Tuesday, October 21, 2014

End of 1st Quarter

Time has gone by so quickly and the students have grown so much already. I am so proud of their hard work and the progress they have made. 

We had a wonderful study trip to the police station, fire station, and the park. The students had fun learning to be safe. A Big thank you to our chaperones!  Our trip would not have been possible without your help

This week & next week in Math, we are:  identify, creating, and explaining patterns; exploring the numbers 17-20. We are also reviewing all 1st quarter skills. 
In Reading, we will continue practicing: rhyming; blending sounds: identifying beginning and ending sounds. We will also review letters, letter sounds, and sight words.  We are learning about and identifying the characters and settings in stories. 
In Writing, the students are creating pattern sentence books. 

Homework this week & next will be reading, a daily Math page (M-Th), and practicing the words on your child's spelling or sight word list. We will assess the students on these words this Friday, if they are ready. If not, they will be assessed on Monday.  There will be not spelling or sight word lists next week as it is a 3 day week. 

All 26 letters, uppercase & lowercase, have now been introduced. We have learned 16 sight words, 7 color words, and 7 number words. Next week at conferences, you will receive an update word list showing which words we are introducing each week.  

As you may know, Indiana decided not to use the Common Core Standards and instead created our own state standards this past Spring/Summer. On November 4th, I will be meeting with other Kindergarten teachers in our district to update our expectations to align with the new Indiana Standards.  Then the week of November 10, I will be sending home a second quarter expectations sheet as well as posting the quarterly expectations on this blog.  

Next week is parent/teacher conferences and our class Halloween party followed by Fall Break. I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child progress and next steps. 

One final note: Please begin saving shoe boxes. For a Christmas project each student will need a shoebox. I will be send more information about this project soon, but I wanted to let you know about the shoebox as soon as possible.