# Kindergarten News

## The Joys of Kindergarten

Your children are a wonderful group who are happy, working hard and having a great deal of fun.

Math. The children are working on graph work and learning the terminology of reading graphs. They made a graph about pets and then they recorded it. Working on number writing and representing numbers in a concrete form as well as counting forward and backwards and learning what makes up numbers. It is an interesting, but hard concept. Please help your child to practice writing 1 to 10. Remember number writing should be formed from the top down. The children are also working in math books and on the math counting tile work. Pattern work is developing as the children manipulate, build and record their linear patterns.

Language arts. The sound of the week was "b". The children wrote stories.. The children are sequencing the alphabet and rhyming words. This is all part of reading readiness. They are also learning the actions to go with the sounds of the letters.

Social studies. Learning the continents of the world, they are studying Australia. They are learning about Koalas.

Assembly this week was Pet Day.

Science. This week the children began looking at their world of nature by studying leaves.

Activity time. The children are enjoying pearling with the beads, the house corner, Lego, Playdo and bear block city. They worked with first graders and had fun.

Working as a group and understanding each other is a natural part of kindergarten. I am reading books, giving words and examples to model kind and caring friendships. This is the first time that many of the children are learning to use conflict resolution skills and use their words to their friends. I am playing many listening and group co-operative games. Please make certain your children go to bed early, as they are very tired. Some children show this by being MORE active and not being able to control their actions.

When your child comes home, I know you are all very anxious that they are happy. Let me assure you that they are. They will work hard, play hard and have fun. A question to ask each day is, “What was the best part of your day”? If they can remember, you are lucky, but in the bath or at bedtime they may tell you more things. Do not believe everything and always remember there are always two sides to any story. Also know that if there has been some conflict, I will have worked with the children and helped them to conflict resolute. This is a Normal Kindergarten experience. Always know that I am available to talk, if you feel that you want to check in with me. I am your child’s teacher and I am also there for you all.

BIRTHDAYS. When your child has a birthday, please send in a treat. Talk to me for ideas. Also please send in a photo for each year of his or her life. I get the children to walk a time line. This can be sent in on the birthday day, just let me know so that I can plan a time.

Library books are needed by Wednesday so the children have it for Thursday. Please send in book, and bag.

P.E. sneakers are needed on Monday AND Friday

The big friends will be chosen in a few weeks. The 6th grade choose not the kindergarteners.

On Thursday October 4th There will be a parenting evening from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Linda Kammel, and all the lower school homeroom teachers will attend. This evening is for the Kindergarten and lower school parents who are new or already in the school. It would be really useful for at least one parent from each family to attend this evening, as you will learn the school conflict resolution skills and other supportive parenting information.

Trips:-

The Fire company will bring the fire engine to school and talk about fire safety to the children in Lower school. October 9th.

Permission slips will come home shortly. Please sign and send in cash.

Walking trip to Peddlars village with Big Friends to see the scarecrows.(to be arranged)

Friday October 5th There will be a trip to Honey Hollow. cost \$8

Wednesday 31st October Trip with Lower School to Solebury Orchard.Cost \$10 Permission slip soon.

Thursday 18th October from 1:30pm and Friday 19th from 8:30am Conferences Sign up quickly online as soon as you get notification. The sign up sheet will come out shortly and you will get notification.

No school for the student on October 8th

Halloween parties for the Lower School 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. on Friday 26th October. Please remember that BFS is a peaceful school so no weapons or masks.Parents and siblings welcome. There will be more information about this later.

Happy days. Jean