Our beginning of the year assessments are complete and we are learning to work in centers and to work in a team. We are working on learning to take care of the center materials, to work with other students and to share. Once all of this is in place, there will be many options at center time and your students will be able to choose their own centers and the work they do at the center. Please encourage them to always work hard and to challenge themselves. I keep telling them that if they never make mistakes, they are only practicing what they already know. Please keep in mind that all whole group lessons will be on grade level and appropriate for all students. I will be working in small groups with students so I can work with them at their individual level and focus on their needs. If you have any concerns about what your child is doing in class, please feel free to contact me.
In Language Arts our main focus will be on the following standards:
LAFS.K.RI.1.2 - With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
LAFS.K.RI.1.3 - With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
We will be working primarily with information text and will focus on the topic of our five senses. We will also be working on our senses in science, so the two go together very well. In addition to learning about our senses, we will be looking at some famous people who were deprived of one or more senses.
We will begin working on sounds and blending and will continue to work on letter formation. We have been counting words in sentences and will be moving on to sounds in words. While this seems basic for some of the students, I will be working in small groups at the student's level. If your child is reading, I will be challenging them to read more complex books and to be able to retell what they have read.
I will continue to challenge your children to begin writing words, sentences or more complex sentences, depending on their ability.
At home, you can have your child retell a story or text you read to them. Ask about what the key details of the text are and what the main topic was. Read two books and talk to your child about the connection between the two. It might be that they are about the same topic, but with different details or the main character in each text is similiar. Talking about what you are reading is a great way to help your child make connections and become more than a passive listener.
Have them draw a picture of what happened in a book you read. Encourage them to label the picture using "kid" spelling. If possible, have them write a sentence about what you read.
In Math our focus standards are:
MAFS.K.CC.1.1 - Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
MAFS.K.CC.1.2 - Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
MAFS.K.CC.1.3 - Read and write numerals from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0–20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
We will be looking at ways to make ten--such as 4 and 6 more or 3 and 7 more. We will be working on writing the numerals correctly and on quickly identifying numbers. When your child sees a die, he/she should begin to quickly see what number is shown. We will be working with ten frames and again, your child should be able to quickly see what number is represented instead of having to count. Right now, we are working primarily on numbers to 10. We have almost completed Chapter 1 in our math workbooks and will begin chapters 2 and then 3.
You can help by having them count whenever they can. Ask questions such as, "how many more plates do we need to set the table?" or have them read numbers on menus or at the store. Play games that use dice so they begin to internalize the numbers on the die.
In Social Studies, we will be working on these standards:
SS.K.C.1.1 – Define and give examples of rules and laws, and why they are important.
SS.K.C.1.2 – Explain the purpose and necessity of rules and laws at home, school, and community.
SS.K.C.2.1 – Demonstrate the characteristics of being a good citizen.
SS.K.C.2.2 – Demonstrate that conflicts among friends can be resolved in ways that are consistent with being a good citizen.
SS.K.C.2.3 – Describe fair ways to make group decisions.
We have been working on these standards while learning procedures and routines. The class worked on developing the rules for our class. We are focusing on making group decisions vs. individual ones, resolving conflicts between friends and on what characteristics he/she would see in a good citizen. These are hard concepts for children, especially resolving conflicts. I will frequently tell students they need to sit down and talk to each other about a problem. They need to learn to work with all of the children in the class, not just their friends and to get along without fighting/agruing. It is a learning process for all of the students and we spend a lot of time working on getting along.
At home, you can encourage your child to explain how they feel and to work things out with siblings/friends instead of always relying on an adult to "solve" problems.
In Science our standards are:
SC.K.N.1.2 Make observations of the natural world and know that they are descriptors collected using the five senses
SC.K.L.14.1(DOK 1)- Recognize the five senses and related body parts
We have been working on observing and recording. We will be expanding this to using all of our senses to describe objects. Once we describe the object, we need to be able to record our observations. The hard part here is recording accurately. Students often want to draw things in an imaginative way. In science, we need to be accurate and record correctly.
You can help at home by using descriptive words with your child. An example would be to describe the sheet on the bed as soft and their teddy bear as fluffy. An apple might be juicy, firm and smell sweet. Helping your child develop a wider vocabulary will enhance their ability to observe and describe objects.