Dear Kindergarten Families,
Our class is really starting to get the hang of being in school. They have mastered their morning routines, gotten more independent in Daily 5 centers, and have really started to let their interests and personalities come out. It has been a wonderful experience seeing them become more comfortable and confident in school. Here are some curriculum updates:
ELA: We have been working on the sight words “I” and “a” over the past few weeks. Students are beginning to recognize these words in their daily interactions with texts of all kinds: our morning messages, guided reading books, worksheet activities and independent reading. Next week we will practice the sight word “my,” and the letters /a/, /t/, and /i/. In guided reading we are practicing using the pointer finger to touch each word as we read together. Students have also enjoyed learning about rhyming words as we continue to strengthen the basic skills for reading and phonics.
Math: The students have gotten really strong in recognizing patterns and counting 1-20 as a group. We practice these skills daily in our Morning Meeting/Number Corner time. Our daily Calendar time has helped students to make predictions about patterns, become more familiar with the days of the week (with the help our days of the week song) and practice saying the full date, “Today is Friday, September 29th, 2017). We use a bar graph to chart each day’s weather, and the students have had many opportunities to compare amounts (more/greater, less/fewer, and equal/the same). We have started exploring our new math work places these past few weeks. The students absolutely love this part of our math curriculum! They can choose between making pattern block pattern shapes, making shapes and designs on the geo-boads with geo-bands, connecting/creating/comparing unifix cubes, and connecting and building with polygon shapes (flat triangles and squares that snap together to make 3D creations) to build to their heart’s content!
Social Studies: As we continue on in our citizenship unit, we discuss daily what it means to be a good citizen in school, at home, and in our community. Many opportunities for discussion arise naturally as the children learn to navigate the social aspects of kindergarten and being in a class. These allow for more meaningful, student driven discussions about how to be a good citizen when something doesn’t go our way, when we run into a problem, etc. We also had the privilege of having our principal, Mrs. Hutchison, come in to read “How to Be a Viking” by Cressida Cowell. This visit and story helped the students learn what it means to be a BRAVE (Bold: risk takers, Respectful, Accountable, Valuable, and Empathetic) Avoca West Vikings!
– Our field trip to The Grove is on Friday, October 6h in the morning. Please pack your child a home lunch that day since we will be eating in our classroom upon our return to school.
– No School on Monday, October 9th due to the holiday.
– If you haven’t done so already, please search Ms. Slagel’s Classroom 2017-2018 on Facebook to see more frequent picture/video updates throughout the week! Request to join this closed (private) group, and I will accept you once I get the notification!
See Pictures from the past few weeks below!