October 16, 2015
This Week in Kindergarten
This week student learning was focused on Christopher Columbus and map/globe skills. They used this time to participate in shared research and writing which is a kindergarten assessed skill. They listened to several informational stories about Columbus and were able to generate ideas for their writings based on what they learned. Ask your child to tell you about Columbus and what they learned about his life.
In math, students spent time exploring coins. They are expected to be able to identify the coins as well as their values. Students played games, sorted coins, and even learned how to do a coin rubbing. Learning about coins and their values will help students to better understand personal finance in December and learn that we exchange money for goods or services.
Looking Ahead in Kindergarten
Fun Run Update
Also, PTA will be providing the entire class with ice cream on Friday, October 16th. Please do not send ice cream money with your child next week as each student will receive ice cream that day.
A Message from Transportation
As a point of safety for our kindergarten students who ride the bus, a parent or guardian must meet the bus in the afternoons at the bus stop. If the parent is not at the stop, the kindergartener will be returned to school for parent pick-up. Exception: kindergarten students will be dropped off at their stop if they have an older sibling riding the bus with them. The bus supervisor, Tammy Daniel, may be reached through email should you have any questions or concerns with this protocol - firstname.lastname@example.org
When reading with your child, please do not cover up the pictures! Students are taught to look at the pictures to help them figure out "tricky words." You can encourage your child to check the picture by prompting them to use their "eagle eye." Also, students need to use their finger to touch and read each word. This one-to-one correspondence helps encourage young readers to read through words and to independently self-correct.
Expected Student Behavior in Kindergarten
Mark Your Calendar
October 8- End of Term and Field Day
October 12- Student Holiday (NO SCHOOL)
October - Report Cards Issued
October - Fire Safety Presentation
Suggested Kindergarten Apps for Home
Sight Words by Little Speller: sight words, nice parental controls
Kids Crosswords: spelling skills, sight words, and word recognition
PBS Kids: access to shows and other content
Little Patterns: creating and continuing patterns
ABC Letter Tracing: fine motor skills, letter recognition and letter formation