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Theme: Redtail Ridge Kindergarten Famous Faces and Places March 4, 2011 Miss Jirik’s Kindergarten News Upcoming Dates: 3/7– NO SCHOOL K-12 The Week in Review…. 3/10– Parent/Teacher Confer- ences 4-8 pm. Our theme for the week is Dr. Seuss! “Oh the Places we after conferences and hope you will be working on them together! will go!” We read, shared, laughed, and rhymed our way through the Again, this is great practice for next year for all of you, as well as a 3/17– NO SCHOOL-K only library and wonderful writings of Dr. Seuss. We were left tongue way to reinforce that home-school connection we feel is so impor- Parent/Teacher Conferences twisted and tongue tied from his books! Dr. Seuss gives us a great tant. Our next sort is “How many syllables can you count!” 4-8 pm. opportunity to rhyme, read, and be creative! It is a way for us to imagine and invent characters and stories. We made two different We continue our “Reader’s Workshop” and building hats, books, cat accordions, rhyming books, and wrote about our our working stamina a bit each week. This week, we introduced 3/18– NO SCHOOL favorite Dr. Seuss Book! We invite you to have fun like we have being able to make choices to which activity students would like to visit. Each day students must visit: work on writing, read to self, Parent/teacher Conferences with Dr. Seuss, have green eggs and ham for Saturday breakfast! Put Socks on a Fox! Hop on Pop! Get One Fish, maybe Two Fish! How word work, listening to reading, and a daily changing brain building activity. As the students visit each place at reader workshop, they 3/21-3/25– NO SCHOOL about a Red Fish or a Blue Fish! are responsible for placing a ticket in their name spot. This builds We continue with our practicing of the letter sounds students motivation to learn and independence during this time. Spring Break! with zoo phonics! We are working on sounding out words with the Each student was able to choose new books for their personal book zoo phonics. We have been using this to guide our instruction on bins. They are really enjoying and using their book bins. It is fun 3/31– March Birthday Celebration blending and segmentation. We have also been working really hard watching their successes as they become readers! In the next couple on learning our sight words. This week we worked on have, do, is, of weeks we will spend extra time in the classroom utilizing our and he. We also introduced are and and as new words for our word guided reading groups. 4/7– Kindergarten Music Program wall. For trimester 3, the sight words we want your students to In math, we talked a lot about coins. Identifying what 6:30 p.m. recognize words: the, he, me, is, and, you, are, on, look, at, do what. a quarter, nickel, dime, and penny are. We have not tackled what Our weekly letter focus was U,u. We worked in our each is worth yet! We wrote and solved number stories, worked on alphabet books, came up with words that began with U, sang U our 2 digit numbers, ordered daily events, and made craft stick 4/13– 2 hour early release. songs, and worked with some smart board lessons on the letter U! patterns. We continue daily to practice rote counting, skip counting, Writing these letters can be tricky, and we need a lot of practice and and identifying numbers. Even threw a little Dr. Seuss Addition in 4/15– NO SCHOOL-K-12 reinforcement on the correct formation of the letters. there! During our Being A Writer and Making Meaning times In the last 2 weeks we have spent a good deal of time 4/22– NO SCHOOL– Good Friday we will added extra guided reading lessons to really give students a benchmarking students and their determining their reading levels as boost after making benchmark assessments. Students will work in well as instructional levels. This takes a lot of time, but is so impor- level appropriate groups on concepts that fit their reading needs as tant. It helps us to know exactly where each student is at and how 5/30– NO SCHOOL– Memorial Day we have been working through all year. Our hope is that all the we can be challenging them! We will be happy to share what we Kindergarten students leave Kindergarten feeling comfortable with have found at conferences. We also spent the last week assessing level appropriate books and hoping each leave reading at a C level students for Kindergarten criteria, results will be able to view on 6/3– Kindergarten GRADUATION! book. We will be sharing what a typical level A, B, and C book report card and discussed at conference. looks like at conferences. **REPORT CARD NEWS-PLEASE READ!**Report We finished our second rhyming sort during our Words Cards will not be printed this Trimester-You may access them via Their Way time. Rhyming is a tough concept for Kindergartners to Family/Student Access. All report cards will be available to view on Reminders & Notes: grasp, so any additional practice is great. Having Dr. Seuss as our Wednesday, March 9th. To access the report card, go to the District Conferences coming! Please be theme and experiencing his writings are a great home resource for or Redtail Ridge web-site, click on Family Resources and then click rhyming! Please take a look at our website for additional suggestions sure to contact us as soon as pos- on Family/Student Access. Any families who do not have access to on practicing rhyming at home. We will sending another sort home e-mail or internet will get a paper copy sent home with their child sible if you are unable to attend on Wednesday, March 9th. your assigned conference time. Make sure to be watching our up- Next Week... coming dates as we have MANY days of school off this month! For the next two weeks we will focus on short a and CVC words. St. Patrick’s Day, shamrocks, and leprechauns. We Special Thanks: will talk about what it is, have some fun activities In Math students will look at and distin- Thanks to Super Target in Savage and smart board lessons talking about it, and may guish between the different coins, play a leprechaun for donating all the bags for the even attempt to catch a mischievous leprechaun! No game, group attribute blocks, and play a game called hats! All we did was ask, and they school on Monday as we will be completing report guess my number. were more than happy to donate! cards. (Please see above message about report Each student will spend additional time We love Target! cards as they have changed since fall.) this week working in their guided reading groups. LOOK IN FOLDER FOR: Our weekly letter focus was V,v. We We will work on recognizing and introducing more *2nd notice for conference time worked in our alphabet books, learn about the letter sight words, reading leveled books, and working on V from the smartboard, and look at different V reading comprehension. Some groups will work on adding a writing piece to their lesson as well. Math Links things. Writing these letters can be tricky, and we need a lot of practice and reinforcement on the cor- We look forward to visiting and sharing Math Link 5-2 due 3/11 rect formation of the letters. with you at conferences! Wow have these students In Words Their Way we will move into really come along way! We will be sharing what we sorting words by syllables. We will sort pictures that have seen in the classroom, a writing sample, and have between 1-6 syllables. A sort will come home their established reading level. We will also look to work on after spring break. Please look in your back and see if we have met the goals we set to- students folder for this sort. It will be sorting gether at the fall conferences. See you soon! Please call the school with any questions or concerns at 952-226-8000.
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