Sunday, December 7, 2014

This Week...

I hope you all are doing well and had a great weekend.  We have a lot going on this week.  We have the next round of DIBELS this week.  We will be measuring how your child is doing with letter naming fluency, phoneme segmentation (this is where we find out if your child can hear all the sounds in the words like in cat, your child can hear the /c/ /a/ /t/), and nonsense words (basically we are checking your child's ability in reading sounds of letters).  I am confident your child will do well and we will use this information to determine what your child needs to work on and needs further instruction.  In math, we are continuing to work on addition and working toward fluency of number sentences.  Please take time to review the math sheets that are brought home throughout the week and take a couple minutes to talk to your child about it.  One great thing you can do is ask your child to explain to you what to do on this sheet!

In addition, this week we will say good bye to Ms. Fordyce on Thursday.  She will be graduating and earning her teaching license at the end of the month.  I have been impressed with her this semester and loved watching her work with your children.  She had some great lessons we planned together.  I know the children will miss her, but I have told her to come back and visit.  I am also trying to have her come back and be our guest teacher when and if I am out of the building.

I hope you have a great week.  It is hard to believe it is the second week of December!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Feast Time for the Afternoon...

The afternoon had a great feast!  Thank you to everyone who sent in donations.  The children had a great time.  We are donating the left over food to the local food pantry.  Have a great Thanksgiving!

AM Feast

The AM class had a great Feast!  Thank you for all of your donations!  The children had a great time!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Feast Week...

We have a lot of exciting things planned for Monday and Tuesday.  On Monday we will be doing some simple review of letters, sounds, and blending words.  We will also have some fun by making a pattern place-mat and also be making butter for the feast.  On Tuesday, we will be having our feast at 9:30 and 1:15ish.  We have been looking forward to this day for awhile.

I will place some pictures on Tuesday or Wednesday of the event!  This week your child will also be bringing home some practice pages to read letters, sounds, and to say the sounds in words!

Have a great week!

Sunday, November 16, 2014


I hope you all are having a great weekend and bracing for the possibility of snow tonight into tomorrow.  If you are watching the Bengals game...hopefully they pull out a win!  If you have not already done so, you can sign up for text messages about what is happening/important information going on in Kindergarten.  I have attached the sheet to the email if you so choose or you can text @fcd95 to (216)672-5429.

This week we are continuing our unit on addition.  The children are doing a great understanding addition is putting things together.  We are working on how to write an addition number sentence using the addition and equal sign.  You can work on this at home by practicing different stories and having your child draw a picture and write the number sentence.  In reading we are concentrating on our sounds, but more importantly blending those sounds into words.  You can work on this by placing a consonant - vowel - consonant on a paper and having your child try to figure out the word.  You can also have your child look through various books and see if they can find words they know.  We will also be working on sequencing stories. We are also beginning to increase our writing to work on learning to write simple sentences!

We are working on our feast preparations.  Our feast is November 25 at 9:30 and 1:15.  We always need volunteers for this event.  If you would like to event, please let me know.  In addition, we are asking for each child to bring in a fruit or vegetable to share (we cannot have any cherries or anything with peanuts/tree nuts).  If you would like you can always donate gallon and sandwich zip loc bags.  We also need lysol wipes!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Text Reminders...

You can sign up to receive text messages through  You can follow the simple instructions and you will receive reminders from me about what is happening at school.  It is safe and secure and no one will see your cell phone number!  You will not be able to respond to the text message.  It is a simple way to receive reminders about kindergarten!

Monday, November 10, 2014

This Week...

I hope you all had a great weekend!  I know my family did as we did a little traveling and we found a new puppy (standard poodle) to join our family in December.  She is the cutest little thing...I am sure the kids will hear a lot about Reese when she comes home...she is only 4 weeks right now.  I also cannot believe we are in the second week of November already.  We do have a lot of fun things happening this month for the children.  There will be more information coming home mid-week.

We are continuing to work on the letters and sounds of the alphabet.  In addition, we are working on blending sounds to read simple words.  Some of the words we are reading are make-believe.  This is so the children can have practice at reading.  We also then can decide if the word is a real word and make believe word.  The words are all 3 letters (consonant-vowel-consonant).  A word that may pop up would be roc and your child may think it is a real word because it sounds like rock.  We would tell them this is a real word because developmentally they are not ready for the -ck ending and we are working on reading not spelling at this time.

We are also beginning more writing and the children are working on writing the sounds they hear in words.  I am amazed by what the children can hear and how much they are loving to write.  I love when the children bring me in fun stories they have written at home.  I hope your child has been trying to write at home.  When encouraging your child to write, do not worry about spelling, but what they actually hear in the words.  Today we are working on book reports about what we thought about the book "A Bed for the Winter!"

In math we are beginning simple addition.  This week we will learn about the idea of putting things together and telling addition stories.  For example, a child has 2 pieces of candy and then she received 1 more.  Some children are having difficulty with number identification; therefore, please take a few minutes to practice identifying numbers to 10.  This will help when your child has to write addition number sentences.


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