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Classroom Updates

January Update


In reading we have continued learning beginning sounds and working hard on short vowels. We are beginning to sound out words with short vowels, such as bat, map, hit, pot, etc. We are learning more and more “snap words” and working to identify them in our books. When reading leveled books, students are working on applying their reading strategies. Strategies include using the pattern, looking at the picture, using the beginning sounds, and asking themselves, “what word would make sense?” When reading at home with your child, encourage and remind them to use their strategies!


In writing we are writing true stories about something that has happened in our lives. Students are working hard to use their letter sound knowledge to stretch out the words and write down the sounds they hear. We are working on making sure we are able to read our writing and learning the importance of leaving spaces between each of our words. We are making sure that our pictures match the words on each page and include important story details.


In math we are working hard on adding numbers 0-5. We are focusing on writing equations using the plus and equal sign. We have been solving addition word problems by drawing a picture and writing an equation. We are also working towards becoming fluent in our math facts 0-5.


A Few Reminders:

  • Please remember to pack your child a water bottle every day. Even though it is winter, students still get thirsty throughout the day. Having a water bottle limits the amount of time students need to leave the classroom and prevents students from fooling around in the hallway. Thank you!


  • Please remember to pack your child with sneakers every day, so that your child does not need to wear their boots in school.


UPCOMING DATES:

  • Friday, February 2nd: Progress Reports will be going home in your child’s folder.

  • Monday, February 12th: Day 100 Celebration (unless we have more snow days!) Stay tuned for more information!

  • Wednesday, February 14th: Valentine’s Day Celebration. Stay tuned for more information!

  • February 26th-March 2nd: Winter Vacation


Homework Suggestions:

  • Read with your child each night. Encourage your child to point under each word as they read it. The paper Open Court books are great to practice reading at home. They are a review of the sight words we have been learning in school.


  • Complete the daily math worksheet (the last page in your child’s math packet)


  • Practice naming upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Using flashcards is a great way to practice letters, and you can even make a game out of it!


  • Practice spelling, reading, and writing our “snap words.” The words introduced so far include: the, and, go, a, had, he, I, see, has, you, we, at, to, am, of


  • Practice letter formation and handwriting. This can be done with paper and pencil or other writing instruments, on dry erase boards, or even fun things like shaving cream or play-doh.



November Update

In reading we have been gaining super powers to help us become independent readers. These “powers” are really important reading strategies to help solve words. The powers we have learned so far include: pointer power (pointing under each word as you read it), snap word power (recognizing snap words in our books), picture power (using the picture to help us read the word), sound power (looking at the first letter of the word and thinking about what sound it makes), and partner power (using our reading partner to help us). We are also working on our persistence power. Super readers don’t give up! When one power doesn’t work, students have learned to try another. When you are reading at home with your child, encourage and remind them to use their powers!


In writing we are putting the final touches on our first books. These books are teaching books about something the writer is an expert on. The students have worked hard to add both words and pictures to their stories, making sure their pictures match their words and include important details.


In math we have been working on reading and writing the numbers 5-10. We have also worked on counting groups of objects up to 10 and showing different ways to make 10. We have worked really hard on recognizing counting patterns to help us make groups of 10.


In social studies we have started our unit on celebrations around the world. We will explore the traditions of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas. This unit also includes a project that will be completed at home. This project will be sent home in your child’s folder tomorrow and due back on Friday, December 8th.


UPCOMING DATES:


  • Friday, December 8th: Term 1 report cards go home

  • Friday, December 8th: Family Traditions projects due

  • Tuesday, December 19th: Christmas sing-a-long

  • Friday, December 22nd: Classroom Christmas party

  • December 25th-Jan 1st: No school: Christmas vacation


JUST A FEW REMINDERS…

As the colder weather approaches, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside recess. This includes a winter jacket, hat, and mittens. If your child is wearing boots to school, please pack a pair of sneakers to wear during the day.


When snow arrives, students will also need snow boots and snow pants in order to play on the playground. Students who do not have these will need to stay on the paved area.


Due to limited storage space in the classroom, snow gear must be taken home each day and can not be left in the classroom. To make pack up easier and less stressful for your child, I suggest bringing an extra canvas tote bag that will easily fit your child’s gear. This will eliminate the frustration of trying to fit everything inside the backpack.


Homework Suggestions:


  • Read with your child each night. Encourage your child to point under each word as they read it. The paper Open Court books are great to practice reading at home. They are a review of the sight words we have been learning in school.


  • Complete the daily math worksheet (the last page in your child’s math packet)


  • Practice naming upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Using flashcards is a great way to practice letters, and you can even make a game out of it!


  • Practice spelling, reading, and writing our “snap words.” The words introduced so far include: the, and, go, a, had, he, I, see, has, you


  • Practice letter formation and handwriting. This can be done with paper and pencil or other writing instruments, on dry erase boards, or even fun things like shaving cream or play-doh.


  • Complete the Family Celebrations project that will be going home in your child’s folder tomorrow. The project is due back on Friday, December 8th.


October Update


I really enjoyed meeting with each of you to discuss your child’s progress. Thank you!


In reading we are becoming super readers! We are gaining “super powers” to help us become readers! So far we have learned how to use our pointer power to help us track the print from left to right and read the word we are pointing to. We are practicing reading to ourselves in our “smart spots” as well as learning how to take turns reading and sharing with a partner. We have now identified every letter of the alphabet, and learned 5 snap words. We will continue to gain more powers throughout the unit, including our snap word power, picture power, pattern power, and sound power. These reading strategies will help your child develop into an independent reader.


In writing we are writing teaching books about a topic we know a lot about. We are working towards teaching something new about the topic on each page of the book. We are working hard on our writing stamina and not giving up! Students are using pictures and some words to write their book. When writing words, we are working on saying the word slowly and writing down the sounds we hear.


In math we finished up Topic 2, which was comparing groups up to 5. We learned how to tell if a group was greater than, less than, or equal to another group. As we begin Topic 3, we will be focusing on reading, writing and counting numbers 6-10.

UPCOMING DATES:


  • Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween party and parade. The party starts at 1:30 and the parade begins at 2:15. Please pack your child’s costume in their backpack.

  • Thursday, November 9th: Turkey Trot. Stay tuned for more information!

  • Friday, November 10th: No School-Happy Veteran’s Day

  • November 22-24: Thanksgiving break


JUST A FEW REMINDERS…

  • Please remember to pack a water bottle for your child each day.

  • Please remember to pack appropriate utensils for your child’s snack.

  • As the weather becomes cooler, please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for outside recess. Unless it is raining, we will be going outside everyday.


Homework Suggestions:

  • Read with your child each night. Encourage your child to point under each word as they read it. The paper Open Court books are great to practice reading at home. They are a review of the sight words we have been learning in school.


  • Complete the daily math worksheet (the last page in your child’s math packet)


  • Practice naming upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. Using flashcards is a great way to practice letters, and you can even make a game out of it!


  • Practice spelling, reading, and writing our “snap words.” The words introduced so far include: the, and, go, a, had


  • Practice letter formation and handwriting. This can be done with paper and pencil or other writing instruments, on dry erase boards, or even fun things like shaving cream or play-doh.



Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Livolsi


September Update


In reading we have been working hard reading old favorite storybooks. We are learning to use the pictures to help us remember the story and “read” the words. We are working hard to identify upper and lowercase letters of the alphabet. We have focused so far on letters Aa-Jj. We also introduced our very first “snap word”. A snap word is a high frequency word that usually can’t be sounded out and just needs to be memorized. So far we learned the snap word “a”.


In writing we are becoming authors and writing our own stories. We learned that authors write about things they know a lot about and care about. At this point in Kindergarten, we are expressing our ideas through pictures and trying our best to write the beginning sounds in words. We have learned how to solve problems on our own, such as how to get more paper and how to use writing tools appropriately.  


In math we have focused on identifying and writing numbers 0-5. We have also learned how to count groups of objects up to 5 and show ways to make 5. We continue to learn routines for working independently in math centers.



UPCOMING DATES:

  • No School: Friday, October 6th and Monday, October 9th

  • October is Fire Safety Month. Kindergarten students will be walking to the fire station on Thursday, October 12th. We will be leaving the school at 9:30. Parents are welcome to join us.

  • Parent-teacher conferences will begin the week of October 16th. Please be on the lookout for a sign-up sheet coming home in your child’s red folder next week.

  • First trimester progress reports will be going home in your child’s folder on Friday, October 20th.

  • LES Halloween parade and party will be On Tuesday, October 31st. Stay tuned for more information!


JUST A FEW REMINDERS…

  • Please pack the appropriate utensils for your child’s snacks. We have a limited number of forks and spoons in the classroom. Thank you!


October Homework Suggestions:

  • Read an “old favorite” storybook with your child.

  • Complete the daily math worksheet (the last page in your child’s daily math packet)

  • Practice identifying upper and lowercase letters.

  • Ask your child to sing the ABC song

  • Practice naming pairs of words that rhyme

  • Practice counting by 1’s. Try to get to 20 without skipping any numbers!



Have a great weekend! :)


Mrs. Livolsi





Back to School Update:


We have made it through the second week in Kindergarten! Horay!


In reading we have been practicing the routines for reader’s workshop, which include private reading (reading to self) and partner reading. At this point in the year, students are not expected to be reading the books, but instead looking at the pictures and thinking about what is happening in the story.


We have been reading many familiar nursery rhymes and songs. We have also enjoyed reading some old favorite storybooks such as The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Three Little Pigs, and Corduroy.


In writing we have been practicing forming letters and writing our names. We are working on expressing our ideas through pictures and doing our best to label our drawings.


In math we have been working on counting groups of objects up to 5 and identifying and writing numbers 1, 2, and 3. In math centers we learned a few fun dice games as well as an addition game on the computer.


In our first social studies unit, we talk about the importance of having rules and following them. Together as a class, we created an Essential Agreement. This is a set of classroom rules that everyone agrees to follow. Our classroom rules are:


  1. Be safe

  2. Be respectful

  3. Follow directions

  4. Hands and feet to yourself


Each day I remind the students that following these rules helps our classroom be a safe and fun place to learn.


Today we picked our very first way to go winners! The students earn way to go tickets by following the rules and demonstrating positive behavior. Each Friday two winners will be chosen. The winners may either choose a prize or to participate in a game day activity. Earning way to go tickets is a positive incentive for students to make good choices at school.


A Note About Homework:


In Kindergarten there will be no formal homework that needs to be returned to school, with the exception of a few special projects throughout the year. Each month I will send out a list of suggested activities you can do with your child. These activities should not be stressful, but a fun way to reinforce the skills being taught at school. The beginning of Kindergarten is hard and tiring! If you are able to read a book with your child each night, that is a great start!

Just a few reminders:


  1. Please pack a water bottle each day for your child.

  2. Please remember to check, empty, and return your child’s red communication folder each day.

  3. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns


Have a great weekend!


Mrs. Livolsi :)





Welcome to Kindergarten!



We had a great first week in Kindergarten! We spent the majority of the week getting to know each other and making friends. We are continuing to learn and practice classroom rules and routines.


Please remember to pack your child with a snack and water bottle each day.


Have a restful and relaxing Labor Day weekend!


Mrs. Livolsi :)


Classroom Schedule

Daily Schedule

8:45-9:00: Arrival 
9:00-9:10: Morning Meeting
9:10-9:30: Word Work
9:30-10:00: Reader's Workshop
10:00-10:30 Small Group Reading Support
10:30-10:45: Morning Break
10:45-11:30: Writing
11:30-12:00: Lunch
12:00-12:30: Recess
12:30-12:45: Quiet Time
12:45-1:45: Math
1:45-2:25: Special
2:25-2:40: Snack
2:40-3:15: Free Choice Time
3:15-3:25: Pack-Up/Dismissal

Specials Schedule
Monday: Art
Tuesday: Media Center
Wednesday: World Language
Thursday: Music
Friday: Gym