Miss Byrnes Kindergarten Class

General Skills
Please help your child learn his/her bus number (if applicable), phone number, address, and writing his/her name correctly using D'Nealian handwriting.

Religion
First Quarter
In religion during the first quarter of school, we learned about prayer, the Sign of the Cross, creation, and the Trinity.  We also found out more about God, Mary, the Bible, the church, and how to treat others with love, kindness, and respect as Jesus did!

Second Quarter
During the second quarter of school, we will spend a lot of time learning about Advent and Christmas.  Also, we will find out a lot about Jesus and His family, and ways in which we can be like them by helping others and trusting God.  We will spend time learning about special biblical figures and saints.  We will also continue to work on the Sign of the Cross and prayers.

Reading
First Quarter
During the first quarter, we will practice identifying, writing, and saying the sounds of letters (consonants and vowels) in the alphabet.  We will even build words with these letters to practice reading!  (Ask your child about the fun ways we remember the letter sounds based on our picture book of animals!  "U for umbrella bird" is a favorite!)  We also practice phonological awareness skills like beginning sounds of words and syllables.  We are reading a lot of books, building our own books using sight words, and reading simple poems together!

By the end of the first quarter, your child should be able to recognize all capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet (52 total), and say at least 12 consonant sounds and short vowel sounds.  *Please be especially careful in practicing b/d, m/w, p/q, and g/j!  It is also important to practice the vowels often!

As for sight words, your child should be able to read 30 by the end of the first quarter.

It is also important to work on determining beginning sounds and syllables in words.  We use our hands under our chins to help us figure out syllables!  The other hand keeps count to determine how many times our chins go down.

When reading with your child, ask questions to be sure he/she is understanding what you are reading.  Ask your child to take a picture walk through a book, look for sight words, and try to read words he/she doesn't know by using letter sound knowledge (decoding skills).

It is also important to begin asking your child to write during the week.  Have them write letters to family members, journal, or simple sentences with sight words.  This is a crucial part of literacy development.

Second Quarter
This quarter, students should have a strong foundation of letter names, most sounds, and printing letters.  We will spend a lot of our time sounding out words, working with parts of words, and practicing with word families (cat, bat, sat).  We are continuing to read a lot of books, building our own books using sight words, and reading simple poems together!

By the end of the second quarter, your child should be able to recognize all capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet (52 total) and know all consonant sounds and short vowel sounds.  *Please be especially careful in practicing b/d, m/w, p/q, and g/j!  It is also important to practice the vowels often!  Students should be able to print letters neatly from a model.

As for sight words, your child should be able to read 50 by the end of the second quarter.

When reading with your child, ask questions to be sure he/she is understanding what you are reading.  Ask your child to take a picture walk through a book, look for sight words, and try to read words he/she doesn't know by using letter sound knowledge (decoding skills).

It will also be helpful to practice speaking and listening skills with your child.  Ensure your child is using the correct forms of words, such as nouns and verbs.  It helps to model proper ways of speaking and listening!

It is also important to begin asking your child to write during the week.  Have them write letters to family members, journal, or simple sentences with sight words.  This is a crucial part of literacy development.

100 Sight Words
(List for the Year)
#1
can
I
the
we
see
a
am
yes
no
big
 #2
red
orange
yellow
green
blue
purple
black
brown
pink
white
 #3
like
to
and
go
you
do
my
are
he
with
 #4
has
have
here
is
little
look
me
she
what
who
 #5
but
did
help
in
it
jump
not
on
ran
run
 #6
at
be
get
into
must
so
well
will
up
down
 #7
come
for
play
of
said
they
this
too
want
was
 #8
away
find
five
four
from
funny
make
one
two
three
 #9
all
ate
eat
good
out
please
pretty
say
under
where
#10 
came
does
how
new
now
our
ride
saw
soon
there

Math
First Quarter
Each day in math, we interact with the calendar through songs about days of the week, months of the year, the seasons, the weather, and counting to 100.  We practice a lot of number sense skills during calendar time.

By the end of the first quarter, students should be able to comfortably and easily write the numbers 0-10, count to 25, and be able to tell how many in a set of objects from 0-10.  They should also be able to count on from a number less than 10 to a number less than 20.

They should also be comfortable with the vocabulary "greater than/less than" and "more of/less of" when talking about quantities and numbers.

Please also practice saying the names of shapes!

Second Quarter
We will continue to spend time working through our calendar time together, which focuses on changes over time, data analysis, and number sense.  

By the end of the second quarter, students should be able to comfortably and easily write the numbers 0-10 (we are still working on this skill), count to 50, and be able to show addition and subtraction in many ways using objects, drawings, and some numbers.  Students should also be able to count on from a number greater than 10 to a number less than 30.

They should also be comfortable with various math vocabulary used in our current math chapters pertaining to addition and subtraction.

Please continue to help your child sort objects, name and describe shapes (square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon), and explain where objects are using positional words (above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
 

Social Studies
First Quarter
During the first quarter, we are learning about our school, those who work in our school and community, American symbols and practices (i.e. our flag, Pledge of Allegiance), and the rules to promote safety and security in our school and community.  We will also learn about being an explorer of the world to learn and grow as a citizen.


Second Quarter

During the second quarter, we are learning about time.  We spent a lot of time learning about the First Thanksgiving and timelines.  We will also participate in a variety of activities, celebrations, and traditions.  We will learn about needs and wants, as well as how to contribute to our community.  We will spend time learning more about responsibility, rules, and making safe choices, as well as role models of these qualities in the past and present.

Science
First Quarter
During the first quarter, we are learning about our senses, zoo animals, the season of fall (and apples!), and spiders.


Second Quarter

During the second quarter, we will spend time analyzing seasonal changes and comparing/contrasting living and nonliving things.  We will do special studies on polar bears and penguins.


Health
First Quarter
During the first quarter, we 
enjoyed learning about bus and fire safety.  We discussed ways we are unique and how we can help our classroom community using our talents.  We will continue to work on memorizing our personal address and phone number as well.

Second Quarter

During the second quarter, we will continue to practice our personal address and phone number.  We will learn some healthy skills (i.e. hand washing) from our school nurse and identify ways she helps us when we are at school.  We will continue to implement classroom and school rules and treat each other with love and respect.