Kindergarten News: February 2018

What We Are Learning

Reading 
  • Reading simple patterned books
  • Reading nonfiction books: Reading to Learn
  • Coming soon: Ezra Jack Keats Author Study
Writing
  • “Stretching” out words (sounding out words to use invented spelling)
  • Writing simple sentences
    • Uppercase letters at the beginning
    • Spaces between words
  • Writing pattern books (I like… I can… We see…)
Phonics
  • Reviewing all letter names and sounds
  • Digraph sounds: sh, ch, th, wh and -ck
  • Reading and writing “CVC” words (consonant-vowel-consonant)
    • e.g. cat, hop, dig, sun, bed
    • “tapping” out words to read, “stretching” out words to spell them 
Math
  • Counting up to 20 objects
  • Counting to 100
  • Early addition skills: Combining amounts, adding on 
  • Using “Ten frames”: organizing quantities, automatically recognizing amounts 1-10
Social Studies
  • Bread in Many Cultures: Studying families, their cultures and their traditions with bread
  • Making bread
Science
  • Yeast experiments with bread

Reminders

  • Bundle up for cold weather. Please remember to label your child’s clothing. Help them practice zipping their coats and putting on winter garments independently.
  • When the weather is too cold, or when there is snow or rain, we generally have indoor recess.
  • Avoid light up shoes in school.  
  • Continue to practice tying shoes independently.
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Family Connection

ReadingWe are celebrating our love of reading this month! As always keep reading at home together and share your favorite books with your child.

Math:The 100th day of school is soon approaching on February 13th! Be on the lookout for more information about how your child’s class will be celebrating this exciting mathematical day!

Social Studies: We are continuing our study of families and bread from many cultures. 
Be on the lookout for a note about a bread celebration in the near future.
We will also soon be making bread at school. You can extend this learning by making some bread recipes at home or by trying out some new types of bread at your local supermarket, bakery or restaurant and discussing the different places and cultures these breads come from. 

Important Dates

  • Thursday, February 8 Parent Association Meeting 6:00pm
  • February 8 and 9 Scholastic Book Fair
  • Thursday, February 8 Class K208 and B-306 Trip to Whitney Museum
  • Monday, February 12 Class K207 and K209 Trip to Whitney Museum
  • Tuesday,February 13 100th Day of School
  • February 16-23: No School