Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families,

What a wonderful way to end our week! We hope you enjoyed the kindergarten/preschool singing performance as much as we did. A special thanks to Chris for her hard work getting the singers ready! Hard to believe but next week is the last week of school in 2015. This week was another busy one in kindergarten.

Our friendship focus this week began with a conversation about how each person is unique, yet people also have similarities, and how each person should be respected for who s/he is. We read a book called We are All Alike, We are all Different, which highlights the notion that all people need food, shelter, and love, yet we are each unique. We followed up with an activity where each child was partnered with someone, and the pair drew each other’s portraits on a large sheet of paper. The children then interviewed one another and discovered two qualities they share, and two that are different, which were added to the portraits. The comparisons are hung up in our classrooms. Stop by in the morning or after school to check them out.

The students added more entries to their writing journals. Since we have been learning about letters and their corresponding sounds, the students are now beginning to transfer this knowledge into their writing practice. Most students are starting to represent a word with one letter. For instance when trying to write the word dog, the child might hear and record a D. During conferences some parents asked that we share with you which letters we are focusing on each week, and the cue that we teach to help children remember the sounds. Here’s what we have worked on so far: a - apple, b - bat, c - cat, f- fun, g - game, i - itch, m - man, n - nut, o - octopus, r - rat, t - top.

For mathematics we are working on recognizing and counting numbers from 1-30. We are practicing counting backwards and forwards from 11-30, and 30-11. We are also taking apart and putting together quantities of ten.

In Seed to Table the students were introduced to the kitchen, which will be their classroom space over the winter. They played a bingo game of the different tools used while cooking to orient them to the new space. Next week we will be doing a cooking project that integrates our friendship and feelings work. Students will be making different facial expressions using rice cakes with cream cheese, pretzels, raisins, Cheerios and chocolate chips. The nurse will be checking that the ingredients are nut-free, and that gluten-free options are provided. The ingredients will be available for you to check as well.

Next Friday, the last day before winter break begins, we plan to meet with our book buddies for our TPS traditional Winter Celebration together (this is an event for students and teachers). We will rotate through three activities: decorating cookies, making decorative snowflakes, and reading winter books. We will have gluten-free and regular graham crackers, frosting, and some nut-free candy available for the cookie activity. Ingredients will be available to check, if you feel the need. They will be approved by our nurse prior to use.

Questions to ask/Activities to do with your child:

  • Who were you partnered with for the “People” book? What do you have in common? What is different about you?
  • What did you write about in your journal this week?
  • What was your favorite activity this week in school?
  • Draw each other and list a few things you have in common, and a few things that make you different from one another.

Have a great weekend,

The Kindergarten Team