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Happy Birthday MLK, Jr. January 15, 2016

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Dear Families,

This week, our class learned about the life and accomplishments of Martin Luther King Jr.  We read books, watched video clips, and discussed the dream that MLK Jr. had for his children and for the country.  Students brainstormed their own dreams for the future.  They all had great ideas!  Please ask your child about his/her dreams.

Also this week, we began a Gratitude Journal which students will write in each day.  We discussed many different ideas of what we are grateful/thankful for in our lives.  Each student had many amazing ideas.  When you have time over the weekend or throughout the week, encourage your child to think of other ideas for their gratitude journal.  It is important for children (and adults) to focus on all the positive things around us.  This helps us all become happier in our lives!

Have a great three day weekend!

-Mrs. Keough/ Mrs. Epifano 🙂


Happy New Year! January 8, 2016

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Happy New Year, Families.  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday break and your 2016 is off to a great start.

Our class had a wonderful New Year celebration this afternoon where we discussed making resolutions and goals for 2016.  Each student came up with three goals.  Please ask your child what his/her goals are for this year!

This week we began three new units in Reading, Writing, and Math.

Reading- Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles

In this unit, students use what they have learned as a reading super hero to tackle more challenging books.

We are

  • looking at the power of patterns in print and in pictures to help us read our books
  • continuing to use the first letter (or few letters) to solve unknown words
  • looking for pattern breaks in our books and to use all our other strategies to solve words

Be sure to practice these strategies with your child at home!

Writing-  How-to Books

In this unit, students are learning that there are different types of writing.  In our how-to books, we are writing to inform our readers.

We have studied examples of how-to books, brainstormed ideas for our books, practiced telling the steps of our book with a partner.

Math-  Measuring

In this unit, students will use cubes and craft sticks to measure and compare the lengths of shoes, strips of tape and other objects.

Try measuring some objects at home and comparing lengths!


Happy Thanksgiving November 25, 2015

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Dear Families,

I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Enjoy your family’s company and the nice, long weekend.  I am very thankful for all the support you have given our class and for each and every growing student in our classroom.


Ms. Keough

Here is what we have been working on in school!


Reading Super Heros have been popping up in our room the last couple of weeks.  They have been teaching us many super reading strategies to help us read the best we can!  Practice these powers at home!Super heros



We are working on writing TRUE stories about ourselves.  Look what we are including in our stories….IMG_0009 (3)







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We are learning how to make and extend patterns.  Ask your child if he/she can make an AB, ABB, ABBA, ABC, ABA pattern.  Have them show you!




October 19, 2015

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We had another fantastic week! We continue to learn and grow.

• In addition to calling the student absence line, please email me if your child is going to be absent so I can plan accordingly.
• As the temperatures fluctuate, please make sure your child brings a jacket to school. Please also pack a hat and gloves or mittens in case the temperature dips.
• Please have your child practice his or her sight words each day. This is a very quick activity that should take under five minutes.
• We launched our new reading unit on Reading, Thinking, and Talking About Emergent Storybooks and Familiar Shared Texts
• We have practiced thinking about who is in the story and what is happening when retelling a story
• We notice trouble in stories and pay attention to how that trouble is solved
• We have practiced trying to make the stories we read sound just like the author wrote them. We can do this by looking at the pictures and trying to say as much as we can about them
• We practiced going back to reread the pictures and words if we forget how a particular part of a story goes
• We continue to work with our partners
• We began our Unit of Looking Closely and Observing, Labeling, and Listing Like Scientists
• We study objects from nature and write down our observations and thoughts
• We thought about using our senses to describe our objects. We described or objects in many ways including sharing the color, shape, texture, and size
• We draw close-up pictures of our objects and labeled all the details we see
• We learned that writers often talk to someone about what they are planning to write. We learned our writing partner can help us
• We explored objects to count
• We took a handful of cubes and counted them
• We practiced using the counting jar and showing the number in different ways
• We created patterns and tried extending them
• We played a dice game called Roll and Record
• We used a number line to check to see if our numbers were written correctly
• We double checked our counting
• We started a counting book
• We continue to practice learning different letters and sounds with a focus on: a,b,c,d,e,f,g,I,j,m,n,o,p,r,s,t,u
• We have been exploring rhyming words
• We have been counting syllables in words
• We have been creating sentences as a group and reading them
• We have talked about why a sentence starts with a capital letter and ends with a period, question mark, or an exclamation point
• We talked about vowels and consonants


9-21-15 September 21, 2015

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It was great seeing all the parents at our class’ open house. Thank you so much for adjusting your schedules to make it!

We have had another terrific week in kindergarten! The children are mastering routines and learning new skills.

We learned:
• Readers read the pictures and words
• Readers read books from cover to cover
• Readers read to learn more
• Readers add a pinch of themselves to their reading adding in what they think
• Readers learn from the pictures and words
• Readers find letters and words they know in a text
• Readers read to sound like a teacher

Letter Sounds:
• We have been practicing learning the sounds of the different letters. We have had direct, daily practice of letters: f, t, b, m, n, i, u
• You can use the alphabet chart to help children practice identifying upper and lowercase letters and their corresponding sounds. I will be sending home flash cards to practice.

We learned:
• Writers think of something they know about and make a picture in their mind
• Writers think, draw, label, and write
• Writers plan what they are going to say before they write
• Writers use planning lines to help organize what they are going to say
• When we are done we have just begun: we add words, labels, and pictures
• Our writing partners coach us page by page
• We ask questions to revise such as Who? Where? How?

We learned:
• To explore different manipulatives
• To observe objects and compare them by different attributes including color, shape, size, number of sides, pattern or design, number of holes
• To count forward and back
• To exchange ten ones for a tens rod
• To count objects in a counting jar in different ways
• To record our thinking and counting
• To pattern

• Please send a water bottle in with your child each day
• No school Wednesday

Thank you!


First Two Weeks! September 15, 2015

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We have been learning so much in Kindergarten!
• Please send in a smock labeled with your child’s name if you haven’t done so already. Please make sure your child can put it on and take it off by him or herself. If you are using an oversized shirt, consider cutting the sleeves as super-long sleeves may be difficult for your child to manage.
• Please make sure the snacks you send in are peanut/tree-nut free. If you think your child may be tempted to eat peanut/tree-nut items that are packed for lunch during snack, you are welcome to pack a separate snack container.

We learned:
• We read a book cover-to-cover, and think about each page and how the story goes together
• We reread books and discover new information and ideas
• To practice reading independently, reading the words and pictures
• To practice reading with a partner, reading one book and either see-saw reading (one partner reads, then the other partner reads), choral reading (both partners read at the same time), and reading where each partner shares cool things the learned, liked, or discovered
• How to handle books, turn pages, and put books away so they last
• To look for high frequency words in the books we read
• To look for letters we know

We learned:
• To think of something we know about or that has happened to us
• To picture it in our minds
• To draw and write all that we know about it or what happened
• That when we are done with a piece, we have just begun, and we need to go back in and add more details to our pictures, add more letters or words, and label our pictures
• To S-T-R-E-T-C-H out words like a rubber band or say words slowly to hear all the sounds
• To use a letter picture chart to figure out what letter to use
• To write the whole time during Writing Workshop time
• To meet with a partner and share our piece and then listen to our partner’s piece and compliment them on something they are doing as a writer (adding details, labeling, writing planning lines, writing words)

We learned:
• To move objects when counting to keep track
• To double check
• To cross items out when counting on paper to keep track
• To reference a number line when forming numbers to make sure they are not reversed
• To use a number line when counting
• To practice making patterns (Two color- AB, Three color- ABC, also AABB (such as red, red, blue, blue)
• To explore math manipulatives


  • This week we will go to the computer lab and use the math program Dreambox. The children will begin to get used to using a mouse, navigating, and solving problems. Soon, I will send home log-in information so children can use this program at home. This program adjusts when a child masters a particular concept. You are welcome to help you child figure out a direction, but PLEASE do not help children solve the math problems because
  • Dreambox will then adjust and give your child more difficult problems.
    A day is our library day, but Mrs. Gonzales asks that the children return their books on F day. The alphabet chart we use to learn our sounds:



Welcome to Kindergarten! September 9, 2015

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