PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

K001 Week of 12/5/16

Hello K-001 Families!

It was so wonderful to meet many of you during Parent Teacher Conferences (PTCs) on Wednesday, November 30th. As always, it is a pleasure to have a few extra minutes to talk about your a child  holistically – socially,  emotionally and academically.

Some questions that came up during PTCs:

  • Does my child have friends?
  • Does she play well with others?
  • Is he kind/respectful to others?
  • How can I help him/her at home?

How can I support my child at home?  

Read daily – What does that look like?

  • You reading to your child as they look at the pictures 
  • Have your child tell the story by talking about what is happening in the pictures
  • Don’t limit reading to just books – Connect reading to everyday life — posters, signs, menus, grocery lists

Word Work Activities – During the parent conferences, I showed many of you ways to practice simple word work activities at home using (CVC -consonant-vowel-consonant words). Some examples include:  words with short vowels – Examples: cat, bat, rat, sat, mat

You can either use magnetic letters or write letters on a small pieces of paper and cut them apart: m, g, d, p, h, t, i, o.

Review each letter, making sure your child knows the sound. Starting at the top of the list below say a word and have your child make the word with the letters.  Then say the next word.  One letter will change.  Listen with your child to see if it is the beginning letter, the middle letter or the ending letter that needs to change.  Have your child change the letter to make the new word.  Continue down the list, changing one letter at a time – mop, top, tip, hip, hit, hot, pot, dot, dog, dig, pig

Resources: Common Core Standards – Common Core Standards, Sight Words- Dolch List – Kindergarten Sight Word List

Highlights from this week: —Word Study – This week, we began “Literacy Centers”. During this time, students are working in small groups in a variety of literacy based activities. These centers will continue to grow and change over time as the year continues.

  1. Handwriting/Letter Formation
  2. Sight Words – Identifying and spelling sight words on white boards
  3. Reading the Room – Using a pointer to identify and read familiar words in the classroom
  4. Poetry Center – Reading charts of familiar poems, songs, shared reading texts
  5. Pocket Chart – identifying and matching cards with text on the chart
  6. Library Center – Students reading books together in the classroom library

**Differentiated Instruction – This is another time of the day when, we work with small groups of students in differentiated learning groups.

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Mark Your Calendars:

Winter Celebration – Wed., Dec. 21st at 1:30-2:30pm – students & family in classroom

Winter Recess – School Closed – Dec. 26-Jan. 2nd (School Resumes- Jan. 3, 2017)

Reminders –

Amazon Wish List – Amazon Wish List – K001

Magazines – Due by Thursday, Dec. 8th – We are in need of “child friendly” magazines for students to look through and cut out pictures.  If you have any magazines that you can send, please send them via backpack by Thursday, December 8th. Thank you in advance for your help.