A bi-weekly newsletter from Kindergarten at Lamplighter.
This has been a wonderful year with each of your children. We have enjoyed getting to know you all this year and we look forward to seeing you in the halls and at activities next year!
As we wrap up the year in Kindergarten, we are reading books and looking at pictures of animals that we learned about during our animal unit. Each child picked an animal at the zoo to design their very own zoo exhibit. We know to keep their animal's natural habitat in mind while we design. Your children are designing their habitat with pictures and information from books. With their information they will draw and then construct their zoo exhibit.
We continue to read and share our reading with our reading partners and friends. We love non-fiction books because we can learn new fancy words and share our new knowledge with others.
Word Family: _ub, _un
In math, students have been exploring fractions through games and books. Our students understand what a fraction is a how objects all begin as a whole. We used food to explore halves, thirds and fourths and did several picture sorts to build their understanding of fractions. During lunch several students have tried to divide their food into half, thirds or fourths! We are so excited that our students are seeing fractions everywhere. At home have your child draw a shape and divide the shape into halves, thirds or fourths.
In math, we have also been working on becoming more comfortable with counting money. When counting money our students work primarily with pennies, nickels and dimes. Not only do we have our students count money but we also ask them to find another way to show an amount. Our goal is for our students to see that there are many different ways to show am amount. At home, work on counting change that you have around the house. You can also give your child a pile of money and ask them to use those coins to show you a certain amount, up to $1.00.
Please continue working on the following:
- Count by 2s up to 30
- Count by 5s and 10s up to 100
- Counting to 110
- Creating Patterns
- Counting back from 20
Kindergarten is having a blast learning about animals in different animal orders (amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, mammals, and fish). The children are learning about what habitats/environments animals in each order live in, what characteristics the animals have, and identifying examples/non-examples of animals that belong in each order. The Dallas Arboretum recently visited and the children participated in creating a terrarium, or mini-habitat, for a worm and plant.
During the last two rotations of the school year, the children will select an animal to build a zoo exhibit for that keeps them in their natural environment.
Questions you can ask your children at home:
- What characteristics does a(n) ____________ have? (amphibian, reptile, insect, bird, mammal, fish)
- What are examples of a(n) ______________? (amphibian, reptile, insect, bird, mammal, fish)
- Where does a(n) _____________ live? What might you find there?
Recommended learning activities at home:
- Read books about animals (fiction and non-fiction)
- Visit the Dallas Zoo
"With ScratchJr, children aren't just learning to code, they are coding to learn."
Environmental Science with Mrs. Cauley
Spring is a great time to review parts of a seed and plant some tiny zinnia seeds. The students can hardly believe a plant could be alive in such a small thin seed. Your child planted a zinnia seed in a pot and was brought home for your garden or patio pot last week. Hope you found a sunny spot for their zinnia plant, one that is protected from dogs, soccer balls etc.! Zinnias are a hardy Texas plant as they like it hot and do not need much water.
Our alphabet hike in April was an adventure! Using magnifying necklaces, each child searched for tiny snails, buds on flowers and any bit of nature that smelled or moved!! They found many items that began with each letter – an amazing list grew! I’m always surprised at their remarkable observation skills!
Enjoy your summer outdoors so your nature detective can explore! If you and your child would like to help with our gardens this summer (weeding, watering etc.) please email me. We will have an informational meeting in June. If everyone helps once or twice a summer, it all gets done!
Art with Mrs. O'Krent
Kindergarten students recently learned about French artist, Henri Rousseau. The artist's jungle paintings were explored and students discovered why Rousseau was so intrigued with this subject. They worked with a mix of different materials to create a jungle scene. They also sculpted a jungle animal using clay, which was fired in a kiln, and painted it with watercolors.
As you embark on your summer adventure, consider letting your child pick out a sketchbook for drawing, collaging, and capturing daily ideas or travel destinations. A "portable studio" filled with pencils, markers, scraps of patterned or colored paper, scissors, tape, and a glue stick tucked into a small box or container make a summer day or car trip so much fun! Have a fantastic summer!
Summer Recommendations for a Smooth Transition from Kindergarten
- Children should be involved in some form of reading for 15-20 minutes every day over the summer
- This can be you reading to your child, as well as your child reading independently.
- Use the Scholastic Book Wizard app for help finding a book’s level.
- Encourage children to write often over summer break.
- 3 times a week have children journal their summer activities (use the journal prompts provided.)
- Write letters/post cards to family members and friends.
- Begin skip counting by 3s and 4s (we’ve practiced 2s, 5s, and 10s together in class)
- Measure ingredients while cooking.
- Count coins and add them together.
- Practice estimating temperature, time, size, etc.
- Have conversations with your children and encourage full-sentence answers. Below are a few conversation-starter examples:
o What was your favorite part of today? Of our trip? Etc.
o What is one of your favorite memories?
o If you could visit any planet, which would it be?
o If your favorite toy could talk, what would it say?
o If you could make a movie, what would it be about? What would the title be?
o What is your favorite season? Why?
o What book character would you most like to be? Why?
o If you could make up a new holiday, what would it be? Describe what the celebration would be like.
- Schedule play dates with friends.
Wednesday, May 25th 2016 at 11:30am-12:15pm
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