Well, the holidays have come and gone. They sure can be tiring. It was kind of a relief to get back to school and back on a regular schedule.
I would like to thank all of the parents who contributed their time and energy to the Christmas Party. You all out did yourselves. The children had a great time. I know they are thankful for all of your hard work.
Thank you all for the very nice cards and gifts. They were much appreciated. You all have raised some very sweet and thoughtful children. I do think that I have the best Kindergarten class of all. No, I'm not being partial.
January 15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
24 - Spring Pictures
Class and Individual
February 14 - Happy Valentine's Day
23 - Student Holiday
March 5 - Open House
5-6 Book Fair - PFE Library
12-16 Spring Break
26 - Student Holiday
29-30 Conferences and Early Release--1:00pm
Conference are not mandatory. They will be scheduled only if there is a concern or question that needs to be discussed.
We will be beginning "Home Readers" in mid-January. These are beginning readers designed to build reading skills. The books are repititious and conincide with the pictures. The object is not only for your child to be able to read the book, but also gain knowledge of sentence writing. (ie. capital letters, punctuation, setting, etc.) Practice with these books every night. Your child may enjoy writing about or illustrating their favorite part of the story. Practice retelling the story or acting it out for someone else. Home Readers will be sent home every Wednesday and should be returned the following Monday.
What have we learned?
So far we have covered the letters:
A,B,C,D,F,H,J,M,P,S,T Your child should be able to identify and say the letter name and sound/s. You can practice reading and sounding out words with these letters. ie. /c/ /a/ /t/ say the sounds of each letter to read the word. Change the beginning or ending letter to create new words ie. /h/ /a/ /t/.
Also when reading stories with your child talk about the cover and the pictures in the story before ever reading a word. Have your child predict what they think the book might be about. Go on a picture walk - look through all of the pictures and have your child tell a story by using the pictures. After reading the story to them ask higher level thinking questions: how, why, what if, etc.
Our writing is really improving. Some of the journals I read in the morning really WOW me. Children love to write and when given enough time and practice they will soar. Ask your child to write with you at home. They would love to help make the gocery list, a "to do" list, or even just write you a story. They also might enjoy making a menu of the evening's supper or Saturday morning breakfast. They will get a real kick out of the family reading what's on the menu.
We have introduced numbers up to 14. Your child should be able to write and recognize the numerals 1-14. We practice making sets and 'adding to' and 'taking away' using sets. We practice patterning, sorting, classifying, graphing, and problem soloving in various classroom activities.
Singing, dancing and acting silly are common in our classroom. Sometimes to help us learn and sometimes it is just fun.
What's to come?
Sight Words: practice them all!
I have sent home all of the rest time blankets. We do not have rest time on a regular basis anymore. We are usually to busy doing something fun. We are busy, busy bees here in Room 101.
Pine Forest's new phone number is 281-641-2100
My direct line is 281-641-2124. It will ring before 8:00 and after 3:00. If you need to speak with me during the school day please leave a message on my voice mail and I will return your call ASAP.
****I would like to thank everyone for your thoughts and prayers when you heard of my loss. It was a very difficult time for me and my husband and your words and actions meant a great deal to us. I think what helped me the most was your children. When I returned to work their smiles and hugs were the best medicine. They are all wonderful kids. Thanks again!