Mrs. Bryer's Class Newsletter
January 7, 2013
Welcome Back! Let the homework begin!
The new calendar year begins our second semester of kindergarten. We will move at a much faster pace now that the children have had ample time to become fluent with their letters and sounds. The monthly calendar will include homework due on Tuesdays and Thursdays. January will be more simplistic homework. Although your child can go through the motions of their own homework, they will get a lot more out of it if you are there to provide feedback. Each week should take no more than 25 minutes.
Each week students will practice counting to 60. If they are able to do this fluently, then practice what comes next. You say a number and have your child continue with the next 5 numbers. Be sure to give them plenty of practice moving into the next set of 10's. For example, 78 (79 80 81 82 83). Simply initial the calendar to show that you practiced counting with your child.
At the top of the new calendar is a list of review words and the new words for the month. The second homework is based on the sight words. For the review words provide your child with a newspaper page, magazine page, or flyer/advertisement. Allow them to highlight the review words with a light colored crayon or marker. Focus on one word at a time. Have your child read the words as they find them. If you have old magazines or newspapers you would like to share please feel free to send them to school. If you are in need of a newspaper or magazine please write me a note on the calendar.
Work with the new words refer to rainbow writing. This is writing the same word over and over with multiple colors. This creates a word that looks like it is written with a rainbow marker. This can be done with markers or crayons. If you do not have markers or crayons, writing each word neatly 7 times will work also.
The homework is due the day it is listed on the calendar. Yes, there is homework the first day back. Practice counting to 60 and initial the calendar. Any child that has all 8 homework assignments completed on time in January will have 30 minutes of free ipad use on Friday, February 1st.
Let's Build a Snowman
To get us started, we will create snow characters on Friday. Please send in any scrap materials you might have to help give the kids a variety of materials to choose from. Some examples include ribbon, buttons, felt, fabric, or pipe cleaners. Think outside the box, children love the unusual.
Come read with us!
What are your hobbies or interests?
- small empty containers with lids (yogurt, butter, whipped cream, etc. to freeze water in)
- clean food containers of various shapes (cube, rectangular prism, sphere, triangular prism)
** Please nothing that contained peanuts. The residue could be harmful to one of our students.
- scotch tape (cheap tape for student use in the writing center)
- stationary for the writing center (envelopes, old cards, index cards, etc)
"Children become readers in the laps of their parents."
I heard a story once- a single mother, of little means, had two young boys. She told them stories every night of knights and dragons, heroes and villains, and everything in between. They grew up to become a doctor and lawyer and very productive members of their families and of society. It wasn't until much later that the boys found out that their own mother couldn't even read!
Awards Ceremony- Thursday at 8:30 (lasts @20 minutes)
Report cards go home Friday (please sign and return Monday)
1/16- PTO Spirit Night- Potato Shack
1/21 No School
1/25 Family Movie Night 6:00 pm