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 continue to be on the following standards:
LAFS.K.RL.3.9 - With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experience of characters in familiar stories. This can be difficult for children as they cannot see how characters in two stories can be alike.
LAFS.K.RI.3.9 - With prompting and support, identify basic similarities and differences between two texts (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
Right now we are reading about seasons and weather. Our next unit will be Colunbus and Pilgrims. While this seems out of sync with the calendar, I am sure your students will learn a lot about these explorers.
We have continued to work on sounds and blending. We have introduced the diagraphs sh, th, ch. This allows your child to sound out a lot more words. Please work with your child on any work that comes home in their folders. I will be sending reading passages home. Please read them with your child until they can read them easily without sounding ourt words.
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 continue to be:
MAFS.K.G.1.1- Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
MAFS.K.G.1.2- Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
MAFS.K.MD.2.3- Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.
Your child should be able to recognize circles, squares, rectangles, hexagons, triangles, cubes, cyliners, and spheres. They should be able to describe the shape to include the number of sides, vertices, and edges. They should be able to recognize the shape regardless of size or orientation. Many children have trouble with triangles as they think in needs to have all three sides the same and the point to the top.
We will so move on the working with:
MAFS.K.OA.1.a - Use addition and subtraction within 10 to solve word problems involving both addends unknown, e.g., by using objects, drawings, and equations with symbols for the unknown numbers to represent the problem.
MAFS.K.OA.1.2- Solve addition and subtraction word problems1, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.
We will be working on addition and subtraction for quite a while because being able to quickly add/subtract within 10 is a very important skill needed as they go into first grade.
In Social Studies, we will be working on these standards:
SS.K.G.1.1 – Describe the relative location of people, places, and things by using positional words.
SS.K.G.1.2 – Explain that maps and globes help to locate different places and that globes are a model of the Earth.
SS.K.G.1.3 – Identify cardinal directions (north, south, east, west).
SS.K.G.1.4 – Differentiate land and water features on simple maps and globes.
SS.K.G.2.1 – Locate and describe places in the school and community.
SS.K.G.2.2 – Know one’s own phone number, street address, city or town and that Florida is the state in which the student lives.
SS.K.G.3.1 – Identify basic landforms.
SS.K.G.3.2 – Identify basic bodies of water.
SS.K.G.3.3 – Describe and give examples of seasonal weather changes, and illustrate how weather affects people and the environment.
These geography standards will take us through Spring Break. We are learning about weather right now. When you are in the car with your child, discuss what you are seeing and what places you are passing. Students need to learn about places in the community. We will also be learning about landforms and bodies of water. They students usually like this unit and are surprised at how much more water there is on the planet than there is land.
In Science our standards are:
SC.K.E.5.1 Explore the Law of Gravity by investigating how objects are pulled toward the ground unless something holds them up.
SC.K.E.5.2 – Recognize the repeating pattern of day and night.
SC.K.E.5.3 – Recognize that the Sun can only be seen in the daytime.
SC.K.E.5.4 Observe that sometimes the Moon can be seen at night and sometimes during the day.
SC.K.E.5.5 Observe that things can be big and things can be small as seen from Earth.
SC.K.E.5.6 Observe that some objects are far away and some are nearby as seen from Earth.
You can help at home be noting things you can see in the daytime and things you can see at night. Most children do not really comprehend how many animals are out at night. Also, comment on how small things look when they are far away--like an airplane flying overhead.