# Kindergarten Happenings

## ELA (English Language Arts)

Ms. Carla joins us on Monday mornings to give instruction in our handwriting program Handwriting Without Tears. As I mentioned above, we were introduced to Mat Man. We have now moved onto the "Froggy Jump" capital letters (B, D, E, F, M, N, P, R)- this means that these letters start with a big line down and then froggy jump back to the top. I will be sending home handwriting activity bags. Your child will be able to teach you our program. :0) Also be on the lookout for our letter book bags coming home. Please make sure your child does his/her best work.

## MATH

Our first unit for math focuses on counting, matching and comparing 0-10. We began by counting the letters in our names with cubes and ten frames. We went onto to compare our names with each other's names. We are starting to learn about the concepts of more than, equal to, and less than and use these math vocabulary words to compare. We are exploring each number.

We are learning:

how many that would be

how to write the numeral

how to write and read the word

how that number looks on a ten frame and on dice

deciding if it is odd or even

what one less and one more would be

what that number looks like with tally marks

finding that numeral on a number line

Counting is also applied daily during our morning meeting (kid counter, lunch counter, numeral writer) as well as during Meeting Math when we count how many days we have been in kindergarten a variety of ways.

You can have fun at home counting- count chairs, steps, set the table and count out plates/forks/cups...

When your child counting beyond ten please pay attention to your child's speech. Encourage your child to get his/her mouth ready when saying numbers like three, thirteen, thirty- noticing how very different the mouth is compared to saying four, fourteen, fifteen.

## REMINDERS:

Thursday, October 15th: Lyman Family Share Night 6:00

Thursday, October 22nd: field trip to Helen Carson Wildlife Sanctuary (Cranberry/beaver Bog)