1. There is a half day on Friday, March 1st. Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:50am due to our monthly faculty meeting. 2. On Monday, March 4th, notes will be sent home regarding Ash Wednesday, our upcoming pajama day party, and report card meetings. 3. On Wednesday, March 6th, children will receive ashes in our classroom. 4. On Thursday, March 7th, our pajama party fee is due. CASH ONLY PLEASE. This is the day we are collecting the money, NOT the day your children should come to school wearing pjs! 5. There is no school on Friday, March 8th, due to a professional day for teachers. 6. Daylight savings beings on Sunday, March 10th. Remember to reset your clocks! 7. Spring Picture day is on Thursday, March 14th. If your child is taking pictures, they can choose to wear whatever they choose. If your child IS NOT taking pictures, they must come to school in their uniform. 8. We will have our Pajama day to celebrate learning about the letter P on Friday, March 15th. A note with information will be sent home. 9. On Thursday, March 21st, there is an 11:00am dismissal due to the distribution of report cards. There will be NO afterschool on this day. The bus will be available. 10. There is no school on Friday, March 22nd, due to our Faculty Retreat. 11. On Friday, March 29th, we have a $1 N.U.T Day and will be collecting food for the church pantry. 12. There will be a note sent home shortly regarding information for our next trip on May 15th to Queens College. We will be seeing a show called The Pout Pout Fish. Money must be sent in by the end of March in order for us to keep our reservation.
This months theme... Each month has a specific theme! This month, Kindergarten will learn about space and the things they observe in the sky.
Reading: **We will continue with our weekly spelling word lists, sentences and tests. Please ensure that children are reviewing their spelling words every single night so they are comfortable and prepared for their weekly tests. (Reminder-When there is a half day on a Friday, spelling tests will always be on a Thursday.) 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, and R books. This month, we will finish our N/M book and begin our P/V/W book. This 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. Please make sure vowel sounds are also being practiced every night as the similarity of some sounds can be confusing to the children and mixing these up readily affects their reading skills. We will be distinguishing between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds that are different. 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 are using pictures or orally dictating to narrate a single event in which it occurs and provide a reaction or opinion on what happened. We are also focusing on recognizing and naming different punctuation at the end of a sentence (periods, question marks, and exclamation marks) and identifying the difference between each one. ****At this point, high frequency words such as the, of, to, you, she, my, is are, do etc. should be known on sight to aid with reading fluently.***
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 our money unit, learning about the visual discrimination of each coin (front and back) and gaining an understanding of each coins value. We will continue to also discuss "trading values". For example, 10 pennies can be traded for 1 dime or 2 nickels, etc. We will also be focusing on the concept of time, such as…
Time sequence: first, next, last
Calendar: month, days, yesterday, today, tomorrow
More time, less time
Time by the hour
Science: We will be focusing on this month's theme of space.
Social studies: 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: 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 religious season of Lent and the Easter story.
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.