As I have said before, keep in mind that all whole group lessons will be on grade level and appropriate for all students. I am 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.RL.1.2 - With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
LAFS.K.RL.1.3 - With prompting and support, identify charachters settings, and major events in a story.
We will be working with some familiar stories and fables and will be focused on learning to retell the story and on identifying the main characters and major events. Students often get confused by main events, not realizing the difference between major events and minor details. You can work on this by discussing these topics when you read with your child. We have been talking about the plot as how the flows--the beginning, middle and end. Also, we discuss that stories usually have a problem that gets resolved by the end of the story.
Mid-month we will change our focus to the following:
LAFS.K.RL.2.4 - With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about unknown words in a story.
LAFS.K.RI.2.6 - With prompting and support, identify the author and illustrator of a text and define the role of each in presenting the ideas or information in a text.
You can help by talking about the vocabulary in stories you read and in the conversations you have with your child. Discuss who the author and illustrator are and what their jobs are with every book you read. Children have trouble keeping these straight and only repetition will help them learn.
We are working on sounds and blending and will continue to work on letter formation. We will be working on hearing sounds in words and on spelling words using what we know about the sounds. I am working in small groups at the student's level. Reading and recalling what you read are important tasks we are working on.
I will continue to challenge your children to begin writing words, sentences or more complex sentences, depending on their need.
At home, you can have your child retell a story or text you read to them. Ask about what the important parts of the text are and what the main topic was. Read two books and talk to your child about 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).
MAFS.K.CC.3.6 - Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
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, they 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 always count. Right now, we are working primarily on numbers to 10. We are beginning Chapter 3 in our workbook and will be working on "making ten" and recognizing numerals past ten.
Play games that use dice so they begin to internalize the numbers on the die. If you play using two dice, you will be helping them learn to count, recognize numbers and add.
We have been comparing numbers from 0-5, so we will focus on comparing numbers from 6-10. You can help by playing games with cards that focus on determining the highest number showing.
In Social Studies, we finish 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 will begin working on:
SS.K.A.1.2 – Develop and awareness of a primary source.
SS.K.A.2.1 – Compare children and families of today with those in the past.
SS.K.A.2.4 – Listen to and retell stories about people in the past who have shown character ideals and principles including honesty, courage, and responsibility.
We are still working on settling conflict and sharing. This will be a topic for the whole year as the students continue to grow and mature. I am trying to get them to see the value in talking things over when there is a conflict instead of coming to get adult help each time. As I said, as they mature, this will get easier.
We will be moving on as we discuss Columbus, the Pilgrims and Native Americans, and looking at our past.
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 will be finishing up with our senses and moving on to properties of matter.
SC.K.P.8.1 Sort objects by observable properties, such as size, shape, color, temperature (hot or cold), weight (heavy or light) and texture.
SC.K.P.9.1 Recognize that the shape of materials such as paper and clay can be changed by cutting, tearing, crumpling, smashing, or rolling.
Conversation at home can include discussing what things are made of and what you can see about them. Are they soft, heavy, rough, etc. This involves using observation skills and our senses.