ELA: We are ready to begin the final unit in Fundations. In this unit, your child will not only read short sentences, they will begin to write sentences from dictation. They will continue to practice fluent reading of sentences, so that when they read a sentence, they sound like they are talking, rather than reading one word at a time. Our young readers will continue to explore and discuss the differences between narrative vs. informational text. During Writer’s Workshop your child will continue to work on how to make their writing easy to read. They will do this by spelling known words correctly, listening to sounds in unfamiliar words, using finger spaces between their words, starting each sentence with a capital letter, and ending sentences with punctuation.
Math: We will continue our math studies with a focus on numbers beyond 10 and composing and decomposing numbers 11 to 19. We will continue to focus on utilizing math vocabulary during our lessons. This can be reinforced with your child by using the vocabulary cards sent home at the beginning of the chapter.
Social Studies: This month we will focus on our community and community helpers to further develop our sense of community beyond our school. We will discuss familiar places and people within our community that are helpful and kind. We will also take some time to discuss Mother’s Day and the ways that we can celebrate our wonderful mothers and grandmothers.
Science: Our Kindergartners are very excited about the arrival of our ladybugs. We will be learning all about these small critters, as we observe and care for them this month. We are also working with plants and seeds. Now that the weather is finally warming up, we will begin planting flowers in Van Cort’s Education Garden.
Here are some important dates to remember this month:
VCES Farmer’s Market (under awning 3:30-5:00pm) May 5th