Kindergarten News

January 2019

It's been a busy couple of weeks since Mrs. Singer had Baby Palmer! Thank you for being so welcoming to me and patient while I learn all of your names and which of my new kindergarten friends belongs to each of you. Here's a peek at some of what we've been working on in the classroom!

READING

We are finishing up our Fiction Unit. We are learning to remember the important details when we read a book. When we can remember the characters, setting, problem, attempts to solve the problem, and the solution, we can do a fantastic job retelling a story! We'll keep practicing this skill next week and use our "Retell Super Power" to act out some of our favorite stories from this unit, including "The Three Billy Goats Gruff" by Paul Gadone and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" by James Marshall.

WRITING

We finished up our Functional Writing Unit by writing letters to Baby Palmer filled with our best advice for him. Ask your child what s/he wrote to Mrs. Singer's son. We also wrote a book for Mrs. Singer, "How To Be a Good Mom". Mrs. Schoof is going to deliver the letters and book to Mrs. Singer soon! On Friday, we kicked off our next writing unit, Personal Narratives. We will read some fantastic stories in the coming weeks that will help the children find inspiration in their own lives for their writing. We started with "Knuffle Bunny" by Mo Willems which tells the story of when Mo's daughter, Trixie, lost her beloved stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny. Ask your child if s/he remembers what happened to the bunny and why Mo decided to write about the experience. We started our own writing journals and many of the children wrote about a similar experience to Trixie's. I can't wait to see what stories they share in writing in the next few weeks!

WORD WALL WORDS

We are working hard on mastering our Word Wall Words! We added 5 new words to our wall: have, like, is, in, and on. Please practice finding our Word Wall Words in books, magazines, signs, menus, and other places. Students should be able to recognize the words in a snap. Here are the words we've learned so far:


I, a, at, as, me, my, the, for, an, can, of, go, see, and, you, to, from, had, have, like, in, is, it

MATH

We continue to work on identifying and extending patterns. We are also looking for number patterns on a Hundreds Chart. We are learning to skip count by 2's, 5's and 10's. We are thinking about the fastest way to count big groups of objects by first looking for groups of 10, then 5, then 2, and finally 1. We have new counting buckets and some of us have counted out as many as 96 pieces of "frozen ice"! We are also working on making tally marks to help us count objects. You can help your student practice grouping and skip counting by asking them to pair up socks from the laundry and then count them, count a pile of pennies, or even count how many eggs are left in a carton.

SCIENCE

We are taking advantage of the weather and learning about winter and snow. We are learning about which animals hibernate and which go into a state of "torpor". We also have been reading about how snowflakes and ice are formed. Next week we will start our next science unit on Motion. We will be learning about pushes and pulls, gravity, collisions, and more!

SOCIAL STUDIES

We learned so much about Martin Luther King, Jr. in anticipation of Monday! We read several books and saw a video about how Dr. King's dream changed the world for the better. We wrote about our dreams and made watercolor paintings of Dr. King. The portraits will be hanging in the hallway outside of our classroom, but you'll be able to see their work on Seesaw by the end of the week!. They are incredible!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday to Molly! Thank you, Mrs. Pennise, for coming in to read to our class!
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IMPORTANT REMINDERS

  • Please remember to send your child to school with snowpants, boots, mittens, and a hat everyday. We LOVE playing outside and need to be dressed to stay warm and dry. If you would like to leave a pair of snowpants at school, please let me know and Mrs. Schoof and I will help your child remember to leave them in his or her cubby at the end of the day.
  • Please help your child remember to bring their RED FOLDER to school every day.
  • BOOK BAGS should be returned each week on THURSDAY so the children can go book shopping on Friday morning.
  • Please remember to send your child with a healthy snack each day. Fruit, cheese sticks, and Pirate Booty make great snacks! Chips and cookies are best for lunchtime. Thanks for your help keeping our kindergarten brains fueled for the morning!

CONTACT INFO

Please feel free to contact me anytime with any questions or concerns.