|Ms. Catherine Leingang Kindergarten Calendar||14 views since 09/17/2017|
Religion- This past week we finished Chapter 1, Welcomes are Good. We have also been acting out situations and thinking through kind actions. Next week we will begin Chapter 2, Names are Good.
Virtues of the Week- Honesty & Kindness
Reading- Our sight words for the week are: I, to, a, can, it, and you. In reading, we have a whole class lesson and then on days we have time we also have small group lessons. This helps me cater to each individual child’s needs. If you are ever curious on what your child is working on in small groups feel free to either message me or catch me after school.
Writing- We are almost finished with Unit 2: Numbers. Later this week we will begin Unit 3: Lower Case Letters. Also, each child has a writing notebook where I write back and forth with them. As the year goes on and they progress, this begins to become useful in the mornings when they want to tell me everything that happened to them the night before. They write me what they want and I respond.
Vocabulary- A few words we have discussed: alliteration, onomatopoeia, opposite, and all direction words.
Math- This Wednesday, the kids will have their first Math test covering Chapter 1:Numbers 1-5. On Thursday we will begin Chapter 2:Numbers 6-10.
Science- We have begun our unit on the 5 senses. We created a chart on the senses and have been singing a song on the senses. Also, we will be exploring science concepts through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). In each unit the students will learn background information and then be given a problem and materials. The kids will be challenged to solve the problem using the materials and the knowledge they gain. For example, our reading 7 unit covers weather. The kids will be tracking the weather for a week and observing weather patterns. At the end of the reading unit they will be challenged to create a few different model homes that can withstand different weather situations. We will be creating these in our Makerspace. More details to come.
Social Studies-We have begun our unit on the United States of America. We are learning about all of the states, how to read maps, and our country’s flag. I have asked a few of my friends, who live in other states, to write our class a short letter about their home state. When we receive the letters, we find the state on the map, color the state in on our personal maps and determine if the state is North, South, East or West of Missouri. We also discuss unique characteristics of the state. If you have any out-of-town family members or friends who would like to write our class a short letter feel free to let me know. I am sure the kids would love to hear from people they know too. Below is a letter from a friend of mine.
September 12, 2017
A few notes:
1.) The kids created prayer books to use at home. These books will be too challenging for most of the kids to read right now (you will most likely need to help them say these prayers). The prayer books can be a fun reminder to pray these prayers everyday. At the end of the first quarter, the kids will be tested on the Sign of the Cross, the Our Father and the Hail Mary. Please pray these prayers at home at least once a day. We will continue to pray these prayers every day at school too. The prayer books do not need to come back to school. They are for the kids to keep.
2.) Some of the kids brought home their prayer/reflection notebooks this past weekend. They are welcome to draw pictures of themselves and God at home but please help them remember to bring them back to school. Unlike the prayer books, the prayer notebooks do need to return to school. These notebooks are decorated with pictures and stickers that remind the kids of God. We will use these notebooks like journals. The kids draw pictures of them and God, write and draw about different service projects and how these activities make them feel, and they will eventually write letters to God.
3.) Finally, if you find a couple laminated pieces of paper taped into a pouch this is your child's book sack. Throughout the year they will be collecting different books they can read. They will keep these books in their book sacks. These should be kept at school. Any books I would like them to read for homework will be sent home in their folders.
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