MSKC Classroom News for March
This month our reading unit is titled “Let’s Go Exploring!” 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 /h/ spelled Hh, /l/ spelled Ll, consonant blends, /g/ spelled Gg, and “superstar vowel sound” /o/ spelled Oo. Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are they, you, of, are, do, that, one, two, three, four, and five. We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing sequence, cause and effect, character, classify and categorize, as well as retelling. Kindergarten cares about “conventions,” learning about subjects (naming parts), predicates (action parts), complete sentences, telling sentences, capital letters, and periods. We are writers, working on directions, poem, description, list, and informal letters.
During the month of March, MSKC can’t wait to investigate addition, balanced equations, and three dimensional objects during mathematics lessons. Our students are working to master addition facts to 5. Kindly encourage your child to work with addition flash cards in order to build automaticity. Math lessons incorporate several manipulatives, games, and activities to engage students as they practice important skills.
This month we will continue our study of Trees, Weather, and Five Senses. We will use and share quantitative observations of local weather conditions to describe patterns over time. We will obtain and use information about weather forecasting to prepare for, and respond to, different types of local weather. We will make observations to determine that sunlight warms materials on Earth’s surface. We will use tools and materials to design and build a model of a structure that will reduce the warming effect of sunlight on an area. Naturalists from the Trailside Museum will visit MSKC on March 24th, 25th, and 26th, to present “Nature Tales: Five Senses.” Live animals, such as owls, birds, and/or snakes will help students to understand both human and animal senses. As warmer weather approaches, your kindergartener may wish to join you for a “five senses walk,” during which you may wish to discuss what you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste(?). Enjoy!
As part of social studies in March, we will be learning all about Dr. Seuss/Read Across America Day, Ireland/Irish Folklore, Junior Achievement, and Spring.
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 Emotion Management and Problem Solving. We will learn and practice the problem solving steps. These include: SAY the problem, THINK of solutions, EXPLORE consequences, and PICK the best solution.
* There is NO SCHOOL on Tuesday, March 3rd, due to the Presidential Primary Election.
* Monday, March 30th will be Early Dismissal Day, due to professional development workshops for teachers. AM students will be dismissed at 10:30. Full Day students will be dismissed at 11:55. There will be no PM kindergarten on Monday, March 30th.
Response to our February reading incentive program, “For the Love of Literacy,” was amazing! The students read hundreds and hundreds of books, and delighted in turning in and discussing their reading hearts each day. Thank you so much for your awesome support of this at-home reading adventure. During the month of March, we will “Go for the Gold!”
Happy Year 6, MSKC!