Mrs. Balboni's Classroom Community

Mrs. Balboni's Classroom Community

Welcome to the 2016 - 2017 school year!  It is my belief that a child's success is based on a cooperative parent/teacher relationship.  I look forward to working with you throughout the year.   Kindergarten is a year of growing socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually. Your involvement, interest, and enthusiasm will help make this a wonderful year of growth for you and your child.Take a moment to imagine the kindergarten world: letters, numbers, stories, sharing blocks, puzzles, play, paint and play-dough. Imagination and creativity are everywhere. As you talk with your child about their day and celebrate their best effort on the work they do, remember that Kindergarten is a "child's garden." Many times the process is more important than the product, and learning is accomplished by doing, touching, and experiencing.At this early stage of learning, it is important to set routines in your child's life.  Try to set aside time each day to discuss what your child did in school.

 

May/June Subject Summary

English Language Arts: Kindergarten students will finish unit 5; “Going Places”, and will review concepts of comparing and contrasting, plot, and main idea. We will also focus on the recognition, sound, and formation of the letters U u, V v, Z z, Y y, and Q q. Sight words for this unit will be “where” and “come”. The final unit for the year is Unit 6 “Putting It Together” which will focus on the question “What Are Different Ways of Building?” While this unit does have new and different stories, as well as a new theme, it serves as a review or culmination of the letters, concepts, and sight words that were learned throughout the school year. Page two has a review of our sight words. We will use KIBO to retell some of the stories and portray various characters from this unit.

Math: During the months of May and June the children will continue to explore the following concepts:        Measurement – Students will compare objects by length, height, capacity, and weight. Sorting, Classifying, Counting, and Categorizing Data – Students will learn how attributes can be identified and used to sort objects. They will also learn how to collect data and represent that data on a picture graph. Identifying Shapes – Students will review and describe two dimensional shapes as well as learn about three dimensional shapes and their surfaces. Review – A review of key concepts such as counting to 100, recognizing numbers to 50, and a review of both addition and subtraction concepts will complete our year in Math.

Religion/Social Studies: Through our lessons, activities and stories, the children will learn that God chose Mary to be the Mother of his Son and that Mary loved God very much. This month we will also honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus by attending the “May Crowning” celebration at the Elementary School on Wednesday, May 24th.

The Sacred Heart Kindergarten traditional “End of the Year” Mass will be celebated at the ECC on Friday May 19th at 1:00 PM.
Parents are invited. 
       
Lessons will also focus on the fact that Jesus is their friend who is always with them. The children will learn that if you want to have a good friend, you have to be a good friend.

Personal Safety Program: During May and June we will continue lessons in our Personal Safety Program that teach about safe and unsafe touches.

Science: Lessons and activities will center around mini-units on the lifecycles and habitats of new life happening all around us. Turtles, butterflies, frogs, and birds, are a few examples. In addition, we will explore ocean life and culminate our learning with a class field trip in June. (More information to follow)
 
 
 
  K1 Specials Schedule

Monday - Gym with Mr. McCabe
Tuesday - Library with Mrs. Mathias
Wednesday - Spanish with Senora Balaschi
Thursday - Music with Mrs. Paine
Friday - SAT (Sister Angela Time)
 


 

 
 

  

 
 
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What's Fun in K1?

Important Items

List of 10 items.

  • Classroom News

    Birthdays:
    Parties by parents/guardians should be planned outside of school hours. 
    Birthday/social invitations are not given out at school, unless given out to the whole
    class.  Addresses and phone numbers of Sacred Heart Elementary and Early Childhood
    Center families are not publicized by the school, or given out over the phone.  Family
    Directories are published by the Parents Association.  Inclusion in the directory is
    with parent/guardian permission.  Students are allowed a “No Uniform Day” on their
    birthday.  Also, please note that no food items should be brought into the classrooms
    due to food allergy concerns.

    SAT- Sister Angela Time:
    All classes will be involved interactively using music/movement, stories, videos/DVDs, etc. which correlate with themes, subject content, seasonal topics once a week.

    Mystery Reader - will begin January 2017 (more information to follow)


     
  • iPad Apps and Web Links

    Ipad Apps:
    *Letter School
    *Magnetic Letters
    *ABC Tracing 

    Web Links:
    Access the websites below to see what students are learning in class and to reinforce skills.

    Reading/Science:
    Pearson Success Net
    This is the link to our reading and science programs.
    Starfall
    This site contains a variety of reading games.
    Sight Word Practice
    Spelling
    Folktales and Fables
    Story Starters
    Seussville

    Math:
    Envisions - Pearson
    Our mathbook website

    Illuminations
    Enjoy math games and activities.

    Religion:
    God Loves Us - Loyola Press
    Our Religion website

    Helpful Websites:
    Scholastic Book Orders
    Please place book orders using this website and K-1's activation code.
    K-1 Class Pictures
    Click on the link above and enter the class password to view pictures of our class.
  • Math Program

    Kindergarten Math Program:

    Topic 1 One to Five
    Topic 2 Comparing and Ordering 0-5
    Topic 3 Six to Ten
    Topic 4 Comparing and Ordering Numbers 0-10
    Topic 5 Numbers to 20
    Topic 6 Numbers to 100
    Topic 7 Understanding Addition
    Topic 8 Understanding Subtraction
    Topic 9 Composing and Decomposing Numbers to 10
    Topic 10 Composing Numbers 11-19
    Topic 11 Decomposing Numbers 11-19
    Topic 12 Measurement
  • My Booklist

    September:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
    Happy School Year by Susan Milford
    I Like Me by Nancy Carlson
    I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont
    Our Library by Eve Bunting
    Say Hello by Jack and Michael Foreman
    The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
    Things I like by Anthony Browne

    by Kevin Henkes:
    Wemberly Worried
    Chrysanthemum
    Owen
    Julius
     
    October/November:
    A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting
    Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
    Growing Pumpkins by Melvin Berger 
    Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Elhert
    In November by Cynthia Rylant
    Run Turkey Run by Diane Mayr
    Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland
    The Big Turnip by Tatiana Zunshine
    The Enormous Carrot by Vladmir Vagin
    The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis
      
     December:
    The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburg 
    Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin 
    Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh 
    The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett 
    Arthur's Christmas by Marc Brown 
    The Story of Christmas by Paul Fehlner 
    The First Christmas by Allia Nolan 
    How Many Miles to Bethlehem by Kevin Crossley Holland 
    Light the Lights by Margaret Moorman
     
    January:
    The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
    The Mitten by Jan Brett
    The Hat by Jan Brett
    The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    Snowballs by Lois Elhert
    Snowmen at Night by Carol Buehner
     
    February
    Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
    I Love you Through and Through by Bernadette Shustak
    How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You?  by Jane Yolen
    Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink by Diane deGroat
  • My Homework

    In addition to the weekly homework assignments, the following are skills that can be practiced with your child.

    Math
    * Practice counting to 100.
    * Practice number recognition to 50.
    * Practice writing numbers to 50.
    * Sort and classify objects around the house.
    * Practice creating and extending patterns.
    * Use position words as you give your child directions (i.e. Put the book under the table).
    * Addition and subtraction to 10.

    Language Arts
    * Practice writing first and last name using upper and lower case letters.
    * Practice letter recognition of upper and lower case letters.
    * Practice letter/sound association.
    * Practice sight word recognition.
    * After reading stories aloud practice retelling and sequencing the story.
    * Make predictions, connections and ask questions when reading to your child.
    * Make sentences using sight words.
    * Provide opportunities for your child to write stories of their own.
    * Practice spelling 3 and 4 letter words
    * Practice beginning, middle and ending sounds in words

    Fine Motor
    * Work with playdough.
    * Play with puzzles, blocks, and legos.
    * Practice beading and lacing.
    * Practice cutting on straight, zig-zag, and curved lines.

    Gross Motor
    * Practice hopping on one foot, skipping, and jumping.
    * Jump rope, hula hoop, and play hopscotch.
    * Practice kicking, bouncing, throwing, and hitting balls.
    * Play FREEZE dance!
  • Practicing High Frequency Words

    How to practice high frequency words at home:
    • Paper Plate Toss:  Write sight words on paper plates.  Use like Frisbees to throw after reading the word.
    • Concentration:  Make a duplicate set of word cards and play “Concentration”
    • Go Fish: With a duplicate set of word cards play “Go Fish”
    • Tic-Tac-Toe:  Write words in the tic-tac-toe spaces.  Take turns selecting a space to read.  If read correctly, an X or O is placed on the space until someone wins.
    • Word-O:  This is played just like BINGO.  Fill in a card with the words that you are working on. Call out the words and mark the spaces.  The first one with a card covered calls out the word “WORDO”!
    • Word Hunt:  Look for target words in books or in the newspaper.  If using the newspaper your child can highlight or circle the word ring words that he/she finds.
    • SNAP:  You put the sight words you want them to practice on flash cards and put the flash cards into a jar.  Also, you write the word SNAP! on a few flashcards and put them in the jar also.  The kids can play in partners or in groups of 3 or 4.  They take turns pulling a card out of the jar.  If they can say the word on the card automatically with no struggle, they get to keep the card.  If they struggle, they have to put it back.  If they pull out one of the cards that says SNAP! they have to put back all of the cards they’ve drawn.
    • Play coin toss – put words on the floor – children take turns to toss a coin onto a word and say that word.
    • Play “who am I?” – For example, I rhyme with bed, I have 3 letters, and I end in “d”.
    • Children go outside and practice writing their words with chalk on the concrete.
    • Flashlight words – turn off lights.  Tape words on the wall or ceiling.  Use the flashlight to shine on the word then read.
    • Children make their own word wall/dictionary using photocopied small sight word and scrapbooks labeled with a letter of the alphabet on each page…can be added to throughout the year.
    • Make words using playdough
    • Beat the Clock – how many times can a word be written in 1 minute, etc.
    • Play “Stepping Stones” – place words on the floor and children walk over them saying the word as they go to get the other side of the stream.  Make words using letter tiles – scrabble pieces.
    • Make words using stencils
    • Make words using alphabet stamps
    • Make words using magnetic letters
    • Delicious Words – write your words in whipped cream, peanut butter, or anything you can eat
    • Good Clean Words – write your words in shaving cream on a counter or some other surface that can be cleaned safely.
    Kindergarten High Frequency Words
    Unit 1
    I    am    the    little    a    to
    Unit 2
    have    is    we    like    my    he    for
    Unit 3
    me    with    she    see    look    they    you    of
    Unit 4
    are    that    do    one    two    three    four    five    here    go    from 
    Unit 5
    yellow    blue    green    what    said    was    where    come
    Unit 6
    here    do    little    with    what    where    is    go    that    come    the    was    to   like    from  for    of    my    we    yellow    have    they    four    two    blue    you   said    see    look    three
  • Scholastic Books

    When ordering online from Scholastic Books please use our class code;  GR9JQ
  • Shutterfly

    To view our class pictures, please go to balbonisclass.shutterfly.com and enter our class password.
  • Subject Summary

     
    FEBRUARY SUBJECT SUMMARY
     
    Religion:
    February lessons will teach the children to become more aware of Jesus’ love for them and for all people and that love is shown through actions. We celebrate St. Valentine by exchanging Valentine cards with our classmates and friends.
     
    (Our Personal Safety Curriculum will also continue with lessons which teach about getting and giving safe   touches. The children will learn that safe touches, like hugs, help people to feel cared for and loved).
     
    English Language Arts:
    This month we will begin Unit 4; “Let’s Go Exploring”, reading “Rooster’s Off to See the World”, by Eric Carle, “One Little Mouse” by Dori Chaconas and My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza. Animal fantasy is the unit’s genre. This unit will focus on the question “Where will our adventures take us?” and will introduce concepts relating to sequence as well as cause and effect. We will work on the recognition, sound and formation of the letters H, h and L, l. Sight words for this month will be do, are, and that. We plan to spend time working on our writing and sentence building skills as we create Valentine cards for our friends and families.
     
    Mathematics:Kindergarten will concentrate on counting, writing and sequencing numbers 11 – 20; and continue a unit on subtraction covering the following topics:
         
    • The concept of separating into two parts
      • How to identify and use the minus ( - ) and equal ( = ) signs
      • Writing and solving subtraction sentences
      • How to use and understand correct vocabulary (take away, minus, equal, difference)
      • Using different strategies to solve subtraction problems (drawing and crossing out, using manipulatives, using the number line)
      • How to differentiate between an addition and subtraction situation when listening to number stories
    Social Studies/Science:
     
    • We will read about, discuss and make a craft for Groundhog Day.
    • 100 Days of school already! Wow! “100” Day projects will be shared in the classrooms.
    • The children are excited to exchange valentines with their classmates on Tue., February 14th.
    • Presidents’ Day will be discussed throughout the month with a variety of books and activities about US Presidents.
       
      and …We will be discussing Dental Health after February vacation with our lessons and activities. The ECC children enjoyed a visit with dental hygienist Ms. Claire Reilly, aka “The Tooth Fairy”.     We will continue to discuss good dental habits throughout the month.
     
     
     
     
      
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    SAT – Sister Angela Time
    All classes will be involved interactively using music/movement, stories, videos/DVDs, etc. which correlate with themes, subject content, seasonal topics once a week.
    A note about Homework and Birthdays…..
    Homework
    During the month of October, Kindergartners will use their reading logs, (information to follow) as well as to regularly practice sight words. We also ask that you review personal information including phone number and address with your child, including house number, street, and town. Once we’ve established the routine of doing nightly work, families should expect information regarding “Formal” homework to be introduced in November.
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  • Wishlist

    We are always in need of:

    - disinfecting wipes and hand wipes
    - foaming hand soap
    - scrap paper

    Any donations would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank You!

Sacred Heart School

 
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Early Childhood Center: 781-585-2290
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