# Kindergarten

### February 5th

As we wrapped up the first semester, Meet the Superkids, we learned all about the letter u in our Us book. While learning about the letter u, we spent time reviewing all of the vowels. This will help us to better distinguish between these short vowel sounds that we use so frequently! We have met all of the Superkids and the 2nd semester is called Superkids' Club. It continues to build our reading skills while learning more about the Superkids and all of the fun they have together.

## Math

We began the Comparing and Measuring Unit in math this week. The students realized that we have been comparing numbers every day this year when we discuss the Question of the Day. Each day students answer a question of the day that reviews our learning or allows us to get to know each other better. After we answer the question, we sit down as a class to discuss which answer was picked the most or least. We count and write how many people picked each answer and we discuss which number is greater. This daily preparation has helped us become very good at comparing numbers. In order to get a little more practice using the math vocabulary 'greater than' and 'less than' we learned how to play a game called Top It. Students will have the opportunity to teach you how to play at our upcoming student-led conferences!

## Writing

This week, we read the book, Please Let It Snow, by Harriet Ziefert. After reading, we started talking about all of the things we would like to do in the snow this winter. Without having much snow so far, we decided to write "If it snows, I will..." Students enjoyed brainstorming ideas about what they will do if it snows. They also needed to independently finish the sentence before they could draw their picture. They have come a long way in their ability to sound out and write words and sentences. We are excited to show you a little more at conferences as well!

## Standards Based Report Cards

Report Cards were sent home in the Friday Folder today! Each area on the report card states a skill/standard that the students are expected to achieve by the end of kindergarten. We give an indicator or grade that shows your child's current level of ability when progressing toward the standard. We do not expect students to receive MTG (meeting) until the end of kindergarten. If students demonstrate that they have met the standard prior to the end of the year they will begin working toward a higher level standard. (Sometimes a 1st grade standard.) In the first quarter, most students will receive a DEV (developing) or BEG (beginning) score because we will continue to work to meet the standard throughout the school year. I will be able to share more information at our Student Led Conferences on February 11th and 12th! I look forward to seeing you then!

## Woodridge District 68 Mission Statement

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 will provide a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.