Hi Families,

We had a great week in kindergarten!

Wow! You all made me feel special during teacher appreciation week. Thank you for all the gifts and treats this week. I also want to give a HUGE shout out to Shellee Salmon for putting together such an amazing gift basket of my favorite things! I really appreciate all of the families that contributed to it! J I am lucky to teach all of your kiddos!

Phonics/Daily 5:

  • Reviewed and learned phonics skills:
    • Long E Digraphs ee/ea
    • Digraph ai/ay
  • Continued to practice sight words
  • Continued to practice using lowercase letters in our writing

 Reading Comprehension

  • Theme: Tigers
  • Main Text: Tigers by Laura Marsh
  • Essential Questions:
    • What are characteristics of tigers? How did the book teach you about these characteristic?
    • What can we do to help tigers from going extinct?
  • Comprehension Strategy: Visualizing



  • We continued Module 5 in math. The students are enjoying talking about teen numbers!
  • Students can:
    • Draw teen numbers from abstract to pictorial
    • Identify numbers to 20 using a Rekenrek
    • Show, count, and write numbers 11 to 20 in tower configurations increasing by 1-a pattern of 1 larger
    • Represent numbers 11 to 20 in tower configurations decreasing by 1-a pattern of 1 smaller
    • Show, count, and write to answer how many questions in linear and array configurations


  • We worked on opinion writing
  • Students are continuing to share their opinion while working on:
    • Spelling
      • Read their own writing
      • Write a letter for the sounds they heard
      • Use the word wall to help them spell (correctly write sight words)
    • Punctuation
      • Put spaces between words
      • Used lowercase letters unless capitals are needed
      • Write a capital letter to start ever sentence

 How can I help at home?

  • Read with your child each night!
  • Review phonics with your child:
    • Short vowels
    • Long vowels (magic e)
    • Digraphs
    • Blends
    • ee/ea
    • ai/ay
  • Practice addition and subtraction to 10 (using pictures, number bonds and equations)
  • Practice finding groups of 10-20 and using the phrasing “I have 10 ones and ____ ones”
    • This will help the transition to teen numbers
  • Go over your child’s STAR reflection sheet. Talk about each day and the area they were most proud of.
  • Work on fact fluency with your child. If you notice they are coming home with the same practice sheet each day, then reviewing addition problems to 5 would be helpful!
  • Practice showing/counting/writing teen numbers
  • Have your child teach you facts about tigers (start with tigers can, tigers have or tigers are)  
  • Continue to practice writing at home. This can be reviewing how-to books, writing true stories, or writing about their day. Any type of writing will be helpful. Make sure students are writing using lowercase letters unless capitals are needed!

 Important Information:

  • Classroom Needs! As we are approaching the end of the school year, there are few items we are in need of to last us through June 27th! Below are the items with links to Amazon. Thank you to families that are willing to contribute! 

Have a great weekend! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you that have raised some amazing kiddos!