1. On Friday, January 4th, there is a half-day due to our monthly faculty meeting. Kindergarten children will be dismissed at 11:50am. The Afterschool Program IS available on this day.
2. On Friday, January 11th, there is a $2 N.U.T day.
3. On Monday, January 21st, school is closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.
4. On Thursday, January 24th, progress reports will be distributed.
5. On Friday, January 25th, there is a $1 N.U.T day and a food pantry collection.
6. On Monday, January 28th, our weekly spelling fun BEGINS. For more information, please look under the page called "Our Spelling Program" on my website. Spelling words and sentences will be copied in school to strengthen the skill of eye/hand coordination.
As you read the subject objectives below, you will see that much is expected of our children as per the common core curriculum. Proper classromm behavior can enhance or distract us from our goal. That is why our folder's behavior chart 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!
This months focus... Each month has a specific theme! Our monthly theme for January will be learning about animals and their habitats. What are the characteristics of different animals? How do they move? Where do they live? How are they born? What are some of their life cycles?
Reading: We will continue our Superkids reading series. So far, we have completed the letter C, O, G, A, D, S, and L, I, and T books. This month, we will be moving on into letter books F, and E, and U, which includes letter recognition, sound and the written form of letters. Our focus is on phonemic awareness and phonics. At this point, children will be required to spell simple words phonetically drawing upon their knowledge of letter-sound relationships. This will be an ongoing, continuous skill for students. Practicing this skill at home would be extremely beneficial. We will also begin encoding (breaking down each sound to spell a word) and decoding (blending sound together to read words...letter/sound relationships). It is important that the children practice reading words EVERY NIGHT! These words are listed under my webpage under Words Lists From our Reading Series. Words are listed under every letter students have learned and will soon learn in the upcoming months. MEMORIZATION IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED. It is important that every child learns the skill of blending, not memorization. We have been discussing and distinguishing between initial and final sounds, and are now listening for vowel sounds in the middle of words.
Children will be asked to answer questions about key details in a story and to tell me if they heard it in the beginning, middle, or end of the story. Children will now look for content clues in pictures and oral dictation to provide answers to questions posed to them.
We will be putting sentences together. Children will be taught that the pronoun "I" should always be capital because it refers to a person....them! They will also learn that sentences begin with a capital letter and end with a period (questions end with a question mark).
Listening and following directions will still be a focus in the classroom. All learning stems from developing a child’s listening skills. Oral expression will be encouraged. It is important that children speak in complete, full, and clear sentences. We will be focusing on answering question words...who, what, when, where, why and how. The learning technique..."Listen, STOP, Think and then Do" will be continued in class. Young children sometimes only listen to bits of what someone says and then rush ahead to complete a task, resulting in careless mistakes. Before children rush to answer a question, they should first LISTEN to what is being said and then STOP to process the information in their heads. Next, they are supposed to THINK about what they need to do next. After registering the information they should then begin to DO. This technique forces 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. This involves questions 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?" These types of questions require children to internalize the story and look for content in the story that will support their answer.
Math: In math, we will be discussing numbers 11 through 20...and then to 31. We will also be focusing on "whole", 1/2, and 1/4 when referring to a picture. We will review prior concepts we have learned over these past few months, including... -3D shapes -Graphing and tally marks -Number sequence -Ordinals (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th) -Showing a one-to-one correspondence between a number and its value -Illustrating sets -Identifying sets with more, less or equal amounts -Equalizing sets (crossing out items or adding more to make the sets equal).
Science: We will be focusing on this month's theme of animals and their habitats.
Social studies: We will learn about Martin Luther King Jr. We will continue to focus on the topic of good citizenship (following classroom rules of conduct) and being part of a classroom community. We are a "class family" and treat each other with kindness and respect.
Writing/fine motor skills: We will focus on the formation of letters and numbers. When writing a letter or number, we will stress the importance of starting from the top, down, not from the bottom, up (some children have the tendency to do so.) Our focus will be.... - Working from left to right -Forming letters from top to down**** -How to hold a pencil, crayons and scissor -How to use glue correctly -Writing their names with only the first letter capitalized -Practice sizing of letters and writing on the given lines!!!
Art: Art is used to develop each child’s listening skills, their ability to follow directions, specific sequencing to get a finished result, their fine motor skills, etc. We will be completing various projects through the month of October that focus on these skills.
Religion: In religion, we will...
Learn the Our Father prayer
Discuss how showing kindness to each other makes God happy
Discuss how our class is a “class family”
Understand that God loves us
Learn that singing is another way to pray
**Children will be taught to make the sign of the cross whenever they hear a police, ambulance or fire truck siren, since this means that someone somewhere is in trouble and needs our prayers to keep them safe. When making the sign of the cross, we will say Father, watch, over, them, either out loud or inside our heads. Children will be encouraged to share this with you and/or teach you to do it, too.
Please be aware that we are also working on the LURES program-- discussing what types of affection is okay and what is not. Beginning in April through June, the social worker/psychologist will be coming to the K classes to talk about personal safety in various scenarios. For more information, please look at my pages under The Child Lures Program.
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