Reading & Math Specialists

Reading News from Ms. Sullivan for March, 2020

Comprehension is the ultimate goal of reading. Your child has learned a variety of strategies that help them further understand what they are reading. Some of the strategies your child has learned include making predictions, asking questions, visualizing, and inferring. Another main comprehension strategy in Kindergarten is retelling and summarizing the main parts and ideas of the story. One important way children develop their comprehension is when stories are read to them. Here at MSKC, teachers are constantly modeling and helping your child develop their comprehension skills during interactive read alouds. This is also something that you can easily do at home when reading to your child! Below are some examples of questions you can ask while reading to them:

-What do you predict will happen next?

-What are you wondering about our story?

-How do you imagine it looked like?

-What connections do you have?

-Can you identify the characters and setting?

-What has happened so far in our story?

-Can you retell the story?

Kirstin Sullivan, Reading Specialist

Ms. Aborn’s Math News for March, 2020

This month, students will be learning about addition and subtraction! These operations are at the foundation of mathematics, and are topics that students will continue to explore throughout their elementary school years. It is important for students to understand the relationship between addition and subtraction, which is why the topics are introduced together. Students will explore addition and subtraction story problems by acting them out, representing them with objects, drawing pictures to show the actions, and, finally, showing them with numbers and symbols. Understanding addition and subtraction is not about understanding key words, but rather about key ideas. When students understand the actions of the operations, then they know when to add or subtract. In Kindergarten, students will master adding and subtracting within 5, and will be exposed to adding and subtracting within 10.

Here are some things that you can do at home to reinforce our learning:

  • When giving your child a snack, present it to them in two piles. Instead of giving them all 5 crackers, give them 2, and then 3 off to the side, and say, “You get two and three, how many do you have?”
  • Play cover up. After determining how many objects your child has, cover up some with your hand and see if they can tell you how many you covered up.

Megan Aborn, Mathematics Specialist