Kindergarten News

February 2019

It's Been a Busy February!

February was jam packed in kindergarten! Three field trips, snow days, Groundhog Day, Scamper, the 100th Day of School, Valentine's Day, President's Day, plus all the tremendous learning and growth in reading, writing, math, science, social studies and more... So much to share, so let's get to it!

READING

We are enjoying our Poetry Reading Unit. We are learning that poets use rhythm and rhyme to help set the mood of a poem, as well as being very deliberate in how they write their words and where they place them on the page. For instance, we know that if a word is written in italics, bold, or all capital letters, the author wants us to read them loudly. Also, if a word is written by itself on a line of a poem, the author wants us to stop and think for a moment before continuing with the poem. We have especially enjoyed reading poems about getting ready for bed and puppies. If you have a favorite poem, now is a great time to share it with your child and talk about how the poem makes you feel. We have already tried our hand at writing some poetry, publishing our "Love Is..." sensory poems just in time for Valentine's Day. While you have already heard them read to you on Seesaw, you can see them on display in the hallway outside our classroom at Parent/Teacher Conferences on Friday. :)


We continue to have Guided Reading three times a week and are working hard on becoming more fluent readers by "scooping up" 2 or 3 words at a time and sounding less robotic. As our books get harder, we are learning to use our "Sense Power". When we get to a word that we are unsure we have correct, we ask ourselves "Does it make look right, sound right and make sense?" to help us decipher the word. We check the first and last letters of the word in question and check if our "guess" makes sense with the rest of the letters, the illustration, and the rest of the sentence. You can try this at home when you're reading with your kindergarten. You'll be amazed at how your child's reading skills grow in leaps and bounds as they learn to self-correct their estimations!


We also continue to build our familiarity with C-V-C (consonant-vowel-consonant) word families during literacy centers and with our Words Their Way sorts. Some of the word families we've learned this month include -ad, -ag, -ap, -et, -en, -ix, and -it. We have enjoyed hidden CVC puzzles, mitten CVC words, and searching for hidden CVC words in our room. We learned a new song about vowels called "Vowel Bat". You can find it on YouTube or use the link below to sing with your child at home.


Finally, our Word Wall word list is growing! We LOVE Flashlight Friday when we turn off the lights and shine a light on our words! We've also been spelling our words on Seesaw, with valentine hearts, and chocolate (well, pretend chocolate, but chocolate nonetheless).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2hXa8dbK3o

WRITING

We have spent the month reading a variety of personal narratives by some of the best children's authors. The children are retelling their favorite stories and recording them on Seesaw. (Please be sure to check your Seesaw account later this week to hear about your child's favorite book.) We have been brainstorming ideas for own narratives, focusing on our favorite places, memories with our grandparents or special friend, and our favorite keepsake or treasure. I am so excited to work with your children on expanding their narratives in the coming weeks!

WORD WALL WORDS

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, said, if, of, will, and, he, she, be, was, on

MATH

With the 100th Day of Kindergarten falling in February, it goes without saying that we have been working on counting to 100 by 1's, 10's and 5's. We have found patterns in the Hundreds Chart and are learning to compare numbers using the words more than, less than, and fewer. We are also exploring probability by tossing a penny every morning and keeping track of how many heads and tails we get. Ask your child which we have more of today and if s/he remembers how many more or fewer we have.


Our 100th Day Celebration included our 100th Day Museum collage display in our hallway, making hats with 100 dots and stickers, doing 100 "exercises", unscrambling a 10's puzzles, and writing TWO class books about the 100th day! You can see the books at Parent/Teacher Conferences on Friday. :)

SCIENCE

We are LOVING exploring motion with the addition of ramps. We have discovered the effects of slopes and collisions, and we have worked collaboratively with partners to design "courses" using those effects (slopes and collisions) to get a ball into a pond. We will be doing another motion experiment with the addition of friction later this week.

SOCIAL STUDIES

We had a fantastic trip to Emily Oaks Nature Center at the beginning of the month. If you have not already done so, please check out the pictures from the day on Seesaw. We learned so much about groundhogs and understand they can't really predict the weather, but it's a funny tradition to observe!


We studied Abraham Lincoln and George Washington this month in commemoration of President's Day. Without a doubt, the highlight of our Abe Lincoln study was discovering that Lincoln was the same height as Dr. Haney! We talked about ways George Washington and Abe Lincoln were the same and other ways they were different. They were both incredibly brave men and loved reading. The kids remembered that Martin Luther King, Jr. loved reading as well, and they made the connection between being an avid reader and a good leader. We made pictures of both presidents and have a shared reading book in our book bins about them. Ask your child what s/he learned about the two presidents.

BOOK BAG REMINDERS

Book bags come home each week we have Guided Reading and should be returned to school the following Thursday or Friday. The books in your child's bag are a combination of books s/he can read independently and books that are at his or her instructional level. Your child will post a photo log of the books s/he is bringing home each week on Seesaw. Please be sure your student is reading books from his or her bag to you every night at home and sign the reading log in the book bag. Rereading books is an important skill on the road to becoming a proficient, fluent reader.

UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Friday, March 1 - NO SCHOOL for students - PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
  • Sunday, March 10 - Daylight's Saving Time - Spring Forward!
  • Tuesday, March 19 - Kindergarten Music Program at 6:45pm
  • Monday, March 25 - Spring Break Begins

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Happy Birthday to Grayson and Campbell! Thank you to their parents for coming in to share in our celebrations!

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!

VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY 2019!

THANK YOU TO OUR FANTASTIC ROOM MOMS, MRS. CHALMERS AND MRS. GARNER, FOR THE GREAT PARTY!

CONTACT INFO

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