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November 1, 2020

Cultural Expectations

                                                                                               

Reading

We are READERS!  There is a lot of excitement and pride around reading in kindergarten this time of year! 

Ways to support your child's reading development!

  • Have conversations with your child about various topics
  • Developing Oral Language is a precursor to Reading Development.
  • Read Alouds: reading to your child and talking about the book
  • Provide opportunities for your child to handle books, turn the pages
  • Read words, both familiar and new, that are all around you (i.e. the word "STOP" on a road sign, the word "milk" on a container, the word "play" on a controller)

Your child may....

  • Look at pictures and talk about them
  • Pretend reading by using the pictures and/ or prior knowledge of the book 
  • Memorize a favorite book and "read" it to you
  • Shared reading: as you read, your child can help by reading the words they know
  • Traditional reading: be sure to give them an opportunity to talk about their reading with you

Celebrate all your child's reading experiences!

High Frequency Words

 High-Frequency words (They appear "frequently" when we are reading, writing, and speaking.) or Sight words (some words are trick words as we can't sound them out so we need to learn them by "sight").

  • Try just making 3  flashcards: one card with your child's name and then on the other two cards use the words me and  the
  • Once your child can read those three words in a SNAP, add two new words!
  • Any time you see those words...... they are all around us!

Your child's name is more than likely a word you can start with. Most children know their name by "sight".

Here is the list of Kindergarten Trick Words

Songs and Poems

FUNdations!

Fundations UNIT 5

Please let me know if you'd like a hard copy sent home.





Writing  CVC  Words!

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consonant  vowel  consonant

Choose a picture.  Write the word.  

Writing

Writers use pictures and words!

                  Ideas

                

 

Writers can add letters and/or words to their illustrations!

Handwriting

Math

Numbers 10–20 and Counting to 100

REMINDER: Under the practice tab there are some YouTube videos I've viewed and selected to reinforce our learning at school. Once the video is over YouTube offers other video options.  Those videos we do not use in school.  Be sure to always monitor your child when they are on their Chromebooks.  Thank you!

Practice number writing at home!

**Some end-of-the-year goals for kindergarten are:

  • counting to 100 by 1's and 10's  Keep expanding your child's counting!
  • writing numbers 0-20

Problem Set!

The Problem Set portion of a math lesson gives students the opportunity to practice what was taught during the lesson.  Not all students will complete the entire Problem Set during the time we have available in school.  Students are welcomed to complete a Problem Set at home for continued practice. This is only an opportunity, not an expectation.  They do not need to be returned to school.

Science

 Needs of Plants and Animals: Milkweed and Monarchs. Students help a group of children figure out why there are no more monarch caterpillars in a community garden and how to bring them back. Students conduct hands-on investigations to figure out what plants need in order to live and thrive. They ask questions and learn about the system of plants and animals that live together in a habitat. They figure out patterns in the life cycles of living things by reading and analyzing photographs.

Pushes and Pulls: Designing a Pinball Machine. Students take on the role of pinball machine engineers as they explore the effects of forces on the motion of an object. They consider cause and effect and structure and function as they design and build their own pinball machines. They analyze data from their tests using mathematical thinking. Students also gather evidence of forces at work in their school.