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Room 101 News

Friday, November 18, 2010

It was wonderful to see everyone at our first Parent Teacher Conference.  Thank you for all your help, without your support at home, then the growth would not be occurring. I just continue to ask you to work through letters, sounds, and numbers. Please continue to work on these skills at home.

Literacy/Reading: This week we reviewed elements of a story, by reviewing/identifying Characters and Settings in our stories, “The Legend of the Paintbrush”, “If You Sailed on the Mayflower” and “Thanksgiving is For Giving Thanks”.  We also learned about a story’s Plot. As you read with your child, have your child identify these elements and add more to the plot of the story.   We also read decodable and leveled books, with the –at, -an, -it and –ig Word families.  Please have your child make a list of the word families and practice reading them.   -it, bit, fit, hit, kit, pit, sit.  Here is a website, where you may be able to download worksheets and activities.


Letter of the Week: was B—  We worked on Word/Sound Sorts with the letter Bb and other letters that we have covered in the past.  We had our students share their Teddy “Bear” journal entries with their pictures. 


WritingWe continued learning to write sentences—distinguishing between letters and words, starting each sentence with a capital letter and ending it with a period, and putting spaces between words. Some students have started to write their own stories, with characters and a simple plot. During our free-choice time, many of our students opted to remain at our Writing Table, working on their own books.  We really have some dedicated authors in Room 101!


Math: I mentioned to some of you some of the key skills we are approaching in 2nd quarter. Children must be able to count to 50 with one to one correspondence and write at least numbers 1-30. 

 Some students will continue writing to 100 or 150. We will start our 50’s star club, 100’s star club and 150’s star club. Depending on where your child is at, his name will appear there to celebrate their accomplishment. Students will also focus in on counting backward from 20 to 0.

Math stories with addition were also introduced and students had a chance to create a turkey math problem with our color words and the addition symbol.


 Reading:   During the next week, your child will be assessed in the following areas:

 Comprehension, in the areas of fantasy/realism, plot, categorizing and classifying from a story and story structure—beginning, middle and ending. 

Phonics: Initial consonants sounds: p, g, f, l, k and q

Reading: Stories with the –at, -an, -it and -ig word families.  Practice rhyming with these word families..i.e dig-wig, sit-bit, can-fan.

Once all students are assessed, you will receive a copy of the Student Profile for your records.   The next assessment will not occur until another 5 weeks.


Please remember that Kindergarten is a time for children to expand their love of learning through hands-on active learning, exploration and enhancing their self esteem. So after our Thanksgiving break, we will continue our active learning through discovery,creativity and play!

Just a few reminders:

1. Please have your child gather small items that start with the letter F/sound  for next week.  Please send them in the small brown paper bag.

2. As the weather gets colder, please remind your child that they must bundle up and wear their coats, scarves and gloves when we go outside for recess.

3. Next week, we will have a Friendship Feast for the letter F and the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving. Each child is asked to bring in a fruit for our Fruit Salad for Wednesday, November 24th. I will be providing rolled up turkey and ham, cheese and crackers for our celebration of Families & Friends..Students will also be making their own butter!

Kindest Regards,

Mrs. Piscitelli

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