Friday, October 20, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 October 23-27
Upcoming Events
Monday, Oct. 23Harvest Holiday (No school)

Tuesday, Oct. 31--Please do not have your child wear a costume on that day.  We will still have a lot of fun at our party.  THANK YOU!


Early Literacy Idea
Sing songs together and do finger plays.

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 added the /c/ sound as part of our Language Arts study.  /C/ is a tricky spelling because it can stand for the “k” sound (sometimes called the “hard c”) or /s/ (sometimes called the “soft c”).  In the program we use, (CKLA program), however, the /c/ is always sounded /k/.  In addition, we’ve introduced the /g/ sound which is also a tricky spelling.  It can stand for /g/ (sometimes called the “hard g”) or /j/ (sometimes called the “soft g” sound).  In our program, /g/ is always sounded as /g/.
         We have learned the following sight words:  me, see, I, can, like, look, here, the.
         We are learning how we can count and write 6 and 7 with words and numbers, and represent objects with a number name and a written numeral.  We are matching groups with the same number and continuing to discuss greater than, and less than. 
         Enjoy your week!  Thanks again for being involved in your child’s education and showing wonderful support!

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, October 13, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 October 16-20


Upcoming Events
Monday, Oct. 23Harvest Holiday (No school)

Tuesday, Oct. 31--Please do not have your child wear a costume on that day.  We will still have a lot of fun at our party.  THANK YOU!

Early Literacy Idea
Help your child listen for sounds.  Read rhymes, poetry, nursery rhymes, and stories that “play” with language.
 
SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS
South Elementary is collecting box tops!  The first due date is on October 18. Please send your box tops with your child and have them bring them to our classroom.  THANK YOU!
 
News
         The students are doing well and it sure is fun to see their growth in every area!  We will continue to segment sounds and blend them to make words.  Each of the students should be able to write, identify and tell you the sounds for /m/ /t/ /a/ /d/. 
         Please ask your child to compare numbers and tell you what “greater than”, “less than” and “the same number” mean.  He/she should also be able to compare sets by “matching”.  We will take the Chapter 2 assessment on Tuesday and the results will come home towards the end of the week. 
         Thank you again for your help and support at home.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I am enjoying your children so much!  

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, October 6, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 October 9-13
Upcoming Events
Monday, Oct. 23Harvest Holiday (No school)

Tuesday, Oct. 31--Please do not have your child wear a costume on that day.  We will still have a lot of fun at our party.  THANK YOU!


Early Literacy Idea
Help your child understand how books work.  As you read, point to words to show left to right, spaces between words, and word patterns.


SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS
South Elementary is collecting box tops!  The first due date is on October 18. Please send your box tops with your child and have them bring them to our classroom.  THANK YOU!
 
News
         It was wonderful to meet with each of you during SEP Week and discuss the progress of your amazing children! Thank you for making the effort to come and for being such a vital part of your children’s education!
         This week we will continue to orally blend sounds to form words, read and write short vowel CVC (consonant, vowel, consonant) words, and practice handwriting in our CKLA program.  We will also introduce “chaining”.  A chain is a series of words, sometimes including pseudo words or, nonsense words, that can be built by changing only one letter or spelling at a time.  For example:  dad, mad, mat, at, cat, cot, dot.
         In math, we are comparing sets of objects using direct comparison (matching) and counting the number in each set.  Using matching helps children visualize that when each object has a “partner” the sets have the same number.    Enjoy your week and please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. 

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, September 29, 2017



Kindergarten NEWS
 October 2-6


Upcoming Events
Oct. 2-6SEP Week.  Regular school hours for SEP Week are as follows:
AM students:  8:50-10:50
PM students:  12:30-2:30
This is the schedule every day for the weekeven on Early Out Wednesday.

Monday, Oct. 23Harvest Holiday (No school)


Early Literacy Idea
Read aloud to your child every day.  Find a variety of interesting books.  They will love the one on one time.


SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS
South Elementary is collecting box tops!  The first due date is on October 18. Please send your box tops with your child and have them bring them to our classroom.  THANK YOU!
News
         I am looking forward to meeting with each of you and your kindergartner at the SEP Conferences!  It will be exciting to show you your child’s academic growth and let you know how he/she is doing in the classroom.  Thank you for your support at home and for making your child’s education a priority! 
         Take care and enjoy your week!

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org     
586-2850

Friday, September 22, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 September 25-29
 
Upcoming Events
Monday, Sept. 25:  Scholastic Book Orders due

Monday, Sept. 25:  PTA Family Movie Night5:00 and 7:00 PM at Fiddlers 6.

Oct. 2-6SEP Week.  Regular school hours for SEP Week are as follows:
AM students:  8:50-10:50
PM students:  12:30-2:30
This is the schedule every day for the weekeven on Early Out Wednesday.


Early Literacy Idea
Reinforce having your child write his/her name “the kindergarten way”beginning with a capital and all the rest of the letters written in lower case.  (With the exception of CamBree).

SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS
South Elementary is collecting box tops!  The first due date is on October 18. Please send your box tops with your child and have them bring them to our classroom.  THANK YOU!
 
News
         What delightful kindergarten students!  I am enjoying each one and appreciate your support at home!
         Units one and two in our CKLA program lay the foundation for students’ future reading and writing skills, part of which includes blending sounds to form words.  The students are getting really good at doing this! We are also practicing recognizing the initial sounds in their classmates’ names as well as initial sounds in other words.
         In math we are focusing on the numerals 0-5.  Ask your child what a five frame is and have them write the numerals 0-5 for you.  They can even draw a five frame for you and can draw circles inside to represent the numeral you ask them to produce. 
         Enjoy your week and thank you again for your support at home!

ginger.ekker@ironmail.org  
586-2850

Friday, September 15, 2017


Kindergarten NEWS
 September 18-22


Upcoming Events
Monday, Sept. 18Literacy Training for parents  (See note below)

Oct. 2-6SEP Week.  Regular school hours for SEP Week are as follows:
AM students:  8:50-10:50
PM students:  12:30-2:30
This is the schedule every day for the weekeven on Early Out Wednesday.


Early Literacy Idea
Read ABC books and sing alphabet songs with your child.


SAVE YOUR BOX TOPS
South Elementary is collecting box tops!  The first due date is on October 18. Please send your box tops with your child and have them bring them to our classroom.  THANK YOU!


News
         Remember Sue Okroy, Utah State Board of Education specialist in literacy tutoring and early education will be presenting a literacy training for parents on Monday September 18th.  It will be held in the gym at 2:30 pm.  This will be an excellent opportunity for parents to receive ideas on how to help your children at home with reading skills. 
         We have been practicing blending syllables to form words in our CKLA program.  For example, cup…cake=cupcake; bed…room=bedroom.  We will now begin blending sounds to form words.  For example, /o/…/f/=off; /m/…/ee/=me.
         In our Go Math program the students are understanding more about the relationship between numbers and quantities.  When counting objects, students are able to pair each object with one and only one number name.
         Thank you again for your support at home!  Enjoy your week and please contact me with any questions or concerns. 
                    
ginger.ekker@ironmail.org    
586-2850