October 29, 2020
I hope you are looking forward to a nice long weekend.
From this point on, updates regarding kindergarten and what we are learning will be done through Google Classroom. We will no longer be posting on the school website.
We continue to review and explore the letter sounds in our work with the letters of the alphabet. Our focus at this time, is on identifying the initial sounds in words related to the letter of the week. We practice identifying the first sound and connect it to the letter we are learning during the week.
Until now we have learned and reviewed the following letters and their sounds: M, L, F, S, P, B and H.
In the next couple of weeks we will be learning the following letters and their sounds: O (short and long sounds) and A (short and long sounds).
In mathematics, we are practicing counting in Spanish from 0-15. We continue building number sense by sorting objects into sets, representing numbers using pictures or manipulatives and printing >span class="TextRun SCXW16963362 BCX4" xml:lang="EN-US" lang="EN-US">.
We are also continuing to practice subitizing (quick visual number recognition), identifying the CORE of simple AB patterns and creating some of our own.
We have been learning and reviewing the vocabulary for colours, numbers, body parts and clothing. I have posted a Google Slide presentation with pictures and sound under Classwork for colours, numbers and clothing. There will be more coming soon.
Nov. 3rd - Picture Retakes
Nov. 6th - AM Kindergarten
Nov. 11th - Remembrance Day (No school)
Nov. 13th - PM Kindergarten
Oct. 14th, 2020
Thank you once again for your continued support and patience! First there are some quick housekeeping items.
1. INSIDE SHOES
a. If you have not done so already, please send your child’s INSIDE SHOES
b. INSIDE SHOES will remain at school every day
a. Please make sure that you send at least ONE EXTRA mask to school
b. These will stay in your child’s desk in case it is ever needed
Parents, we will continue to review and explore the letter sounds. If you wish, I have uploaded the resources we have used in class into our Google Classroom. If you have not done so, please take a moment to look through them. For the next few weeks we will continue exploring the letters P, B and H in class.
We are learning some poems and tongue twisters to go along with some of the letters we are working with.
In mathematics, we continue practicing counting in Spanish from 0-10. We continue working on building number sense by sort objects into sets and printing digits. If you have some time, please practice printing the numbers at home! The numbers 2, 3, 6 and 8 are difficult.
We continue to develop number sense by exploring the skill of subitizing (ability for quick visual number recognition), identifying the CORE of simple AB patterns and creating some of our own.
Our Google Classroom has been updated. Please take a moment to visit.
Oct. 16th – AM kindergarten
Oct. 23 – PM kindergarten
Oct. 30th – NO SCHOOL
Sept. 30, 2020
Thank you for your support and patience as we iron out wrinkles and slowly create our learning space and routines. This week has been one of adjustments and we are grateful to you and your children for the fantastic way in which you have dealt with it all. Things are beginning to settle.
For the last few weeks, we have been exploring the letter sounds for the letters M, L, F and S. We have listened to songs and collected word that begin and end with those sounds. We are practicing printing the letters and our names. We will continue to explore new letters and practice visual and auditory recognition of the entire alphabet! Next up, we will be learning about the letters: P, B and H.
In mathematics, we continue practicing counting in Spanish from 0-10. We are also working on building number sense by continuing to sort objects into sets and printing digits. Over the next few weeks we will further develop number sense by exploring the skill of subitizing (ability for quick visual number recognition). We will also explore patterns and create some of our own.
We continue practicing motor skills such as jumping, skipping and balancing. We have also started to learn some games in Spanish!
We have been exploring about what makes us the same and different. Through this we have discussed many important topics. We have explored what we look like, what our favourite activities are and what our families are like. We will continue to explore these topics in the following weeks.
Oct. 5th – Picture Day
Oct. 8&9 – Student/Parent/Teacher Conferences
Oct. 12th – Thanksgiving
Sept. 15 2020
¡Bienvenidos a Kindergarten!
We have had a safe and engaging start to our kindergarten year! To continue promoting a safe in-class learning environment, we are striving to follow the AHS guidelines and protocols in our classes and around the school.
We recognize that the social and emotional development of our kindergarten students is foundational for their growth as learners and members of a larger community. We intentionally provide these opportunities during our school day in a safe environment for all. We practice washing our hands regularly, maintaining social distance and wearing our masks when social distancing is not possible.
We have been learning how sounds and letters are the building blocks of literacy by working on alphabet recognition activities and phonemic awareness exercises. We are focusing on learning the sound /m/ and the letter “M”. Students will be practicing how to write the capital “M” and lower case “m” as they also learn to identify /m/ sounds in a variety of familiar words. Next in our list are the letters “L”, “F”, and "S". Stay tuned!
Also supporting literacy, we have been learning lots of Spanish through everyday routines and greetings. We have learned songs that are not only fun but that teach our students important vocabulary, such as, the days of the week, the months, and greetings. All that in just a couple of weeks! Our Spanish songs are also a fun way of learning numbers, colors and motor skills. This kinders’ passion for learning Spanish is inspiring!
In the next couple of weeks, we will continue developing other listening and speaking skills to support building a strong foundation for language learning. In particular, we will learn and reinforce vocabulary (both in English and Spanish) regarding school and self-identity, celebrating the uniqueness of all of our class members.
Mathematical Literacy is also a big part of our daily routines. Students are working on recognizing and naming numerals from 1 to 10 in both languages of instruction. We will continue building number sense by sorting objects in sets of specific quantities, printing digits, creating sets, etc.
We are sure that you have already heard from your child that our music classes are happening in our classrooms. Ms. Gray, our music teacher, teaches students to appreciate music and to feel comfortable when performing in front of an audience, but most importantly, they are learning to have fun with music!
In order to support our kinders' learning, please encourage your child to practice reading environmental printing as you drive around with them, writing their name, counting objects, etc. Every bit of practice helps!
Gracias and we look forward to a wonderful 2020-21 school year!
Sra. Gálvez-Castro y Sra. Palacios