FDK News for May
This month we will complete our fifth of six reading units, “Going Places,” and begin our final unit, “Putting It Together.” We will continue to review alphabet letter recognition, letter naming, and matching uppercase to lowercase letters. We continue to build upon phonemic awareness in kindergarten, as we explore initial, medial, and final sounds in words. Phonics lessons will offer practice with matching alphabet letters to the sounds they make. We will master superstar vowel sound /u/ spelled Uu, /v/ spelled Vv, /z/ spelled Zz, /y/ spelled Yy, /kw/ spelled Qu/qu, and consonant blends. Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are what, said, was, where, and come. We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing compare and contrast, plot, main idea, draw conclusions, preview/predict as well as retell. Kindergarten cares about “conventions,” learning about prepositions, nouns, nouns in sentences, verbs, and pronouns “I” and “me.” We are writers, working on poem, formal letter, invitation, report, and list.
During the month of May, FDK can’t wait to investigate 2 dimensional shapes, representing teen numbers, and identifying coins during mathematics lessons. Our students are working to master addition and subtraction facts to 5. Kindly encourage your child to work with addition and subtraction flash cards in order to build automaticity. Math lessons incorporate several manipulatives, games, and activities to engage students as they practice important skills.
This month we look forward to exploring our exciting hands-on unit, Properties of Matter. Our lessons will include What are Properties?, Describing Properties, Size and Color, Shape, Texture, and Weight.
As part of social studies in May, we will be learning all about zoo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. We look forward to preparing for our exciting field trip to the Franklin Park Zoo on Thursday, May 15th (rain date Thursday, May 22nd).
Second Step is a program we use to help students develop learning skills and improve upon social skills. Our kindergarteners enjoy our interactive lessons. Currently, we are focusing on Emotion Management and Problem Solving. We will learn and practice the problem solving steps. These include: SAY the problem, THINK of solutions, EXPLORE consequences, PICK the best solution.
There will be no school on Monday, May 26th, in observance of Memorial Day.
Our last of school at FDK will be Monday, June 23rd. FDK students will be dismissed at 11:50, with no late dismissals on this day.
FDK at BHS would like to acknowledge FDK students, families, parents, and guardians for their hard work and support of our learning at home. THANK YOU! We are so proud of our super students!
Happy May! J