November
 

Skills we are working on this month…

 
  • How can I solve problems with my friends?  (utilize the 7 Habits and 2nd Step curriculum)

  • Concept/unit on “Families”

  • Introduce maps and the concept of city, state, country, and world

  • Introduce government and United States symbols

  • Study the history of Thanksgiving and briefly introduce the role of Indians/ Pilgrims

  • Discuss table manners and practice them at our Thanksgiving Feast

  • Learn about "Healthy Habits"/Nutrition as we approach the holidays

  • Continue to work on vowel accuracy/how to “sound out” words or “blending”  Example: dog, tap, flip

  • Segment words into phonemic sounds Example: cat…c-a-t

  • Spell basic CVC words (consonant-vowel-consonant) by segmenting and listening for the sounds

  • Review reading color words and sight words (…and learn new words too!)

  • Learn/Practice reading with digraphs sh and th.  

  • Write simple sentences with spaces between words, lowercase letters, and punctuation.

  • Continue comprehension strategies and practice concepts such as finding the main idea and predicting

  • use our word attack skills to build our reading independence and stamina

  • Improve our handwriting of letters and numbers and writing numbers sequentially 0-29+* Review and practice identifying numbers 0-29  (by Christmas)

  • Review and practice counting and comparing objects with 1 to 1 correspondence up to 20

  • Review patterns and shapes (while learning about Native Americans)

  • Continue addition, writing equations, and using daily addition/subtraction to  solve word problems in our Math notebooks. Later in the month, we will begin to use addition flash cards for speed and fluency

  • Learn to count by 5's, begin to practice counting 20-0, and review counting by 10's

  • Gradually introduce and work with math concepts such as money, tallying, measuring, and estimation

  • end of trimester testing!

 

Other things to keep in mind…

  • November 20 is our annual Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast.  A note will come home soon.

  • NO SCHOOL Nov. 5, 21-23, Dec 3

  • I encourage you to be reading/marking off apples as you read books with your child…in fact, please allow THEM to start taking over the reading of simple books or even sentences in more difficult books.  Turn in the completed apple sheet in the binder for a free Subway kids meal and a prize from the prize box!

  • Practice POP words!!  I cannot emphasize this enough!  We will be adding many more and I don’t want students to get behind in reading sight words as they pile up.  Check off a box each time you practice…completed grids can be turned in for prizes. Need a break or a challenge from the POP words?!  …Write/spell the words, use them in a sentence, write a few sentences with the POP words and have your child read them, lay them out on the floor and have your child jump on them as they read or crawl on them as they read, time them for speed and attempt to beat the previous time!

  • As we begin to practice more writing, our classroom is in need of magazines/catalogs to cut up.  If you have any Thanksgiving grocery ads feel free to send them in for us to use.  Please note that they will NOT be returned.

  • If you are not currently receiving emails from me, consider contacting me to add your email to our distribution list.  I tend to communicate a lot of information via email and would love to add you to the list.

  • Kindergartners are excited to use the Smart Board and ipads!!!  Technology is their future!

My Favorite app: Montessori words and Montessori numbers; addition/subtraction apps are also good to work on when they are ready

Their Favorite app: Stargazer (shows the actual sky with stars, planets, etc in whatever direction you are holding the ipad

  • I/Mrs K. (aide) will begin end of the trimester testing right away in November.  Report cards will come home at the beginning of December. Remember- phone number and address are on the report card- please practice!

  • What are word/reading “attack skills?”       While we will continue to add new strategies all year, here are a few strategies we are using right now to “attack” unknown words:

    • Fish Lips- getting your lips ready to say the first sound

    • Eagle Eye- look at the picture

    • Patterns- look for patterns or repeating words/phrases in the book

    • Snake- say it slowly and sound it out

    • Chunky monkey- look for a chunk in the word that you already know (bat)

    • Dolphin- “flip” the vowel and say the other vowel sound                                                                                                                 

 

If your family is anything like mine, you may have a hard to getting your child to explain exactly what they do in school all day long!  They don’t bring every piece of work home, so WHAT ARE THEY DOING EACH AND EVERY DAY AT SCHOOL?! This might help…

 
  • Each and every day we start our day with breakfast and “brain buckets” where kids have a chance to work on fine motor skills, handwriting, puzzles, review skills, and other “wake up the brain” activities.  

  • We do smart board calendar and other Reading and Math activities on the smart board.  We move fast, but cover SO many concepts and skills in a fun and meaningful way. For example, the past week a few things we did each day were swim by 10’s (ask about the shark!), sing a song about vowels, do songs and actions for new words, read aloud, practice oral and written blending with our “blenders,” segment words as we become robots, popcorn count, read the word wall, buy items with money (coins), pop word balloons, and so forth

  • Math manipulative work/journals/groups allow students to demonstrate their Math skill learning and thinking.

  • We practice handwriting on our whiteboards and in our handwriting books and by writing sentences with spaces between our words (“using spacemakers”), punctuation, and lowercase letters.  All letters start at the top. Our handwriting usually stays here at school, but I will send some home soon to show you our success!

  • We have partner reading to practice reading decodable readers.   Students also have “reading bags” and are responsible for choosing books to go in it that “fit” their reading level.  They practice these during free time, partner reading, and individual reading time. We are currently up to reading 5 minutes on our own, and our stamina will increase quickly as the year goes on. 10 by Christmas?!

  • We have snack and brain break time (often with movement activities such as gonoodle.com)

  • We do literacy centers where I have 5 groups working at one time on word work, sound spelling in ABC journals, read to self, technology, and guided reading with me.  I am able to differentiate activities and lessons for each group to work on specific skills as needed.

  • We have classroom helpers that work on the ipads and listen to kids read individually.  Ipads, along with the smart board, are available for use by students at playtime.

  • We have group time on the carpet where we work on thematic skills, comprehension strategies, science, and social studies.  A short work time usually follows this.

  • Our specials in Kindergarten include music, art, phy ed (daily), maker space/guidance, and library.  We typically have 2 of these a day.

  • We eat lunch and play outside!  

  • WIN time (what I need- differentiated groups)   

  • Writing Journal time- We get out thoughts/ideas on paper using sound spelling/sight words, and various aspects of writing.   

  • I work with as many kids as possible independently during playtime.  Oh, how I wish I could work with them all individually DAILY but it is also important for each one of them to “sharpen the saw” and work on social skills, teamwork, etc during playtime.  

 

I know this is a LOT, but I wanted to somehow help you keep in touch with your child’s activities.  Hopefully now you can ask them more specific questions and get a better response.

You might ask, “Did you have lit centers today?  What did you do?” …and so forth!


Thanks, Sara Awe

sawe@isd761.org

444-8337