Kindergarten Newsletter, January 12, 2018

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, January 15th: No School, MLK Day
  • Wednesday, January 17th: Hot Lunch, McDonald’s pancakes
  • Friday, January 19th: bring in a box of cereal by today, see below, under “next week”*

Looking Ahead:

  • Friday, May 4th: Save the Date for our Mother’s Day Tea, all moms are invited to attend! More information to follow! 
  • Sunday, January 28th: St. Cletus Open house: 9:30 Mass followed by an open house beginning at 10:30.  This is for current and prospective families.  Invite your friends and neighbors!  See you there!

 This Week: 

Our first week of 2018 was great! All the children came back to school wide eyed and ready for new adventures in Kindergarten! We made a list of classroom Resolutions to follow moving forward. Here’s what the children came up with:

  1. Be kind
  2. Help each other
  3. Care more
  4. Share 
  5. Pray more

We are ready to make our classroom a great place to learn and grow! We went on a church visit to see that Jesus is now in the manger.  We reviewed how we celebrated Jesus’ birthday with our families and said a prayer together. Prayer is always a great way to start the new year!

Next Week:

*We will begin our classroom service project in this new year. When we serve others, we serve God. We are doing God’s work! Our children are so fortunate to have loving families who provide all that they need.  Many are not so lucky!  We discussed this with the students. We will be bringing in things to put in the food pantry each month. As a class, we will decide what food item we will donate and this month we choose cereal.  We will try to choose many kindergarten favorites! We are asking that your child bring in a box of cereal any time next week, by Friday, January 19th.  When we go for our Church visit, as we do every Friday, we will drop these boxes of cereal in the donation bins in the Narthex of our Church. Ask your child what kind of cereal he/she would like to donate. If your child can pick it out at the grocery store, all the better! This activity will give our children a sense of giving. As always when giving, we remind the children if it’s more important for your family to have that box of cereal, that’s ok too! 🙂 This will continue through the end of the year, so there will be plenty of opportunities for your child to give. They will see what a great feeling that is!

Literacy:

  • We are journaling more often! The introduction of Jolly Phonics sounds was completed before break and now we’re putting all of our knowledge to work in our writing. Learning to use those sounds in reading and writing is called “segmenting” (breaking down words into individual sounds) and “blending,” (putting those sounds back together).  What can you do at home?

Practice sight words, encourage your child to “write the sounds he/she hears” (don’t worry about correct spelling), practice consonant vowel consonant words at home: Ask your child to spell words like CAT, SIT, BAT, WET, MAT.  If your child is doing well with this, try to add some of those tricky blends in words like: baTH, CHip, fOOt, sEEd, etc.

  • Many of these writings will relate to the stories we are reading. Did you know that reading aloud to your child daily is one of the most important tasks you can do to insure future reading success? Be sure you are reading with your child every night! We will explore many different snowman stories next week and will complete a painting project to go along with this.  Our sensory tub is also full of snowy fun!
  • Snowy stories at the listening center!
  • We will practice segmenting and blending words.
  • Sight words: we are focusing on NUMBER WORDS (one-ten).  We’re always moving and rockin’ in kindergarten.  Here’s one of the songs that helping us to learn our number words.  Try singing it at home! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzfFzJGwwZQ

Math:

  • Number writing/formation
  • Counting by 1s, 2s, 5s and 10s
  • Counting on from numbers other than 1.
  • Number recognition, understanding how many tens and ones. 
  • Graphing: bar graphs and tally graphs

We will review and continue to work hard on having a strong number sense as we get ready to begin addition soon!

Religion/Science:

  • We will begin our unit on our senses. This unit blends nicely with science. God gives us our sense to learn about His world and all the wonderful things in it! We will begin with our sense of taste.  We will discuss how some things are sweet, salty, spicy, sour and we will also discuss how our taste buds change over time so it’s always a good idea to try new foods! We will make a graph to determine which kind of foods we like the most.  We encourage this often at snack time.  It’s always fun to try new foods! We will also learn a new song.  Ask your child to sing it to you!  Hint: “I’ve got senses, I’ve got senses, yes I do! Yes I do!”

 

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