Mrs. Schurch – Kindergarten
Office Hours: Math/Reading Wednesday 2:45PM – 3:15PM
Happy Fall everyone!
Daily Schedules- Our day begins with breakfast in the classroom, prayers, clean-up, and then morning meeting. At morning meeting we read the daily schedule cards, graph the weather, count how many days we have been in school using straws and a place value chart and numbers, discuss the calendar, days of the week and count the numbers. We then switch into math groups, have snack, recess at the play structure, and then reading. Next we have lunch and a short recess on the blacktop. The afternoon varies each day. We generally have a Special such as Library, Music, Art, or Gym. Religion, Read-alouds, and Second Step, a social-emotional program, are also done in the afternoon.
In Reading, we will begin reading decodable reading books. These books are longer and different than the short decodable stories that are sent home. When reading, I ask the children to first do a “picture walk” of the book to get an idea of what the story is about. We talk about the front cover, back cover, and illustrations in the book. Some children get so focused on pronouncing the words, they don’t think about what the story is about. I may say words that they will need to read, “Oh, look, the dog is hiding in the bushes!” Once we get an idea what the story may be about, we “get our finger ready to read.” I ask that beginning readers frame each word they are reading placing their pointers in the spaces around each word. Once a child has a sense of what a word is, I ask them to point under the middle of each word as they read it. As students progress, they will begin to swipe under the bottom of the words, and then not use their finger at all.
As the child reads to me, I may prompt them with, “Is it a sight word?” “Point to the first letter in the word, and “get your mouth ready to say it.” Sometimes I’ll just say skip it and then we go back to figure out what word would make sense. Later on if a student is reading a non-pattern book, and their mistake makes sense, e.g., substitute “a” for “the,” I don’t stop them to correct it. If it is a pattern book, “I like turtles.” “I like monkeys.” I will stop and correct them if they say, “I love turtles,” because I don’t want them to continue looking at the word “like” and saying “love.” More written information about having your child read to you will be sent out in the future.
I will be sending out the results of letter identification and sound assessment in the near future. The assessments for letters, sounds and sight words requires a quick response, 3 seconds or less. Please work with your child to identify the letters and sounds that they missed. Also, students will be quizzed on being able to write their 3 weekly sight words each Friday. Ways that you can help your child learn the sight words include: making flash cards using notecards, using magnetic letters, making the sight words with Play-Doh, writing them in chocolate pudding with a white plate underneath, or shaving cream under a dark plate, using sidewalk chalk, and playing sight word bingo.
In Writing, the children will begin using their knowledge of letter sounds to write words and sentences. So, apple may be written as “apl.” I praise the children for writing the sounds they hear. At times I write the “book spelling” of apple below e.g., “Great! You heard the /a/ and /p/ there’s another p, l, and there is an e at the end that you don’t hear.” If a child has no letter sounds I ask them to write something…”Great! You know that letters make words!” “Now we are going to learn about the sounds the letters make.” There will be more information in the future about this as well.
For Handwriting, I have name tags that the children refer to in school. The first letter should be an uppercase (capital) followed by lowercase letters. All the lowercase letters are written using one stroke except: f, i, j, k, t, x, and y, which use 2 strokes. Strokes progress from top to bottom and left to right.
In Math, we have been practicing our number formation and counting from 0 to 5. Please practice correct number formation at home. You can refer to the “number rhymes” paper that was sent out to my math group. I have also shown the students how to make a slash over the item counted so that it doesn’t get counted a second time. Later, when working with objects, I will have students line up the objects to be counted and slide them as they count. Our next topics in math will be comparing numbers 0 to 5 and reading, writing, and counting numbers 6 to 10.
In Science, we have learned about the life cycle of a butterfly and will be learning about apples and the lifecycle of apples.
In Religion, we have been discussing the gifts that God has given us, e.g., sun, moon, stars, water, etc. and figuring out what God makes and what humans make. We have been learning which hand is our right hand, how to bless ourselves and recite the Hail Mary. We will be learning about Saint Francis and attending Mass on October 6th and October 13th. We just started Chapter 3, God Gives Us Water and will begin Chapter 4, God Gives Us Land.
Extra Help- I am available for extra help for students in my Reading or Math groups. My “office hours” are Wednesday afternoon from 2:45 to 3:15. Just email me or send me a note to let me know that your child will be staying for extra help.
Lastly, please do not hesitate to contact me with any issue or concern. I check my email early in the morning, and then again at the end of the day. If your child is going home a different way, or the matter is urgent, please call the office because I might not get the email in time.
Miss Grondin – Kindergarten
Office Hours: Science/Reading Thursday 2:45pm – 3:10pm
September flew by! We were busy in September learning the rules and routines. We also started kindergarten academics.
In writing, students will continue to practice the correct form of penmanship as well as size and spacing. By now, all students should be writing their names with lower cases letters.
This month in math we will be working on comparing numbers to 5 and learning to read, count, and write numbers 6-10.
We will talk about St. Francis. His feast day is on 10/4. We will be learning how he became a saint and how St. Stanislaus School follows his way. We will also have a prayer service in the morning and the children can bring a small stuffed animal to school that day. We will also learn about how God gave us water, land, and animals
In social studies we will continue to talk about learning and working together. We will focus on rules and laws, how leaders make rules, and read about some good citizens and what they did. We will also talk about Christopher Columbus and why we have the day off.
We will be learning the following letters and sounds: Ii /i/ (short i), Nn /n/, Bb /b/, Rr /r/. We will also review all the letters and sounds that we have learned so far this year.
We will be learning the following high-frequency words: my, we, make, for, me, with, she, see, look.
In reading we will be continuing to learn about realistic fiction and informational text. For realistic fiction, we will focus on setting, specifically place and time. For informational text, we will be focusing on purpose, to inform about a topic, and the facts tell information about the topic
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!
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