Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

It has been an exciting week in kindergarten!  We are starting to think about what we want the focus of our next project study to be.  We spent time this week thinking a lot about what we are curious about and would like to better understand.  Children brainstormed ideas, which range from dinosaurs to the human body to fiber optics to shoes.  While your children are bound to learn so much information from this next project, our overarching goal will be thinking about notions of failures and success, perseverance, flexibility, and learning from mistakes.  The excitement in both classrooms is palpable!  Next week the children will advocate and vote for what they would like to study.  We will keep you posted!

In Writing Workshop this week we began writing letters to one another.  We have added the words “to” and “from” to our word walls.  Students have been excited to write to one another and to receive letters in their “mailboxes” in each classroom’s “post office.”  We have discussed how a person needs to write a letter in order to receive one.  It is a joy to see how excited the children are to write and receive letters.  Some children are writing a number of sentences, while other children are drawing each other pictures.  

In mathematics this week our focus has been on numbers from 11-30, putting them in order and thinking about how teens are ten and some more. 

Next Tuesday, February 14, we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day.  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 very complicated to pass them out if they have names on them. Also, a reminder that we are a candy-free school.

A reminder that there is a special ASEP program next, Friday, February 17, while the teachers have an in-service day.  There is no school on Monday, February 20, in celebration of President’s Day.    

One more quick thing.  Our kindergarten classroom rule is that toys from home should only come into the classroom as comfort objects that can come out for a quick snuggle.  Other toys (stickers, card games, etc) from home need to stay home or in cubbies.  Thanks.

Questions to ask your child:

  • What did you think of the talent show?  What act might you want to do next year?
  • To whom did you write letters?  Who wrote to you?
  • What ideas do you have for the new study?   

Activities to do with your child:

  • Help your child write and mail a letter to a friend or relative.  Perhaps s/he can begin a pen-pal relationship or you and your child can write notes to one another in a journal.
  • Make up some addition story problems for one another based on something you are doing using ten and more.  For example, if you eat ten peas and then two more, how many did you eat all together?  If I gave you ten kisses on Valentine’s Day, how many more do I need to give you to get to fifteen?

Have a lovely weekend,

The Kindergarten Team