# Kindergarten Connection

## Literacy

We were so happy to be together again after our long Winter Break! Monday morning we started our day by sharing stories of what we each did over break. We loved hearing about all the different activities our friends did.

The cold weather was a perfect way to begin our winter story unit. This week we spent four days studying The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Each day of the week we looked at the story through a different comprehension skill. On Monday, we learned how to visualize. We began reading the story normally, hearing the words and seeing the pictures, but by the middle, Ms. Solmson hid the pictures from the class! It was then the students' job to visualize what the character was doing. We also covered retelling, by making fun retelling strips. We connected our lives to Peter's life and our final strategy was inferring. Inferring is typically a more challenging strategy. After modeling what I inferred happened to Peter's snowball, the children worked hard to infer what they thought happened to the snowball in Peter's pocket. The Snowy Day also taught us two new vocabulary words, pack and heap. In the story Peter packed a snowball very tight, so we decided to pack our own paper snowballs! On Wednesday we made a heaping pile of our paper snowballs.

I encourage you to also utilize visualizing, retelling, inferring and connecting each time you read a book with your child. If you need further assistance with questions, please don't hesitate to let me know. I am so happy to provide more guidance in helping you strengthen and enrich your child's comprehension skills.

## Math

This week in Math we practiced our place value skills. On Monday, we played "Musical Tens". We had so much fun stacking our unifix cubes into groups of ten and then counting them all by 10. We determined that we had over 1,000 cubes in our classroom! On Tuesday we played place value concentration and put together skip counting puzzles. Our favorite game was the week was definitely "Place Value Path". We loved looking at the base ten blocks and determining the number that they represented.

## Estimation Jar

We can't wait to begin our class estimation jar next week! Each week, two children (in alphabetical order) will have a turn to bring home the jar and fill it with an object. When they return it to school the class will estimate how many items are in the jar and then together we will count and determine if we made a wise estimate. Be on the lookout for the jar in your child's backpack!

## Writing Workshop

In Writing Workshop we began brainstorming our own how to's. Some of us thought we could write a how to on brushing teeth, tying shoes, or walking quietly in the hallway! Each student chose their own topic and has begun writing on their own. We can't wait to see everyone's finished product.

## Thank You's!

Thank you to the Brown family for being our Family of the Week and to Sara Bier for being our Mystery Reader. Thank you to Stacy Brown for helping during centers.

## Upcoming Dates

-January 18: MLK Day No School

-February 4: 100th Day of School

-February 12-15: Mid Winter Break

## Uniform Reminder

With a drop in temperatures, please check the following to make sure your children are coming to school compliant to the uniform.
• Undershirt: Undershirts may not extend past the uniform shirt sleeve and must be white.

• Outerwear: All sweaters and sweatshirts must be Davis Academy uniform items.

• Socks/Tights: Socks must be ankle or knee length and must be solid white, black or navy only. Striped, patterned, and multi-colored socks are not permitted. Navy or white tights; no leggings are permitted.