# Kindergarten Connection

## Literacy

We had such a fun week finishing up our author study on Jan Brett! We really grew to love her writing and her illustrations that were so full of color and detail. The Snow Bears was a great book for us to explore this week. As we read, we knew the story sounded familiar, and quickly realized it was just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We practiced sequencing after reading The Snow Bears. Some of the other Jan Brett stories that we read were The Mitten, The Hat, and The Gingerbread Baby. On Thursday we took a class vote to see which story everyone liked the best, and The Gingerbread Baby was the biggest hit! After casting our vote we actually created Jan Brett out of paper! We didn't want to only draw her, but also add details that made Jan Brett unique. So, we added pencils, art pallets, animals, and winter clothing to show all the things Jan loved.

## Math

In math this week we came back to learning about addition. We learned about three new strategies to help us find the sum of an addition sentence: count on, add zero, and related facts. We learned that when we add, we can hold the bigger number in our brains and count up from there. It was also time for us to review our doubles. We were so excited to get to sing the Doubles Rap a few times! This week, we played fun games like Walk the Plank, Moovelous Doubles, Addition Slides and Ladders, and Kindergarten Yahtzee!

## Writing Workshop

We have moved on to a new unit in Writing Workshop. We are now exploring opinion writing. On Tuesday, we learned the difference between an opinion and a fact. On Wednesday, we read a really funny book called Animals Should Not Wear Clothing. This story inspired us to split into two groups. One group worked together to write why animals should wear clothing and the other wrote why they should not. We all had so much fun coming up with ideas and loved hearing what the other group came up with. By Thursday we were ready to write our own opinion pieces. We each wrote about our favorite Jan Brett story. It was important for everyone to remember that we have to tell our readers why we chose the book that we did. We used sentence starters like "In my opinion..." and "It made me feel..."

## Birthday Book Party Reminder

Our birthday book parties for students with birthdays in December-March are coming up soon! For grades Mechina-2, the party will be Tuesday, Feb. 23. For grades 3-5, the party will be Wednesday,Feb. 24. Both parties will be before school, 7:45-8:20 a.m. Our honorees will select and check out a new book for the media center collection. We also will serve a light breakfast of fruit, (nut-free and parve) mini-muffins and water. Parents are always welcome to attend!

If you have not yet ordered a birthday book for your child, It’s not too late.