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Valentine's Day Kindergarten News

February

Themes


  • Groundhog Day

  • Teeth

  • Presidents

  • Valentine’s Day

  • 100th Day

Special Events The 100th day of school will be celebrated on Monday, February 13th. Students can pass our Valentine’s Day cards on Tuesday, February 14th.

The Road to Literacy

We have recently arrived at the halfway point for this school year. Your child may now be able to recognize all of the uppercase and lowercase letters. In addition, he or she may know the sound that each letter makes.

Perhaps you are asking yourself, "What happens next?" Here are some things that you can do:

·        Choose some simple three or four letter words, such as ham or stop. Work with your child to stretch or isolate each sound in the word and then put the sounds together to say a word.

·        Skip to the end of a word and ask your child to say the final letters and sound in it.

·        Help your child to recognize word patterns. Choose a simple word, such as cat. Then take away the c and work with your child to find other letters that take its place to form new words.

·        You can adjust the above activity so that your child is also replacing letters at the end of a word. Start with a word, such as man. Then take away the n and help your child to form new words by replacing that letter with other ones.

·        Make up some funny words with your child and help him or her to write them. You might then take one of those words and give it a meaning that is unique. Have you ever been on a jut? Well just keep that one a mystery!

Fundations Update

The main focus of Unit 3 is tapping.  The students will learn to tap out 3 and 4 letter words.  They will use this strategy to read and to write.  Students will be writing these 3 and 4 letter words on whiteboards in class 2 or 3 times a week.  Homework will be handed out weekly.  We strongly encourage all parents to complete the homework with their child as this is a crucial part of our students learning and moving forward in their academic future.

 

The Stages of Writing

When children are just beginning to write, their "writing" resembles unintelligible squiggles. Yet, this is a very appropriate first step in beginning to express oneself through writing.

As children mature and make the letter-sound connection through deliberate instruction, their writing takes on a different dimension. Your kindergartener may label a drawing with a stream of letters, seemingly unconnected to anything on the page. Yet, this is often the point at which children make the writing connection.

As your child becomes more skilled at writing letters, isolating sounds, and recognizing words and word families, his/her writing will begin to bear some resemblance to the conventions we as adults use everyday. Your child may become adept at writing the first sound he/she hears in a word. Eventually, he/she may write the letters associated with ending sounds and even those in between.

The more your child writes, the better he/she will get at making those connections. Try to give your child lots of opportunities to fine tune the skills we are using in class each day. Allow him/her to take risks as a writer by giving him/her permission to write without having the perfect spellings of words. It is so hard to deny your child when he/she asks you to spell a word for them. Yet, you will help him/her to grow into a better writer if you encourage him/her to write what they hear rather than to merely copy meaningless conventions.

 

Writing


Our Writer’s Workshop will now focus on students writing and reading nursery rhymes.  We will read 2 nursery rhymes per week.  We will discuss the story.  From there, the students can make their own nursery rhyme or make any story somehow relating to the nursery rhyme.  Things to look for in your child's writing are:


  • Starting with an uppercase letter

  • Stretching or tapping to write words

  • Use spacing between words

  • End with punctuation

  • Write a complete sentence

Math

These are some of the topics we will introduce or review during the month of February:

  • The concept of attributes and the use of attribute blocks

  • Addition and subtraction concepts, symbols and number stories

  • Reading and writing two digit numbers

  • Measurement tools and their uses

  • Skip counting by 5s and 10s

  • 2 and 3 Dimentional Shapes

  • Patterns

  • Calculators

  • Various formations of groups of 10

  • Adding and Subtracting

  • Number equations

  • Teen numbers

  • The equal symbol

  • Graphs

  • Number scrolls



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