Person of the Week:
Vikram, Frankie, and Craig!
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
K Drop In-
SAVE THE DATE! On Wednesday, June 12th from 8:20-9:00 you are invited to our end of the year author celebration! We are in the beginning stages of publishing our own hardcover books that we will share with you at our celebration. Mark your calendars; we really hope that every family can make it to this Drop-In!
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We are looking forward to Fitness for Life Day on Friday, May 24th. Fitness for Life is a day when all Horace Mann students spend the duration of the school day (8:35 to 12:30 for kindergarten) at an off-site location, Auburndale Cove, in Auburndale. The school provides bus transportation, Mr. Tynes runs many fun athletic and fitness events for the kids, and the PTO provides hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs for lunch. Our room parents will contact you about this special day. This is a great opportunity to celebrate health and wellness. Please send back the forms and payment as soon as you can!
We will focus on consonant- vowel- consonant words. We will continue to practice “breaking down” these simple, three sound words like “cat”, “nut”, and “bed”. We are also learning about digraphs. We know that a digraph is when two letters come together to make a new sound. The digraphs that we will focus on are “sh”, “ch”, “th”, and "ck". Knowing these digraphs will help us to write and sound out new words.
Independent Reading: Students continue to practice their reading skills during independent reading times throughout the day. We are working on following a pattern, looking at the initial and final consonants, and noticing punctuation. We are also watching carefully for word wall words as we read as well as thinking about what we read and trying to retell the story in our head (or to a teacher) and reading with a smooth voice (fluently). Students are learning how to monitor their reading by asking themselves:
Writing: We will be starting a big kindergarten writing project this month: publishing our own books! The children will choose one of their favorite stories from their writing folder or start a new story and turn it into a published book. During the publishing process, we will be thinking about making our stories complete, clear, and interesting. Kindergartners will think about what the reader wants to know as they “fix and fancy” their story. We will also be thinking about making a story easy to read by putting spaces between words, writing words with lots of sounds and writing words that match the illustrations.
We are working towards being able to fluently add and subtract within 5 and finding combinations of 10. To support these goals, we continue to work on counting, addition, and subtraction using various games and activities. We are working on visualizing numbers by seeing them in a “ten frame”. For instance, a student might see 7 as “5 and then 2 more” or as “3 less than 10”. Facility with small numbers and making meaning of them in the context of ten is an important building block of number sense and for operations.
We have begun a unit on ladybugs as a part of our “Living Things” curriculum. We have enjoyed observing the ladybug larvae in our classroom. We will soon have the opportunity to observe ladybug larvae as they transform into pupae and then ladybugs. Over the course of this study, we will review what living things need, learn about the life cycle and much more! As scientists, we will predict, observe and record.
We are also about to begin a unit on the development and life cycle of chicks. We have been talking about and observing the incubator that has been in our classroom since last week. Soon, our chick eggs will arrive and we will keep track of their growth day by day for 21 full days while we wait for them to hatch! So exciting!
We have been reading about and observing signs of spring for our Sensational Season of Spring unit!