Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

Happy New Year! It’s been great being back together in kindergarten.  The children shared lots from their winter break adventures and seem genuinely happy to be back at school.   

We spent time this week reviewing our rules and expectations in Kindergarten.  We also made time to play and enjoy each other’s company.  We continued to read lots and write lots.  We wrote in our journals and added “like” to our list of sight words.  We have also discussed three digraphs: “th,” “ch,” and “sh.”  While many children are representing words with one letter when they write (for example, writing “I W T M G F B” to represent “I went to my grandparents’ for break.”), others are started to stretch words out and include ending sounds, and some are including middle sounds, as well.  

In mathematics, our new calendar pattern is a growing pattern:  a, b, a, a, b, b, a, a, a, b, b, b, etc.  We also worked on connecting addition and subtraction to moving up and down a number line. For example, If you move up one number from 7, you get to 8 so 7 + 1 = 8; if you move down a number, you are subtracting one from that number.   

Our friendship study continues.  This week, we started working on our Friendship Toolboxes. We began by looking at a number of seemingly random items: hammer, paint brushes, cutting board, scissors, goggles, magnifying glasses, and other things.  Everyone concluded that all the items are tools, and that tools can help make a job easier.  We then had children pick out tools that an artist could use, then a builder, and a chef.  Our last question was to find a tool that could help if you’re having a conflict with a friend.  Discovering there are no tools for that, we discussed making our own tools to help make us all be better friends and help us with conflict. 

This week each child decorated a tool box to hold his/her friendship tools.  For the month of January we will create many friendship tools and practice using them with the goal of learning how to negotiate and communicate thoughtfully with one another.  At the end of January, your child will bring home his/her Friendship Toolbox filled with tools to use and share with you at home.  

Questions to ask your child:

  • How did it feel to be back at school?
  • What did you write about in your journal this week?
  • What book did you read at Quiet Reading or Read to Self?  How did you read your book?
  • How were you a good friend this week?
  • What are tools for?
  • What does your Friendship Toolbox look like?

Activities to do with your child:

  • Go on a tool hunt.  Find things in your house that make jobs easier.
  • Play a game matching numbers with tally marks.  Use a deck of cards (all face-cards can be valued at 10).  Take turns turning a card over and creating that quantity in toothpicks or popsicle stick tally marks.
  • Create a number line together from 0-20.  Have your child start on any number or have your child tell you a number.  Add or subtract one to that number by moving forward or backwards on the number line.  Work together to write the matching equation.   

Have a lovely weekend,

The Kindergarten Team