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Week 4- Bears (Fiction and Nonfiction)

September 8, 2019 by Miss Morrison

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. This week we will be writing about colors we like.

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.

We have a dress up day at school, this Wednesday, September 11th. For $1 your child may wear red, white, and blue attire. The clothes must cover the same amount that the school uniform covers (no tank tops or short shorts, no flip flops). If you do not wish to participate in the dress up day, your child will just wear their uniform. Please put $$ in your child’s binder and we will collect it in the morning. (all $$ goes to the family engagement committee)

HOMEWORK:

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

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! (The lyrics to this song, along with pictures of the animals for each letter are coming home in their binders on Monday)

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 IXL 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.