Week 21

Sneak Peek of the Week

Week 21: January 31st-February3rd

Dear Families,

Our winter conference days are coming up soon (Thursday, February 16th and Friday, February 17th)!  You will find a blue notice in your child's folder today, indicating your conference day and time.  Please keep the notice at home.  I look forward to discussing your child's progress in Kindergarten!

As you know, Webster was chosen to pilot new Literacy curriculum (for Kindergarten and 2nd grade).  We'll begin the pilot on Wednesday, February 1st and conclude in late March.  The Kindergarten team will utilize the Journeys Curriculum from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  You'll find a two-page resouce titled, "Home Letter/My Journey Home: Family Connection", in your child's folder.  The letter highlights what we're working on for the week and gives some fun ideas you can try at home that tie into our instruction.  Feel free to use this resource in a way that works best for you and your family! 

With the implementation of a new curriculum, our Literacy workshop time will look a bit different.  Beginning on Wednesday we'll following the format listed below to cover all areas in literacy:

  1. Mini-lesson.  As a whole group we'll listen to a book, ask and answer questions about a text and practice comprehension strategies (such as rereading, visualizing, summarizing and inferring).
  2. Guided Reading.  Students will work in a small group to receive tailored instruction with a Leveled Reader.  While not working with me, students will work on Literacy skills in "stations": writing/responding to the text, reading to self and listening to reading utilizing technology.
  3. Word Work.  In the whole group, we'll work on the following objectives: isolating and pronouncing sounds in words, printing letters in upper- and lower- case, reading high frequency words and grammar work that can be applied in narrative writing.
  4. Word Work (technology integration).  In addition to our whole group word work, students will engage in word work individualing on the ipad.  The resource we'll be using in called iRead.  iRead offers an engaging program that tailors instruction to best meet each child's development in beginning literacy.  To learn more about iRead, please visit their site at http://www.hmhco.com/products/iread/how-it-works/
Special Notes:

-No School Friday, February 17th (Conference Day) and Monday, February 20th (President's Day)

-Please send in a shoe box for your child to decorate for their Valentines.  Also, please write your child's name in or on the box.  We will pass out Valentines on Tuesday, February 14th.  Please keep in mind that Valentines do not need each child's name on it, just be sure there is one for each child (18 students total in the class).  Thank you!

-Please continue to support your child in creating his/her 100 collection!  We'll use them in math to expand our knowledge on what "100 looks like" and we count and measure items in the room.  


Phew!  That was a lot of information to take in regarding changes in our literacy curriculum.  Please, as always, let me know if you have any questions about what's going on in the classroom.

Thank you,