Hi Families,

We had a full week of learning in kindergarten. Please make sure to read the Important Information section of these emails for updates on days off of school, school spirit days, class parties, etc.

Phonics/Daily 5

  • Focused on letter sounds W & Q
    • This was the last week of Unit 2 (Letters to Sounds) in KinderPhonics! We will be moving on to Unit 3- Sounds to Words next week
  • Learned 3new sight words: yes, what, said 
  • 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, out, not, are, for, little, yes, what, said
  • Practiced using our first word strategy: Eagle Eye (using the picture to solve for the unknown word)


  • Continued Module 3 in Eureka math.
  • Students can:
    • Compare the length of linking cube sticks to various objects
    • Compare objects using the same as
    • Compare using heavier than and lighter than with classroom objects
    • Compare objects using heavier than, lighter than, and the same as with balance scales
    • Compare the weight of an object to a set of unit weights on a balance scale


  • Continued working on our pattern books:
    • We started each lesson by creating a pattern book as a class. The kids LOVED this part of our writing time, especially having a chance to read the completed pattern books the following day.
  • Students can:
    • Use the word wall to help us create a pattern for each page in our book
    • Use spaces between the words
    • End each sentence with a period
    • Have a different ending (alternating from the pattern)


  • Explored plants
    • Learned the life cycle of a plant
    • Learned the parts of a plant
    • Explored different types of plants

Social Students

  • Learned about Martin Luther King Jr. and his importance to our country
  • We read books, watched videos and heard stories and ideas from other students in our school
  • Discussed how we can be Upstanders at Challenger

How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Practice identifying the vowel sound in CVC words
  • Practice writing sight words!! I will begin assessing the students on their ability to write our first 25 sight words. 
  • Practice measuring objects and identifying as “shorter & longer” or “heavier & lighter”
  • Practice 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 pattern books. They should be having about 4-6 pages per book with the same pattern. Here is an example of what a pattern book might say:
    • Cover: The Beach
    • Page 1: I see the sand.
    • Page 2: I see the ocean.
    • Page 3: I see the seagulls.
    • Page 4: I see the bucket and shovel.
    • Page 5: I see the shells.
    • Page 6: I love the beach!

 Important Information:

  • No School: January 21, 2019 (MLK)
  • No School: January 28, 2019 (Teacher Work Day)
  • Popcorn Friday: February 1, 2019
  • Valentine’s Day Party: Thursday, February 14 (more information to come!)
  • No School: February 18-22 (Mid-Winter Break)


Have a nice long weekend!