The Kindergarten Scoop

Mrs. Eckenrode's Classroom Newsletter

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

This week was full of colors and gingerbread cookies! We read about different animals and colors that we could find in a garden. The students will be bringing home a copy of The Garden Zoo to read to you on Monday. Again, please encourage your kindergartner to use the picture clues and their knowledge of sight words to assist them as they read.

We graphed the class's favorite colors. Can your child remember which color was the most popular? The least favorites? The students tallied and created their own graphs with the data.

We also read different versions of The Gingerbread Man including The Gingerbread Baby and The Gingerbread Girl. Our centers this week even had a gingerbread cookie theme. However, I think their favorite part was taste testing to see if they like eating gingerbread cookies. The class voted unanimously that they LOVE them!

We read a book titled Me I Am! by Jack Prelutsky and wrote about our unique physical qualities.

We turned into pirates and practiced writing the word "are" as we gave our best "AAAARRR!"

We practiced writing the letter Kk and brainstormed words that begin with that letter.

In library, the students visited the website Starfall.com. I highly recommend this helpful and engaging website!

Sneak Preview

Here are some things your kindergartner will do in the upcoming week:

  • We will be learning about a few of the traditions and ways people celebrate this time of year. My lessons will focus more on the traditions than the religious reasons for the holidays. I appreciate you talking to your kindergartner about ways in which your family celebrates and the traditions you have around this time of year. It will help to add to our class discussions. I will talk about Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's Day with the class.
  • We will begin to tackle the "Tricky Teens". A goal for our students is to read and write numbers up to 30 correctly by the end of January. Practicing at home is highly encouraged.
  • The students met the challenge of counting by 5's with flying colors! We will be practicing counting by 10's and 2's next.

App of the Week

Spelling City, which can be used through the internet or as an app on a device, offers:
  • Game-based learning program for vocabulary, spelling, phonics, writing, and language arts
  • Ability to use any word list with more than 35 learning activities, assessments, and games
  • A library of 50,000 words and 60,000 sentences read by a real person
  • Availability on the web and as an app on iPads, iPhones, and Android devices

The students enjoyed using the app this week during centers time. They practiced spelling color words that we have been reading.

Important Dates

Wednesday, December 9th: Holiday Boutique (Please send the labeled envelope with money for your child to shop.)
Friday, December 11th:
Student Council Meeting 8:15am-8:45am (We need one more representative from our class if your child is able to attend.)
Friday, December 11th:
Scholastic book orders due
Wednesday, December 16th:
Last day for Holiday Food Drive (Kindergarten is asked to send in pasta, peanut butter, and jelly.)
Monday, December 21st:
Winter Holiday Party (10:15-11:15)
12/24-1/04:
Winter Break

Pictures of the Week

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These pirates really know the sight word "are"!

Centers Time

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Thank you, Mr. Patel, for being our Mystery Reader! We love books, especially ones about the alphabet!