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Kindergarten Newsletter, February 26

Upcoming Events/Mark your Calendars: 

This Week:

The kids have been LOVING all things Dr. Seuss!  Have you pulled his books off your bookshelves yet?  Checked them out from the library? Please review our suggestions for the children based on interest and reading levels:

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

Next Week:

We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Tuesday, March 2.  We will have Seuss centers and activities all day! We will wrap up assessments as we are starting to work on report cards and prepare for March conferences.

Language Arts:

  • We will wrap up our Dr. Seuss author study.  This will end on his birthday, March 2nd.
  • Sight Words: Focus words are: was, in, of, it, but, went, up
  • Journaling: daily journaling is such an important party of our day!  The children have a chance to practice all their phonics skills.  Remember to help your child come up with journal topics by using the phrase, “this would be a GREAT journal topic!”
  • Retelling stories: Beginning/middle/end using words like “first,” “then,” “next,” “finally,” etc.  At home, to check for comprehension, you read a story and then say, “what happened at the beginning of the story?”  “what was the problem in the story?” “how was the problem solved?”
  • Guided reading groups: we will practice reading in small groups

Religion:

  • We dropped off over 40 jars of peanut butter and jelly at the food pantry!  Thank you!  We are really doing a great job with our Lenten promise of ALMSGIVING.  The children came up with some GREAT ideas for what food item we should bring in next.  We settled on pasta, sauce, mac and cheese.  The kids really felt like these are foods that other kindergarten children would love and we agree! If you have any of the items listed above, please send in for next week, by Thursday, March 4th.
  • Our new kindness project is off to a great start! 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!
  • We started praying the Stations of the Cross on Fridays.  We remind the children that this is another form of prayer and so we begin and end with the sign of the cross.  We discuss how it is a sad story, but Jesus does not want us to be sad.  That’s why He gives us Easter!  Here are the things we focus on in case your child has any questions at home: We talk about the people that helped Jesus along the way and we also focus on the fact that Jesus FORGAVE all the mean people in the story. Jesus knew he had to die on the cross so he could open the gates of heaven for us.  Please be sure to ask your child about the Stations of the Cross and discuss his/her feelings about this story.

Math: Our focus in Math right now is SUBTRACTION; We will practice looking for the + and – sign which tells us whether our number will be growing or shrinking. We will continue with GO MATH Chapter 6. AT HOME, find real life ways to practice subtraction with your child. For example, “there are 6 cookies on the plate, if you eat 2, how many are left?”

  • 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