Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

It’s been a busy, busy week in Kindergarten! Our bicycle/electricity studies are culminating next week. Students are preparing to present what they’ve learned. Children spent time this week answering all of the questions they asked at the beginning of our study, and realized how much they now know thanks to our research. Students sketched, dictated and wrote what they have learned about bikes/electricity.

We discussed how one can represent what s/he has learned, just as we did in the fall with our squirrel/mice studies. Students then chose how they wanted to present their newly acquired information about bikes/electricity. Children are currently working on plays, books, songs, models, videos, and dioramas. Some children are choosing to work alone, others with a partner, and others in groups.

Next week the students will present what they’ve learned to the other kindergarten class, as well as to the preschoolers. We are looking forward to sharing your child’s bike/electricity project work with you at your parent/teacher conference next week.

We are looking forward to seeing you to discuss your child’s life in kindergarten during our conference. If you have any specific questions or topics you’d like to discuss, feel free to email your child’s teachers in advance of the conference. If you need child care (for a TPS-enrolled student) during your conference time on March 24 or 25, it will be available in the Lombard Street building from 7:30am to 5:30pm. A receptionist will direct you to the room where supervision will be available. Children may not wait in the office. Thanks.

Along with the reading and writing and science connected to our studies, we have also been focusing on strategies to read and write words with a consonant/ short a/ consonant like “cat” and “sat” as well as consonant/short i/consonant words like “pig,” and “fit.” During one Writing Workshop, students chose a journal entry they feel proud of for us to share with you during conferences.

In mathematics we have been focusing on subtraction problems from ten, using counters to solve subtraction problems, while becoming familiar with the symbol for subtraction as well as what a subtraction equation looks like.

In Seed to Table, we started to compile our Seed to Table cookbooks, which contain all the recipes we’ve made during the winter. The children each illustrated two pictures of recipes that they enjoyed and also designed a cover. They will get to bring them home next week.

Some items for your calendar:

  • Friday, April 8 we return to The Schuylkill Center! We are excited to head back to our country classroom 
  • Friday, April 15 Grandparents and Great Friends Day (for students and grandparents/great friends only). Please make sure your invited guests have rsvp'd; you may rsvp for them.  Stay tuned for more information from TPSA.
  • Friday, April 22 No School - In-service for teachers, Special ASEP program available
  • Friday, April 29 Back to The Schuylkill Center
  • Thursday, May 26: 1-3 pm Spanish Mercado. Students will celebrate in a Spanish Market, ordering fruit and treats in Spanish while listening to Spanish music and performing some traditional Spanish dances. We are looking for some parent-volunteers, with knowledge of some Spanish, to join us for the afternoon. If you are interested, please email Melissa at [email protected].
  • Thursday, June 2: 1:15 pm Kindergarten Learning Celebration. Please plan to join us this afternoon for a final, final project presentation.

Questions to ask your child this week:

  • How are you representing what you’ve learned about bikes/electricity? What information do you plan to share?
  • How do you feel about presenting your bike/electricity research to preschoolers?
  • What do you want me to ask your teachers about you during conferences?
  • What do you feel most proud of this week?
  • What do you wish were different this week?

Activity to do with your child: Make up subtraction story problems together. Your child can make one up for you and then you make one up for your child. We encourage students to use their fingers or other counters to help them solve math problems. For example, if you had ten bikes at Philly Bike Share and two people rented bikes, how many bikes would you have left? If you had three empty electrical outlets, and one was filled with a plug, how many would still be empty?

Have a lovely weekend,

The Kindergarten Team