Kindergarten Newsletter, February 18

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, February 21: No School, President’s Day
  • Tuesday, February 22: 8 am Mass AND Crazy sock day (refer to note)
  • Tuesday, 2-22-22: we will celebrate TWOS-day!
  • Thursday, February 24: Dining for Dollars at Kenny’s Irish Pub

This Week:

We had such a fun time at the kindergarten Olympics! Be sure to check out all the pictures and videos!  The kids really seemed to have a blast!

Next Week:

Conference sign up will go out next week.  Conferences will be in person on March 10th.  This is an 11:30 dismissal day.

Language Arts:

We will begin our 2 week long unit on Dr. Seuss on Wednesday.  When searching for books for our young readers, it’s important to look for books with the three Rs–rhythm, rhyme and repetition.  We’ve all read Dr. Seuss  and know that the three Rs are certainly present in his books!  These 3 Rs help boost the confidence of our young readers!

Below are some of the more popular Seuss books in order of difficulty, beginning with the easier ones and increasing in difficulty. Some Seuss books can be rather lengthy.  We created this list choosing ones that we think your children will really enjoy! We promise, your child will light up when he/she can read some of these books on his/her own!  That’s the whole point of books with rhythm, rhyme and repetition– creating CONFIDENT readers! Feel free to take this list (seuss book list ) to your local library!

The Eye Book
The Foot Book
Great Day For Up!
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
Hop on Pop
One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Green Eggs and Ham
Ten Apples Up on Top
Wacky Wednesday

A little more difficult…

The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s
Fox in Sox
I Can Read With my Eyes Shut
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket
The Tooth Book
I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
I Wish I Had Duck Feet
Please Try to Remember the First of Octember!
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today

And a little more difficult…

And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hears a Who!
Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose
Bartholomew and the Oobleck
If I Ran the Circus
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Yertle the Turtle
Happy Birthday To You!
The Lorax
Did I Ever Tell you How Lucky You Are?
The Sneetches

Math: Chapter 7 in Go Math

  • We will take one final look at the U.S. Olympic Medal count and wrap up the unit with a writing project.
  • Next week is also an important number day. We’re all about celebrating the little things in kindergarten and  that means celebrating TWOS-day (Tuesday, 2-22-22); we will do lots of fun activities to recognize this special day!
  • Centers will continue to focus on addition as well as subtraction now.  Our goal is to be able to “add and subtract within 10” and “FLUENTLY add and subtract within 5”.  We will achieve this by doing different addition and subtraction activities during centers with dice, dominos and other manipulatives.
  • Review representing numbers as “__ tens and __ ones”
  • We will practice counting DOWN from 20.
  • Counting to 100 by ones
  • Counting to 100 by 5s
  • Counting to 100 by 10s
  • Counting to 20 by 2s
  • Count forward from a given number (except 1)
  • Represent addition up to 10 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Represent subtraction up to 5 with fingers, drawings, sounds
  • Compose and decompose numbers 11-19 by drawings
  • Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower

Religion: Throughout February we have talked about how we feel God’s love through our family and friends.  Jesus is our best example of how to treat one another and we can learn about love and kindness by reading stories about Him in the bible.  During these two weeks leading up to Lent, we will read:  “Jesus Welcomes the Children,” “Jesus Heals the Sick,” “Jesus Feeds the Hungry” “The Good Shepherd” and “The Good Samaritan.” We will read different versions of each story from different bibles, we will watch it on the smartboard, we will act them out and more!  During these next two weeks, we will continue our kindness project which is adding a heart onto a mitten each time someone is caught doing something kind.  We feel God’s love through our friends’ acts of kindness!