Kindergarten Newsletter


Classroom News!

The week started with the children focusing on Signs, which are brief yet powerful ways of conveying information with words. We read a book called "Signs" by Tana Hoban and talked about why signs are important. We sorted signs into 3 groups - those that tell us what to do, those that tell us what not to do or those that are labels. The children went on a tour of the school looking for areas that needed signs. They returned bursting with ideas and created their own signs! Please look for their signs around our school.

We also read a book about the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. entitled "Happy Birthday Martin Luther King." We learned that Dr. King was a peaceful problem solver. We had a lively discussion about all the ways in which we are learning to become peaceful problem solvers. We saw pictures of marches led by Dr. King this month and the children noticed that the marchers in the illustrations were holding signs. We decided to make our own signs and to have a Kindergarten Peace March in honor of Dr. King.

Expert of the Week

Alexandra and Andrew were our first two Experts. Alexandra taught everyone the basics of knitting using a circular loom and Andrew gave us a cooking lesson and taste of his delicious pancakes. We are off to a great start!

Conversation Starters

* Who were the Experts this week and what did they teach you?

* What were the five things that interrupted the Austrian's cry?

* Can you think of one fact you learned about Panda bears?

Fun Things To Do At Home

* Have a conversation about Martin Luther King.

* Read the poem of the week.

Poem of the Week


Bear, bear, bear, bear!

How many kinds of bears are there?

Polar bear and grizzly bear,

Big brown bear with lots of hair!

Spectacle bear, black bear too,

Sloth bear, sun bear, quite a few!

Bear, bear, bear, bear!

So many bears to compare!

Digital Citizenship

Mrs. Opdahl came and introduced the class to the idea of taking credit for our ideas. We explored the concept of having an original idea and taking credit for it by assigning our name to it. We also discussed the value of sharing ideas and the importance of giving credit to others for their ideas. (Think intellectual property)