Hi families,

We had a great week in kindergarten!

I hope to see you all next Tuesday, December 18th at 9:55 for winter sharing. The kiddos have been practicing their winter songs in music for weeks and are eager to perform for you. 

Phonics/Daily 5

  • Focused on letter sounds Z & C
  • Learned 3 new sight words: with, all, she
  • Practiced reading and writing all 25 sight words
    • a, like, I, to, see, the, can, is, and, it, go, at, me, you, no, on, so, in, my, do, am, up, we, he, an
    • Practiced reading and writing our new sight words
      • will, be, with, all, she


    • find a describe solid shapes using informal language without naming
    • explain decisions about classification of solid shapes into categories. Name the solid shape.
    • Describe and communicate positions of all solid shapes using the words above, below, beside, in front of, next to, and behind
    • Identify and sort shapes and two-dimensional or three-dimensional and recognize two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes in different orientations and sizes

    Social Studies:

    • Worked on Holidays Around the World Unit
      • Talked about our family traditions and what we already know about holidays around the world
      • So far we have learned about:
        • Hanukkah
        • Diwali
        • Los Posada
        • Kwanza
        • Lucia Day
        • Christmas

      How can I help at home?

    • Read with your child each night!
    • Practice beginning sounds
    • Practice finding hidden partners in numbers 0-10
    • Practice drawing pictures to match a story and saying the number sentence (ex: I see 2 boys and 2 girls. 2 and 2 make 4)
    • Practice stating 1 more and 1 less than a given number (1-10)
    • Practice writing sight words!! You say a sight word, and they write it without looking
    • Practice writing numbers 0-10 (extra challenge: work on numbers 11-20) without looking at the number
    • Practice naming and drawing 2D and 3D shapes. Talk about the difference between the two types of shapes.
    • During our morning message, we have been practicing counting by 2’s. 5’s, 10’s and backward. This is something they LOVE and can easily be practiced at home.
    • Talk about the books you are reading at home! Comprehension skills are just as important as being able to read words in a book. Right now we are focusing on connections, visualizing and inferring.
    • Practice writing true stories. Have your child include pictures and words and then read their stories back to you. Many of them are struggling to read their own writing.

    Important Information:

    • Winter Sharing: Each year Challenger has a winter concert where kids in all grades sing a variety of winter songs. This year, the performances are split between primary (K-2) and intermediate (3-5). Families are welcome to come and enjoy their kiddos sing! Winter Sharing will take place on Tuesday, December 18th. The times are listed below:
      • K-2 grades:  9:55-10:25
      • 3-5 grades:  1:50-2:20
      • Feel free to let your kiddos dress up in holiday/fancy clothing for the performance. 
    • Pajama Day: December 19th
      • This is a school wide spirit day! Dress your kiddos in their favorite jammies. If they have holiday ones, this is the perfect time to wear them!
    • Clever Login: Yesterday in your child’s BEE folder, you received their login information for Clever accompanied by an email.
    • Please consider logging in and exploring the variety of academic applications available for use at home. These are all great resources to reinforce the learning we are doing at school.

    Have a great weekend!