Word Group:

Beginning this week, the kindergarten class will begin learning word families. 

The children are now familiar with most of the letter sounds. This month we are beginning to apply phonics skills toward reading. We will do this by matching, writing, and reading word families. These are words that end with the same letters and sounds.


The activities for each word family will include:

  • Picture-word matching cards
  • A small book
  • Worksheets
  • Sentence strips (homework: sentence strips can be separated from the picture to create a matching game. Words can be separated from the sentence to create a game that requires the child to put the words together to make the sentence the picture is showing.)

The first word family we will work with is –at.

c-at    cat

b-at    bat

h-at    hat

m-at    mat

r-at    rat

f-at    fat

Other word families will include, -an, -ad, -et, -ed, -en, -op, -ot, -og, -ip, -it, -ig, -un, -ug, -and –ub.

The ending is the key word that your child will memorize. By adding the beginning sound he or she will learn how to sound out the words. Please review all the materials that come home. The lessons will be more fun for your child if he or she is familiar with the process, and are encouraged from home to learn. Remember that children are learning at different paces. Some children will learn how to sound out words faster; others will read by sight or have difficulty understanding the process of reading but enjoy it anyways. Don’t push the reading, take the time your child needs. The most important thing is to make it fun.


We will have a small quiz every Friday in order to assess their knowledge of the word group. The quiz will have pictures of the words they are learning. It will be their job to write the word of the picture next to it. The extra daily homework will help make the quiz easier. Please see me if there are any questions. Thank you!    

Book order: Scholastic book orders are due Friday, January 15th.

Thursday: The student council has planned for Thursday to be Winter Wonderland. The students will have free dress with a Winter Wonderland theme (scarves, hat).

Friday: Students will have spirit dress on Friday. Students can also bring $1 for ice cream.

Monday: There is no school on Monday, January 18th.


Math: Complete and return daily math worksheets.

Word Group: Complete and return “-at” daily worksheets.

         Review for the quiz on Friday.

READING: Don’t forget to mark the January Reading Calendar and turn in the December Reading Calendar.

This Week We Are Learning:



Appreciate that God has given us families to love and care for us


Letter Ff, Vv, Ww, Ss, Zz, Ee review

Word wall: love, a


Pay for items using dimes

Match number cards to a set of objects

Compare sets of objects

Weigh objects using nonstandard units

Social Studies

Unit review


How the school building gets water

Language Arts

Identify left and right