In our small group lessons this week I will be introducing reader's theater to the students. Each group will get a reader's theater script to take home and practice. They will have to bring the script back to school to perform in front of the class on the day there group is assigned. (I will send home this information this week) They will also be learning some tricks they can use to figure out tough words and how punctuation affects how they read. (pausing, inflection, etc.)
We are starting writers' workshop this week. Students will be creating their own stories and making them into books. Please have your child write any opportunity they can. They need to build up their stamina for writing. All students should be able to at least write a paragraph focused on something. Students should be moving from writing a paragraph to writing stories. (fiction/non-fiction)
We will be continuing early addition/subtraction skills. Students should be using vocabulary such as: I count up 4 from 6 to get 10 and I count back 6 from 10 to get 4. I will introduce them to number families this week and show them how 4 and 6 makes 10, 6 and 4 make 10, 10 minus 4 makes 6, and 10 minus 6 makes 4.
We will be discussing synonyms and antonyms this week.
We are reading Seeds this week. Students will learn about the life cycle of a plant and learn vocabulary about seeds/plants. They will be planting their own plants and writing observations about their plant. We will be going on a walking field trip this week to visit two local community gardens.
Students will continue to learn about feelings and social interactions during classroom discussion time. Students will also be encouraged to follow the rules and get along with others to earn a kindergarten certification before the end of the school year.