# Kindergarten Kibbitz

## Literacy

Last week we had so much fun reading Tacky The Penguin! This story was the perfect way for us to continue working on the important comprehension skills that we have been learning all month. We learned about predicting and about how good readers make predictions as they read. We also discussed that to make a smart prediction, you have to use the clues that the story is giving you. Making our retelling strips was a lot of fun and it really helped us remember all of the important details that happened to Tacky. We each gave our own opinions on our favorite part of the story and made connections to Tacky.

## Phonics

This week in our word study we learned three new word families, -ill, -ell, and -all. We had so much fun writing out different words in the word families on our own white boards and were such confident readers while reading Jill and Bill on the Smart Board!

To continue helping us become strong and confident readers, we learned about another important phonetic rule, hard and soft c. This seemed a little tricky at first, but throughout the week we did such a great job recognizing c's that should be said like /k/ and c's that say /s/.

## Writing Workshop

After great success writing how-to stories, we have returned to personal narratives. It was so helpful and yummy to use mini marshmallows to remind us to space between words. On Thursday everyone rose to the challenge of working hard to complete a story each session and to make each story easy to read which includes proper spacing, checking the word wall for sight words, adding details and showing feelings. We loved being "showered" with kisses for rising to the challenge.

## Math

We had a big week in math learning about money! We were first introduced to pennies and nickels. It was so fun learning about the attributes that belong to pennies and to nickels. Our class was very interested in the presidents that were on each coin and the monuments on the back. As the week continued we learned how you can exchange 5 pennies for a nickel and once we were introduced to dimes we couldn't wait to exchange 10 pennies for a dime! Money is a very tricky concept, so we did our best all week playing games to help us gain some comfort. We played games such as Penny, Nickel, Dime Exchange and Piggy Bank. At the end of the week, we had so much fun putting our money skills to the test and shopping in the classroom for model magic, watercolor sets, markers, Hershey Kisses and marshmallows. We are really looking forward to our next big shopping adventure at "Weisers Wonderful World Store."

## 100th Day Reminder

We can't wait to celebrate the 100th and 101st days of school next week! Please remember to send in your child's mystery bag with clues on the 2nd and to dress your child in 101 spots on the 5th. Also, if you can make it, we would love to see everyone at Shabbat next week to hear Kindergarten perform a dog song medley.

## Thank You's!

-Thank you to Dawn Sasine for being our Mystery Reader.

-Thank you to Dresdner family for being our family of the week.

## Upcoming Dates

-February 4: 100th Day of School

-February 10: Field Trip to Temple Emanu-El

-February 12-15: Mid Winter Break