# The Kindergarten Scoop

Here are just a few of the things you can ask your kindergartner about from this past week:

We learned about the traditions that surround Groundhog Day. We made predictions about whether we thought Punxsutawney Phil would see his shadow or not (see picture below). We wrote about whether we wanted winter to last longer and why. Many of the students agree that we want the warmer weather to come our way!

We began using a writing journal with lines to assist with letter formation and sizing. Boy, am I impressed with the beautiful handwriting! As your kindergartner completes the sentence writing part of the homework book each week, please encourage him/her to be conscious of the letter formation. At this point in the year, we are really emphasizing only using upper case letters with the beginning of sentences and proper nouns. Also, the students should be careful to use the correct sizing. I have used a visual to help the students remember where each letter should begin and end (see in pictures below.) If the letter is a short letter (a, c, e, i, etc.), reinforce this as he/she writes by reminding him/her not to go above the "flower" (dotted) line. If the letter is tall (b, d, f, h, etc.), the writer needs to be sure that the letter begins at the top line (We call it the sun line.) If the letter is a basement letter (g, j, p, q, and y), remind your child to fall below the "ground" line.

We used manipulatives (candy hearts) to help us solve addition number stories. "Ben has 4 candy hearts. Olivia has 3 candy hearts. How many candy hearts do they have altogether?" This is an example of one of the problems we tackled by using the counters and writing the number model (4+3=7). Can your child show you how to use counters (coins, legos, raisins, etc.) to solve addition number stories? Can he/she write the number model that matches the story? This is a goal in kindergarten for the third marking period.

Another goal for the second semester is to count by 5's. We practiced this during our calendar activities and at the math center. How high can your child count by 5's?

I introduced an engaging game to help practice spelling the sight words on the Spelling City website. Use this link to have your kindergartner practice at home: https://www.spellingcity.com/tnt-spelling-game.html

In library, Mrs. Robinson also talked about Groundhog Day and read a nonfiction book, Groundhog Day, by Marc Tyler Nobleman and a fiction book, Punxsutawney Phyllis, by Susanna Leonard Hill. They also visited the 500 - 595 section in nonfiction. From tarantulas to butterflies, the students were excited to check out some of these nonfiction books!

The students are sitting in new seats surrounded by new friends. Can your child tell you all of the members of his/her group and something about each person?

Below is what we having coming up next week:
• Love will continue to be in the air as we prepare for Valentine's Day and talk about its history.
• We will continue to visit centers that have a valentine theme.
• We will meet with our 6th grade buddies for a Valentine's Day activity.
• We will celebrate our friendships and exchange valentines. Please send all valentines in by Thursday.
• We will enjoy our Valentine's Day party on Friday.

## Important Dates

Thursday and Friday, February 4th and 5th: Staff Development, No school for students
Wednesday, February 10th: Kindergarten progress reports sent home (Look for them in your child's take-home folder.)
Friday, February 12th:
Valentine's Day Party (10:15-10:45)
Monday, February 15th: Presidents' Day, No school
Thursday, February 18th: 100th Day of School Celebration (Send in project with 100 items. Please note this as the correct date. I had it incorrect on the flyer that went home.)
Friday, February 19th: Me and My Guy (6:30-9:00)