Kindergarten News

Kindergarten News

January 4-February 2, 2018

Unit 5 Theme:  America and Our Communities

In this unit the children will expand their understanding of the world from their immediate community to the state of Missouri, the country of America, and then the Earth.

Reading Strategies:

Eagle Eye—Study the pictures to help prepare you for words in the text and to understand the text.

Lips the Fish—Get your lips ready to say the first sound in the word.

Stretchy Snake—Stretch each sound and then put the word together.

Chunky Monkey—Break the word into chunks.

Skippy Frog—Skip the unknown word then hop back to figure it out.

Tryin’ Lion—Even when it gets tricky, don’t give up! Try all of your reading strategies to help you decode new words.

Flippy the Dolphin—Flip the vowel sound (short or long) and try to read the word again.

Writing: Students will gain greater independence using capitalization, punctuation, main ideas, and details. 

Sight Words: all, saw, help, out, have, what, this make, so, or, come, went

Phonics: short vowel sounds, th, sh 

Handwriting: Pp, Rr, Mm, Nn

Vocabulary Words: community helper, fact, vehicle, tool, flag, pledge, united, country 


Topic 9: More Addition and Subtraction

Topic 10: Composing Numbers 11 to 19 


Identify community helpers and health professionals 

Social Studies

Identify the flag as a symbol of our nation and recite the Pledge of Allegiance.


Handwriting Books- Please refer to our Communication Sheet for each week’s handwriting pages that need to be completed at home for extra practice. It is important to focus on correct letter formation and holding the pencil with an appropriate grasp. Thank you for helping develop your child’s foundational skills!

Reading Logs:  Please continue reading each night to meet our January reading goals! We celebrate meeting our goals at our Kindergarten morning meetings, and we want all of our children to be recognized for their success in reading! Our January reading logs will be collected and replaced with the February reading logs on Thursday, February 1.

Reading Homework Resources:

The following resources all count as reading minutes toward your child’s monthly goals. Have fun reading together as a family!

-Raz Kids – 20 minutes weekly (Please note that this is required for all kindergarten students!)

-Sight Word Books (paper books that are sent home periodically)

-Library books

-Weekly reading and phonics practice mats

-Sight word cards and letter/sound flash cards 

Math Enrichment Resource: (Please ask your child’s teacher for the class number, username, and password.) This can be accessed from both computers and tablets, and provides excellent practice. 

Upcoming Dates:

1/15   Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday—No school

1/17   FHSD: Understanding and Supporting Your Anxious Child (Parent Speaker Series) 7 p.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 4545 Central School Road

1/19   PTO All-School Bingo Night at 6:30 p.m.  Please join us for some family fun!

1/22-26       Penny Wars (daily coin collections) for our Make A Wish friend, JW!

1/30   PTO Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the Learning Commons



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