Welcome to Kindergarten!  We are going to have an exciting year filled with lots of learning and fun.

Make sure you visit my blog at least once a week.  I will update the site weekly but if there is a lot of new information I will update it more often.

Remember to visit the websites that are listed in the left hand column.  There are some great sites and games to help support your child’s learning.

 

Questions:

If you have any questions or concerns you may write me a note and place it in your child’s homework folder.  You may also call the office and leave me a message. You may also call and leave a message on my voicemail.

I will call you back at my earliest convenience. (It may be on a prep time, before or after school)  If you call the office, they will not put your call through directly to me.  It is important to stay on a schedule and to have uninterrupted time to focus on learning.  Every time I take a call during the day that means the children are missing out on learning.

Weekly Newsletter Feb. 24-28

                  Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 24th week of Kindergarten! We hope everyone enjoyed the Mid-Winter Break! We are looking forward to a fantastic week ahead!

We hope that each one of our students is able to login and access Clever for awesome learning 

with i Ready. Please see your child’s teacher if you have questions about Clever. 

Reminders:

March is Reading Month – We are asking for parents to come in a read stories to our classes. Please email or a remind text to your child’s teacher if you would like to read. 

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is zap) 

1. map

2. tap

3. cap

4. me

5. on 

6. have

Reading: We are practicing many reading strategies. This week we will practice narrative reading strategies using fiction books. We will identify when we do not know a word. We will practice asking questions to gain understanding of this unknown word.  We will practice comparing adventures and experiences of characters in the books we read. In addition, we will practice identifying opposites. (up/down, in/out, off, on) Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)                              

         Review:     him her   she                                                 

    New words:      with one

Math: This week in math we will continue to compose and decompose numbers 6, 7,  and 8 using number bonds. 

Science: We will continue a unit about pushes and pulls.  We will use positional words to describe objects in our environment and how they are moving.

Social Studies: We will begin our Unit on Maps. Students will be constructing maps of their classrooms and bedrooms. 

Writing: This week we will review narrative writing. We will practice adding details to our writing and illustrations to our small moments. Please practice stretching for the sounds and using finger spaces between words with your child each day for homework. These writing skills are very important for moving into first grade.

Thank you for all you do!  

Friendship Day / Valentine’s Day

Friendship Day

We will be recognizing Friendship (Valentine’s) Day on Friday, February 14 th .  Your child may bring in cards for each of their classmates on this day. Each child will need     21    friendship cards for their class. All they need to do is sign their own name to the card. This makes it easier to pass them out.   If you want to send in a treat with the cards you may. Please make sure that the treat is individually wrapped! Again we have

  21    students in our class.

Thank you,

Kindergarten Teachers

Weekly News Feb. 10-14th

                                 Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 23rd week of Kindergarten! 

We hope that each one of our students is able to login and access Clever for awesome learning opportunities with i Ready. Please see your child’s teacher if you have questions about Clever. These online tools are great ways to practice for the NWEA as well as strengthen math and literacy skills.

Upcoming Reminders:

Family Game Night is Thursday, February 13th from 4:45 to 5:45.

Friendship Day is Friday, February 14th.

MID-WINTER BREAK February 17th – 21th. School resumes on Monday, February 24th. 

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is bun) 

1. fun

2. sun

3. run

4. and

5. up

6. here

Reading: This week we return to literature stories and will focus on asking and answering questions about unknown words within a book.  We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime. We are learning about digraphs. These include the /sh/  /ch/ /th/ and /qu/ sounds. Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)  

            Review:     girl boy     his                                               

New words:          she her him  

Math: We will continue to use number bonds to help us solve number stories to 5. 

Science: We are finishing up our Unit on Forces. We will focus on when objects change direction and/or collide. We will construct ramps.  

Social Studies: We will continue our unit in “Who am I?” This week we will retell Historical Events in order using Beginning, Middle, and End with pictures. We will assess this unit at the end of the week. 

Writing: This week we are returning to Narrative Writing. We will begin focusing on a small moment from a story and write only the key details from the event. This will lead into the students picking a small moment from their life that they can write about only using key details.  

Weekly News Feb. 3-7th

                                 Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 22nd week of Kindergarten! The groundhog didn’t see his shadow! So, according to him, we will have an early spring! ☺

We hope that each one of our students is able to login and access Clever for awesome learning opportunities with i Ready. 

                     Reminders:

Wednesday, Feb. 5th is LATE START

Thursday, Feb. 6th is The 100th Day of School!!! Don’t forget to dress like an old lady or an old man! 

Friday, Feb. 7th there is NO school for kindergarten students ONLY

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is top) 

1. mop

2. hop

3. stop

4. said

5. go

6. in

Reading: We are practicing many reading strategies. This week we will practice reading strategies using informational books. We will identify when we do not know a word. We will practice asking questions to gain understanding of this unknown word.  We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime.  We will also practice identifying rhyming words as well as the number of syllables in a word. Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)  

                  Review:     jump not                                                          New words:    boy girl   his

Math: We will begin Module 4. Our Homework Book will be sent home on Monday. This unit will focus on how to add numbers 0 to 5 using number bonds. 

Science: We will continue to learn about Gravity as a force that pulls objects down to the earth. We will also see how objects can change directions using ramps.

Social Studies: We will continue our unit in “Who am I?” We will learn about ways to learn about the past. We can put historical events in order from Beginning, Middle, and End.  

Writing: This week we will continue with informational writing. We will begin writing about polar bears and write 2-3 facts about the topic. Please practice stretching for the sounds and using finger spaces between words with your child each day for homework. These writing skills are very important for moving into first grade.

Thank you for all you do!

Weekly Newsletter Jan. 27-31

                                 Kindergarten Weekly News

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 21st week of Kindergarten! 

Wednesday, January 29th – Field Trip to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. 

Upcoming Reminders- Friday, Feb. 7th there is NO school for kindergarten students ONLY!

We hope that each one of our students is able to login and access Clever for awesome learning opportunities on i Ready. Please see your child’s teacher if you have questions about Clever. These online tools are great ways to practice for the NWEA as well as strengthen math and literacy skills.

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on THURSDAY this week! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is fig) 

1. big

2. pig

3. wig

4. look

5. it

6. you

Reading: We are practicing many reading strategies. This week we will make connections between 2 informational texts and/or photographs. We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime. We are learning about digraphs. This week we will focus on the sh sound. In addition to these strategies Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)  

           Review:        will dog                                                     

 New words:     jump not

Math: We will continue to compare sets of objects with numerals to 10 using the math words “greater than, less than, and equal to”. 

Science: We will continue to learn about Gravity as a force that pulls objects down to the earth. We will also see how objects can change directions. 

Social Studies: We will continue our unit in “Who am I?” We will learn about ways to learn about the past. This week will create a timeline.

Writing: This week we will continue with informational writing. We are learning about Polar Bears. We will write 2-3 facts about Polar Bears. Please practice stretching for the sounds and using finger spaces between words with your child each day for homework. These writing skills are very important for moving into first grade.

Thank you for all you do!

Weekly News Jan 20-24th

Hello Kindergarten Families! Happy 20th week of Kindergarten! 

The Kindergarten students will be taking the NWEA Math test this week. It is very important that your child get both a good night’s sleep as well as a healthy breakfast before coming to class. Please encourage your child to do their best on this test and to take their time. This is a very important test that tells us how your child is retaining the knowledge learned in kindergarten. 

Winter is certainly here and it is cold! Please remember if you send your child to school with winter boots, they need to bring gym shoes to school to change into.

Reminders:

Monday, January 20th NO School. Martin Luthur King Day

Tuesday, January 21st half day. 11:45 dismissal 

Wednesday, January 29th – Field Trip to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. 

Spelling: Here are the words for this week. Please be sure to help your child practice EVERYDAY! The test is on FRIDAY! Your child will be tested on three word family words and three sight words. * We will also give your child a “cold word” to spell. This is a word that follows the pattern of the word family. (an ex. is tan) 

1. jet

2. get

3. wet

4. like

5. my

6. no

Reading: This week will work on asking and answering questions in a non fiction text. We will also spend time learning how to blend the beginning sounds with the rime. We will also introduce the digraph “ch”. Please practice the following sight words: (These are words your child needs to recognize and read by sight.)

Review:  an so     me                                 New words this week:   will dog

Math: We will continue to compare sets of objects with numerals to 10 using the math words “greater than, less than, and equal to”. 

Science: We will introduce Gravity as a force that pulls objects down to the earth. 

Social Studies: We will continue our unit in “Who am I?” We will learn about ways to learn about the past. Examples would be: books, diary, computer, pictures. Please send in a baby picture of your child and a picture of when they were around 2 or 3 years old to share with the class.

Writing: This week we will continue to work on informational writing. We will write questions and answers about penguins. 

Homework ideas this week: Please continue to read the books and review the sight words in your child’s reading bag. Continue counting to 100! Please remember, your child needs to know their sight words to become a fluent reader. You may also visit I ready. In addition, please encourage your child to write a sentence each day! We are working on stretching the words and writing the sounds we hear, beginning our sentences with an uppercase letter, and ending our sentences with a period or exclamation point. Many of the children also need to work on adding more detail to their drawings to help tell the ideas in their sentence. Please don’t forget about practicing for the spelling test on Friday. Thanks for all you do!