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Kindergarten Newsletter, January 14

Upcoming Events/mark your calendars:

  • Monday, January 17: No School, MLK Day
  • Tuesday, January 18: 8am Mass
  • Don’t forget to place hot lunch orders if you wish! Keep in mind, any sides are paid for separately, so please send sides ( fruits, veggies, etc.) to go along with the pizza, chicken nuggets, etc.  

This Week: It was a productive week in kindergarten.  We have some busy weeks coming up with Valentine’s Day, the 100th day, Catholic School’s Week and the Winter Olympics in kindergarten.   Wow! We will be busy! Stay tuned for more information about all that upcoming fun!

If your last name begins with N-Z, don’t forget to send in your supplemental supplies in the coming weeks:

  • 2 boxes baby wipes
  • 2 rolls of paper towels
  • 3 canisters of disinfectant wipes
  • 3 boxes of tissues
  • Girls–1 box of gallon ziploc bags
  • Boys-1 box of sandwich ziploc bags

Next Week:

Language Arts: We will continue with snow stories next week including Jan Brett’s The Mitten and The Hat.  We will use these books to do some comparing, taking a close look at settings, characters, problems and solutions.

  • CVC word practice: the children are working hard on what we call “segmenting” and “blending.”  That’s when they give the beginning, middle and end sounds of a word and then blend together to say what the word is. Try this at home!  Ask your child to sound out the word “bat”, “fun” , etc. Listen for your child to give the beginning, middle and end sounds.
  • High frequency words: word wall list-DecemberJanuary along with days of the week.
  • Journaling: Current expectations include: generating a topic, finger spaces in between words, correct spelling of word wall words, phonetic spelling of all other words, use of punctuation, detailed picture, date written on the page.  The children are expected to write 1 or more sentences depending on what they’re ready for! Journaling is a GREAT way for the children to practice their Jolly Phonics skills daily in a meaningful way.  Continue to help your child see that even the smallest things are worth writing about!  Regularly say to your child, “Oh, that would be a GREAT thing to write about in your journal!”  Also, ask your child what he/she has been writing about!
  • Guided reading: the children will practice reading books and using their reading strategies. We are focusing on “get your mouth ready, then dig a little deeper into the word” “use the picture clue,” “skip the word,” “what makes sense?” and “look for chunks (sh, th, ee, ea, etc.)
  • Pocket chart: We have a new song all about our senses!

Math: We will finish chapter 5 and move on to Chapter 6 which focuses on SUBTRACTION.

  • 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.
  • 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, Science & SS: 

We will wrap up our unit on SENSES!  God gives us our senses to learn more about His world.  Seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching—we will continue to learn about each sense and do activities that focus on using each sense. Not only do our senses help us learn more about God’s world, but our senses also keep us safe!

We will learn about Martin Luther King and talk about our dreams for making the world a better place. Dr. King is certainly a wonderful example of “doing God’s work”–through his actions and his words.  What can we learn from him?