The kindergarten students have been very busy during the month of October. In addition to all that we’ve been learning in the classroom, we’ve also had several fun activities to enjoy together!
On October 9th and 10th, we went on our first field trip to the New Orleans Children’s Museum! Each student received a book and participated in literacy activities that went with the book. Afterwards, they were able to play in different sections of the museum.
This week has been very busy as we have our Red Ribbon Week activities. Students enjoy participating in the daily activities as we learn about saying “NO!” to drugs.
Tuesday, October 31st is our Fall Fest and the students have been anxiously waiting for this day. We hope that you can join us for this great social event which also serves a fundraiser for our school. This fundraiser provides financial assistance to provide our students with rewarding activities for outstanding conduct/grades and educational materials throughout the year.
In our Core Knowledge lessons, the children have been continuing to learn to blend sounds in order to make words. The students are making progress in their ability to read CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. To accomplish this, they have been taught to isolate the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds of the words. In effect, they are learning to “sound out words”, which is enabling them to read. We are excited to see how much progress the students are making!
This week we start Unit 2 of our Comprehension curriculum. The students will continuing to work on identifying and describing characters and answering questions about key details in a text as we also learn about maps, globes, animals and their habitats. We are also beginning to focus on the setting of stories that we’re reading. The kindergarten teachers will introduce the children to books, such as “Here is the African Savanna”, “Mama Panya’s Pancakes” and “The Greedy Python”, to provide students with opportunities to not only answer questions about the stories, but also ask some of their own. These questions and answers address the characters, setting and plot in each story presented. By learning to retell stories, the students are developing reading comprehension skills, which will greatly assist them in understanding texts.
In Eureka Math, we are moving from numbers sense for numbers through 10 and on to two-dimensional flat shapes and three-dimensional solid shapes. We’ll identify flat and solid shapes in class and with real-life objects. We’ll also use these shapes to model position words such as above, on top of, below, under, behind, in front of, beside, and next to.
Thank you again for reinforcing what your child is learning at school by assisting them with their homework each evening. Your help is invaluable to each student’s academic progress and is greatly appreciated.