Here is what we are working on in April!
Proper sentence writing will be our focus. Students need to be using letter sounds, and kindergarten sight words to write complete sentences. Sentence mechanics will include starting with an upper case letter, spaces between words, and punctuation.
In reading we are working on making inferences and predictions in order to deepen comprehension skills. We will be looking for clues that the author presents to help us make predictions. As you read with your child, be sure to stop and ask what will happen next? Why do you think that?
Basic sight words this month now include:
I, see, a, can, we, go, to, the, at, is, up, me, he, she, in, and, it, my, on, like, you, for, no, look, play, went, said, here, come, all
In math we will finish our unit on addition. The students will understand that addition is combining two sets to explain how many there are all together. This unit includes many games to learn names for the numbers 1-10. It is through these games that the students will learn addition facts.
We will move onto subtraction. The students will understand that subtraction means to remove, take away, or separate part of a set.
We will also expand number sense. The students will continue to count to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s. They will identify numbers that are more and less, and tell how many more or less.
This month we will continue our unit on life processes. Students will learn that there are basic needs for animals. Animals change during growth, and there are similarities in the offspring.
We will investigate the life cycle of butterflies and frogs. Through these investigations, the students will recognize changes over time, and identify patterns in animal and plant growth.
Earth Day will include reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve.
Here is what we are working on in March!
are reading fairy tales and working on beginning reading strategies.
stories are read, we go for a picture walk and make predictions to help
understand the story and increase comprehension skills.
reading the story, we are building vocabulary and descriptive words for the
characters. At the conclusion of the story, we are encouraging the children to
make connections to the story by asking them if this story reminds them of
anything in their lives.
the story in sequence to determine comprehension is an ongoing strategy.
sight words will include:
see, can, we, go, to, the, at, is, me, he, she, in, and, it, my, on, like, you,
for, no, look, play, went
month we are continuing our unit on measurement. We will finish telling time to the hour with
digital and analog clocks. The measurement unit continues with recognizing a
penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. We will work to identify the value of a
collection of pennies and/or nickels whose value is 10 cents or less.
the end of the month, we will revisit number sense with addition stories. This
will include the use of the number line, story mats to create word problems,
combining coins, and one more than a number.
science we will investigate and understand the differences between living
organisms and nonliving objects. We will describe the basic characteristics of
living things by identifying: growth, movement, response to the environment,
having offspring, and the need for food, air, and water. This will lead us into
investigating and understanding the basic needs of animals and life cycles.
weather patterns of Spring will also be described and observed.
Here is what we are working on in February!
In reading, the children are using letter sounds and picture clues as strategies for reading unfamiliar words. As you read with your child at home, please encourage them to use these strategies.
Our reading lessons also continue to work on comprehension skills. These skills include: making predictions, asking questions, identifying the characters and setting, and retelling in sequence.
Now that the children are becoming independent readers, it is important that they read to you. If the book is above their level, have them read a sentence or decode a word for you as you read.
Our sight words now include: I, see, can, we, go, to, the, at, is, me, he, she, in, and, it, my, on, like, you, for.
This month we will be learning fractions. The children will use the vocabulary: equal, unequal, halves, and quarters.
The next unit will focus on measurement. This includes non-standard measure with the vocabulary: height, length, shorter, taller. We will also be working on weight, temperature, and time to the hour.
All of the children need to be counting orally to 100 by 1’s, and 10’s. We will also continue counting by 5’s. Number recognition 0-15 and counting back from 10 will continue to be reviewed.
We will be learning about lights and shadows. The children will identify light sources, how shadows are formed, and how they move.
Famous Americans will be explored as we learn about President Lincoln, and President Washington. This will include information about past and present.
Dental health and nutrition will be taught at the end of the month. This will include a visit from a dental hygienist to reinforce proper dental care and healthy snacks.
Each class is going to participate in a Valentine exchange and special snack. Please be sure to have your child bring Valentine cards to school prior to February 1oth. We will let you know how many boys and girls in each class. Please do not put individual student names on the cards. Have your child write his/her name on the card and seal it. They may write boy or girl on the envelope. These need to be completed prior to sending them to school.
Here is what we are working on in January !
We will be assessing the children for mastery of letters and sounds this month. The children are now using letter sounds to write sentences, and decode words. As they write sentences, we are working on stretching the words to hear the beginning, middle and ending sounds. They should begin to use spaces between each word in the sentence.
We are working on identifying text features for non-fiction text. As a class we will use text to look at animal habitats and how animals adapt to their environment.
Rhyming will be a skill that we will continue to work on.
Our sight words now include: I, see, can, we, go, to, the, at, is, me, he, she, in, and, it, my.
We are continuing with number sense. This includes reading and writing numbers, creating sets, and identifying numbers that are one more or less than a given number.
We will be assessing the children on their ability to count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s, and counting back from 10.
Science and Social Studies:
In science we will be learning about seasonal changes and the season of winter. We will also explore the properties of water and begin to learn about light and shadows..
In social studies we will be reviewing quality student behavior. We will learn about events in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King.