Welcome to Mrs. Brown's Kindergarten in K-1!

Important Dates:

- February 15th: Staff Development day - no school
- February 18th: Presidents Day holiday
- March 12-15: Conferences - minimum day schedule for K
- March 29th: Minimum Day
- April 1-5: Spring Break
- May 1st: Field trip to the Oakland 

This is what we have been learning.......

Fundations/phonics: We have introduced all the letters of the alphabets and every week we review them for fluency. We are also learning our sight words. You can find a complete list of Kindergarten sight words in the homework tab.  We have been working on letter sounds and letter formation using our whiteboards. Please reinforce proper grip, with thumb and index pinching the pencil and the rest of the fingers wrapped around from behind. Directionality is also important as letters are traced from top to bottom! We have been working on beginning sounds, ending sounds and blending short (consonant/vowel/consonant) words. Rhyming is also a hot topic in Kindergarten!

Math: We have begun Module 4 which focuses on understanding addition and subtraction using objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, expressions, or equations.  Students will solve problems within 10 and will also be required to add and subtract fluently within 5. The module focuses as well on the concept that for any number from 1 to 9, the student needs to find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number. Answers can be given using objects or drawings and recorded with a drawing or equation.  During centers we always play a math game that "sharpens" our skills and really allows those foundational math standards to sink in. Every week, we also solve a word problem in our math journals using picture and numbers. 

Reader's Workshop: We are working with our second unit "Super Powers". As readers, the children are learning to use their print strategies and sight word power. Every day they bring out their book bags, sit with a partner, and practice using one or more of their "powers". To name a few, we have learned "pointer power" which means following text word by word with their finger, or "picture power" which encourages a reader to look at the picture to make sure that the word he/she is reading makes sense. We are also trying to build stamina and stay with our bags for a bit longer each day!

Writer's Workshop: We are working in our unit on "Writing to Teach Others"! The students are generating ideas to write How-To Books. They are learning how to plan, use what they already know, and write a step by step book on how to do something. Topics can range from sports to recipes to everyday tasks,  like getting ready in the morning for school.

Spirit Day: Every Friday! Please have your child wear anything that is blue (any shade) or Creekside spirit wear. Soon we will be ordering a class t-shirt that your child can wear on field trips and on Fridays.

We go to library on Thursday. Please make sure your child returns their library book the following Tuesday along with their homework. Books can be placed in the yellow bin by the door. 

Reading binders go home on Friday and are returned on Monday so that your child gets the new poem for the week.

Thank you so much to those of you who donated supplies! We currently have everything on our wish list but will keep you posted as the need arises.                                                                                                                               

Any questions? Please don't hesitate to email me!

Laleh Brown
Kindergarten Teacher
Creekside Elementary