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Week 7-Pumpkins

September 29, 2019 by Lauren Kelly

Hello Everyone-

Welcome to the 7th week of kindergarten. It’s funny how it feels like we have been in school for months and months now. But really it hasn’t been all that long. The students are in the swing of our daily routines now. They are starting to take off in their emergent kinder skills of reading, writing, and math. Seeing the growth each day is what it’s all about. 🙂 

This is the last week we will be solely concentrating on letters and sounds. Our hope is for all kindergartners to be close to having all of their letter sounds and names by the end of this week.  So, please continue to practice and discuss with your child their letter sounds and names. Zoo-Phonics is a fun and an easy way for the students to demonstrate to you that they know their sounds. We will be doing many activities with letters and sounds, but it will involve vowel sounds, blending phonemes, and learning on-set rhyme. This week we will be looking at the letters:  Ii, Ww, & Yy. Our sight words for the week are: be & big. Here is the Language Arts video for the week: Week 7 ELA Video Link

Our theme for the week is Pumpkins. We will explore the life cycle of a pumpkin. We will learn the parts of a pumpkin and what each part’s job or function is. Students will complete a STEM investigation with pumpkins on Thursday.

**If any parents would like to donate a small to medium sized pumpkin for the experiment on Thursday, I’d greatly appreciate it. We will need 6-8 pumpkins for the experiment & we already have 2 donated. We will be comparing pumpkins to what we learned about apples. 

In Math this week, we start Chapter 3 in our Dimensions Singapore math curriculum that is numbers up to 10. This chapter is the building blocks for place value! There will be a home note for parents about chapter 3 in your student’s white binder in the “keep at home” section. Please read and orient yourself with what we will be doing for the next 2 weeks in math. There is a 10-frame template on the back of the note that you can use to practice number sense with your child with any small items you have at home. (beans, erasers, coins, etc.) 

HOMEWORK: Math 10 minutes nightly on IXL.com: Modules under kindergarten C.1-C.32  Please make sure your child is completing modules within the above given module parameters. I am noticing some students completing modules and are getting many answers wrong, because it’s not something they have been exposed to yet. This can create them using and confusing math concepts.

Reading, 10 minutes nightly of your child’s choice. You can read the paper books, practice sight words,do Zoo-phonics, read books from your home/library, or any chosen reading activity. Please make sure to log this reading activity in the homework log that Oasis has provided each student in their white binder!

REMINDERS:

Coat or Jacket is needed– Now that are weather is beginning to get cooler. Your child needs to come with a jacket or coat on. When it warms up throughout the day they won’t need it, but the mornings and morning recess have been cooler. In order for students to wear the jacket inside the classroom it needs to be Oasis Logowear. However, any jacket/coat is allowed outside. 

Volunteer Hours: I have not received responses from some parent about how they will complete the volunteer hours. (It is 9 hours a trimester, so about 1 hour a week.)  Thank you to the parents that have emailed me and have begun volunteering already. We are still in need of parents to help from:

– 9:50-10:50 a.m on Monday & Wednesdays for ELA

-11:50-12:50 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday for Math

-11:00-11:45 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday for lunch &   recess duty

Sight Words: As mentioned last week in my blog. We have started sight word lists. They come home on a colored piece of construction paper and are 10 sight words that can be cut into flashcards. There are many ways to practice in more appealing ways, than just drill and kill! 

*You can lay them out face up and you say the sight word and the your child has to find it! 

*You can mix them and make a pond with them. Your child rolls a dice and picks up that many. They will then read them and the once they get right they keep; any wrong they go back into the pond. 

****If your child does not know the sight word after 3 seconds, just tell them the word. We don’t want students to stress about it. The English language is extremely tricky as many words cannot be decoded or sounded out as we teach students to do for unknown words or the word does not follow the phonemic rules we know and teach our students!