Keeping Up With Kindergarten

Mrs. Enright's Class

January 29, 2016

The past two weeks have been filled with excitement with all of this snow! While we have enjoyed sharing each morning about sledding, building snowmen and snowball fights at home, we have been a little restless with indoor recess everyday in the classroom. We're hoping to be able to get back out on the playground soon!

Our Valentine's Day party is just around the corner and I wanted to touch base about bringing in valentines. At the end of our party, the students will have a few minutes to pass out their valentines. Please be sure to have enough for the whole class (17 total) and your child only needs to put their name in the "From" section and leave the "To" section blank on their cards. This will help to make passing out the valentines much faster rather than having them read the name of who it is for, finding that student's holder, etc. Thank you so much for your help with this!

Next week, student council is holding a "Soup"er Bowl Drive for those in need. We are collecting cans of soup all week. Each can your child brings in counts as a vote for the team they think will win the Superbowl next weekend (Panthers vs. Broncos) and on Friday we will find out which team got the most votes at Lizzy Haddon. Students are also encouraged to wear their favorite team shirt to school on Friday. This can be any team or sport (including teams they are on i.e. Fall soccer shirts, Wahoos, etc.) so please do not feel the need to go out and purchase anything!

What's Happening in the Classroom?

Literacy: As you saw from the Unit 3 packet that was sent home this week, we are quickly transitioning away from single letter study and moving onto phonemic awareness skills such as blending, segmenting, and manipulation of sound. We have been practicing using blending to sound out CVC and CVCe words that are unfamiliar to us in our reading and we have been segmenting to break words down into parts to help us while writing. Please encourage your children to "tap out" words that they are stuck on when reading at home.

Math: We have continued practicing our basic addition stories using the + and = symbols. This skill is spiraled into the first grade Everyday Math program but Kindergarten is a great time to lay the foundation for using the terms plus, minus, and equals to ensure they are familiar with these words moving into first grade. We also have been using base 10 blocks to group objects into 10's and practice counting by 10's. We use these manipulatives daily in whole group to count our days in school and found it to be an easy transition to working with them independently.

Social Studies: We have continued working on sharing and practicing being a good friend. The students discussed what kinds of behavior is hurtful and what kind of behavior is helpful. One thing we have been working hard on is talking about play dates in the classroom. While these are great social experiences at home, many kids expressed feeling left out when others share about their play dates during morning meeting. This is something that we have discussed and are working on in the classroom.

Quick Notes & Reminders

  • Please bring in cans of soup for our "Soup"er Bowl drive next week. You can see the note above for more details!
  • We have library next Friday. I will send a remind 101 on Thursday to send back your books!
  • Friday, February 5th students can wear their favorite sports team shirt to school.
  • The Scholastic Book Fair is February 9th - 11th.
  • Thursday, February 11th is the Book Fair Family Night from 6PM-8:30PM.
  • Our Valentine's Day party is Friday, February 12th from 10AM-11AM. Thank you to our room mom, Becky Foley, for all of her planning and all of the parents who have volunteered to send in supplies and help out the day of.
  • There is no school Monday, February 15th for President's Day.