The Bailey Bunch Kindergarten News

Ms. Bailey & Mrs. Shumpert's Class: Week of Dec. 7-11th

Dear Families,
As December continues, we will begin to focus more on reading, writing, and growing as a learner. Your student is working very hard, and we always say, December and January are magical months in the life of kindergarten kids. Concepts really start to "click" and we need your help to guide them along the way.

One of the most important things we learn in kindergarten is how to read books! We work very hard to learn our Popcorn Words. These words "pop" up often in our books. Once we learn these, reading is a piece of cake!

Last week I sent home a list of these words as an assessment for your child. The words your child could read were marked with a check. Unknown words were not checked. As you read with your child nightly, I would recommend practicing no more that 2 or 3 unknown words a week. You can cheer the letters and words, find them in books, magazines, newspapers, cut the letters apart and put them back together like a puzzle, etc. Make practice like a game and they won't even know it's work. :)

We are also working hard on writing legibly. Please practice writing letters on un-lined paper with your child, not notebook paper. Lines confuse them at this age. We would like for him/her to write neatly. We would like for you to practice having him/her write first and last names using capital letters in the proper places.

Thanks for helping your child grow as a learner. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Ms. Bailey and Mrs. Shumpert

Dates, Reminders, and Information

DATES:
  • December 8-11 Santa's Workshop

Kid's Korner

Enjoy a few pictures from our week.

A Peek at the Week

**Some skills are repeated from week to week as they require additional time to learn and practice.
Read Alouds: Gingerbread Stories:
Ask your students to tell your how the versions were alike and different, name the characters, and repeat the refrains and endings.
Ex: Refrain from the Gingerbread Man: "Run, run as fast as your can, your can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man! "

Math-
Counting objects from 1-20, understanding that the arrangement of the objects doesn't change the number, adding one more makes the quantity bigger, last number said while counting objects equals total amount, greater than, less than, equal to, addition to five
Writing Workshop-
Staying on one topic throughout our whole book, writing beginning, middle, and end of stories, editing for upper-case letters in correct places, writing stories that have beginning, middle, and end
Reading Workshop- Types of texts:
Fiction/non-fiction, poems, informational texts, biographies, auto-biographies

Science:
  • sinking and floating, magnetic materials, flexibility, weight, water absorbing materials/ repelling materials

Name Writing- Please help your child practice writing his/her first 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.

Counting- Please help your child by putting items in a line and practice counting, saying the number name, and touching each object as he/she counts aloud.