Week 18 – Making the World a Better Place

January 22, 2019 by Miss Morrison

This week, in honor of the esteemed Martin Luther King Jr, we will be focusing on ways that we can make the world around us an even better place.

We have several read alouds that will help us explore this social studies topic as we practice our important comprehension skills of predicting, making connections, picturing (identifying strong words), and retelling.

In writing, we will be thinking about ways we can improve our school, our homes, and our community.

In math, we really dive into Numbers 10-19. We have been laying the foundation for really having a strong number sense of these numbers. Getting kindergartners to understand that these numbers represent amounts that are “10 and some more” is HUGE. We are also working on being able to build combinations of numbers to 5 (ex: 1 and 4, 2 and 3, 5 and 0) and combinations of numbers to 10 (ex: 1 and 9, 2 and 8, 5 and 5). Being able to easily make groups of 5 and 10 helps students to be able to understand and manipulate amounts later on. This is a really important math unit! We are working towards being able to use these skills with ease and fluency.

On Thursday, we will experience a hands on lesson about perseverance.

I would like to thank you for reinforcing the use of Habits of Discussion and Formats Matters at home. These are important academic habits that are so beneficial for our young students to learn. When they practice skills in more than one setting, it makes them so much more likely to “stick” and to become part of the way they think and communicate with others. 

A paper with your child’s MAP score will be coming home this week. As when the score from Kindergarten screening was sent home, I want to caution you to not invest a lot of emotion in these results. Whether the score seems high or low, it is just a snapshot from one day when your child took a standardized assessment on a Chromebook. As educators, we can glean some information from such assessments, but I gain a fuller and more accurate picture of their abilities through daily classroom activities and this helps inform my instruction much more directly. If you have concerns about what you can do to help strengthen your child’s skill levels right now, the very best thing you can do with them is to read everyday together and talk about what is read (in fiction- what the characters are doing, thinking, and feeling; in nonfiction- interesting words and facts that they hear). Practicing sight words to help strengthen their word base is also very helpful. Fostering a genuine love of reading while helping them develop the skills needed to read independently are amazing gifts to give to your child. 

HOMEWORK

Reading:

10 minutes each night. Reading can include reading stories, the poems in the binder, and sight words fluency.

Math:

Remember, math should be done for 10 minutes each night.

Optional IXL objectives:

Tuesday- D.1 Count to 20

Wednesday- D.2 Count dots – 0 to 20

Thursday- D.3 Count on ten frames – up to 20