Mrs. Orth's Buzzing Bees
November is flying by and December will be here before we know it! The students have been working so hard and have made tremendous progress. I am so proud of them! I loved meeting all of you and sharing all that your students have learned at our Parent-Teacher conferences. Thank you all for making time in your busy schedules to meet with me. I also want to thank all our dedicated parent volunteers for your help in the classroom and behind the scenes. I truly appreciate it!
In October, we read books about the farm environment. We learned how to identify the topic of a book and tell about the key details/facts. In November we are reading fiction stories about the farm and learning about characters, settings, retelling details, and making predictions and connections. We are also learning how to have collaborative conversations about books. In December, we will continue with these skills and strategies as we compare and contrast winter stories.
Most students have a good grasp of letter names and sounds. We are now blending them to read words (decoding), stretching them out to write words, and changing them around to make new words. We are also continuing to learn to read and write sight words. Keep practicing these at home.
In writing we continue to use our “kids writing” (stretching out the sounds) to give information about a topic or to express our opinions. We are working on beginning sentences with a capital letter, including ending punctuation, and adding details to our writing.
Red Reading Folders should be coming home nightly and are returned each day. Students will bring home a book that was read in class. They will read the book to you the first night and do an activity from the reading sheet the following nights. They may also read on RazKids and complete activities using those books. Please help your child keep track of the folders and books at home. We want all kids to be able to have access to the books so we don't want to keep them at home or lose them. Thanks!
Thematic Connections – Science/Social Studies
Our theme for October and November has been Fall on the Farm. We took a field trip to Peltzer Farms to see how pumpkins grow and observe farm animals. It was a blast! This week we will be learning about the Thanksgiving story and the friendship between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe. In addition, we will be comparing life in the past with life as it is today. As a culmination to our study, we will celebrate with our own Kindergarten Friendship Feast on November 16th. Our Character Theme for December is "Caring" so we will be putting that into action by participating in our Kinder Cares project. The kindergarten classes at CHES will be collecting packages of new men's socks to be distributed to the homeless and under-resourced in our community. Our PBIS (Positive Discipline) focus has been on following instructions, staying on task, and completing our work. The kids have been really trying to put those skills into practice!
In math, we have been learning about measuring length, height, and weight. We are also learning about sorting objects by their attributes and graphing data. Coming up, we will be working on identifying and comparing 2D and 3D shapes, counting to 100, and place value.
Here are some upcoming events to be aware of. See the Calendar of Events and Newsletters for more information.
- Monday 11/12 - Veteran's Day Holiday - No School
- Thursday 11/15 - Jog-A-Thon
- Friday, 11/16 - Kindergarten Friendship Feast
- 11/19-11/23 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
- 11/26-12/21 - Kinder Cares Sock Drive
- Friday 12/21 - Kinder Polar Express Parade/Pajama Day
- 12/24-1/4 - Winter Break
- Monday 1/7 - Staff Development Day - No School
- 1/8 - School Resumes