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K-218 News – Week of October 15

Hello K-218 families! Thanks for coming to our first family visit this week. I hope you enjoyed getting to see our partner reading literacy work in action – check out some pictures here! Since temperatures are falling, please make sure your children are dressed appropriately for colder weather. We are continuing to go outside for recess everyday and it’s important for them to be comfortable in the cold weather. It’s also imperative that your children can put on and remove their own coats and accessories. I know they’re little, but believe me, they can do it! As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s a tall order to get 25 kids ready to go outside multiple times a day. We’re working toward independence when it comes to self-care so your support and encouragement are really appreciated! Read on for updates on activities from the week, and for more information about upcoming news and events.

Letters-of-the-Day and Sight Words

Letters from this week included: c and o. We learned the sound each letter makes and how to write each letter. Please help your child to review these letters by having them tell you the name of each letter, the picture (c / cat, o / octopus) associated with it, the sound it makes and the motion. These letters can now be added to your sight word / letter & sound book, along with: u, i, n, m, t, f, and b.

We added “we,” “you” and “I” to our sight word list. Please add this to your child’s sight word book.

Reminder: sight words learned earlier include “to,” “a/A,” “was,” “the,” “me,” “can,” and “like.” While you’re reading, please point these words out to your child and encourage him/her to do the same!

Math Update

Our class has been working on a new unit in math called What Comes Next? The focus of the unit is constructing and extending patterns. Throughout the unit, students have been copying, constructing and extending simple repeating patterns, as well as beginning to identify the unit of a repeating pattern. We’ve had interesting discussions about whether a pattern can have more than 3 colors/shapes/etc. At first, many kids explained that a pattern couldn’t have more than 3 repeating elements and still be a pattern. Others disagreed and have been helping to provide examples (we noticed our bead string is a pattern of 5 red and 5 white beads!). You can support our work at home by asking your child to describe the patterns you find together or even to create a pattern. Find household items you and your child can use to make patterns: bottle tops, coins, keys, and buttons are just a few.

4th Grade Buddies

We met with 4th grade buddies this week to work together around Peck Slip’s “Book of the Month,” Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman. After reading the book and talking about similarities and differences, kindergarteners worked with their 4th grade buddies to create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast themselves. Check out some pictures from the session.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be on Thursday, November 15 (from 12:30-3:30 pm and 4:30-7:15 pm). To help with scheduling, our school uses a web-based program called PTCFast. You can access the site here (our class code is Z2X1226906) so that you can each choose your preferred times. If you would like to switch times with someone who has already booked, feel free to coordinate with them directly.

Housekeeping

  • Dustpan/brush / We’re still on the hunt for a dustpan and brush to clean up the sand spills from our sensory table. Let me know if you’re able to donate one to us! UPDATE: THANKS TO KATIE (OLIVIA’S MOM) FOR DONATING A DUSTPAN AND BRUSH FOR US!
  • Playdough / We also need a new batch of playdough. I made the last one and wanted to offer it up for one of you to make at home this time? It’s actually really fun (and VERY easy). Let me know and I can send you the recipe. UPDATE: THANKS TO STEPHANIE (SIMONE’S MOM) FOR OFFERING TO MAKE US A NEW BATCH!
  • Apples / I’m thinking of making applesauce with the class at some point during the next few weeks. If you happen to be going apple picking and would like to provide apples for us, let me know! We’ll need about 25-30. 

Scholastic Reading Club

One more week to order books! The deadline for October orders is 10/26 – visit scholastic.com/readingclub and enter LTKX2!

K-218 News – Week of October 8

Hello K-218 families! We began using the sensory table (it’s filled with sand at the moment) and are on the lookout for a dustpan and brush for the kids to use cleaning up spills. Let me know if you have one to donate! Read on for updates on activities from the week, and for more information about upcoming news and events.

First “Family Morning” Visit

Our first family visit is coming up! This Tuesday, October 16th at 8:30am, you are invited into the classroom to read with your child. In order to ensure that you and your child have a great time please follow a few guidelines:

  • Cell phones should be silenced and and put away
  • Read along to and with your child
  • Talk to each other and ask questions like, “What do you notice?” “What do you wonder?” “Do you have a favorite part?” “Do you see any sight words?”
  • Give your child your full attention – it means a lot to them that you’re here
  • HAVE FUN!

See you all on Tuesday!

Letters-of-the-Day and Sight Words

Letters from this week included: i and u. We learned the sound each letter makes and how to write each letter. Please help your child to review these letters by having them tell you the name of each letter, the picture (i / itch, u / up) associated with it, the sound it makes and the motion. These letters can now be added to your sight word / letter & sound book, along with: n, m, t, f, and b.

We added “to,” “a / A” (pronounced “uh”) and “was” to our sight word list. Please add this to your child’s sight word book.

Reminder: sight words learned earlier include “the,” “me,” “can,” and “like.” While you’re reading, please point these words out to your child and encourage him/her to do the same!

Library Visit

We had our first visit to the library with Sarah today. We got to interview her and find out about the library. She also read a story to the class and explained how checking out books will work for our next visit. Check out pictures from our visit here!

Scholastic Reading Club

The deadline for October orders is 10/26 – visit scholastic.com/readingclub and enter LTKX2!

K-218 News – Week of October 1

Hello K-218 families! We had a busy and full week! Next Friday we’ll begin our bi-weekly visits to the library; kids will meet our librarian, Sarah, learn about how the library works and how to browse for books. In the coming weeks, they’ll begin to check out books (to keep in school). Read on for updates on activities from the week, and for more information about upcoming news and events.

Letters-of-the-Day and Sight Words

Letters from this week included: n and m. We learned the sound each letter makes and how to write each letter. Please help your child to review these letters by having them tell you the name of each letter, the picture (n / nut, m / man) associated with it, the sound it makes and the motion. You can feel free to add the following letters to the letter/sound & sight word book: n, m, t, f, and b.

We added “the” to our sight word list. Please add this to your child’s sight word book.

Reminder: sight words learned earlier include “me,” “can,” and “like.” While you’re reading, please point these words out to your child and encourage him/her to do the same!

The Numeral Song

To help kids learn how to write numbers 1-10, we introduced Dr. Jean’s “Numeral Song.” Its simple motions and catchy lyrics have been a big hit in our classroom, with kids singing along while writing numbers. You can check it out here.

4th Grade Buddies

We’ll be meeting up with Allison & Jamila’s 4th grade class once a month, which provides an opportunity for our classes to work together on small projects and social skills. Allison, Jamila and I met to match the children (I taught about half of her students last year in 3rd grade and also had many of them when they were kindergarteners!). We tried to match the strengths of the older children with the needs of the younger ones. After much anticipation we had our initial “meet & greet” last week (check out pictures here), and will continue to meet together each Friday afternoon. Some of the activities the children will work on include: reading, arts & crafts, “sharing the pen” with 4th grade buddies (shared writing and drawing), board/math games, and more. For our first meeting, buddies interviewed and drew portraits of one another. Ask your child about his/her buddy and check out pictures of our first meeting here!

Scholastic Reading Club

The deadline for October orders is 10/26 – visit scholastic.com/readingclub and enter LTKX2!

Buddies!

We got to meet our buddies this week!

Fundations Practice

You can get a glimpse of the Fundations letter/picture/sound cards we practice to help kids learn all letter/sound correspondences. Check it out here!

K-218 News – Week of September 24

Hello K-218 families! I can’t quite believe it, but Monday marks the beginning of October! This was our first 5-day week, and boy, was it a full one! I got a chance to read one-on-one with nearly everyone for literacy assessments, and was really glad to have time to spend with each child individually. I’ve been noticing kids coming to school with toys recently and I just wanted to send a reminder about our no-toys-in-school policy; consider this my official moratorium on the toys – please keep them at home. Remember: when in doubt, leave it at home. Read on for updates on activities from the week, and for more information about upcoming news and events.

Letters-of-the-Day and Sight Words

We have begun our literacy work during which we learn about letters and their corresponding sounds. For this, we learn a letter and its sound, the picture with which it is associated, and accompanying motion, as well as how to write it. When kids say the letter, they are taught to say the letter’s name, the picture and then the sound while also demonstrating the motion. Check it out here. This week’s letters included: t (t, top, /t/), f (f, fun, /f/) and b (b, bat, /b/). We also learned our first sight words: like, me, can.

As I mentioned in my letter yesterday, I made and sent home sight word / letter&sound books today in your child’s folder. Please help your child to review the words mentioned above and included in the book EVERY DAY by having him/her read them to you. From here on out, check back each week to find out the latest sight words so you can add them to the book as we go.

Please also help your child to review the letters WE’VE LEARNED SO FAR each day by having them tell/show you:

  • the name of each letter
  • the picture with which it is associated
  • the sound it represents
  • the motion that accompanies the sound

You may want to cut out the square of the letters we’ve learned each week and tape them into the book (sight words can start from the beginning of the book and letters from the back!).

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Our SEL has continued with the introduction of the “I feel ________. I can _________.” tool for students. We read several feelings books, including The Feelings Book by Todd Parr, How Do You Feel? by Anthony Browne and When Sophie Gets Angry–Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang. These books allowed us to talk about different feelings (what they look like, how they might happen, etc), our own feelings and what we can do about them. We created a list of strategies to help change a feeling; for example, if someone is feeling sad or mad, s/he might read a book, draw a picture or take deep  breaths to change how s/he feels. We created a place in our “Peace Slip” for kids to use the tool independently so that they can learn to identify their feelings and try a strategy to help get back to calm.

Get Started with Dreambox

Dreambox math learning, an online, interactive, adaptive math program that is endorsed by math educators has been set up for our classroom. It offers great kid-friendly math practice that is well-aligned to our curriculum. Dreambox adjusts to students’ math level based on how they do on each progressive lesson. The software will only move the child forward if they have mastered the skills needed to support the learning of the successive lessons.

You will receive your child’s Dreambox login information today, please put it somewhere safe so you always have it handy. To access Dreambox, you can use our school’s link: https://play.dreambox.com/login/sqsh/mwj6. You can also read Dreambox’s welcome letter which includes directions for adding their app to your iPad, and setting up a parent account so that you can monitor your child’s progress.

Let me know if you have any questions or need help!

America Reads Tutor

We’re lucky to have some extra hands in our class. Nelson Liang is a student at NYU who comes to us through their America Reads program, and is with us on Wednesdays. This is the 2nd year he’s worked in my classroom – he is terrific!

Scholastic Reading Club

September orders have been placed and I will send books home in your child’s backpack as soon as they arrive. October flyers will be sent home next week and the deadline for ordering is 10/26 – visit scholastic.com/readingclub and enter LTKX2!