For the month of March-
Happy March! Wow the year is flying by so fast! As of January, the children will receive homework EVERY SINGLE night. Children are expected to write both their first and last names on all papers. Children should be able to read/recognize all the color and number words.
Spelling words and sentences for Week 5- Mar. 2nd
1. come 2. get 3. green 4. with 5. up
6. big 7. make 8. three 9. you 10. did
1. I will come to the party.
2. Sal will get a hug.
3. The grass is green.
4. I will go with Doc.
5. I can hop up the hill.
Spelling words for Week 6 - Mar. 9
1. help 2. run 3. here 4. read 5. stop
6. make 7. come 8. see 9. with 10. get
1. I can help my mom mop.
2. Dogs like to run fast.
3. I will stop here and sit.
4. I can read and write.
5. The snow did not stop.
Spelling words for Week 7 - Mar. 23
1. said 2. my 3. will 4. four 5. have
6. here 7. read 8. with 9. help 10. run
1. Dad said to get the bag.
2. My mom can tag the gift.
3. Will you let the cat go?
4. Two and two is four.
5. I have gas in my car.
Spelling words for Week 8 -Mar. 30th
1. five 2. went 3. let 4. yellow 5. we
6. said 7. have 8. stop 9. get 10. you
1. He is five years old.
2. The cat went on the bed.
3. I will let you help.
4. The duck is yellow.
5. We fit in the box.
***A note regrding guidelines for our green spelling notebook was sent home . Information can also be found on this website under the title "Our Spelling Program".
Some March dates to be aware of....
On Thursday, March 5th, we are having our spring pictures. If you want pictures of your child, send in the form that was sent home in February. ONLY children taking pictures may come to school out of uniform but MUST STILL WEAR SNEAKERS.
On Friday, March 6th, there is a full day of school.
On Thursday, February 13th, we will be going on our bowling trip with grades 1-3.
On Friday, March 13th, there is a $2 N.U.T. day.
On Tuesday, March 17th, children should come to school wearing as much green clothing as they can to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. We will also be going to St.John's University on a trip to see a show. Notes/permission slips will be sent home soon
On Wednesday, March 19th, there is an 10:50 dismissal for Kindergrten. Report cards will be distributed during prior scheduled time slots. NO AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM TODAY.
On Friday, March 20th, school is closed for our faculty retreat.
On Thursday, March 26th, the Kindergrten classes ONLY will have a $1 N.U.T. day. (For the rest of the grades this N.U.T. day will be on Friday.
On Friday, March 27th, the Kindergrten classes will have their pajama party to celebrate the letter P. Notes will be sent home soon.
On Sunday, March 29th, beginning at 2pm, the Mathletics competition between Brooklyn and Queens and will continue until Sunday April 5th at 2pm. During this time, children should log on to Mathletics with their username/password (this will sent home again along with Educationcity info) as often as they can. They can begin on the kindergarten level or 1st grade...whatever they feel comfortable with...and put in as much time as possible.
Our March objectives are as follows...
Our monthly theme is Space.
We will be reviewing our previous letters and focusing on the letters M, P and V. We focus on letter recognition, sound and written form as well as identifying the initial/final sounds with pictures. When reviewing the vowels a, i and u, we are also listening for the short sounds in the medial (middle) position. At this point, we have reviewed our color/number words enough for the children be able to recognize/read them on sight. We are also learning how to make words mean "more than one"....plural. We are beginning to blend letter sounds together (decoding) which is very exciting! We will also move towards encoding (breaking down words to spell them). As we begin to write sentences, we will stress that they must begin with a capital letter and then focus on recognizing and naming the end punctuation (periods, question marks exlamation points) and what these mean when reading a sentence. Proper names must be capital in all written work as well as the letter "I" when it is alone because it refers to a person too! We are always focusing on oral expression. It is very important that children get into the habit of speaking in full sentences and communicating their needs, wants and responses in clear ways. The ability to listen and follow directions will be a constant goal as these tools are required as the basic skills for all learning. Aural comprehension of a story is also valuable to develop early in a child's experiences. Your child should be able to listen to a story and answer, not only simple questions, but alos those requiring critical thinking. for example....Why do you this this made the boy sad? Have you every felt that way? What else could the girl have done to solve the problem? What do you think will happen next? As you can see, this requires a deeper thought process than....where did the boy go? What color was his car? These questions are more literal and do not require much more than memory.
We are moving on to larger numbers 11 thru 20 and then to grouping larger numbers into sets of 10...for example 37 is 3 groups of 10 and 7 ones, 61 is 6 groups of 10s and 1 one. We are continuing our money unit which includes visual discrimination of the back and front of each coin, monetary value as well as trading equal values of money. We will lso be beginning the concept of time.We will learning the difference between "whole" 1/2, and 1/4. The children should be able to read the number words up to ten.
We will be focusing on our monthly theme of space.
In social studies-
We will continue to focus on civil rights, and fairness.
In writing/ fine motor skills-
As mentined above, we are working on writing sentences properly with correct punctuation and capital letters when needed. The children should be able to write dictated simple words. We are focusing on neatness which includes using the lines on our handwriting paper properly and taking pride in our work. Our handwrting must be able to be clearly understood by others. We will continue to demonstrate how to hold a pencil/crayon/scissor correctly. Handwriting is a skill that needs constant practice and review at home. Please watch your child as they write. They should be should be writing from the top, down...not from the bottom up. We need to break children of this habit now because when they move on to writing in script, this will complicate the flow of writing. Proper formation of our letters and our numbers is a priority.Neat/readable handwriting is an important form of communication.
****I have sent home a guideline for you at the end of September to help parents understand how we are teaching letter/number formation and how to use the lines. I hope this has been helpful. We will be focusing on identifying initial sounds with pictures and continuing to work on our listening skills using our Listen, STOP, Think and Then Do technique. We will also stress rules for classroom discussions (look at the person speaking, take turns talking, raise your hands etc.) We also want the children to listen with a sense of purpose and develop aural comprehension of stories. Expressing themselves using full sentences and expanding their complete sentences with more information in shared language activities is also important. Understanding question words such as who, what, when, where, why and how will be stressed. Many times in school we ask the children a "why" question and they respond with a completely off track answer such as "I like the story" or "Yesterday my cousins came over my house". Ummm....that wasn't an answer to the question I asked. I am also now looking for more detailed responses to my questions.
**** I have made you aware of our homework schedule above. I do not list the actual homework and directions because this is a way to strengthen and test the children's ability to retain information/instructions given to them with a time lapse. It also makes the homework THEIR responsibility and forces them to rely less on their parents. (Please refer to the homework page on this website).
***Remember that you need to decide the best time for homework to be done. Some children need to do it right away when they get home or else they loose momentum. Other children require a bit of a break when they get home from school and do not have a problem getting back into work mode without a struggle later on. You will need to determine what will work best for your child. Please avoid doing homework in front of the T.V. This takes focus away from the task and sends the message that homework is not that important. Please do not write your child's name on their paper for them or do any of their coloring for them. Homework is their responsibility and these tasks provide further practice for them.
As you read the subject objectives above, you will see that much is expected of our children as per the common core curriculum. Proper classroom behavior can enhance or distract us from our goal. That is why our folder's behavior chart that we will discuss on Open House night is so valuable. You can help us keep our children on track and participating in good classroom management by reinforcing our needs to give your children the best learning environment possible!
We will be focusing on following the classroom rules for both safety and learning. Children are encouraged to LOOK at the person speaking and to take turns when talking.
****WORTH REPEATING.....Listening with purpose and developing aural expression is important. When children begin answering questions posed to them from a story such as "Was the boy happy?", they should be able to reply and supply specific reasons for their answer from the story read to them to back up their response. This is an important skill that will be built upon every year.
The emphasis will continue to be on listening and following directions. All learning stems from developing listening skills. Oral expression will be encouraged. They need to speak using full sentences...producing and expanding complete thoughts in shared language experiences. It is important that children speak in complete, clear sentences. We will be focusing on answering question words...who, what, when, where, why and how.
******* The learning technique that I call..."Listen, STOP, Think and then Do" will be continued in class. Young children sometimes listen to only bits of what someone says and then rush ahead to complete a task. This often results in careless mistakes. I tell the class that before they pick up a pencil or raise their hand to reply to a question, they should listen carefully to what is being said and then STOP. They need a chance to process the information/request before they charge forward. When they stop themselves, at that point they are asked to THINK about what they need to do next. Only after they take the time to formulate the information should they begin to DO. This technique forces the children to slow down their actions until they have a clear understanding of the task at hand.
Aural comprehension of a story is tested. Questions that require critical analysis is a valuable way to evaluate whether a child understands information read to them and helps them often a deeper awareness of the material. Literal questions such as, "Where did the boy in the story live?" or "What color was the room?" are fine but it is also important to delve into a more substantial thought process such as, "How do you think the boy felt when that happened? Why did he feel that way? Have you every felt that way and why?" This requires the child to internalize the story and look for content in the story to support their answer. These are little steps that will prepare their ability to process information in general not only in Kindergarten but in grades to come!
Art in my class, aside from work done in art class with their art teacher, has many different purposes. I use art to develop their ability to follow directions, specific sequencing to get a finished result, practice their fine motor skills etc.
In religion will will focus on the Our Father. We are a "class family" is stressed. Showing kindness to each other makes God happy. Religion is not treated as a subject in our class. It is a part of our lives all the time in what we do and how we act and how we treat others. We have been talking about how we are a "class family". Even though we go home to different houses and have different parents, we are still all God's children and are all brothers and sisters of Jesus. We know no child in our room is better than another because God made us all special and loves us all the same. We are learning the Our Father through song because singing is a way to pray too. The children have been taught to make the sign of the cross whenever they hear a police, ambulance or fire truck siren. This means that somewhere someone is in trouble and needs our prayers to keep them safe. As we make the sign of the cross and move our hands, we say (either out loud or inside our heads) Father, watch, over, them. The children have been encouraged to share with you/teach to do it too. Part of our mission as Christians is to be ready to offer our prayers for others.
Please be aware that we are also working on the LURES program (please look on my website for more specific information) which will be discussing what types of affection if okay and what is not. Beginning in April thru June, the social worker/psychologist will be coming to the K classes to talk about personal safety in various scenarios.