The Bailey Bunch Kindergarten News

Ms. Bailey & Mrs. Shumpert's Class: Week of May 16-19th

Dear Families,
Last week we learned so many new things about animal families. We learned the names of several different types of moms, dads, and baby animals. Our kids, learned that other animals have "kids" too. We finished our Farm Animal Research and wrote our very own Farm Animals books. We learned lots of facts from our research on goats, horses, pigs, sheep, and cows. Did you know that male and female goats have beards? We thought this was a funny fact. Ask your child to tell you some other things we learned.

This week we will begin learning about animals that live in the ocean. We will find out what the biggest things in the sea are and measure the length. We will talk about how sea animals are alike and different, and even listen to the ocean inside seashells.

This week we will also continue to assess your child as report card time draws near. Please continue to read with your child nightly, practice homework skills, and talk about all that we do in class. These activities will reinforce learning and help your child make home and school connections.

Hard Work Highlights

We started our week with the last leg of our school-wide walk-a-thon. Your child walked the equivalent of 26.2 miles during this year of school. That's a MARATHON!!! We walked three laps on Monday and Tuesday of each week and walked the last 7 laps on Monday. Thank you to Mrs. Collins for getting us moving, and Mrs. Vaughn for our brand new book awards. We exercised our bodies and our brains!
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EGG-citing News!!!!


On Friday afternoon, I checked the eggs in our incubator and noticed that one was beginning to pip, or make a tiny hole. On Saturday I returned to check on our ducklings and found that the little hole was much BIGGER! I knew he would hatch soon, so I took the eggs home. On Saturday night, duck number made it out of the egg successfully. Duck number two is making good progress. I'm hoping that the children will get to see this one hatch and hopefully the other four. Stay tuned for updates.

Important Dates

  • May 20 No School!
  • May 25 Field Trip to Lazy Five Ranch
  • May 26 Field Day K-2
  • May 27 @ 9:00 am Kindergarten Spring Show--We hope you can join us for a fun-filled show about animals and other things we have learned this year. Our songs focus on farm animals . Please have your child wear blue jeans or overalls on that day. We want to look like farmers.

A Peek at the Week

**Some skills are repeated from week to week as they require additional time to learn and practice.
Read Alouds: Ocean Animals


Graphing and Sorting

Place Value (tens and ones)

-Composing numbers 11-19 (using tens and ones to build)

-Decomposing numbers 11-19 (using tens and ones to break apart) Ex: 13= 10 +3

Addition and Subtraction to 10 using story problems
* What do we add to a number to equal 10? Example: 6+?=10

*Sorting/ Grouping/ and classifying objects into categories.
*Writing the numerals 1-20 with correct formation. (Ex: Some children write 51 for the number 15.)
*Measuring and Weighing objects

Writing Workshop-

* Writing, revising, and editing sentences.
* Using nouns and verbs to help us write sentences.
*Using who, what, when, where, and why to help us write sentences and make our stories interesting.

* At home practice: Have your child create sentences about what he/she draws using:

-upper-case letters at the beginning of a sentence and for the pronoun "I".
-periods, question marks, and exclamation marks at the end of our sentences.

Reading Workshop-

*Asking and answering (what, when, where, why) questions



Science: Living Things

*animals that live in the ocean

Name Writing- Please help your child practice writing his/her first and LAST name using the proper letter formation and only capitalize the first letter. See examples of letter formations in your child's binder if you need assistance.