KINDERGARTEN newsletter

A bi-weekly newsletter from Kindergarten at Lamplighter.

**Important Information: The Living Zoo will be a student-only event this year. If you have any questions, please email Jeff Peck (jpeck@thelamplighterschool.org). Thank you!**

Animals!

Students are learning all about animals! We will identify, classify and explore mammals, fish, birds, insects, reptiles and amphibians by integrating reading, writing, math and science.

Literacy

As we wrap up the year in Kindergarten, we are reading books and looking at pictures of animals that we learned about during our animal unit. Each child picked an animal at the zoo to design their very own zoo exhibit. We know to keep their animal's natural habitat in mind while we design. Your children are designing their habitat with pictures and information from books. With their information they will draw and then construct their zoo exhibit.


We continue to read and share our reading with our reading partners and friends. We love non-fiction books because we can learn new fancy words and share our new knowledge with others.


Word Families: _ug

Math

In math, students have been exploring fractions through games and books. Our students understand what a fraction is a how objects all begin as a whole. We used food to explore halves, thirds and fourths and did several picture sorts to build their understanding of fractions. During lunch several students have tried to divide their food into half, thirds or fourths! We are so excited that our students are seeing fractions everywhere. At home have your child draw a shape and divide the shape into halves, thirds or fourths.


We have also been working on becoming more comfortable with counting money. When counting money our students work primarily with pennies, nickels and dimes. Not only do we have our students count money but we also ask them to find another way to show an amount. Our goal is for our students to see that there are many different ways to show am amount.

At home, work on counting change that you have around the house. You can also give your child a pile of money and ask them to use those coins to show you a certain amount, up to $1.00.


Please continue working on the following:

- Count by 2's up to 30

- Count by 5's and 10's up to 100

- Counting to 110

- Creating patterns

- Counting back from 20

Science

Kindergarten is having a blast learning about animals in different animal orders (amphibians, reptiles, insects, birds, mammals, and fish). The children are learning about what habitats/environments animals live in, what characteristics the animals have, and identifying examples/non-examples of animals that belong in each order.


During the last two rotations of the school year, the children will select an animal to build a zoo exhibit for that keeps them in their natural environment.


Questions you can ask your children at home:

- What characteristics does a(n) ____________ have? (amphibian, reptile, insect, bird, mammal, fish)

- What are examples of a(n) ______________? (amphibian, reptile, insect, bird, mammal, fish)

- Where does a _____________ live? What might you find there?


Recommended learning activities at home:

- Read books about animals (fiction and non-fiction)

- Visit the Dallas Zoo

- http://edu.symbaloo.com/mix/icanbeazoologist

Technology

Students have started to explore the fun of ScratchJr! There are all types of ways to learn how to create and express themselves with the computer. Children will learn how to solve problems, design projects and develop sequencing skills that are foundational for later academic success. Math and Literacy are used in meaningful and motivating ways to help support the development of early numbers and letters.


"With ScratchJr, children aren't just learning to code, they are coding to learn."

Spanish with Mrs. Krage

As April comes to a close, we are wrapping up our unit on animals that live in the jungle. We have also spent some time talking about Earth Day. We will start a review of vocabulary we have learned throughout the year, and begin a fun lesson on school supply words in Spanish.


Ask your child what a "cuaderno" {journal} is.

Media Center with Mrs. Vermillion

Parents are invited to the Media Center's Summer Book Fair, May 8-12!

Monday-Thursday - 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Friday - 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Environmental Science with Mrs. Cauley

Spring is a great time to review parts of a seed and plant some tiny zinnia seeds. The students can hardly believe a plant could be alive in such a small, thin seed. Your child planted a zinnia seed in a pot and will be bringing it home for your garden or patio pot in early May. Be looking for a sunny spot for their zinnia plant, one that is protected from dogs, soccer balls etc.! I’ll send directions with their plant; zinnias are a hardy Texas plant.


Our alphabet hike in April was an adventure! Using magnifying necklaces, each child searched for tiny snails, buds on flowers and any bit of nature that smelled or moved!! They found many items that began with a particular letter – an amazing list grew! I’m always surprised at their remarkable observation skills!


Enjoy your summer outdoors so your nature detective can explore!

Media Center Book Fair

Monday, May 8th, 7:30am to Friday, May 12th, 12:30pm

Media Center

Monday - Thursday - 7:30a.m. - 4:30p.m.

Friday - 7:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.

Square Dancing Performance!

Friday, May 12th, 10:30am

Klyde Warren Auditorium

Children may wear pearl snap shirts, boots, bandanas and hats. However, when it comes to the performance time, children are asked not to wear their cowboy/cowgirl hat due to it conflicting with their dance routine. Please, no spurs!


*Please be sure to arrive early to get a good seat!

Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, May 16th, 2:15pm to Thursday, May 18th, 3pm

Your Child's Classroom

Rooms 31 (Curtis) & 33 (H. Brown) - Tuesday, May 16 from 2:15 - 3:00p.m.

Rooms 32 (Reyna) & 34 (Sizemore) - Thursday, May 18 from 2:15 - 3:00p.m.


If you plan to take your child with you after this event, please be sure to enter it into School-Pass.

End-of-the-Year Picnic

Wednesday, May 24th, 11:30am-12:15pm

Jonsson Garden

Please pick up your child from their classroom at 11:30 and then proceed to the Jonsson Garden. We will be eating lunch from 11:30 - 12:15pm. You may want to bring a blanket or beach towel to sit on while you eat. After a picnic lunch and time visiting with friends new and old, you and your child are free to begin your summer break.

Parent Conferences

Thursday, May 25th, 7:30am to Friday, May 26th, 11am

Your Child's Classroom

If you have not signed up or need to reschedule your conference time, please do so in PTC Wizard.


(See link below.)