Kindergarten with Mrs. Kalny

There will be a substitute teacher in for me most of this week, due to personal family matters I need to attend to.  Lessons have been left & specific instructions on how we do thinks in K1. I am sure the sub will do a great job. See you all next week on Monday. So proud of how all of the students are doing, especially in their reading abilities. I am locating as many books as I can to differentiate on their reading abilities. Their Just Right Books should reflect on their capabilities, right now on reading. Please be sure you are reviewing their sight words (Dolch Word list) I can see some of them are still getting stuck on two or three letter words that they should easily identify by now. (is, it, an, and, can. To name a few)   :)

We have started Chapter 8 which focuses on numerals 20 & beyond. It focuses on making these numerals from 20 & how many more. They need to be able to identify these numerals in number form & in word form. We are using ten frames, counters & connecting cubes to learn this concept. Please be sure your child can count to at least 100 right now & that they can identify the numbers correctly. We are still working on counting on a daily basis. Remind them each number increases by one more. Chapter 5 & 6 on addition will be reviewed on their second page of HW, as well as previous math skills taught since the beginning of the year.   
Science: We are learning about "Sound." How it travels, how we hear sound passing through the air as well. 
ELA: The students are really enjoying the stories we have been reading every week.  We are discussing the genre's of the stories & all the story elements. So far we have learned about the setting of a story, characters & sequencing & comparing & contrasting (what is alike/different) and Cause & effect. Venn diagrams will be introduced this week.  We are also reviewing the vocabulary terms from each story & the high frequency words as well. In handwriting, please be sure they are starting their letters at the TOP line, never at the bottom. Lowercase letters also, some begin at the top line as well, or the dotted line. Please be aware of how they are forming them & remind them as I do in school. Thank you!! :)
Social Studies: This week we will be looking at Holidays Around the World. How countries celebrate their special holidays. We focused a lot the past few weeks in February of course about Abraham Lincoln & George Washington & President's Day & it's meaning. Please review & discuss with your child what they learn in SS. It's good reinforcement.  We do Social Studies on a daily basis as well, through calendar. We always have stories that focus on Social Studies & History through some of the stories they read in ELA (Big Books, etc, weekly) Please review the days of the week, after & before, and the months of the year, as well. I am noticing many of them have difficulty following which day comes next & which day came before. We discuss yesterday was the past, today is the present & tomorrow is the future.
Religion: ​Please be sure your child is saying their prayers every night, especially the "Our Father" & how to properly do the sign of the cross. We are also practicing this in school. Please be sure you are taking your children to mass every Sunday. When we attend church with the school, I can see some do not know what to do while at mass. We are focusing on Lent this week & looking at The Three Days, before the most important holiday in the Catholic faith, Easter.  It is a demanding curriculum for the students at this age. With your help, I am sure they will do fine.
Please be sure they are completing their homework every night. Whatever pages I send home, must be completed & sent back the next day in their red folder. They are graded on homework as well. Any incomplete homework pages results in a zero in my grade book & can reflect on their grade, come report card time. Please continue to read with your child every night! It's so important for them. Thank you for your cooperation & understanding & for your child, they are all special!  

For incoming Kindergarten students 2016/2017 school year link for summer work, click here to download.  Summer K Packet 

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