Kindergarten Weekly Note

Dear Kindergarten Families:

Please put the following items on your calendar:

Next Friday, May 20 will be an “Indoor Dismissal” due to EATS set-up in the garden. If your child is a 3pm pick-up, please come to the Kindergarten porch and we will bring your child to you (like we do in inclement weather). The garden will be filled with volunteers preparing for that evening’s EATS festivities.

Thursday, June 2, 1:15pm - Join us for the Kindergarten Learning Celebration starting with our Kindergarten Plays in the Garage, followed by a classroom tour and cast party in the Kindergarten rooms.

Kindergarten B welcomed another acting expert. Esther Flaster, Max’s grandmother, talked about being a director and played an acting game with the children. The kindergarten has moved from the research phase of our “putting on a play” project to thinking about the plays we will perform for you. Since we saw The Stinky Cheese Man at the Arden, a silly fairy tale book adopted for the stage, this week we read six different fairy tales and compared elements of those stories: character, setting, problem and resolution. Groups will advocate and vote for which story they will perform. Next week we will work on casting, writing scripts and costume designs.

On Wednesday we were able to see another performance. Third graders wrote their own plays based on “Making a More Fair America,” about American history and issues of equality. Our children were a wonderful audience and noticed many of the elements we have been studying about how to put on a play.

Our calendar pattern for May focuses on addition and subtraction problems to and from ten. We also played games this week that reinforced adding quantities to five.

The Schuylkill Center was fun, albeit a bit rainy. We spent time at Weil House, playing in the woods, and observing the different parts of plants (this week we looked carefully at flowers). Many children chose to go on an optional hike to the apple orchard.

Questions to ask/activities to do with your child this week:

  • What did you think about the third grade play?
  • How do you feel about putting on your own play?
  • What are the parts of a plant? How does each part help the plant?
  • Play a math game - using 3x5 cards, write two of every number from 0-5, one on each card. Turn all of the cards face down. Each player turns two over to try to make a combination to five.
  • When reading a fiction book together, discuss the characters, setting, problem and resolution.

Enjoy Spring!

The Kindergarten Team