1.On Friday, May 3rd , we have an 11:50 dismissal for Kindergarten due to our monthly faculty meeting. 2. The school scholastic book fair is from May 7th to May 9th. K-2 will be going on May 9th. **This is optional**. 3. Progress reports will be sent home on Wednesday, May 8th. Please sign them and return them to school on the following day. 4. There is a $2 N.U.T. day on Friday, May 10th. 5. On Wednesday, May 15th, Kindergarten will be going on a trip to Queens College to see "The Pout, Pout Fish". 6. Our Spring concert is on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 1pm in the church. 7. Thursday, May 23rd is Red Nose Day. More information explaining this will be sent home shortly. 8. Field day is on Friday, May 24th. Please send in lunch from home. **There will be no pizza order on this day**. 9. On Monday, May 27th, the school will be closed for Memorial Day. 10. On Friday, May 31st, we will have our school Walk-A-Thon. The children will have an option of receiving a free subway sandwich on this day. More information about this event will be sent home shortly. 11. Friday, June 7th is an 11:50 dismissal for Kindergrten due to our faculty meeting. The Afterschool Program will be available on this day. 12. On Thursday, June 13th, it will be the last day of our Afterschool program for this school year. I know that some parents rely on this program but please make whatever arrangements to bring your child to school on Friday June 14th. It will be our final graduation practice and it is vital that everyone attends. 13. Monday, June 17th is our Kindergarten graduation at 9:00am in Tolentine Hall. Specific information regarding this day will be sent home in early June.
****K+ Test Schedule... Fri. 5/17 - Last weekly spelling test. Mon. 5/20, Thurs. 5/23 and Tues. 5/28 - Practice test of random 21 or 22 words. These tests will not count towards their final grade. Mon. 5/13 thru Fri. 5/31 - Series of math tests. Scores will be used toward final grade. Thurs. 5/30 and Thurs. 6/6 - Spelling finals. All 65 words will be tested on each date. The two scores will be used to determine their average grade. (Previous weekly tests will be used as a tie breaker is needed). Thurs. 6/6 - Last day for K+ homework. Fri. 6/14 - Spelling/math awards given out.
This months theme... Each month has a specific theme! This month, Kindergarten will focus on Fairy Tales. They will learn the characteristics of fairy tales and. the lessons/morals we can learn from them.
Reading: We will continue with our weekly spelling words, sentences and tests. It is vital that children are practicing their spelling words every single night so that they are comfortable and prepared for their weekly tests. Please go the page on my website titled "Our Spelling Program" for more specific information. We will continue our Superkids reading series. So far, we have completed the letter C, O, G, A, D, S, L, I, T, F, E, H, U, B, R, N, M, P, V, W, K, Q, and J books. This month, we will begin our X, Y, and Z books. This includes letter recognition, sound and the written form of letters. Our focus is on reading (decoding) and spelling (encoding) words. 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 will continue to focus on reading high frequency words, such as the, of, t, you, she, my, is, are do, does, etc. Lastly, we will continue 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. 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 continue to focus on learning addition and subtraction of numbers up to 10. We will review prior concepts that we have learned over these past few months, including... -Money -Time -Counting sets up to 20 through 31
Science: We will observe a butterflies life cycle with our butterfly garden.
Social studies: We will focus on life skill lessons that fairy tales can teach us. For example, being a good neighbor with The Three Little Pigs, stranger danger with Little Red Riding Hood, self esteem with Cinderella, etc.
We will continue focusing 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: The children have been copying a lot more from the board to strengthen and secure their hand-eye coordination. We will be writing dictated words, requiring the children to use their encoding skills. It is important to remind children when they are writing and copying sentences, they must put a space between each word, or else it will look like one whole word. In addition, reminding them that when they are copying a sentence and they run out of room on the line doesn't mean they stop copying the sentence, but rather continue the sentence on the line below. I go over these important points with my students every Monday before they copy their spelling words and sentences, however, please help me in reminding them as well :). We will continue our focus on the proper 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 still 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...
Focus on the blessed mother, the holy church, and Jesus' miracles
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.