging part of the day. Moving from one activity to the next. We review the expectations for this time during daily.
The talent show is Friday night March 20th. Please try to come out to support our school. I am trying to work it into my schedule to come. So hope to see you there!
Thank you for continuing the work at home and supporting our children. Thank you for sharing them with me every day. It is a gift I do not take for granted.
All the Best,