Friday, January 19, 2018



Kindergarten NEWS
 January 22-26


Upcoming Events
February 5-9 --SEP WeekHere is the schedule every day for the week, even on Early Out Wednesday!
8:50-10:50 for AM classes
12:30-2:30 for the PM classes

Early Literacy Idea
Play “I Spy”select an object in the room and provide phonics clues to help your child guess what it is.  “I spy something that begins with /t/”.


Remember our reading goal is 15 minutes a night/five night a week.  Please read to your child and have him/her read to you!  This is so important!  Thanks for all you do!
News
      We celebrated our 100th day of school on Friday!  The year is going by very quickly.  Thank you for making it so enjoyable and for helping your child have a successful year!  Reading with your child or having him/her read to you each night is especially important and makes a big difference in early literacy skills mastery.
         Just another reminder about SEP Week:  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet with each of you and talk about your child’s school experience.  I will be sending home SEP papers at the end of the month with your individual times that we can meet together.  Please bring your student with you as we will be discussing their progress.
         We are continuing to work on addition, as well as number pairs (or bonds) in math.  For example, 3+1=4, 2+2=4, 0+4=4.
         We will start journal writing this week.  The kids are becoming great at segmenting and blending sounds together to form words.  It will be fun to see their inventive spellings and their creativity as they write.
         Have a wonderful week!
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, January 12, 2018


Kindergarten NEWS
 January 15-19
Upcoming Events
Monday, January 15Martin Luther King DayNo school

February 5-9 --SEP WeekHere is the schedule every day for the week, even on Early Out Wednesday!
8:50-10:50 for AM classes
12:30-2:30 for the PM classes

Early Literacy Idea
Encourage your child to write the names of the people in your family.  Drawing pictures to go along with the names is fun too!


Remember our reading goal is 15 minutes a night/five night a week.  Please read to your child and have him/her read to you!  This is so important!  Thanks for all you do!
News
     Each child in Kindergarten should now be getting a leveled book from the Literacy Room that goes back and forth from home to school every day.  Hooray!  Please have your child point to each word as they read the book.  This is an important early reading skill.
         SEP Week is a wonderful opportunity to meet with each of you and talk about your child’s school experience.  I will be sending home SEP papers at the end of the month with your individual times that we can meet together.  Please bring your student with you as we will be discussing their progress.
         Please have your child practice reading and writing “nonsense” words. You can have them first listen to a nonsense word that you tell them using the consonant, vowel, consonant pattern (kig, taf, het, zub, jom), etc.  Afterwards, have them write that same word.  See if they are able to write it independently. 
         We finished up with our Chapter 4 test in Go Math.  Please look in your child’s backpack to see the exciting results.  Each one is improving in mastering the concepts and understanding how the test taking process works.  We are learning all about addition now.
         Thank you again for your support at home.  Have a fantastic week!
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, January 5, 2018


Kindergarten NEWS
 January 8-12
Upcoming Events
Monday, January 15Martin Luther King DayNo school


Early Literacy Idea
Help your child notice print in the environment  (signs, displays, food packages, cans, jars, and other every day items.)


Remember our reading goal is 15 minutes a night/five night a week.  Please read to your child and have him/her read to you!  This is so important!  Thanks for all you do!
News
         We had a great week back in school and the children are adjusting well after the long break.  We are finishing up Chapter 4 in Go Math.  Please look for your child’s assessment in his/her backpack in the next few days.  We will begin our addition chapter and continue using objects and drawings to solve story problems. 
         For Language Arts, we will continue reading and writing decodable words, phrases, and sentences.  We are getting great at “chaining”—reading one-syllable short vowel words in which one sound is added, substituted, or omitted (am, jam, ham, hum, hug, jug, jog, jot, job, rob). Being able to distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ (peg, pig, pin, and pen) is another skill we are mastering. 
         Enjoy your week and thank you for sharing your children with me!  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Tuesday, January 2, 2018



Kindergarten NEWS
 January 2-5
 
Early Literacy Idea
Have your child write consonant-vowel-consonant words that you provide to them.  (dad, mom, jet, van, hat, wig, nut) etc.


Remember our reading goal is 15 minutes a night/five night a week.  Please read to your child and have him/her read to you!  This is so important!  Thanks for all you do!
News
         THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE KIND AND GENEROUS GIFTS, CARDS, AND REMEMBRANCES!  I APPRECIATE EACH OF YOU AND YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS! 
         Happy New Year!  I hope you had an enjoyable, relaxing Christmas!  January will be a great learning time for us in kindergarten.  Your children are progressing nicely. Remember to send back the December reading calendar. 
         Thank you again for all you do to help ensure your child is having a successful school experience.  You truly make such a difference!

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Thursday, December 14, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 December 18-20


Upcoming Events
Wednesday, December 20--Classroom Christmas Pajama Party. 

Thursday, December 21-Monday, January 1Christmas BreakNO SCHOOL


Early Literacy Idea
Provide “real” reasons to write:  lists, letters, cards, journals, etc.


Remember our reading goal is 15 minutes a night/five night a week.  Please read to your child and have him/her read to you!  This is so important!  Thanks for all you do!
 
News
         What an exciting time of year!  The students love telling about Christmas traditions, Santa, elves and wish lists.  We will continue to make learning a top priority amongst all the fun things happening.  I sure appreciate all you are doing at home too!
         Don’t forget to check the Lost and Found if your child is missing a coat, jacket, or anything else.  It is located in the small room by the lunchroom.  Any items left at the school will be taken to charity after December 20th. 
         Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  Thanks for everything!

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, December 8, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 December 11-15
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, December 20--Classroom Christmas Party

Thursday, December 21-Monday, January 1Christmas BreakNO SCHOOL

Early Literacy Idea
Give opportunities for your child to explore writing by providing a variety of writing materials:  pencils, papers, crayons, markers, chalk, etc.


Remember our reading goal is 15 minutes a night/five night a week.  Please read to your child and have him/her read to you!  This is so important!  Thanks for all you do!


News
         Hello and happy December!  Your child should be able to read the following sight words:  me, see, I, can, like, look, here, go, the, run, up, this, is, to, do.  We are reading “big books” together and it will be exciting to have them reading in their own books from our CKLA language arts books.  Please continue to have them read to you and you read to them at home.  It makes such a difference!
         In math we have been comparing items and understanding terms like same, more, fewer, greater than, less than and equal to. 
         The Lost and Found is accumulating quite a few items.  If your child is missing a coat, jacket, or anything else, please check the Lost and Found which is located in the small room by the lunchroom.  Any items left at the school will be taken to charity after December 20th. 
         Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  Thanks for everything!

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, December 1, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 December 4-8
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, December 20--Classroom Christmas Party

Thursday, December 21-Monday, January 1Christmas BreakNO SCHOOL


Early Literacy Idea
Give your child many opportunities to discuss and tell stories.


Remember our reading goal is 15 minutes a night/five night a week.  Please read to your child and have him/her read to you!  This is so important!  Thanks for all you do!
 
News
         We have such a great group of students and each child is progressing and contributing to our class.  Thank you for your support at home. 
         In Language Arts, the students are recognizing, isolating, and writing spellings for short vowel sounds and consonant sounds.  They can distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.  For example, peg, pig, pin, pen.
         In math, we are learning about how to make ten when adding on from any given number by using objects or drawings.  We are also learning how to “compose” a number by using two sets to make that number.  For example, seeing ten cubes as eight red and two blue will prepare students for thinking about 8 + 2 = 10.
         The Lost and Found is accumulating quite a few items.  If your child is missing a coat, jacket, or anything else, please check the Lost and Found which is located in the small room by the lunchroom.  Any items left at the school will be taken to charity after December 20th. 
         Enjoy your week and take care!

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850