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Week 4- Bears (Fiction and Non Fiction)

September 8, 2019 by Timbra Vaughn

This week we will be enjoying the story Bear Snores On, as well as reading a nonfiction book about bears. With this week’s theme, we jump into an important concept, distinguishing between fiction and nonfiction. Students will be learning about how works of fiction are stories that are made up and works of nonfiction teach us real information and facts. You can reinforce these concepts when reading with your child by having them identify what they are reading using these terms and having them explain how they know. These terms are very similar and are often switched or used inconsistently which makes it important that the students have many encounters with the terms and opportunities to use them appropriately in their conversations.

This week, we begin a phonemic awareness focus of rhyming. Kindergartners need to be able to identify rhyming words as well as generate their own examples. This link includes a couple of ideas you can use to reinforce this skill at home, if you are interested: http://www.4nannies.com/blog/10-fun-rhyming-games-to-play-with-kids/

The students are now working to incorporate all 3 Ways to Write (detailed pictures, letter/sound labels, and planned out sentences) to craft their writing pages. They are doing impressive jobs, especially with only 3 weeks of Kindergarten under their belts!

In math, we are starting our second unit of study. We will be focusing on developing a strong sense of amount, strengthening one-to-one correspondence when counting objects, and attaching numerals to corresponding amounts. We will also be addressing proper writing formation for numerals, which can be trickier than it sounds.

The students will meet another Tribble this week- No Put Downs. This Tribble helps us recognize how our words can upset and hurt others. It also helps us realize that our words can uplift others as well, which will lead into our final Tribble- Appreciations. Part of the importance of No Put Downs is learning how to use our words to help others and solve problems together. The story The Crayon Box That Talked illustrates both impacts. (We also have several activities this week that will have us working with color words.)

Our Listen to Reading station is in full swing this week. If you have not yet, please send in some over-the-head, inexpensive headphones that can stay here at school, as soon as you are able. Only a limited amount of children can visit this station per day, so if you need a bit of time to get your child’s headphones- no worries.

Homework Logs are a requirement set by the school. Please make sure that your child’s log is being filled out.

Uniform socks are traditionally black, white or navy in color. If your child wishes to wear socks or leggings that are not uniform colors, they must pay $1.00 per quarter ($4.00 per year). You may drop the money in the can on the office’s desk or have your child may give it to me and I will pass it along.

Scholastic Book Clubs now have their flyers available digitally. They can be reached through this link. If you are interested in ordering, please send in or submit your online order by Thursday, September 26th. For online orders: Our class code is H8PHM. If you have an account already log in at scholastic.com/bookclubs  If you’re new to them go to scholastic.com/newparent

Reading: 

10 minutes each night.

Reading can include reading stories, the poems in the binder, and working on alphabet sounds and letter names. I strongly recommend having your child sing and act the Zoo Phonics song with you. These animals serve as fun anchors to the all important letters and sounds that we use so much!

Math:

Remember, math should be done for 10 minutes.

A strong foundational understanding of amount is very important for Kindergarten students. This week, the bulk of our math time will be built on really solidifying the knowledge of 1, 2, and 3. We want these numbers and amounts to become things the children are able to recognize instantly and work with easily. 

Your child can work on any and all of the objectives in Skill Section A: Numbers and counting up to 3. Repeated practice and skill mastery is what we are aiming for.

Optional math extension: Count small objects with your child. Have them move each object as it is counted. Have them count as high as they can. Some ideas for objects are cereal, pennies, tiny toys (Shopkins or Hot Wheels or LEGO pieces or whatever your child has a bunch of). You can add in comparing groups to see which has more and which has less/fewer.