Dear Parents and Friends,
Happy Snowy Monday!! We hope everyone enjoyed their festive snowy weekend. It certainly is looking a lot like Christmas!!. December continues to be a very busy and stressful month for all. This time of year, kindergartners become unfocused, chatty and a bit wound up. We do understand how excited they are for the upcoming festivities, but please continue to remind your children to do their best at school. This would be very appreciated and all that we can ask for. Thank you again for your help to make this month run smoothly.
This week, we will continue our two week theme, Sing a Song, Paint a Picture. This week we will focus on art and artists. The classes so enjoyed learning about musicians. They had many great ideas that were shared this week!
In Math, we will continue to practice counting as well as comparing larger quantities of numbers. The teen numbers are still tricky for some. Please continue practicing counting with your child. Thank you!
As you know, KinderRoo has brought us all of our letters now! This has been an exciting time of year for us and we are sad that we won’t have any more of her antics in our hallways, but excited to start sounding out more words and reading more independently! Today, your child will be bringing home their first KinderRoots Shared Story - #4, The Wet Dog. With these stories, your child will need to follow each word with their finger and sound out any words that are difficult for them. There will be green and red words on the front cover of each book. The red words are sight words that they will learn by saying the word, spelling the word and then saying the word again. The green words can be phonetically sounded out. This will be difficult in the beginning. But with continued practice week after week, the routine will become easier. Please remember to keep reading at home. Your help is truly the success of this entire program. The more they read the stories and are exposed to the print, the better readers the children will become. The homework slip will also look different each week, but will still need to be signed each night. Your child will have a question to answer each night on the back. This part of our program is so exciting for the students. We can’t wait to begin! If you have any questions, or concerns, please contact one of us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Reading at home should NOT be stressful for you or your child! We are greatly looking forward to our next step in our reading process!
Please remember that the Shopping Mall is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 13. Please send in your permission slip this week, if you have not done so already. We are still missing a few slips. The money just needs to be brought to school by Wednesday morning if you have not sent it in with the permission slip. Thank you!
There will be Simple Snack Holiday party at school next Thursday afternoon. This will be a low key event for the students, but will be fun for all. We will be sending home a sign up sheet for anyone who would like to contribute to our festive afternoon. Thank you in advance for your generosity. It truly is appreciated!
Please remember that we do go outside everyday, if it it not too cold!! Your child will need boots, hat and mitten and snowpants each day.
Have a Great Week!
Amy and Ashley