As I have said before, 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.1.1 - With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
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.
These standards are based on informative text, but we are also working on similiar standards for literature. We use both types of text in our classroom. At home, you can
We are currently reading mainly about our senses.
Please review all work that your child brings home. Practice the "tricky words" with them. Once they are automatically recalled, their reading improves tremendously. We will be introducing sounds and how to blend them to make words. We will go quickly, so it is important for you to go over their work with them on a daily basis.
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. 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).
While these seem like easy standards, many students still cannot just start from any number to count on, but must go back to 1 to count.
The numbers five and ten are very important numbers and those need to be automatic. They are the basis for all we do in math, so we spend time on how to show them and on how to make them. We are using 10-frames in class and looking at how many more it takes to make 10. Students need to learn that a full 10-frame does not need to counted--they should just know it is ten. Have your count whenever you can--as far as they can go. Skip counting is also something easy to practice at home.
In Social Studies, we will be working on these standards:
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.
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.
We have been spending lots of time working on being a good citizen in our classroom and our school. Resolving conflicts is something that is difficult for all of us, so you can imagine the trouble a group of five year olds have. I encourage your children to talk to each other, not always come to me to settle things. It is amazing to see they solutions they can come up with. You can discuss rules and ways to get along at home with your child. Encourage them to thing of solutions to problems and talk about why rules are necessary.
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 Recognize the five senses and related body parts.
SC.K.P.10.1-Observe that things that make sound vibrate.
We have been seeing that learning comes from careful observation and your children have been having lots of fun observing different things. As we work on our senses, we will be doing centers designed to use our senses to make observations and to learn about things. This is always fun as we get to taste, touch, hear, smell and see new things. We also spend time making vibrations--using rulers, coat hangers, tuning forks and paper tubles. If you have any empty paper tubes at home, please send them in so we can make musical instruments.
Recording in our science notebooks is an important part of what we are learning. This is new to the class, so are recording are in the beginning stages. They will improve as the year goes on and you will soon be able to really get a sense of what they are learning. If possible, introduce your child to new experiences, new food, new things using their senses. Discuss what senses they are using and how it can impact they way they see things.