Kindergarten Monthly Newsletter
All About March
We are coming to the end of this unit: Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles. The students have been working very hard and are still activating their “super powers” to take on more challenging books. They’ve been learning”
· To use patterns to help them read by drawing on what they already know and how to figure out trickier patterns in books.
· To figure out the changing words in a pattern.
· To notice varied punctuation.
· To talk about books and retell them.
· To check their reading (Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right?)
· To work with partners to figure out challenging parts.
· To give book introductions.
· To use their letter-sound knowledge to help them read.
· To notice consonant clusters to help solve unknown words.
· To look to the ends of words as they read.
· To preview a page and locate known words before reading.
· To get their mouths ready for digraphs and blends.
· To use “extra strength” super powers.
· To remember to make predictions.
· To retell stories.
The students have been working hard in our Informational Writing Unit. They are writing How-To Books (writing to teach others). The students have been learning:
· To study the kind of writing they plan to make by using mentor texts.
· To use what they already know by touching and telling the steps across the pages.
· To envision the steps in a How-To book and to revise if they don’t make sense.
· To confer with their writing partners.
· To label their diagrams to teach even more information.
· To emulate features of informational writing by using a mentor text.
· To picture each step and choose the right words.
· To elaborate by offering suggestions, warnings, and tips to readers.
· To use new strategies to revise old work.
· To write a series or collection of how-to books.
· To write introductions and conclusions.
· Practiced counting to 100 by ones and tens.
· Practiced number sequence to 100.
· Practiced counting on from a given number.
· Compared sets of up to 20 objects.
· Practiced concepts of fewer, less, more, most, and fewest.
Sight words: one, from, they, are, this, was, with, had
Two sight words are introduced each week. We practice them through songs, poems, and word work activities. Everyone is doing great with learning their sight words! They are very excited to bring their individual sight word folders home each day to share and practice with you! Thanks for the support at home! The kids are moving quickly through their lists and earning “gumballs” on their gumball machine!
Letters: J, W, Z, Q, Y, V, ending sounds T, X
The students have been practicing letter and sound recognition through phonics activities, workbook pages, and letter games.
St. Patrick’s Day—We read books, watched a video, and did activities. A class favorite was making Leprechaun traps! 😊
Dr. Seuss—We learned about Dr. Seuss, did lots of rhyming games, and read many of his books. We even ate some green eggs!