In writing, kindergartners are learning that every word must have a vowel. We are really learning how to hear the sound and write it down. We are continuing to write what we are experts about. Next week, we will begin our personal narratives. Make sure to send in some pictures of your child's special moments so that they can have lots of ideas about what to write about.
During the daily five kindergartners continue to work on reading strategies. We are learning how to: build new words, write our snap words with rainbow colors, and read word families. We are also using the computers during listening center time to build words and listen to stories.
Our calendar time consists of counting to 100 in many different ways. We sing to 110. We use our operator voice to count by 5's, we clap to count by 10's, and we count backwards from 20 to 0, and then blast off to our math stations. Our small group instruction is currently focused on the different ways to make numbers with an emphasis on five and ten.
In addition, Kindergartners are learning the meaning of science. Kindergartners listened to the story: "What is Science?". We discussed what science meant to us and used magazines to begin decorating our science journals with images that depict science. This week we will begin to create a Table of Contents for our journals, and write our first entry about what science is. We will continue to use our journals throughout the year to write about our scientific discoveries.
Finally, kindergartners are making friendships and building socio-emotional skills that will be important for the rest of their lives. Kindergartners are learning to respect one another, take turns, be kind, and problem solve. It is my hope that this year helps set the foundation needed for them to become productive and valuable citizens in our society.