This month's MSKC Newsletter:

MSKC Classroom News for October

This month we will complete our first unit on Reading Street, “All Together Now.”  We will begin the unit “Look at Us!”  During October, we will practice alphabet letter recognition, letter naming, and matching uppercase to lowercase letters.  We will build upon phonemic awareness in kindergarten, as we explore rhyming words, syllables, sound discrimination, and initial sounds.  We will explore the sounds /m/, /t/, and /a/.  Phonics lessons will offer practice with letter recognition and printing of alphabet letters.  We will practice matching alphabet letters to the sounds they make.  Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are I, am, the, little, a, to, have, and is.  We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing character, setting, sequence, classify and categorize, compare and contrast, as well as preview, predict, and retelling.  Kindergarten cares about “conventions,” learning about what we look like, what we can do, and nouns.  We are writers, working on journals, song, invitation, poem, instructions, caption, personal narrative, and label.

     During the month of October, Kindergarten will explore numerals zero through 10.  We look forward to some super sorting and grouping, patterning, and matching quantities to numerals.  Our students are becoming adept at subitizing.  Subitizing is “instantly seeing how many.”  This is a crucial skill in the development of number sense.  Math lessons incorporate several manipulatives, games, and activities to engage students as they practice important skills.

     Kindergarten delights in the study of Trees!  Students will engage in numerous investigations and hands-on activities to discover that plants make their own food and need light to live and grow, and that all plants (and animals!) grow and change over time.   

     In social studies we will explore Christopher Columbus, fire safety/prevention, citizenship/voting/election, and Halloween.  We will continue to talk about the changing of the seasons, and how fall will impact how we play, dress, and celebrate.  Second Step is a program we use to help students develop learning skills and improve upon social skills.  Our kindergarteners enjoy our interactive lessons.  Currently, we are focusing on Skills for Learning.  Ask your kindergartener about Following Directions, Self-Talk, and Being Assertive.

     MSKC can’t wait to see you at our Literacy Event for parents and guardians at 9:15 or 6:00 on October 8th, and our 6th annual Halloween Hootenanny, at your child’s scheduled time on Friday, October 25th.  Students bring (NOT wear) costumes to school on this day.  No masks, makeup, or weapons of any kind are allowed.  Enjoy the show!

     Please stay tuned for details about a “Party in a Bag” theme for our Halloween celebration.  Families will be asked to provide one sweet snack, one salty snack, and one drink in a bag for their child as a special treat on Halloween –Thursday, October 31st.  Yum! 

Happy Year 6, MSKC!