The Kindergarten Scoop

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

We celebrated Valentine's Day with several different activities. We got together with our 6th grade buddies for a few too.

Who knew that we could use candy hearts in so many different ways? We sorted and graphed the hearts by color. A goal in kindergarten is to be able to create graphs and analyze the data. Can your child explain his/her graph to you?

We also used the candy hearts to help us solve more addition number stories. "Molly has 5 candy hearts. Justin gave her 4 more. How many candy hearts does she have now?" This is an example of one of the problems we tackled by using the counters and writing the number model (5+4=9). Can your child show you how to use counters (coins, legos, raisins, etc.) to solve addition number stories like this? Can he/she write the number model that matches the story?

With the temperatures being as frigid as they are, we compared each day's temperatures to see if they were above or below freezing. Can your kindergarten remember the temperature that water freezes? (This was our million dollar question this week.)

Love was in the air! We read about love and wrote about what we thought love is. A few responses included:
• Love is when my dad makes my heart smile.
• Love is my brother letting me play a video game.
• Love is giving extra hugs to my mom and dad.

In library, Mrs. Robinson read Little Mouse’s Big Valentine by Thacher Hurd and looked at a nonfiction book called Mice by Susan Horner. They talked about which was fiction and which was nonfiction before visiting the nonfiction section where you would find books about mice, 596 – 629. Since we are not in school on Monday, please remind your child to bring back their library books on Tuesday so that he/she can get new ones.

Our Valentine's Day party was a huge hit! The kindergartners were so excited to deliver the valentines that they addressed all by themselves! They loved playing BINGO and enjoying some yummy snacks too. Thank you to everyone who helped to make it such a great time for the class! Also, thank you for all of the love you sent my way. My boys and I will be enjoying all of the chocolate this weekend while we stay warm in the house:)

Hopefully, you had a chance to review your kindergartner's progress report by now. It is a great time to celebrate the growth he/she made over the marking period and set new goals for the 3rd marking period. Please send back the signed envelope if you have not already done so. Thank you for your continued support as we work as a team to help your child grow both academically and socially.

Below is what we having coming up next week:

• We will learn about why we celebrate Presidents' Day and discuss a few of the presidents along with their contributions.
• We will practice identifying and counting pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.
• We will practice writing about the stories we read on story maps.
• We will celebrate our 100th day in school. (The rest of the school celebrated this week, but kindergarten's 100th day is Thursday due to our days off for fall conferences.)

Important Dates

Monday, February 15th: Presidents' Day, No school
Thursday, February 18th: 100th Day of School Celebration (Send in project with 100 items.)
Friday, February 19th: Me and My Guy (6:30-9:00)
Friday, March 11th: End of 3rd Marking Period (No school for morning kindergarten)
Monday, March 21st: Kutz Science Fair
March 23rd, 24th, 28th, 29th: Spring Conferences (no school for kindergarten)
Friday, March 25th: Good Friday, No school