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Kindergarten

In Kindergarten, we learn handwriting, phonics and word recognition and perceive ourselves as authors and illustrators from the very first day of school. Through our Writers Workshop we develop the life-long skill of communicating ideas through drawings and words. We also grow in our faith with a hands-on religion program and develop our missionary spirit as we raise funds for our Goat Project.

Kindergarten update – March 22, 2019

Religion
Lent will drive our focus in religion for these next 40+ days. We prepared for Ash Wednesday by burning palm branches (outside in a pail) saved from last Palm Sunday. On Ash Wednesday the children were able to appreciate the significance of the ashes and not be worried about the black smudge. On Ash Wednesday we buried our prayer card “Alleluia” as a tangible reminder that we do not say or sing ‘Alleluia’ during Lent.

While I was growing up it was customary to give-up something for Lent. I’ve never been very good at giving things up – mention the word diet and all I can think of candy and beer. After some discussion with the kiddos we talked about one way to be closer to God is to be more like Him.

Our service-learning project is the Goat Project. You will receive a letter this week both by email and with your child in their take home folder.

Language Arts
We are currently learning about a few authors and will compare and contrast their style in both writing and illustrations. Eric Carle is a beloved children's book author and he was our introduction to our Author Study. We continue with Audrey Wood and finish with Dr. Suess.

Writers Workshop

Writers Workshop gives students the opportunity to practice writing skills, use letter/sound knowledge to write words and become better writers! We just finished our unit on personal narratives where each student wrote a true story with a beginning middle and end, stayed on the small moment topic, matched pictures with words and provided a reaction. Our next unit is informational writing. Kindergarteners will write about topics that they know about, providing diagrams and facts.

Handwriting: Letters that have been introduced are: a,b,c,f,g,h,I,k,l,m,n,p,r,s,t  and e (only letter formation)

In class, the expectation is that whenever your kindergartener is using one of our introduced letters he/she will use the correct formation including, always lower case (except at the beginning of their name), beginning at the appropriate line (hat line, belt line or boot line) as well as the correct stroke. If your child is unsure of the formation ask him/her to write it in the air (using the same hand you write with) like we practice at school. An added expectation is that they will use a two finger space between words.

 

If your child is writing at home you can help them practice. If your child asks you, “How do you spell…?” Please let them tell you what they hear and give support with those sounds. You will gain a much deeper understanding of your child’s progress and it is a great work out for your child. Phonics support is what they need, not the correct answer. They will not always spell walks as ‘wox’ or kids as ‘cidz’ or one of my favorite, ‘chiljin’ for children.

 

Reading
Sight words : I, a, as, is, has, that, this, the, he Since the introduction of our first vowel we have begun to build words. We are on to our second vowel (i) and are building more words. You will see word work come home that has been done in our workstations.

Math
Counting, counting and more counting! We are practicing counting on from 5 and developing greater fluency with combinations of 5 and moving into combinations of 10. We continue to practice counting by ones and tens to 100 and beyond. Our next math unit focuses on geometry with connections to algebra and it is fun!

A well-regarded theory of geometry is that a student passes through a certain progression of levels in geometric understanding and progress is more dependent on educational experiences than on age or maturity. Experience with shapes, terms and geometry related concepts is the greatest single factor influencing advancement through the levels.

Of the five levels, kindergarten children are at level 0 and working their way to level 1. Our work with shapes involves lots of sorting, identifying and describing various shapes with many opportunities to build, make, draw, put together and take apart shapes. We are sorting shapes based on common attributes and finding patterns and identifying trends – this way of thinking is fundamental to algebra. Also as students sort shapes in groups they express the relationship symbolically – with equations and inequalities - which is a critical part of algebra.

Science/Social Studies
As part of our ongoing 100 day celebration, the children imagined what they might look like as their 100-year-old self.  They did a fabulous job of capturing the wrinkles, missing teeth and white hair. Their writing is equally as entertaining. Hope you get a chance to see them on the bulletin board.

Thank you Kindergarten VIP's

I'd like to thank all the VIP's for providing our class with delicious, nutritious snacks. Our whole class appreciates the extra effort you put forth to provide the ready to eat fruits and veggies - the kids really love them.

Lunch

Please, please send a cloth or paper napkin to act as a placemat for lunch. Please fill up those water bottles daily and bring them to school!

 

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, March 22 – Grandparents Day
  • Friday, March 29 – Noon dismissal
  • Tuesday, April 2 - Auction Project Preview 2pm
  • Thursday, April 4 – Pridewear
  • Saturday, April 6 - Auction
  • Tuesday April 9 – Mile Run
  • Wednesday, April 17 – Class Pictures (full uniform)
  • Thursday, April 18 – School Families (wear shirts)
  • Good Friday, April 19 - 12 noon dismiss
  • April 22 – April 26  - Easter Break - No school

Mrs. Julie Baricevic

JBaricevic@ollseattle.org

 

I am proud to say my 20 years of teaching have been predominantly in Catholic education. I have always been devoted to the education of young children. I began my career teaching pre-Kindergarten and for the last 6 years have been teaching kindergarten. I believe each child has unique strengths and preferred learning styles. My approach to powerful learning is to promote emotional engagement by bringing love, laughter and passion into the classroom. My high expectations for children's literacy development, thinking skills and love of learning keeps me challenged and reflective.