We have had another cold week! Luckily we have gotten outside about once per day and it really helps us focus better when we can get some fresh (cold) air.
This week we have been very excited to take part in kindergarten mail. We learned how to write and address letters that we can send within our school. Then we had a turn to be the mail deliverers. We had to cancel the stamps, sort the mail by room and then deliver it. If you would like to take part and send your child a letter, stop by the front office where stationary and “stamps” are available for parents.
Spotlight on: Word Work (Trabaja con palabras)
Next up in our literacy time series is Word Work. This portion consists of many different activities from which every student can choose when it is their turn. Some choices include: making playdough words, writing on a Boogie Board, highlighter writing, spelling out words with old keyboards keys, etc. During this time, students practice the words on our Word Wall as well as words around the room. Learning how to spell is important to the reading process because it “helps to cultivate students’ knowledge of the alphabetic system which benefits processes used in reading” (Ehri, 1997 p. 261). Working with words can help children to “break the code” for reading. As they learn to spell out words (encode) their ability to sound out words (decode) also grows.
March 3 and March 5 – Conferences
March 4 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Hat Day
March 10 – Dine at Culver’s to support GRCES, 5-8pm
March 11 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Funky Feet day (socks or slippers)
March 18 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Who-Hair Day
March 20 – Market Day, 8am-4pm
March 25 – WACKY WEDNESDAY, Wear green in honor of Green Eggs and Ham
This week we reviewed sight words up to this point. Here are the most recent group of words if you would to have them at home: Lesson 16-20. We also finished and wrapped up our final how-to books. Many of these came home to go to mom, dad, or siblings – I hope you enjoyed celebrating your kindergartener’s hard work!
In Math, we finished up a unit and took a test (I’ll be sharing these with you during conferences). We are making great progress in our understanding of numbers as well as addition and subtraction. Be sure to make numbers a part of your daily conversations at home.
This week in Bible we turned to stories of the prophet Elijah. We witnessed God’s faithfulness as he cared for Elijah and performed miracles to help Elijah and the widow.
In Social Studies we continued talking about our needs and wants. We also identified more products and services and talked about how we can get products and services through trade of money or other products.