Magnificent Monday!

Happy Monday everyone!

Here is a peak at our week:

Letter of the week: T. We are learning how to write this letter, say this letter sound, how to make the letter in sign language, and so much more! Look for our phonics pages coming home this week to see how we are using the letter t to help us read words and hear the "t" sound!

Math: We are working on several different things in math. We are writing the #6. We are also working on ordering our numbers 0-10 as well as counting out objects using 1-1 counting (saying only one number with each object as we count). We are doing a great job!! If you would like to work with your child on these things at home you can take some index cards and put numbers 0-10 on them. Have your child order the numbers for you and see how they do. Some of our students had some trouble recognizing the number though they could say it, they had trouble knowing what it looked like. We will be working on this not only this week but throughout the coming weeks!

Writing: Our chart this week is "I will…". These charts are so wonderful and helpful at providing our students examples of sentence structure..we look at capital letters, spaces between our words, and punctuation. We are doing such an awesome job with this!!

Language: We are working on community helpers and transportation to prepare for our upcoming field trip! Today we learned about police officers. In your child’s folder you will see a copy of "Tools of the Trade". Students cut and colored the tools a police officer does/does not use.

I am so, so proud of how hard your child is working each day. They give their best ALL the time!! Thank you for your support and communication. I appreciate you and I know your child does too!!

I can read!!

Today when we finished reading our predictable chart, we began having a discussion about what we are doing with our sentences. I asked the students, "What are you doing when you come up here to the chart?" Several students raised their hands. When I called on one, they responded "I am reading!" I looked around at all of the faces of students sitting on the carpet. They were all smiling so big and together we all proclaimed, "I can read!"

These charts that we do each week are the first step to preparing our children to becoming proficient readers. These charts include sight words that our children will be learning this year while providing several opportunities and different ways for them to read the words. We are looking at capital letters, spaces between the words and punctuation marks. These charts make such a difference!!

I want you to know how proud I am of your child and how far they have come in 6 short weeks. I also want you to know how proud your child is of what they can do! It was like a light bulb came on when they realized that they are reading these sentences each week. When they come home today, ask them, "What did you do today?" Chances are, they will tell you "I read!" If not you may need to ask a little deeper, but be assured they are reading! We are laying a strong foundation and taking preparations for the reading books that we will be sending home soon.

Your child is already becoming a wonderful reader and I am SO proud of them!! I know you are too:)

Whitney Nichols
Kindergarten Teacher
Academic Team Coach
Ballard County Elementary School
270.665.8400 ext.2213

"Ready for the Next Level!"

How many days??

Families,

Here is a picture of our daily calendar math that we do each day before lunch. As you can see, there are a lot of really neat things to do in the calendar set. Right now, we are focusing on learning the months of the year, days of the week, and how many days we have been in school. We use counters to help us determine how many days we have been in school. (Counters are color coded and put into the hundreds, tens and ones places when appropriate.)

Each day when we do our counters, I ask students to tell me how many days we have been in school. They will reply by saying the number we just counted to. I always say, "When you go home tell your family how many days you have been in school." This would be a great conversation starter. When your child gets home and you ask them about school and what they did, I’m sure their reply is "I don’t remember." You can help them remember by asking this question. Each day, just ask, "How many days have you been in school?"

We are counting up to our 100th day of school. We have already been talking about how we will have a big celebration that day!

Just wanted to keep you up on what is going on in our classroom.

Have a happy Wednesday:)

Our Cause and Effect Chart

Here is a picture of the Cause and Effect chart we made in class today. Each day when we read our "If You Give a…" story, we will create a cause and effect chart on the story.

Have a great afternoon!

Whitney Nichols
Kindergarten Teacher
Academic Team Coach
Ballard County Elementary School
270.665.8400 ext.2213

"Ready for the Next Level!"

Marvelous Monday!

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend! We are off to a busy start in Kindergarten. I am so proud of how well our sweeties are learning our procedures and routines. They are doing such a great job! We have been receiving lots of Bomber Bucks this morning for all of our hard work!

Here is a peak at our week:

Letter of the week: "O". We will be learning how to write this letter, the sound it makes, the sign for the letter, songs with the letter, and so much more! Ask your child if they can tell you any words that begin with "o".

Phonics: Recognize vowels, say the alphabet, recognize rhyming words, make connections between words and understand that sentences are composed of words

Language: During our Language time each day we will be reading "If You Give a Mouse…" books. We will be discussing the front/back cover of the book, author/illustrator, and our skill for the week to go along with the books is: cause and effect. Each day we will be working on activities that go along with our books to show cause and effect and how something happens that makes something else happen.

Math: We are working on identifying our colors and shapes, writing the #2 and #3, ordering #’s, and placing objects on a graph

Writing: Our chart, as pictured above, is "I see." We will be working on all different kinds of sentence building activities with this sentence throughout the week…discussing spaces between the words, capital letters and punctuation marks. Then on Friday, we will glue the sentence together and illustrate it.

We are busy, busy friends and there is no way to put down all of the things we do each day but I feel that it is important to keep you all informed on what we are doing!

Here are our "I can" statements for the week. (These statements are the skills we are working on each week, put into child friendly language so they can take ownership of what they are learning. These statements are based on our Common Core Standards that we use to teach our students.)

  • I can ask and answer questions about key details in text. RL.K.1
  • I can name the author and illustrator and define the role of each. RL.K.6
  • I can use complete sentences. K.L.1f
  • I can name shapes. K.G.2
  • I can write the numbers 2 & 3. K.CC.3
  • I can print uppercase and lowercase letters. K.L.1a
  • I can name words that rhyme. K.RF.2a
  • I can make connections between words and their use. K.L.5c

Happy Monday everyone!

Whitney Nichols
Kindergarten Teacher
Academic Team Coach
Ballard County Elementary School
270.665.8400 ext.2213

"Ready for the Next Level!"

I Can…

Families,

Each week in Kindergarten, until early November at least, we will be reading and writing a sentence on a Predictable Chart. These charts are used to not only introduce children to basic sight words, but to also help familiarize students with sentence structure. Each week we have a different beginning for our sentence and each student gets to complete the sentence. All week long we work on this sentence. On Mondays we write our sentence. (I write them on the paper). On Tuesdays students read their sentence from their spot on the carpet. On Wednesdays students get to come up to the chart and use the pointer to read their sentence. Thursdays we do sentence builder activities were we discuss capital letters, spaces between our words, etc. Fridays, we trace/write our sentences and illustrate them.

The students are really catching on quickly to our routine of reading these sentences and the activities that go with them. I am so proud of them and how well they are doing.

Our sentence starter for this week is: I can…

Take a look at the picture to see some of the things our students said they can do!

The standards that go along with this are:

K.L.1f I can use complete sentences.

K.RF.1c I know that words are separated by spaces in print.

K.RF.1b I know that written words represent spoken words.

K.RF.1a I can follow words from left to right, top to bottom, and page by page.

Happy Wednesday everyone!