# The Kindergarten Times

## Week at a Glance

Morning Meeting

During our morning meeting this week, we practiced our "elbow shake" by linking arms with the person next to us and saying "Good Morning!" During our share time, we have been sharing with partners or small groups, and really focusing on listening to our partner. Then, we take turns sharing what our partner told us to the whole group. For our activity, we have continued playing four corners to practice our sight word recognition.

Literacy

On Monday, we celebrated Earth Day by reading The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. As we read, we discussed connections that we made with the text, and at the end created a story map of the setting, characters, problem, solution, and moral of the story. We also discussed how we can help take care of our earth by recycling and reusing materials. On Tuesday, we began our Eric Carle unit by reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar. After we read, we retold the story as a whole group, and then worked in small groups to illustrate a part of the story. You can see our illustrations hanging above our classroom door! On Thursday, we read The Tiny Seed and began talking about the life cycle of plants and creating a chart. We are also getting to see the plant life cycle first hand with our sunflowers that we planted last week.

Math

In math this week, we learned about using estimation to help us figure out large quantities of items. We each estimated how many skittles I had in a jar, and then counted them together by making groups of 10. We also talked about collecting data by each creating our own question, and then surveying each person in the class. Afterwards, we individually graphed the results of our survey. We had a great time with this lesson!

## Learning Songs

Here are some of our favorite songs that we listen to in class to help us remember key concepts and ideas...
This-song to teach the sight word "this"
3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

## Sight Words

We worked on our sight word this this week. You can practice these at home! You can also work on your child's fluency by combining sight words to make sentences to read such as I can see a ________________.

Words We Have Learned:

• a
• I
• see
• can
• the
• we
• to
• like
• and
• you
• go
• my
• said
• little
• is
• my
• it
• are
• have
• here
• went
• be
• she
• he
• up

• My favorite book we read this week. Can your child identify the difference between a fiction and non-fiction book?
• Make a connection in a story you read - can they tell you about something the character did or had happen to them and how it made them think of something that they have done or has happened to them?
• Can they use their schema (what they know) to make a prediction when you are reading a story at home? What can your child infer when they look at pictures of the book?
• Skip count by 5's or 10's to 100! Use nickels or dimes to practice.
• Skip count by 2's to 20.
• Give your child a number. Is it even or odd? We are working on understanding the difference.
• Count backwards from 20 to 0.
• Sort loose coins - can I identify the different coins? What's their value?
• Play Top-It! As you play, talk about the numbers and practice good sportmanship! Use math words such as greater than, less than, equal, how many more, how many less, etc.
• What does (+) mean? What are some other words for addition?
• What does (-) mean? What are some other words for subtraction?

## Dates to Remember

Tuesday, April 24th - Monroe's Arts Festival

Wednesday, April 25th - Field Trip to Science Museum