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Kindergarten Newsletter, February 19

Upcoming Events/mark your calendar:

  • Thursday, February 25: Dining 4 Dollars: Chick-fil-A, 7101 Kingery Hwy, Willowbrook

This Week:

Well this was definitely a short week!  A short but productive and fun week.  The kids got right back into the swing of things!

Next Week:

Language Arts:

  • Daily journaling: Help your child by using the phrase, “you should write about that in your journal!”  The children are doing a great job generating their own topics, which is quite a difficult skill! Helping your child see all there is to write about would be GREAT!
  • Sight words: New words next week: in, it, of was; look for these words in books, write notes to your child (they always love the lunch notes) and have your child write notes to others!
  • Guided reading in small groups
  • Write the Room: Seuss themed
  • Dr. Seuss Week: Next week will be the start of our Dr. Seuss unit!  Activities will begin next week and will end on March 2, Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  Dr. Seuss books are EXACTLY what beginning readers need.  Rhythm, rhyme and repetition are present throughout his books and they also contain many sight words.  Dr. Seuss began writing books with the INTENT of helping children learn to read.  So please, get these books in your child’s hands! Yes, some of his books can be a bit wordy, eccentric, etc…so, we’ve compiled a list of what we feel are his best high interest and level appropriate books for the children!  Please consider checking these out from the library if you don’t have some of these in your home! Remember, a great way to tackle lengthier books is to take turns reading…you read a page, your child reads a page and so on.

Seuss’ best books for kindergarten readers…

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

Looking for a bit more of a challenge?  See below…

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!
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today

Mrs. Mahr and Mrs. Firestone Seuss favorites:

What Pet Should I get?

The Cat in the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

My Many Colored Days

Math:We finished chapter 5 and have officially started chapter 6! Chapter 6 will have us focusing on subtraction.  We will talk about how subtraction makes numbers shrink instead of grow. We will play number games that help us quickly recognize – as shrinking and + as growing.

  • 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 drawing
  • Compare two objects (taller/shorter, bigger/smaller, faster/slower)
  • Seuss Patterning
  • Goldfish (One Fish, Two Fish…) graphing

Religion:

  • As mentioned in the Lent letter that went home on Thursday, as part of our Lenten commitment to almsgiving, we are asking the children to bring in the following: Peanut butter (Mahr) and Jelly (Firestone).  If you are able to, please send these items in by Thursday, February 25th.  If it’s not a good week, that’s just fine. 🙂 Again, we will do this each week during Lent. Peanut butter and jelly is what the kids decided on for our first full week of Lent.
  • We have started our new kindness project: each time a child is caught doing something kind he/she adds an egg to our bulletin board. This is helping us stick to our Lenten commitment of being kind and growing closer to Jesus.
  • We have started saying the OUR FATHER each morning.  We are trying really hard to pray more during Lent!