3/6: Ash Wednesday Mass
3/7 and 3/8: *11:50 dismissal time for parent-teacher conferences
3/15: Grandparent’s Day
A Week in Review:
As the books we read get more challenging, we will need to add “extra strength” to some of the reading strategies we have already learned. This week, we worked to add extra strength to our picture power, by talking about the picture before reading the words on the page. When books get longer and include more challenging words and word patterns, the pictures often go from showing one big thing to many little things. Students must work to describe the picture to in turn find some of the unknown words in the sentences they are working to decode.
We are transitioning from writing “show and tell” stories to writing “how-to” books. This hands-on writing unit will ask our students to think critically about how to sequence and describe all of the steps that go into doing the things we love! Some topics that you can anticipate our kiddos writing about include how to make our favorite foods, how to perform a physical act (kick a soccer ball, do a cartwheel etc.) and how to make something with our hands!
We continue to construct and deconstruct numbers from 10-20 in our hands-on math centers. One way we are learning to build and break apart these numbers is with the use of number bonds, where we look at the whole and 2 parts of a number.
After learning about St. Valentine and the traditions of Valentine’s Day, we discussed why God gave us hands, and how we can use our hands, like Jesus did, to share loving actions with others. We discussed the many loving actions that different professionals use their hands for, such as gardeners, musicians, and doctors, and came up with a list of the many ways we can use our hands for good as kindergarteners.
This past week we worked on developing and understanding “group plans” for the entire classroom community. We are working to understand that following a group plan is beneficial for ourselves and our classmates because we are all working towards the same goal.
After wrapping up our science unit on plant and animal needs, we transitioned into studying human wants and needs. We looked critically at everyday objects to determine whether that item is something we truly need to survive, or a “want” that makes life easier for us. Some of the objects we discussed included a refrigerator, books, medicine and medicine.
- Parent-Teacher Conference Dismissal Time: We will dismiss all kindergarten students starting at 11:50, 10 minutes earlier than the rest of the school, to ensure a smooth pick-up line for all families
- Grandparent’s Day: Information to come in the next week!