Kindergarten Newsletter, April 12

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Tuesday, April 16: 8am Mass
  • Thursday, April 18: we will see the school play dress rehearsal– High School Musical, Jr.!

Looking Ahead/mark your calendars:

KINDERGARTEN Mother’s Day Tea: Friday, May 10th from 10:15-11:30. You should have received your official invitation on Friday!

KINDERGARTEN CELEBRATION: Wednesday, June 5, 10am.  The celebration will be about 1 hour.  Students are dismissed to you after the celebration!

These are two events you won’t want to miss, so mark your calendars now!

What’s Due:

  • Mother’s Day Tea permission slips: please turn in by the end of next week.  Email me if you need another copy.

This Week:

  • New boom cards were posted to seesaw!
  • I’ve started to record kids reading to me at rest time.  These recordings are posted to SEESAW.  Be sure to check those out! The kids are so excited to show off their reading skills!

Next Week

Math: We started chapter 9 which is all about 2D shapes.  This week was all about circles, next week we will get into squares.  With each shape, we are discussing how many sides and vertices (corners).  This week, we learned a circle is a round shape with no sides or vertices.


  • Counting by 1s to 100.  Practice at home!
  • Counting by 2s to 20. Practice at home!
  • Counting by 5s to 100. Practice at home!
  • Counting by 10s to 100. Practice at home!
  • Addition AND subtraction using dice, dominoes, whiteboards, manipulatives, magnetic numbers and more!  Our goal is to FLUENTLY (automatically) add and subtract within 5 and be able to use drawings, fingers, etc. to add within 10.
  • Recognizing numbers 1-100.
  • Breaking numbers 1-100 down into “tens” and “ones”

I’ve introduced 2D shapes:

  • Naming square, circle, rhombus, rectangle, oval; going over sides and vertices.

Language Arts:

We have started our Eric Carle author study! So far we’ve read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The House for Hermit the Crab and The Grouchy Ladybug.  Next week we will continue with our author study and we will also do an art project that will mimic Eric Carle’s illustrations.

Superkids: We will wrap up our latest superkids booklet x, y, z! When that comes home next week, keep it in a safe spot and have your child practice reading the decodable text inside.  I can’t emphasize enough how important decodable text is for young readers!

Word wall words: I will introduce ARE, WHAT next week and we will continue to review all other words.

Journaling: Daily journaling continues!  Expectations are date at the top, detailed drawing, 2 or more sentences, starting sentences with a capital letter and ending with punctuation. Students are correctly spelling word wall words and “stretching out” or writing all other words phonetically.  Correct spelling will come later!

Religion and Science

  • There is new life all around us! We will be ‘planting’ bean and popcorn seeds next week.  The seeds will be in baggies hanging on the window and we will have seed journals and will record our observations.
  • Our caterpillars arrived! We will be observing our caterpillars over the next several weeks.  We will be reading fiction and nonfiction books about caterpillars.
  • We learned a new pocket chart song this week and illustrated it in our poetry journals.  Ask your child to sing it to you! Hint: “We can sing and clap our hands, clap our hands, clap our hands, we can sing and clap our hands, Jesus is alive! We can smile and pray to him, pray to him….” We will continue to celebrate the Easter season!
  • We feel God’s love through our family and friends and especially through our moms!  We will be talking about our moms, reading about moms, writing about our moms and more to get ready for the Mother’s Day tea!