Week in Review: Alphabet

Poem: ABC's

Sight Word: like




Reading: This week in reading we spent a good chunk of time introducing, modeling, and practicing Work on Writing. We completed the I-Chart as a class and discussed what we needed to do when making the choice to work on writing. Students were introduced to our first Work on Writing page and were required to write their name, the title of a book from their book box, then with crayons draw a picture of their favorite part from the story. They did a great job with this new choice! 
























We also spent time with the letter/letter sounds. We sang the all popular kindergarten song, "Who Let the Letters Out?" while practicing our sounds. Students are working on recognizing letters and producing the sound it makes. 








Finding Good Fit books was also a skill we learned this week. We talked about how certain shoes are worn for certain reasons. We wouldn't wear dad's shoes because they'd be too big. We wouldn't wear a baby's shoes because they would be too small. And we wouldn't wear our slippers to go outside and build a snowman. This is comparable to reading books at our reading level. For
readers to have high success in reading, they must spend time reading material
they can read with 99 ² 100 percent accuracy. We encourage students to select
books that are a good fit so that they are successful and enjoy reading.
Working on the strategy of reading appropriate level texts that are a good fit
will help your child read smoothly, engaging in texts they can read without
difficulty.


How can
you help your child with this strategy at home?
1.
When your child goes to read a text, have him or her use the I-Pick method. Ask
your child why that specific book was chosen. Ask your child “Is that a
good-fit book for you?” The I-PICK method is described below.

I--I pick a book
P--Purpose (What is my
purpose for choosing this book?)
I--Interest (Am I
interested in this book?)
C--Comprehend (Do I
understand what I just read?)
K--Know (Do I know
most of the words?)

2.
Model the I-Pick method for your child. Take a book you are reading and go
through I-Pick to set an example for what it looks like and sounds like to
review reading selection choices.

3.
Help your child recognize when a text is too difficult. They are taught to ask:
  • Are there five or more
    words on a page that I don’t know?

  • Is this book hard to
    understand?

  • When I read it does it sound choppy and slow?

Writing: We worked hard on our letters again this week. This week we worked on Dd, Cc, Ee, Ff, and Gg. Each day we finished our handwriting page with a fun activity surrounding the letter of the day. Check out the pictures below to see the fun we had! 







Math: This week we introduced the 2D shapes. We watched the 2D shape video and worked with shapes throughout the week. The 2D shapes that we work with in kindergarten are circle, triangle, square, rectangle, and hexagon. We looked for shapes around the room, we traced shapes using math manipulatives, and we traced our shapes with water colors. So much fun learning about shapes!
















Content: This week we spent the week talking about the alphabet and the letters in our names. We counted the letters in our name and charted it on the board. We found out that the majority of our names had 5 letters! 


Another day we worked on spelling our name. Each student had a baggie with letters from their name. They had to put the letters in order, glue them on their paper, then draw their best picture of themselves. 


Playdoh is always fun and interactive! We spent another day using playdoh to make our name. On Thursday we traced our name with torn paper. This was fun and also required us to work on those fine motor skills! 


Friday we ended the week with our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom craft. They had to write their name, and count the letters in their name. It was fun to incorporate such a popular children's book in with our craft this week! 
















NEXT WEEK:



Poem: Higglety Pigglety Pop!

Sight Word: the



Reading:

Students will...

-learn about print concepts (front/back cover, title, title page, where to start reading, etc.)

-practice recognizing the beginning sound in words.

-be introduced to our 3rd choice during reading; Word Work.



Writing:

Students will...

-practice writing the following letters Jj, Qq, Uu, Ss, Bb.



Math:

Students will...

-continue working with 2D shapes. Stay tuned for all the fun activities planned! 



Content:

Students will...

-be talking all about families. Our families look different and do different things, and I'm so excited to hear all about the families that are apart of our class this year. Please make sure that your child brings a family photo with them to school on Monday. 



Once you've checked out the blog post for this week, please send me an email telling me your child's favorite candy. :)



Upcoming Events:

September 7: Labor Day No School

September 9: PAC Meeting 3:45

September 16: School Pictures

September 30: Field Trip to Exploration Acres (more info to come)

October 9: End of 9 weeks

August 21

Poem: I Clap My Hands

Sight Word: I





Reading:
Students practiced building their stamina again this week while reading to self. We reviewed the I-Chart and practiced doing the right thing and reading the whole time. We also spent time talking about the vowels (hard workers). We reviewed the hard workers by:
-using an app that had us spot the vowel by listening to the sound
-reviewing the sounds by going on a letter hunt
-watching vowel bat (video similar to bat man but reviews letter sounds).
-playing SWAT IT! This is a recognition game used with fly swatters. When I say the letter or letter sound a loud then they use the fly swatter to "swat" at the letter.
-finding them in our poem for the week.






















Writing:

This week we focused on a letter a day. During this time we use the letter chart to show the letter, how to form the letter, read a short story with lots of words with that letter, and review pictures cards with words all starting with that letter. After the letter chart we watch the letter song. (All songs shown in class can be found on YouTube if you search the letter _ song. For example "the letter l song" will pull up the song for the letter l. After the song we used pencils (and markers on Friday!) to trace the capital and lowercase letter for that day. We also had some special activities to do with that letter, like making the letter with playdoh, glueing Cheerios for O.

On Friday we had our pre-writing assessment for when we start our narrative writing unit. Students were asked to write and draw about something that they love.















































Math:

In math we spent a lot of time talking about numbers 0-10. We learned a song by Dr. Jean and learned the words to sing along when writing all the numbers. We practiced counting with 1:1 correspondence using math manipulatives and later traced our numbers 1-10.






























Content:
We spent the entire week getting to know our friends in our class. We rolled dice and we used starburst to get to know our friends better. On Friday we share our All About Me bags. Students were to pick 4 items to put in their paper bag. They could include anything, but it had to fit in their bag.




















































































NEXT WEEK:

Poem: ABC's

Sight Word: like

Reading:
Students will...
-Recognize consonant sounds using zoophonics sounds and motions.
-Understand the concept of "Good Fit Books" and choose good fit books of their own.
-Begin Work on Writing.


Writing:
Students will..
-Recognize and write the letters Dd, Cc, Ee, Ff, and Gg.

Math:
Students will..
-be introduced to 2D shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, and hexagon).

Content:
Next week our theme is ABC's. We will spend the majority of the week talking about our name and the letters that are found in our name. If your child cannot write their name, please work on this skill at home. It is very important!

Upcoming Events:
September 7: Labor Day No School
September 9: PAC Meeting 3:45
September 16: School Pictures
September 30: Field Trip to Exploration Acres (more info to come)
October 9: End of