Mrs. Diodati's Kindergarten Class



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Dear K-1 Families,
I cannot believe how fast this school year is going! We are in March and Spring is coming soon!
We have been enjoying celebrating Dr. Seuss' Birthday and the funny author and illustrator he was. We love reading his books by ourselves and with our reading buddies. We had a wonderful party in his honor. We had Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop corn, Cat In the Hat cheese sticks, Truffula Seeds (Trix cereal) and One Fish,Two Fish Goldfish. Our Class Moms made it all happen once again! We cannot thank them enough!

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We have also been enjoying preparing for St. Patrick's Day. We made leprechauns and wrote about what we'd do if we found a pot of gold! We had answers like buy a new puppy, buy a Lamborghini, put it in my piggybank, give a little bit to everyone, and buy 10 packages of Legos! LOL!
We just completed our Social Studies unit on Beautiful America. We had fun singing our song about Symbols of America. The children loved identifying the different symbols like The Statue of Liberty, The Bald Eagle, The Lincoln Memorial, American Flag, The White House, Washington Monument and the Capital building. We also learned about why we say the Pledge of Allegiance everyday.
On Ash Wednesday, the children in K-1 received ashes. We spoke about Lent and we decided that we would try to do an act of kindness each day of lent. We brainstormed and made a class chart of some things we could do! Hopefully you will see them, at home, trying to fulfill these acts of kindness! 
Lastly, I want you to know how proud I am of my students growth in reading. We have been working on different reading strategies, building our sightword vocabulary and our fluency.
Please continue to have your child read each of the sightwords on their sightword ring every night.We have learned about 50 words so far! You can also add the color words and number words from 1-20 to their ring. We use these words daily in the classroom.
It is so nice seeing the smile and joy when the boys and girls read a whole Dr. Seuss book! They were so happy when I let them bring them home to practice in their book bags. Also, please continue to have them read their leveled readers in their book baggies. These books are their independent level so they should be able to read most of them to you! 

We are looking forward to our Volunteer Mass at the end of March. Then comes April and spring weather! Woohoo!
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The children are learning and changing everyday. 
 We have successfully learned all 26 letter and sounds of the alphabet. We are learning new word families and sight words every week. Our sight word ring is really filling up! We are in guided reading groups and enjoy reading new books each week also. It is amazing to me to watch their reading and writing really start to expand and they are enjoying being able to read independently. We just finished bench marking the children's reading level. We will be sending home their independent and instructional levels by the end of January.
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In January, we are focusing on all the fun themes of winter. We are learning about snowmen, penguins, brown bears, polar bears, hibernation, weather and communities. We have been also focused on our writing. With each subject I like to have the students thinking, writing, and sharing what they have learned. While learning about Martin Luther King Jr., we are focusing on how we are all the same and should be treated equally. The children wrote an "I have a dream" piece and shared their dream with their classmates. It was very sweet to listen to them!

In religion, we enjoyed learning about the first nativity, the birth of Baby Jesus and the baptism of Jesus. We are happy and pray to God for showing us his love. We reflect on how lucky we are that God made us and he made us all unique! We have been practicing many prayers and most of the students can now recite the Hail Mary, The Our Father and The Glory Be. We chose different prayers each day to say before snack. The children also pray for someone or something during prayer time. Our next prayer is a prayer of Grace.
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We have been working so hard and we are super excited to show all our work at Catholic Schools Week Open House on Sunday, January 27, 2019. We hope all our families and friends can come and visit our classroom to see our learning for themselves! We are so proud of all our hard work! 

LOOKING AHEAD....

February is going to bring our 100th Day of Kindergarten! We are going to focus on the fact that we are 100 days smarter. We will be  doing many different and fun centers that day and all the children are asked to come to school dressed as if they were 100 years old! This should be hysterical! Be creative! 
Love,
Mrs. Diodati and Class K-1