Our Kindergarten Program
This month we will begin unit three of our Reading Street series, entitled “Change All Around Us!” During the month of January, 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 /n/ spelled Nn, /b/ spelled Bb, /r/ spelled Rr, /d/ spelled Dd, /k/ spelled Kk, and /f/ spelled Ff. Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are she, me, with, see and look. We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing comparing and contrasting, plot, cause and effect, as well as retelling. Kindergarten cares about “conventions,” learning about verbs. A verb is an action word. We are writers, working on writing a complete sentence, summary, invitation, and caption.
During the month of January, MSKC can’t wait to investigate comparing quantities, and representing numbers and patterns. 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. Your child(ren) will soon be asked to study addition facts through 5 at home, as well as at school, as these are to be mastered prior to first grade.
In science, we continue to study Trees, and their changes throughout the year. We implement our Five Senses to learn about the world around us. We are enjoying our investigation of Materials and Motion, engaging in several “hands-on” activities as we compare the effects of different strengths and/or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
As part of social studies in January, we will be learning all about winter, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Chinese New Year.
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.
We are wonderful Bucket Fillers at MSKC! In November, we filled the MSKC Bucket of Kindness with pom-poms earned for acts of kindness at school. We earned a special movie in the Cafegymatorium! We are now filling a new Bucket of Kindness, and look forward to voting on our next reward.
There will be No School Monday, January 21st, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Tuesday, January 29th will be an Early Release Day, due to professional development workshops for teachers. There is No School for afternoon kindergarteners on Tuesday, January 29th.
Our reading incentive program, Warming Up To Reading, is off to a wonderful start! Please keep those reading mittens coming throughout January. Enjoy valuable reading time together.
Happy Year 5, MSKC!