Welcome to Kindergarten!
Our kinders have been working hard to learn new things and having a little fun along the way too! Each month, our blog post will feature some things that our students will be doing in the upcoming month. Always refer to your student’s homework calendar and our school calendar (click here or see the link at the top of the web page) for the most up-to-date information.
Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA)
In class, we refer to these books as our “puppy dog workbooks”. Currently in CKLA, our kinders are learning to write proper strokes in preparation for writing skills. Some of our students that went to Pre-K may know these, but we spend just a little time on this at the beginning of the year as a refreshers for those who have learned them and an introduction for those who haven’t. We want our kinders to have the best handwriting when they move on to the upper grades, and practicing our strokes is how we do it!
We’re also learning to listen for sounds, which will help us later on when we are listening for sounds in words. Another important skill that we’re practicing is reading pictures from left to right. Everything we do is getting us ready to read!
In our writing block, we are learning to use our kindergarten sound cards. Each letter on our card has a picture. We are teaching the students about the pictures, the letter sound at the beginning of that word, and the letter that goes with it. This will be helpful later on, when our students are writing on their own. They will be able to use the sounds that they want to use to identify which letter they will need to write with. Our sound card is super helpful for when students ask, “How do you spell….?”. We simply say, sound it out and use your sound card. We want students to learn to spell on their own, using the sounds that they hear. This is a very important writing skill. We do not currently expect our kinders to spell everything correctly all the time.
In Reader’s Workshop, we teach our students reading skills and strategies by modeling, practicing together, and then allowing them to practice on their own during read by yourself time. We are currently practicing the procedures for Reader’s Workshop, but will soon be moving on to our Chrysanthemum unit, which will focus on learning about ourselves and others. We will learn to accept ourselves and others for our unique names, traits, and abilities. We will understand that while we are all different in many ways, we are also alike.
In math, we are currently learn how to sort and categorize. We will soon move on to numbers. We will learn to count items not matter how they are arranged (in a circle, scattered, etc.). We will identify how many are in a group by saying the last number that was counted. We will also begin learning addition and subtraction skills called composing and decomposing.
Composing numbers is when we take two numbers or groups of items and combine them together. For example, I have 3 stickers, you have 2 stickers. We will have 5 stickers when we put them all together. We can also say it as 3 and 2 is 5.
Decomposing is when we have a number of greater value, then we break it apart into smaller quantities. She has 3 apples. 2 go to her friends and she keeps 1. We can also say it as 3 is 2 and 1.