Welcome to Kindergarten at SGES. We are looking forward to a fun year of learning, exploring and making friends. We will begin each day with a Morning Meeting so that we are able to greet our friends and build community in our classroom. Morning Meeting has the following components:
UPCOMING DATES AND OTHER NEWS:
MODEL T CARS is an after school reading program for students in grade K and 1. The program runs on Wednesdays (January 25, February 1, 7, and 15) from 3:30-4:30. If you would like to register for the program, please contact your child's teacher.
January 10th-K Enrichment-Diane Kordas Music and Puppets
January 16th-NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Day
January 20th-Progress Reports Issued(not all students will receive a progress report)
February 14th-Valentine's Day Celebrations
February 16th-1/2Day for students; 11:55am dismissal
Incoming Kindergarten Registration will be held on March 7th and 8th.
Homework has started in Kindergarten. Homework is given every Monday and should be returned no later than Friday.
When you send a note in with your child, please make sure it has your child's first and last name and classroom teacher. Thank you for your cooperation.
Recently, Kindergarten students listened to the story, Have You Filled A Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by "filling buckets." Each classroom has a bucket that gets filled when students display positive behavior and engage in random acts of kindness.
Soon,we will introduce our classroom CAFE boards. CAFE stands for the following:
Kindergarten students are introduced to a variety of reading strategies that they can use to help them become better readers. During trimester 1, we focus on the following strategies:
Comprehension strategies focus on character and setting. We encourage students to Check For Understanding, while reading and/or listening to stories, by asking who is in the story, where does the story take place and what is happening in the story.
Accuracy strategies focuses on Eagle Eye (using the pictures to help figure out the words) and Lips the Fish (getting our lips ready to sound out a word), Tappy Turtle (tapping out unfamiliar words) and Stretchy Snake (stretching out the words in order to read them).
Fluency strategies focus on knowing letters, sounds and sight words (as introduced) and being able to fluently read them.
Expand Vocabulary focuses on learning new and interesting vocabulary words. At SGES, we have a Word of the Week which is announced every morning, used in a sentence and then discussed throughout the day in classrooms. The Word of the Week this week is: ACCEPTANCE
We will send more information throughout the year as we introduce new strategies and help the students practice these strategies. Thank you for your support at home.
Students in Kindergarten have been practicing some components of our Daily 5 reading program. We have introduced the following components:
Read To Self
Read To Someone
Listen To Reading
Work on Writing
Read To Self is a time during the day when students read alone in a quiet area of the classroom. Students use their individual book boxes with a variety of books to read. We are working on building stamina in Kindergarten and most classes are doing Read To Self for 5-7 minutes.
Read To Someone is a time during the day when students read with a partner in the classroom. Students use their individual book boxes with a variety of books to read. Students must sit elbow to elbow and knee to knee (EEKK) when participating in Read To Someone.
Listen To Reading is a time during the day when students sit and listen to a story on CD in the classroom. Students sit together or alone to listen to the story and then they complete a follow up activity based on the story they just listened too.
Word Work is a time during the day when students sit and work in small groups. Word Work can include using various ipad apps, building sight words, practicing letter formation with sand, shaving cream and/or Play-Doh.
Work on Writing is a time during the day when students work on letter formation using paper and pencil, practice writing sight words, sentences, stories and labeling.
We have introduced the following lowercase letters in Kindergarten:
t, b, f, n, m, i, u, c, o, a, g, d, s, e, r, p, j, l, h, k, v, w, y
When we introduce a letter, we discuss the difference between a letter name and a letter sound. We learn the proper formation of the letter and we look for the letter in our daily work. We also talk about the difference between a consonant and a vowel. We brainstorm a list of words that begin with the letter and we practice making the sound for each letter.
This week, we will introduce the following lowercase letters in Kindergarten:
x and z
At the end of January, we will review each letter of the alphabet and we will learn the formation of uppercase/capital letters.
We have introduced the following sight words in Kindergarten:
the, to, and, a, I, you, it, in, said, for, up, look, is, go, we, little
When we introduce a sight word, we spell the word and then try to put it into a simple sentence. Throughout the week we look for new sight words in our daily work and during Read To Self.
We have been talking about rhyming words and word families (bat, cat, mat, sat) and we have been practicing how to tap out CVC words.
Every Monday, students in Kindergarten are given a chance to share, write and draw about their weekend. Students are encouraged to use detail in their drawings and if they write a sentence or two, they are encouraged to start the sentence with a capital and end it with a period. Some students forget what they did over the weekend or confuse the weekend with summer vacation. Maybe you could have a discussion on Sunday evening or Monday morning about a weekend activity they want to share with the class.
Kindergarten classes have started working on Module 6.
Module 6 focuses on the following concepts:
Introducing addition and addition stories
Writing addition stories and using the number track to add
Comparing weights (heavy and light)
We practicie counting to 20 and beyond. We are counting by 10's to 100. We also continue to practice writing the numbers 1-20, focusing on proper formation.
Each day, we count how many days we have been in school using visuals like straws and coins. We talk about place value in simple terms (tens and ones) and we always count the days of school together.
We have been reviewing the 5 basic 2D shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle and hexagon). Later in the year we will talk about 3D shapes.
In Science, we are talking about the 4 seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). We are also talking about weather changes as seasons change.
We are also discussing the 5 senses (hearing, vision, taste, smell, and touch).
Each day we record the weather and talk about changes in the weather over time. At the end of the month we talk about weather patterns for the month and changes that we have observed.
We have been discussing the following: