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.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 working with fairy tales and learning about royalty. We will be comparing and contrasting stories such as the Cinderella and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. When you read with your child at home, discuss how the character in the book is like a character in another book you have read. What is the same about what happened, what is different? Just keep questioning and discussing what you read-that will lead to better comprehension and more enjoyment.
After we finish with kings and queens, we will be reading about seasons and weather. This is a great time for that subject as we just began winter and now have been in school during three seasons.
We are working on letters, 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. We are currently working on blending consonant clusters. This means we are learnig how to blend words that have two or more consonants together (i.e. frog, clog). We will move into diagraphs next (sh, ch, wh, etc.). Keep helping your child to sound out words as they are reading. They should know all of their sounds and letters and be able to read most three letter 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 are:
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.
In Social Studies, we will be working on these standards:
SS.K.A.1.1 – Develop an understanding of how to use and create a timeline.
SS.K.A.3.1 – Use words and phrases related to chronology and time to explain how things change and to sequentially order events that have occurred in school.
SS.K.A.3.2 – Explain that calendars represent days of the week and months of the year.
Of course, we are still working on how to solve disagreements and make decisions and how to work together.
Children this age frequently have trouble with keeping the months of the year in order, in understanding the difference between tomorrow and yesterday, and the past and future. We will be working on all of this and will also be discussing Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. as his birthday approachs.
In Science our standards are:
SC.K.P.10.1 Observe that things that make sound vibrate. We will make simple musical instruments such as shakers as part of this.
At the end of the month we will begin the following:
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.
This is always an interesting unit and many of the students are amazed that the moon can be seen in the daytime. I have been looking for when we are on the playground to point it out so they have a better understanding that this something that really happens.
SC.K.E.5.6 Observe that some objects are far away and some are nearby as seen from Earth.