Dates to remember :
April 7th - teacher workday
April 10th - 17th - spring break
May 2nd - kindergarten field trip
Have a great spring break! It will be nice to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather! We have lots to work on when we get back. Here are some of the things that we will be doing in April:
* We will continue to practice retelling a story by describing the characters, setting, problem, and solution. In class, we use the retelling hand to help us remember to include all of the parts. This is something that you can practice at home as well. After reading, close the book and ask your child to retell the story. This is an important skill and it is a great way to work on comprehension.
* We are also working on making predictions and inferences when we read. For example, the students are learning to look carefully at the character's expression to determine what they are feeling. We are learning to pay close attention to the story so we can better understand what is happening.
We are learning that writer's write for many reasons. We are using our writing skills to make lists, write notes, tell stories, and to write a friendly letter.
We are also working on rereading our own writing to look for ways to 'fix it up'. We are checking for an uppercase letter at the beginning of each sentence, punctuation at the end, and correctly spelled sight words.
We continue to encourage the kids to stretch out the words that they want to write and put down all of the sounds that they hear. They are doing a great job with this and they love to share their writing with the class!
We are working in class on addition facts to ten and word problems. Some of the strategies that we are using to solve problems are counting objects, drawing a picture, hopping on the number line, and counting on in our heads.
We are also working on identifying the coins and their values and counting sets of coins to ten cents.
We continue to practice:
*writing numbers to 100
*counting by 1's, 5's, and 10's
*using the math terms more, greater, less and fewer
In class we use the following coin poems to help us learn the name and value of each coin:
Penny, Penny, easily spent
copper and brown and worth one cent.
Nickel, Nickel, thick and fat,
You're worth five cents, I know that!
Dime, Dime, little and thin,
I remember, you're worth ten!
Quarter, Quarter, big and bold,
You're worth twenty-five, I'm told!
Social Studies and Science:
*signs of spring
*identifying living and non-living things
*animal and plant needs