Our kindergarten classes continue to be very busy with learning! In our Core Knowledge curriculum, we have been continuing to learn to read and write with initial (as in “trim”) and final (as in ” lunch”) blends and digraphs. We have also been focusing on reading and writing words with double consonant final spellings (as in “call”). We also continue to introduce and review high frequency words. In the comprehension component of our Core Knowledge curriculum, students are gaining skills in identifying characters, settings, and major events in a story. Students are also becoming more adept at asking and answering questions about key details in a text. We have also been working on student mastery of “tricky words” (words that cannot be decoded phonetically). These are words that students are learning to identify by sight.
In our Comprehension lessons, the students have been studying the four seasons and Mardi Gras. This week, we are celebrating Dr. Seuss. These stories have given us many opportunities to work on our rhyming words skills.
In Eureka Math, we have started Module 4 which focuses on addition and subtraction fluency and solving word problems. A new concept that students have learned is the number bond. This is a strategy that students will use to see how number parts and whole (or total) can be used to compose and decompose for addition and subtraction. Below, you will see an example of how we will use number bonds.
Thank you to all of the chaperones who were able to volunteer their time for our field trip to Sugar Roots Farm. The students had a wonderful time learning about and interacting with animals on a working farm.
Our next field trip will actually be a “stay” trip on March 9th. Serendipity Pottery and Paint will be visiting us at school with clay flower pots for us to decorate with paint. She will fire our pots in the kiln and return them to us at school. This field trip sets us up for our next next reading unit about seeds and plants.