MSKC Classroom News for December
This month we will complete unit two of our Reading Street series, titled “Look at Us!” During the month of December, 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 /a/ spelled Aa, /s/ spelled Ss, /p/ spelled Pp, /k/ spelled Cc, and /i/ spelled Ii. Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are have, is, we, my, like, he, and for. We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing comparing and contrasting, setting, main idea, realism and fantasy, sequence, as well as retelling. Kindergarten cares about “conventions,” learning about nouns for more than one, proper nouns, adjectives, and adjectives for opposites. We are writers, working on labels, lists, notes, poems, caption, and story. Are you noticing wonderful printing progress for your child with our “Handwriting Without Tears” program?
During the month of December, MSKC can’t wait to investigate grouping and sorting, matching quantities to numerals, and relative position of numbers. Our students are becoming adept at subitizing. Subitizing is “instantly seeing how many.” This is a crucial skill in the development of number skills. Math lessons incorporate several manipulatives, games, and activities to engage students as they practice important skills.
We love trees! Our super scientists will be adventuring outdoors as fall turns to winter, to observe changes in our schoolyard trees. This month we will wrap up study of my five senses. Finally, we look forward to investigations on the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of objects!
As part of social studies in December, we will be learning all about different holidays celebrated in our country and around the world. We’ll be learning about different traditions, foods, music, games, clothing, and stories that comprise the culture of each holiday.
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. We practice feelings, and identifying anger.
MSKC is pleased to announce that we are planning a wonderful Winter Workshop for students on Friday, December 13th. Students will enjoy circulating through various classrooms, where they will engage in fun, creative, and enriching winter activities. Please note that students and staff(!) have the option of wearing warm winter pajamas to school on this day. No slippers please.
MSKC thanks you for your wonderful participation in our November reading incentive program, Turkey Tales. Our next reading incentive program is Warming Up To Reading, throughout December and January.
Please note that Thursday, December 5th is an Early Release Day. Winter Break is December 23rd-January 1st. Students return to school on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020!
Happy, happy holidays from MSKC!
Happy Year 6, MSKC!