What We’re Learning:
SEM Theme for the Month: Manipulative
Phonics: This week we are learning ey which has 2 sounds, /long a/ as in they and /long e/ as in key. We are also learning ea which has 3 sounds, /long e/ as in eat, /short e/ as in head, and /long a/ as in break. Again, I would really encourage you to watch these signs on the video (located on the Phonics Resources page) this week, they can be a little tricky to keep straight! Although we practice these every day in class, your student may need some extra help to really remember and understand these! Please spend a little time on these with your student- it is very important in helping them become good readers and spellers. I’ve noticed a big difference in students who review them at home and those who don’t. Be sure to check out the Phonics tab (under Resources) for tips and tricks to help your child learn these sounds. Watching the video with the hand signs (posted on the Phonics page) will be very helpful! I’d also be happy to email you some more ideas, specific to your child, if you are interested–email me to ask!
Sight Words: This week we have 2 sight words: nine & ten. Make sure and check out the Sight Words tab (under Resources) for tips and tricks to help your child learn these sight words! These words will be on the spelling test this week!
Math: Composing and decomposing shapes (Our last unit!) as well as taking our final math benchmark assessment.
Science/History: Plants- pollination (continued), seeds, trees.
Writing: We will be completing end of the year writing activities:)
Handwriting: We will continue using the concept of sky, fence, and ground to improve handwriting. As we are in 4th quarter, mastery criteria on our handwriting quiz has changed again. All letters must be formed correctly and placed correctly on the lines, meaning that the must touch either the “fence” line (like “e”) or the “sky” line (like “h”) or must go underground (like g) depending on the letter, as well as rest on the baseline, not above of below. It needs to look just like the model on the handwriting quiz. Let me know if you have any questions about this.
Centers: Our centers will be: Silent Reading, Phonics/Sight Words (CVC word writing and sight word game), iPads (RAZ Kids), SEM (building with legos), Dramatic Play (building with train tracks), and Math (build number flowers).
Clusters: Second week of plant clusters. Our 4 Expression Styles will be Oral, Service, Manipulative, and Musical.
Events/Activities Coming Up:
Friday is a regular Friday! We’ll see you at 11:10am!
Seed Show & Tell: Over the next 2 weeks, we are learning about seeds and plants. Your student may bring various seeds in to show to the class so we can observe the different kinds and compare! Just put them in ziploc bags with your student’s name on it and we’ll hang them up around the room for a couple weeks!
Kindergarten Graduation: Mark your calendars! Kindergarten Graduation will be Wednesday, May 24 at 6:00pm. Invitations were sent home on Friday:)
Field Day: Mark your calendars, Field Day is May 25! More details to come:)
Sight Word Challenge: This week, students will be able to pass off any sight words that they need to! The party is May 26! Students who do not pass off ALL the words will not be able to attend! Remember, to pass off a sight word, it must be SPELLED correct on the spelling test, READ correctly on the reading quiz, and FOUND in a book (and shown to myself or Mrs. Clawson). Please check the sheet in your child’s folder to see what your student has passed off/what they need to pass off.
Culminating Math Centers: Friday, May 19 is our fun culminating math activity involving food! Please make sure to sign and turn in your permission slip if you haven’t already! No child will be able to participate without a permission slip. Also, if you signed up to bring food, PLEASE bring it no later than Wednesday, May 17. Thanks!
May SEM Project: Our expression style this month is manipulative and project day is May 30 (last one!). Here is the link to the project sheet in case you need it again Expression Style Project- May
Homework: Spelling (just sight words) and reading homework! See the homework post for more details:)
Spelling Test: ey, ea, ie, ei, ow Uu, Ll, Ww, nine, ten, seven, eight will be on the test on Friday, NO Words Their Way. Make sure your child can write the letters when they are told the sound of the phonogram as well as spell the sight words correctly. Please take several minutes and review with them on Thursday night, it really helps!