January has been another fun month in Kindergarten! We have focused on snow in both Art and Science. We learned how snow forms and that it always has 6 sides, designed our own snowflakes, cut snowflakes out of coffee filters and did watercolor paintings over white crayon snowflakes.
Kindergarteners start memory work in the 2nd semester, so we are working hard on our first verse, Genesis 1:1. We practiced it together and copied it for handwriting.
We have learned the sounds of almost all the letters in the alphabet and are working hard on sounding out words and learning sight words. A major focus in literacy small groups has been reading fluency. We do a LOT of writing in Kindergarten! A main focus this month has been only using capital letters at the beginning of sentences and for names, not in the middle of sentences or words. I added a word wall to the classroom this month to help students spell tricky words with less help.
We are working on adding and subtracting within five for Math. The kids were very excited about this because according to them it is “finally real math!”
Our calendar time every morning strengthens and reinforces both math and literacy skills. For math it includes counting by 1s, 10s, forwards and backwards. We also work on patterns. For literacy we spell the names of months and days, with capital letters only at the beginning.