Kindergarten News!

Wow!
I can’t believe that we are in the 2nd week of December already!
This Friday we have no school for Kindergarten as we are in meetings all day.
We have already went to the book fair, however, if you would like to send your child money to buy a book, please send it in by Wednesday.
Remember to dress kids to play outside with gloves or mittens, boots, hats and winter coats!
We have begun a new unit in Math working on measurement of weight, height and volume.
We are beginning a new unit in Writing working on exposition (non-fiction writing). We are writing bear facts as we have read informational texts on bears.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email me at
burksg@dearbornschools.org.
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November 26th,
Wow, November is winding down fast!
We had a Wonderful Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving, thank you to all the parents who sent in treats for the kids to share and for the parents who volunteered!
We have begun our Second Math Module and are working on shapes in Math.
We are beginning a non-fiction writing about turkeys in writing along with opinion writing. The children are really using their personal dictionaries and our class word wall well.
In Reading, we are working on fluency while reading, decoding unknown words and making sure we are understanding what we are reading.
In Science we will continue our unit on Weather. We will look back at the weather graphs we began in September and compare weather and make one large graph to show our weather pattern.
In Social Studies we have begun our unit on Needs and Wants, we will start looking at what basic needs are and how we get those needs met.
Parents, you are doing a fabulous job encouraging your child to read every night. Your efforts are showing greatly!
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November 2018!
How exciting, it is parent teacher conference time!  If you do not know when your conference time is, don’t worry. I will be sending each parent a personal Dojo message with their appointment time and day.
We are beginning our work on Weather in Science. We have been graphing the weather all year, so we will analyze that data and look at trends.
In Social Studies we are beginning our unit on Needs and Wants.
In Writing, we are working: adding details in our pictures so that we can add details in our writing, making sure to write using finger spaces, and beginning our sentence with a capital.
In Reading we are working on identifying letters, sounds, and sight words. Your child should be reading each night for 15 minutes and doing 15 minutes worth of math.
In Math we our building our foundation in tens and understanding in each group of  10 there is a group of 5. Building the foundation slowly now will ensure that your child has a strong foundation later on in their school years.
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October 14, 2018
This week we will be going to Debuck’s Orchard and Corn Maze. We are so excited! I will post pictures later this week.
We have gotten into a great routine with Daily 5 and reading groups, Eureka math and stations as well as writing daily sharing our thoughts and opinions.
I am adding a link to share Social Stories to our PBIS page. This link is to videos that help children understand the need for fire drills, lock down drills as well as disaster drills for terrible weather that may arise.
This week I will begin working with the children to begin actively using the word wall. I have given each child a word wall list in their writing folder to help them during their daily writing.
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October 7, 2018
Dear Parents and Families,
Below is a link for more at home reading sites. Please email if there are any problems. I will be sending home passwords this week for Clever and Razkids.
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October 4, 2018
Wow!
October has come in with a Bang!
It has been a very exciting beginning of the year!
Our class has really adjusted to this new beginning, the new expectations and our new learning! I am so proud of all that we have done so far! I am so encouraged on what we will accomplish this year.
Our first field trip is right around the corner. We have finished our NWEA tests and have clear directions on what we need to learn next.  Open house is Next month. There is never a dull moment in kindergarten!
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9/22/18
Dear Parents and Families,
Yesterday I sent home a plastic reading bag with letter books and paper books we have made and read together. Please practice reading these books with your kids and remind them to bring them back to school on Monday. The reading bags came in and your child will bring their bag home Monday with these samepaper books as well as some other beginning reading books.Their job is to read the books daily (even if they memorize them)and bring them back to school so we can add to those books. The more they read these easy books, the more phrased and fluent they will read. These are the foundation for harder more complex books.
9/22/18
Dear Parents and Families,
Yesterday we had our first fire drill. It was VERY loud and scared some of the kids. They did great practicing how to get out of the building safely even though they were scared! I’m very proud of them all!

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9/13/18

Welcome to Kindergarten!
We will be doing so much amazing work this year! I look forward to working with your child and you this year.
We are beginning this year with:
Language Arts – Book studies for the book The Dot and Recess Queen
Math – counting and sorting into different categories
Science – the 5 senses
Social Studies – Rules, Laws and getting along with others
Writing is incorporated with Science, Social Studies and Language Arts as well as Math when it belongs.
We have finished half of the NWEA and will complete the last component next week. I will share those results with you as soon as they finish.
I look forward to meeting you all soon!