Our theme this week is Costumes. We will read the delightful book Harriet Gets Carried Away which features a girl who loves costumes. We will also be reading a nonfiction book about Halloween. We will be practicing our comprehension skills of making connections and predicting. We have two animal friends that help us remember to use these skills when reading-
Text to Tiger reminds us to Make Connections. This includes connecting what we are currently reading to:
* other texts we’ve read
* ourselves (feelings, experiences, opinions)
* the world around us (friends, family members, people of other cultures)
Predicting Panda reminds us to Make Predictions. This involves using the pictures we see and the words we hear to think about what a book is going to be about. We think about what might happen next in the story or the kinds of things I may learn from a nonfiction book. An important part of making a quality prediction is being able to tell other people why we are thinking what we are thinking. Something that can be confusing when learning about making predictions is that a prediction is not “bad” or “wrong” just because what I thought would happen didn’t happen in the author’s story- as long as I used information to make a prediction that was reasonable, it’s good 🙂
We will be learning about asking and answering questions, including the use of a question mark. Differentiating between asking a question and making a comment can be a bit tricky for Kinders.
This week we begin work in writing that will be part of a PBL (Project Based Learning). Students will be asking and answering questions to get to know each other better. This writing work is likely to span several weeks.
In math, we continue our work with numbers up to 10.
Wednesday will be a very busy day for us with a visit from our local firefighters, our costume parade (ALL STUDENTS ARE ABLE AND ENCOURAGED TO WEAR COSTUMES TO SCHOOL ON HALLOWEEN), a little music presentation, and our class party.
The kiddos have finished up their time in music and we’ll be moving on to art next week for their specials. To tie up the end of music, the music teacher wanted to do a little presentation. This will be Wednesday at 12:00 in the music room.
Our Halloween Party is going to be right after the presentation on Wednesday at 12:30. The party will go until 2:00.
please refer back to my email sent out last Thursday about keeping binders organized. Several did not have their current sight word list in their binder today which needs to be kept in their binder because we do activities with their sight words every day.
10 minutes each night. Reading can include reading stories, the poems in the binder, sight words, and working on alphabet sounds and letter names. Please make sure sight words are a small portion of your child’s homework each night.
I had a parent inquire about what reading during homework should look like, so I would like to clarify.
We just started reading groups so your child should be getting more paper books that they are familiar with to bring home. It may also help to remember that there are 3 kinds of reading at this age.
1) Reading the pictures- this is when students talk about what they notice in the pictures and can include what the character may be thinking, feeling, or doing. This type of reading is appropriate when the book is an unfamiliar one that they are interested in, but it is well above their independent reading level.
2) Retelling- this is when a child shares what they remember hearing when the book was read aloud to them, as well as what they see happening in the pictures. This is often used with texts that are also well above their independent reading level.
3) Reading the words- this is when a child carefully reads the words on each page. The child should be using the pictures and the letters in the words to make sure they match and the sentence makes sense. This also involves recognizing sight words as they come across them.
Reading time can and should include a mix of your child reading to you and you reading to them because both are valuable in different ways.
It is also worth mentioning that young students thrive on repetition. We as adults may cringe at reading the same book for what has to be the 47th time, but if your child is still highly engaged in that book it is because they are still getting a lot out of it. It is very important to have your child drive the book selection whenever possible.
If you have a question or there is something you just aren’t quite sure about, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you are wondering, I want to be able to help and there is also a chance other parents are wondering something similar as well.
Remember, math should be done for 10 minutes.
Optional IXL objectives:
Tuesday – C.6 Count on ten frames – up to 10
Wednesday- No homework tonight! We hope your family is able to enjoy some seasonal memory making!
Skills can be revisited and repeated to increase your child’s automaticity.