Our "Person of the Week" unit continues to be an exciting opportunity for students to share about themselves with their peers. Students are getting the hang of asking thoughtful and meaningful questions to each "Person of the Week" as a way of learning even more!
Thanks to all of you for coming in and meeting with me to discuss the progress that your child is making in kindergarten! It was a true pleasure and I'm looking forward to seeing them to continue to grow and learn throughout the remainder of the school year!
The 3 kindergarten classes will go to the Harvard Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, May 7th. Parents are welcome to chaperone. If you are interested in coming with us, please be sure that you have filled out a CORI application. If you aren't sure, you can check with Mrs. Mariano.
For your planning, please note that there is not room for chaperones on the bus so chaperones will need to drive (or carpool.) Also, chaperones will need to pay for their own admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History. We also ask that you find childcare for younger siblings, as your field trip group will need your full attention.
Be on the lookout for permission slips coming home in your child's Friday folder soon!
Here's what's coming up!
Phonics: This month we will focus on reading and writing consonant-vowel-consonant words (CVC words).
Sight Words: We will continue to learn and practice word wall words. Below is a list of the words that kindergartners are expected to know by the end of the year. Be on the lookout for these words in books you read at home or on signs in your neighborhood.
a, am, and, at, can, do, for, go, he, I, it, in, is, like, me, my, said, see, she, the, this, to, was, we, you
Last week we began a new unit on Opinion Writing. Through this unit students will be introduced to the idea that their words matter and can elicit change. We will explore problems that we see in our classroom and school by making posters, signs, and books to persuade others to make positive changes for the better of our school community. Some problems that we're working on making signs and posters for are: kids running in the hallway, kids being too loud in the bathroom, forgetting to cover the markers, leaving pencils on the floor, kids putting books back in the wrong bins in our classroom library. Be sure to ask your kindergartner what kinds of problems they are trying to help change. We will also write pieces that express an opinion, emphasizing the reasons for the opinion. For example, we might write about our favorite kind of pet and why it is our favorite.
Towards the end of the month we will go back to writing personal narrative stories. The kindergartners will write their stories based on their true experiences and happenings from their lives. It would be very helpful for families to talk about which of their many adventures, large and small, might make a good story. We will focus on adding details to make our stories more interesting for our readers.
In math we will begin working on activities about Apple Boxes. We will focus on composing and decomposing numbers up to 10. We will use games and story problems to work on the idea that numbers can be combined to make a new total, and that a given number can be broken apart in different ways. We will also continue to become more familiar with important math symbols-plus sign, minus sign, and equal sign as well as writing math sentences.
This month we will learn about the Sensational Season of Spring. The children will draw their spring self-portraits and will make a careful observation of a tree in spring.
EXTRA CLOTHES AND OLD WINTER GEAR:
Please be sure your kindergartner has a full set of extra clothes at school. We have experienced many spills, puddles, and accidents lately. Label everything!
If you are all done with your kindergartner’s boots, snow pants, or gloves and you don’t have anyone at home waiting for hand-me-downs, please consider donating them to the classroom for next year. We always need extras! Thank you!
Last week we also stared a new science unit: The Properties of Sand. We are exploring different types of sand and their properties. We are also comparing wet and dry sand and learning where sand comes from. The class is especially enjoying exploring sand in our sandbox and building sand structures!