Sunday, December 2, 2018

December Newsletter

We have a lot planned for December.  We have sent home a Family Traditions letter for each family to complete to explain how their family celebrates the Holidays in December.  We also have a lot of activities planned for the last week before the winter break.  We will need some special supplies from each child for some of these activities.  A letter will come home soon with this information.

Language Arts:  We learned about characters and setting in our reading groups and now we are going to focus on the beginning, middle and end of our stories.  The sequence of a story is important.  We will carry this over to our writing as we write about events in our lives. We will be practicing writing our last name. The goal is to write their first and last name without looking at a model.  We have quite a few children with long last names.  Practicing at home would be helpful. We also learned about compound words, syllables and how to blend sounds to read words.  Thanks for working with your child on this.

Math:  We are finishing our shape and measurement unit. Our next unit is counting, recognizing and representing quantities to 20. They will need to be able to read and write the numbers 0-20.  Number writing is hard.  Reversing numbers is quite common so practice will help.


Social Studies:  We have finished learning about Life in Early America and the First Thanksgiving.  We compared our lives to the Pilgrims when they first arrived in America.  We will begin talking about our families and our special family traditions.  This will relate to the Family Traditions homework assignment.

Warm Weather Clothing:  We will be going out for recess in very cold weather; therefore your child will need a coat to keep warm.   Please have your child practice putting on and zipping their coats independently.  With the cold weather come chapped lips.  Your child may keep Chap Stick in the classroom to use as needed. Please remind your child this is not for sharing with a friend.

What can you do at home?
·         Practice word rings.  If your child can easily read the words then it is time to have them use the word in a sentence. Or they could alphabetize the words on the ring.  They should also learn to spell these words.
·         Ask your child to identify the numbers 11-20 and also practice writing them.
·         Let your child help you with the grocery list.  They can write what is needed.  Encourage sounding out the words.

Important Dates
December 13- Happy Birthday Brody & Carter!
December 14– 2 hour early dismissal day
December 18- Art Show
December 22 – January 1 – Winter Break
December 27- Happy Birthday Kaci!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

November News

What a busy time of the year in Kindergarten! We had a great time at our Fall Festival celebrations.  Thank you to our fabulous room parents for putting together such a fun event!

Language Arts 
We are continuing to focus on concepts of print, including tracking words as we read. We have been distinguishing between words that rhyme and words that do not rhyme, as well as generating rhyming words. We have also been focusing on beginning sounds, including isolating the sound that is at the beginning of words (pumpkin= the “P” sound). We have been discussing story elements such as characters and we will begin identifying the setting. We have been practicing retelling stories.  We particularly enjoyed retelling Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? with our retell bracelets and putting on a play with our characters masks from The Little Red Hen (see pictures below).  In phonics, we have been learning about compound words, simple consonant-vowel-consonant words (hat, log, hot) and continuing to focus on new letters.  

We are finishing up learning about the concept of more/less, as well as adding to show one more. We will begin to focus on measuring, and use vocabulary such as bigger, smaller, taller, shorter, etc. One thing that we will be working on this quarter is reading and writing numbers to 20. Help your child by practicing these numbers at home, and encourage them to write all of the numerals correctly (no reversals or backwards numbers).  They will need to be able to count, recognize, write and add one more to the numbers 0 to 20.

In science we have been exploring motion and the forces push and pull. We built ramps and tested them to see how far we could make a ball roll.  We also made swings and counted how many times we could make it swing back and forth (see pictures below).  We also enjoyed learning about Fall, including investigating leaves (see pictures below), using our 5 senses to explore a pumpkin, and learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin.

Other Kindergarten News 
      We have had so much fun getting to know our 3rd grade buddies! We met our 3rd grade buddy class and shared about ourselves with our buddies. It is very sweet to see the older students interacting with our Kindergarten friends.

We have a computer lab schedule in place.  We are going to the computer lab on Friday for 40 minutes.  We have been practicing logging on to the computer and basic computer skills.  We have been exploring a program called "Pixie."

·      You should have received your address club information. Please practice at home so we can get 100% in the club J

What can I do with my child at home?
·        Practice writing uppercase and lowercase letters
·        Practice writing numbers to 20 with no reversals or backwards numbers
·        Play Eye Spy with rhymes or beginning sounds “Eye Spy a word that rhymes with…” or “Eye Spy a word that begins with the sound…”
·        Ask questions that encourage mathematical thinking, such as “Which one has more? How do you know?”
·        Read a book together and ask questions about the characters, where did the story take place, what happened in the story, what was your favorite part, etc. Have your child predict what will happen next.
·        Practice self-help skills, such as zipping coats and putting on gloves.

Important Dates:
November 5– no school teacher work day
November 6 – no school election day
November 7, 8 - open 4 hours late (evening parent-teacher conferences)
November 9 – dismiss 3.5 hours early (afternoon parent-teacher conferences)
November 12-16 American Education week
November 14- Happy Birthday Aiden!
November 15- report cards issued
November 21- 2 hour early dismissal
November 22, 23– Thanksgiving break
November 28 – Picture Make up day

Class donations:
·     Feathers

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Urbana Fire Station

We had an awesome time on our field trip to the Fire Station!  We reviewed fire safety, including how to stop, drop, and roll.
 We learned about a firefighter's uniform and even though they may look a little scary in their uniform, we don't need to be afraid of them!  

 We took a tour of the fire house.  Looking at where they sleep was our favorite part!
 We learned about the parts of a fire truck and the tools that they carry.

 We got to walk through the fire truck!

 We loved watching them go up in the ladder!

It was a great day!