Our exploration of the rainforest habitat continues this week. We will be reading nonfiction books about sloths as well as fiction stories that star sloths. We will also be beginning an author study on the wonderful Eric Carle. I’m super excited about sharing not only his stories, but his artwork and ways of cultivating his ideas with the kindergartners!
We continue our PBL work on our animals. We will be focusing on writing about our animals diet this week.
We begin a new math unit this week- Addition! This week we will be spending a lot of time on developing fluency with combinations to 5. We will, in fact, be spending a lot of time on addition (and subtraction) for the remainder of our year as these are skills that we strongly desire students to have fluency with.
This week students will be counting out collections of 100 items. This is an exploration of how it is easier to use our handy dandy groups of 10. A gallon sized baggie came home with your child last week, please assist them in counting out 100 small objects. Sanity saver: use the groups of ten strategy as you help count out the objects- it makes it so much easier to keep track when distractions or interruptions happen. If the items do not fit in the provided single bag, they will NOT work well for this activity. If your child does not bring a bag of items, they will still participate in the counting activities, but it won’t be quite as much fun. There were a couple students who did not have their bag today so please make sure you count out 100 items tonight if you have not over the weekend.
Thank you for your support!
10 minutes each night. Reading can include reading stories, the poems in the binder, and sight word fluency.
Your child should ideally be spending time with familiar texts (such as the printed books they bring home), as they help reinforce sight words in context and using word solving strategies. However, these books are not real meaty when it comes to comprehension, so they should also be spending time with trade books (high quality children’s literature- like from the local library or bookstore). These books lend themselves better to conversations. When you read to them, you are also providing important modeling of a fluent reader and a pleasant reading experience.
Remember, math should be done for 10 minutes each night.
IXL does offer several objectives that allow for practice with Addition up to 5 (skill section I), however they use the math symbols + and =. These are not yet included as a focus in our math instruction. We are working on laying a strong foundation with the important part-part-whole concept so we emphasis the language of ___ and ___ make___ at first.
For homework this week, if you wish, you may try out the IXL I skills and simply connect the symbols to the language used in class. If this makes sense to your child and is not causing confusion or stress, this can be your child’s homework practice.
ALTERNATIVELY, you may continue to have your child practice any skill in IXL that you wish. This is also a great time for your child to play math based games, preferably with an emphasis on solving math stories or addition based dice or card games. It is best to start with lower numbers/amounts and work up to larger amounts as your child builds confidence and fluency. You can use materials that were sent home, online or printable activities, or traditional board/card games that have a math component.