It's hard to believe that it's already November and the holidays are just around the corner. We are now 45 days into the school year and we are moving right along. Most routines are in place and we are working well together!
Thank you to everyone for signing up for a conference and taking the time to come in and meet with me. I enjoyed meeting with each of you about the progress your child has made in kindergarten, so far. I am looking forward to working with each child during the rest of the year as we continue to develop as learners in kindergarten.
Phonics: This month in Fundations we will focus on the following letters:
Ii (Ii-itch-/i/), Uu (Uu-up-/u/), Cc (Cc-cat-/c/), Oo (Oo-octopus-/o/). During our Fundations time throughout the week we review all the letters and sounds in order to help students solidify the letter/sound knowledge.
Word Wall Words
We have started to add words to our word wall! Each word that is added to the wall is a word that we read and write frequently. With practice students are able to use the word wall as a tool to help them when they are writing as well as reading. So far, the words we have learned are: A, I , me, the, at. When you are reading or writing with your child at home you can ask him/her to try and find a kindergarten word wall word.
Writing: During writer's workshop we are continuing to write true stories. Topics for these stories come from students' personal experiences, so pretty much anything is fair game! Students are learning how to "turtle talk" (sounding words out slowly) and record as many sounds as they can hear for each word they are trying to write. Students are also working on building their independence as they move through the stages of the writing process. Making a plan for their story, drawing the picture with appropriate details, and labeling are steps that take time and practice. We are working really hard!
It may be helpful to chat with your kindergartener about some things that they could write a story about. We will soon start writing “teaching stories” (writing about what we know).
Reading: We will be focusing on several important concepts of print including: uppercase & lowercase letters, letters vs words, beginning vs end of word. During shared reading we have been reading many big books (books with large print so the responsibility of the reading is shared between me and the students). We have been learning an important reading strategy: “What Repeats?”. Students are learning that sometimes books say the same thing over and over again! The repeated pattern and the pictures can help us read many books. Keep a look out for the letter books (My Tt Book, My Ii Book, etc.) as well as the word wall books coming home in your child's Friday folder. These books are perfect practice for students to notice the repeating pattern. With each of these book we learn how to read them by thinking about what repeats on every page and using the pictures to help us with the remaining words. Please have your child read their books to your each week!
SOCIAL STUDIES & SCIENCE:
We have begun new learning in science all about thinking about the question- "What is a scientist?" We will continue to come back to this question throughout the entire school year and continue to build on our understanding of what scientists do and how scientists learn. We have already learned two things that scientists do: "Scientists notice details" and "Scientists draw what he or she sees". This week we had the opportunity to observe and draw fall trees outside in order to practice these two things that scientists do. We spent time carefully noticing details of the fall trees before doing our best work to draw exactly what we saw. We worked hard to choose appropriate colors and add appropriate details.
During the early part of November, we will continue our study of the Sensational Season of Fall. We are having two exciting science afternoons coming up soon! We will get together with the other two K classes and observe and explore signs of fall in a variety of ways. Toward the end of the month we will begin our study of Living & Non-Living Things. When we return from Thanksgiving Recess, we will study the life cycle of living things when we plant and care for Narcissus bulbs.
This month we will continue with games and activities to develop consistency and accuracy with counting skills. We have been working with 5 frames to help students visualize numbers and see the relationships between numbers. We will soon start using 10 frames. We have also been learning how to form numbers properly when writing them. Students have learned catchy little rhymes to help with this. Ask them to recite them for you!
5 Little Pumpkins
We completed our final project with the poem "The 5 Little Pumpkins". Check our mini movies below! Watch and listen carefully with your kindergartner to find his/her pumpkin!