Pre-K & Kindergarten Teachers

Incoming Kindergarten Presentation



Name:                                                                                                                                                                       Week of:  10/5/15-10/9/15
 

Skills we learned this week:

Reading
We continue to read books about the beginning of Kindergarten with the purpose of using the pictures to determine unknown words.
 
 

Writing
During Writer’s Workshop, students learned to plan what to write ahead of time.
 
We added a new resource to our Writer’s Workshop folder: an alphabet chart. This chart helps us to find the sound we want to write as we stretch our words.
 
 

Math
Students were introduced to the concept of comparing amounts.  We used the terms “greater than”, “less than”, and “equal to” when comparing.  At this point, the comparison symbols (<, >, =) are not used.
 
 
We practiced the concept of conservation, meaning the amount does not change regardless of the arrangement, unless an object is added or taken away.
 
We also practiced adding one more.  Students recognized they do not need to re-count the group of objects when adding one more, but instead can say the next number in the number sequence.
 
 
 

Science
We are learning facts about pumpkins, such as a pumpkin is a fruit and a member of the squash family.  We also learned the life cycle of a pumpkin.
 
 

Foundational Skills:
* We identified the difference between a number, a letter, a word, and a sentence.
* Students were assessed on letter names and letter sounds. 

Sight Words:
Each week, the students will learn two new sight words and the fluency poems that correspond.  This week the sight words learned are:
go, can.
 
Students will be assessed on the sight words learned thus far.
 
Two new words will be added to the ring each week.  Please practice these every night.  This ring should be returned to the reading bag for use in group the next day.

Growth Mindset
 
We continue to discuss the power of adding the word “yet” to the end of “I can’t” sentences.   For example, “I can’t ride my bike…yet!”  We wrote three things we can do well already and our one “yet” goal we are working on.

News and Notes:
Reading Bags:  Good news!  Your child has now received a more durable reading bag!  Please be sure these bags house your child’s reading group books and sight word ring and are returned each day for group.    Unfortunately, we have no wiggle room in the budget, so if the bag is lost or destroyed, we will not be able to provide another. 
 
Field Trip update:  The pumpkin patch/apple orchard we have visited in years past has increased their price, and is no longer within our budget.  We are checking with other venues, but may decide to wait until the spring and choose another focus area.  In the meantime, we are able to have another field trip, as long as it is no cost.  This trip can either be within walking distance of the school (the busses use a significant part of our budget), or a group or person who is willing to come to our school.   We have thought of ideas such as a visit from the fire company, or police officers.  If you know of other fun, educational, and free ideas, please feel free to let us know!   
 
Parent Breakfast:  Please join us this Monday morning to have breakfast with your child!  We will be showing you a game we play with the children to practice their reading skills.   Please note: insurance-wise, we may not have younger children in the building.  Also, we do have food allergies in the classroom, so no outside food, please.  The time is from 8:00-9:00 AM.  We hope to see you there!
 
Upcoming Dates:
October 13:Chipotle/Yogi Castle (by Wegman’s) Night from 5-8 PM.  Mention you are with NFES and our PTA will receive a portion of the sales! 
October 15: 2 hour Early Dismissal
October 16: Schools closed for students.
Name:                                                                                                                                                                       Week of:  10/12/15-10/17/15
 

Skills we learned this week:

Reading
We read books by Kevin Henkes with the purpose of using the pictures to determine unknown words.
 
 

Writing
During Writer’s Workshop, students learned to plan what to write ahead of time.
 
The students received a checklist to use with their writing.  This checklist reminds them to use an uppercase letter at the beginning of their sentences, to spell sight words correctly, and to put spaces between their words.
 
 

Math
Students continued to explore the concept of comparing amounts.  We used the terms “greater than”, “less than”, and “equal to” when comparing.  At this point, the comparison symbols (<, >, =) are not used.
 
Assessments on conservation (recognizing that an amount does not change, regardless of the arrangement, unless something is added or taken away)   We also began assessments on  “1 more”.  Students who have mastered this skill recognize they can say the next number in the number sequence and do not need to recount the entire set.
 
We continue to work with both “fives frames” and “tens frames” to build a sense for numbers.  Below are examples of each:
 
http://missmernagh.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/mini-5-frames.jpgrepresenting 3 on a five’s frame
 
 
Representing 7 on a ten’s frame.
 

Science
We are learning facts about apples, such as the life cycle,  the parts of an apple, and some of the different names of apples
 
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Social Studies
The students attended an assembly called “Box Out Bullying” to bring awareness to the topic
 
 

Foundational Skills:
* Students recognized letters make words.  A fun game to practice is on www.abcya.com and is called “Fun with the Fridge.”
* We continue to practice the names of the letters and the sounds they make. 

Sight Words:
Each week, the students will learn two new sight words and the fluency poems that correspond.  This week the sight words learned are:
me, it.
 
Students will be assessed on the sight words learned thus far.
 
Two new words will be added to the ring each week.  Please practice these every night.  This ring should be returned to the reading bag for use in group the next day.

Growth Mindset
 
An idea of giving feedback to a child is to elaborate past “good job!” by saying specifically what your child did well. For example, in baseball, instead of saying “good job!”, say “way  to watch the ball hit your bat.”   During homework time, messages like “I love how you get right to work” or “you are taking your time to do neat work” will increase the likelihood of repeat positive behaviors.

News and Notes:
Reading Bags:  Thank you for all of your help ensuring these bags, with the books, are brought to school each day.  It helps your child to have what he/she needs for daily reading group.  (:
 
Coming Soon!- We will have a class “I can zip my coat.” and “I can tie my shoes” wall!  Once your child has mastered one or both of these skills, his/her name will be added to the wall for that goal!  This wall will be continuous and will hopefully act as motivation for practice.
 
Sneakers: Please remember to have your child wear sneakers to school on PE days.  It is best practice to wear them every day, but they are especially important for PE days. 
 
PTA: Thank you for those who were able to make it out for the Chipotle and/or Yogi Castle fund raiser!  Our PTA has these restaurant nights throughout the year to avoid having to do fundraisers which involve selling things.  It’s a win-win!
 
Thursday folders volunteers:  If you are looking for a way to volunteer and meet other great North Frederick parents, please consider helping to fill the Thursday folders with the inserts.  This group meets around 9:30 on Thursday mornings and is always welcoming of more help.  If you would like more details, please ask your classroom teacher.
 
Upcoming Dates:
October 30: Schools closed for students.