Kindergarten News November 16-December 4 Literacy -We continue to learn about the genre of fiction, including characters, setting, problem, and solution -We are working on blending and segmenting words and using strategies to use to figure out unknown words. -We read and compared several different traditional tales Math -We worked on comparing and ordering length -We are working with benchmarks of 5 and explaining our thinking. For example… Q: “Yes, there are 7. What strategy did you use to figure that out?” A: “I knew there were 5 in the top row, so I counted on…5, 6, 7.” -We are working on representing 0-10. Writing -We continue to enjoy Writers’ Workshop 2-3 times a week. Our reading helps us as writers! -We learned that remembering special moments can help us think of things to write about. -We are working on making plans for our stories before we write and adding details to our illustrations. Science & Social Studies -We discussed wants and needs -We are learning about some things families do to celebrate during the month of December Gingerbread Fun… -Please see the attached documents for information about some of the gingerbread fun we will be having next week. -We plan to make a giant gingerbread man on Friday! Please look over the recipe and let me know if your child may not have a piece of the gingerbread man. -We are having fun reading many versions of the gingerbread man story! We have been comparing characters, setting, refrain, and ending. Math Kits -Today, your child brought home a math kit (red or blue folder with a pencil case inside). We will be sending home games to play each week. These activities will help to reinforce the skills we are working on at school. We will ask for the math kit back at the end of the school year. Have fun! Upcoming Dates… *Monday 12/7-Tuesday 12/8 Send in supplies for gingerbread houses Thank You! -It was so nice to meet with all of you over the past few weeks! Thank you for coming, and for all of the things you do to help us at school! -Please return your child’s signed report card if you have not already done so. *Thursday 12/17… Reading Circles *Friday 12/18… Pajama Day! *Monday 12/21-Friday 1/1… Winter Break (school resumes 1/4/16) Sight Words -We practice reading a variety of sight words in context on a daily basis. The following are the words that have been formally introduced: I, a, see, the, can, like, little, go, to, on, no, look, be, this, me, my, an, and, am, & here. -Please let me know if you would like another copy of the kindergarten sight word list.