January 6

Hi Team KA/1A,

Welcome back to the regular routine. I hope you all had a wonderful break, and that the transition back to routines wasn’t too painful.

In class, we have started 2023 with a new daily schedule. We are now starting our day with play and guided reading. After recess and snack we have our circle time meeting and Fundations. After lunch we have our math centers, writer’s workshop, literacy centers and our read aloud. Students have adjusted well to our new routine and this schedule helps us meet new learning goals.

Weekly sight words are another new addition to 2023. This week we started with I, a, the, and. We make sure these words appear in our daily message and they are on our door frame so that we can practice reading them each time we walk through our classroom door. Students have started building a sight word folder with one sight word per page. Starting today (Friday), this folder will travel in the homework bag between home and school daily. It is really important that this folder returns to school every day because we will be using it daily in class. Each week we will add three new words to the folder. At home, please set aside 5 minutes each day to practice these sight words with your child. This is not something that they can do independently yet, so they will need an adult to help. If they are struggling to remember a word, tell them the word and then have them repeat it. Sight words are not words that we take time to decode (sound out), they are words we reconginze in a snap, which is why they need daily practice in order to master. If you have any questions about this new step in our learning, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

For the students who are ready, we have started Guided Reading. This is when students read at their level with me in either a small group or one on one. We will practice reading a book together and learn some strategies for solving words. Students are beginning to build their own book baskets to keep a collection of books at their level. 

This week we learned Y and X in Fundations. We are all very excited that we only have two more letters left to learn before we know the entire alphabet. After that, we will start learning how to blend letters together.

Grade 1 students started using stories to learn addition and subtraction this week and counting by 2s. Kindergarten students are exploring different ways to break a number into two parts. We call this Part-Part-Whole. These are skills that we will continue to practice and stregthen over the next few weeks.

Next Week in KA/1A

Monday, January 9, Day 1 – Music & Book Buddies

Tuesday, January 10, Day 2 – Phys. Ed. & Assembly

Wednesday, January 11, Day 3 – Music & Library

Thursday, January 12, Day 4 – Phys. Ed.

Friday, January 13, Day 5 – Music

Enjoy the weekend,

Lisa 🙂

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