MSKC Classroom News for February
This month we will complete unit three of our Reading Street series, titled “Change All Around Us!” We will begin unit four, “Let’s Go Exploring.” During the month of February, we will continue to review alphabet letter recognition, letter naming, and matching uppercase to lowercase letters. We continue to build upon phonemic awareness in kindergarten, as we explore initial, medial, and final sounds in words. Phonics lessons will offer practice with matching alphabet letters to the sounds they make. We will master sounds /f/ spelled Ff, /o/ spelled Oo, and /h/ spelled Hh. Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are see, look, they, you, of, are, that, and do. We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing plot, drawing conclusions, main idea, and sequence, as well as retelling. Kindergarten cares about “conventions,” learning about verbs, meaningful word groups, sentences, and subjects/naming parts. We are writers, working on caption, list, poem, directions, and writing a complete sentence.
During the month of February, MSKC can’t wait to investigate concepts of addition and weight, as well as balanced equations and 3D objects. Students will receive flash cards for addition facts through five this month. These facts will be practiced at school in concrete, semi-concrete, and abstract ways. Please encourage fact practice at home as well, to develop automaticity. Math lessons incorporate several manipulatives, games, and activities to engage students as they practice important skills.
This month in science, we will further discover that all plants and animals grow and change over time. We will engage in an ice melting investigation, during which we will investigate and communicate the idea that different kinds of materials can be solid or liquid, depending on temperature. Hooray!
As part of social studies in February, we will be learning all about The Legend of the Groundhog, Lunar New Year, the 100th Day of School, Valentine’s Day, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and Presidents.
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 Empathy and Emotion Management. We practice feelings, identifying anger, and caring and helping. We will pay attention to physical clues in our bodies to identify and manage our feelings.
There will be no school February 17th-21st, due to February break. Enjoy!
Our winter reading incentive program, Warming Up To Reading, was a big success! Our students are truly enjoying their at-home reading experiences. Thank you for helping to make reading so much fun! Our reading incentive program for February will be “For the Love of Literacy!” We will display the titles of wonderful books we have enjoyed on heart shapes in our MSKC front hallway.
Please encourage your child to dress for the weather. Full day students go out to recess whenever possible. An extra hat and some extra gloves in the backpack are an excellent idea. Kindly avoid “fancy footwear.” Thank you!
Happy Year 6, MSKC!