Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Some quick administrative things:

  • Please try to get your child to school by 8:20 a.m.   Though we often start the day playing, sometimes we have class meetings. We find students are most comfortable when we begin the day together.
  • If your child is picked up in the garden at 3:15 p.m. (3:00 p.m. on Fridays), please remember to check out with the kindergarten teacher with the clipboard standing by the entrance to the Garage.  Also, please exit out of the south side of the garden. 
  • Next week you should be receiving your child’s first report. This is a time for us to communicate with you how your child is growing and developing in kindergarten, both academically and socially. It will be sent out electronically on 1/30. Please note the email that kindergarten teachers sent out this afternoon about reports. 
  • Friday, February 3, is Crazy Hat, Hair, and Pajama Day!  This TPS tradition allows children, faculty, and staff to come to school in pajamas (no slippers, please), with crazy hair styles and/or a silly hat.  Your child need not participate, only if s/he is comfortable.
  • Tuesday, February 14, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in Kindergarten with a small student/teacher celebration!  If your child would like to make/buy valentines for the class, we ask that your child PLEASE BRING 25 VALENTINES signed by your child, BUT NOT LABELED WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS’ NAMES.  It gets complicated to pass them out if they have names on them. Also, please remember that we are a candy-free school.

Today we went to the Arden Theater to see the musical Frog and Toad, based on the books by Arnold Lobel.  We read many of the books in the last few weeks, talking lots about their friendship.  We also talked about Frog’s optimism and Toad’s pessimism.

This week we learned about and practiced using our next Friendship Tool, the Win-Win-Solution Card. This tool teaches children how to engage in perspective-taking, as well as how to be flexible with their friends. Through practicing negotiating win-win solutions, children learn how to brainstorm multiple solutions to problems and how to reach a compromise which is satisfactory to everyone. Before beginning to use this tool with a friend, the children perform our Flexibility Chant, “It’s not exactly what I want, but it’s still okay!”

In mathematics this week, we worked on more addition equations to ten, this time figuring out the missing addend and asking how many more we need to get to ten.  

Questions to ask your child:

  • What did you enjoy about Frog and Toad?  How was it the same or different than the books?
  • Are you more like Frog or Toad, an optimist or a pessimist?
  • How do you use a Win-Win Solution Card?
  • What did you put in your friendship trail mix during Seed to Table?  

Activities to do with your child:

  • Read a book together.  If your child would like, first you read it to her/him, then go back and see how many of the words your child can recognize.  So far our sight words areI, a, is, the, -ing, are, and, you, yes, no, like, and my.  
  •  Ask each other “How many more to get to ten?” and discuss your strategy for figuring out how to solve the problem.  For example, if Frog ate four cookies, how many more would he have to eat to get to ten?  I counted to ten up from four, and had to count six more.

Have a wonderful weekend,

The Kindergarten Team