# Karen's Kindergarten News

## What's happening next week...

We are looking forward to a fabulous week of learning to wrap up our fall semester!

Wed. 12/17 is our Kindergarten Pajama Day! Your child may wear pajamas, a robe, and slippers to school. Please make sure that they have another pair of shoes to wear for recess.

Fri. 12/19 is our Holiday Party. Kindergarten will have their party from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to come and join us for the party!

## Report Card Assessments

Next week, we will continue assessing students on the standards taught in the 2nd nine weeks for GKIDS and our report cards.

Please practice the following skills with your child if he/she does not have mastery of these:

- Reading all sight words taught this year

- Writing at least 1 - 2 sentences about a topic, with capital letters at the beginning of a sentence

- When writing the word "I," capitalizing it. (i.e. My mom and I walked home).

- Coins and their values (penny, nickel, dime, & quarter)

- Counting from 1 - 100

- Counting from 1 - 100 by 10's (10, 20, 30, 40, and so on)

- Numbers 0 - 20 written correctly & legibly

- Counting on from a given number (i.e. Start at 12 and count up: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16...)

## Sight Words to Know

Here are the sight words we have learned in the 1st and 2nd nine weeks.

1st 9 weeks: the, at, can, I, see, my, it, is, me, in, to, we, like, up, mom, and, he, look, come, get, a

2nd 9 weeks: jump, have, be, here, make, was, little, play, she, went, by, on, has, one, you, girl, said, as, will, am

## Literacy Learning

Next week is Gingerbread week! Each day, we will be reading a different gingerbread book. After reading, we will be comparing and contrasting characters to determine how they are alike and different. We will also be comparing the texts to identify how stories are alike and different. We will be learning about the setting, which is where the story takes place.

Due to report card and reading level assessments this past week, your child did not meet in reading groups. If at anytime your child does not have reading homework due to testing or my absence etc. please continue to read each night with a book you have at home.

I am excited to announce that we have new reading groups and they will start next week. Please ask your child what reading group they are in now and what level they are on. We are working hard on making them accountable for their learning and aware of what they need to work on. I am very pleased with the results and proud of all of the students and their progress thus far in reading.

Keep up the great work at home!

## Math Memo:

We will continue our review of math skills taught this year. Specifically, our review will focus on ordinal numbers (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, etc) as well as counting by 1's and 10's to 100. Many children can count very high, but get confused when they hit 80 and 90. Make a game of counting to 100 by having your child count while you are waiting in line somewhere!

Please practice coins with your child! He/she must be able to correctly identify the coins by name and value. Use the study guide attached to practice. Try printing it out, cutting the boxes apart, and playing coin memory with the cards!

## Events December 15 - 19:

Library: Thursday

## Factories!

We had so much fun this week working in our factories. Thank you to all of the parents that were able to come in and help us work. The students really worked hard to make money and learned how you have to work to make money and that we make money so that we can buy things and things we buy are goods and services. What a fun way to learn all about economics!