The Kindergarten Scoop

Mrs. Eckenrode's Classroom Newsletter

Ask Me About...

Here are just a few of the things you can ask your kindergartner about from this past week:

This week we learned about some of the traditions that Jewish people have during the 8 nights of Hanukkah. We created menorahs and played Dreidel. We read books about Hanukkah, and one even had a magical dreidel. Ask your kindergartner what made it magical.

We began to tackle the tricky teens. I am building their number sense with the numbers 11-19 by modeling using ten frames, addition sentences (10+1, 10+2, 10+3, etc.), and tallies. Can your child show you how to make the teen numbers using these different forms? Be ready to have another song stuck in your head as your kindergartner sings this tune over and over (

We wrote about activities that we enjoy doing in December. We practiced using the December word wall to write about our favorite activities. We also wrote about the traditions our families have during this time of year.

The students' math (and shopping) skills were put to the test when we visited the Holiday Boutique. Students browsed many items before buying for all of their family and friends. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make our shopping trip a success!

In library, they talked about holidays and how they are celebrated. Mrs. Robinson focused on Hanukkah and read The Hanukkah Mice by Steven Kroll, parts of Hanukkah by Lola Schaefer, and Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel.

Sneak Preview

Here are some things your kindergartner will do in the upcoming week:

  • We will be learning about a few of the traditions and ways people celebrate Christmas and Kwanzaa.
  • We will continue to practice writing, counting, and showing numbers in the teens. Our centers for the week will focus on the "tricky teens".
  • We will read about a wild reindeer and write about having our own pet reindeer.
  • The students will begin having "jobs" in the classroom. I will use these to help teach/model responsibility and how a community works.

Important Dates

Friday, December 11th: Scholastic book orders due (I will place the order tonight for anyone who still wishes to order. These books will be here before the break if you want to give the gift of reading to your kindergartner.)
Wednesday, December 16th:
Last day for Holiday Food Drive (Kindergarten is asked to send in pasta, peanut butter, and jelly.)
Monday, December 21st:
Winter Holiday Party (10:15-11:15)
Wednesday, December 23rd:
Pajama Day
Winter Break

Pictures of the Week