Monthy Newsletter

      

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Dear Parents,

 

Happy November! Let’s hope the sugar coursing through everyone’s veins (including mine!) is slowly dissipating! The children had a great Halloween party and did a fantastic job singing their Halloween songs!  Thank you to all involved in making this a great ending to the month of October!!

 

Looking for a good home for your leftover Halloween candy??  We would love to put it to good use for our December STEM activity, which will involve constructing gingerbread houses.  Feel free to send the candy to school at any point and I will store it in our refrigerator until we’re ready to use it.  Thanks so much, in advance!

 

 

Guided Reading

Guided Reading groups will begin in the coming weeks.  Whereas in Reader’s Workshop the children are responsible for choosing the books they read, I will be making the book selections for the kids in guided reading.  During this time, the children and I will meet in groups of 3 or 4 at a time.  They will be reading leveled books and will work on a variety of “strategies” such as using the pictures as cues, looking at the first letter of the unknown words, s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g out the sounds in the unknown words, reading for meaning, working on fluency, and making their story come alive.

 

Power Words and Alphabet Review

The Power Words (sight words) your child will be working on this month are: is, this, has, it. Please have your child review these words often.  As you read to your child (or as your child reads to you), have him/her point these words out in text.  The alphabet letters and sounds that will be reviewed this month are Gg, Hh, Ii,Jj.  These also require frequent practice, please.

 

Writer’s Workshop

The children will begin working on writing true stories across three pages.  This entails thinking of an event from their lives and separating that into a beginning, middle, and ending.  Those that are able to write full sentences will be encouraged to elaborate on their words by adding multiple sentences per page.  We’ll also discuss details such as adding speech bubbles and motion lines.  This past month, we worked on labeling pictures and/or writing about an event in our lives.  Their pieces were shared with you during our conferences and will be sent home to you for your reading enjoymentJ. You can keep these!

 

 

Math

We have started working on describing and identifying 2-D shapes.  We will then move on to 3-D shapes.  We will sort these shapes by attributes. Patterning is also on this month’s agenda – locating them, creating them, extending them, and labeling them.

 

Science

The STEM activity for this month will involve an exploration of sound.  The children will design and create Native American drums. If you have any cylindrical items headed to the recycling bin (i.e – oatmeal containers, salt containers, soup cans with non-sharp edges, etc.) please send them in and we’ll add these to our STEM cart for this activity!

 

Social Studies

Election Day is upon us and in kindergarten we will have our own polling station!  I will set up a curtain (privacy is VERY important, after all!) and an old fashioned voting box.  The kids will be voting on their favorite pet.  Their choices are: horse, elephant, chimp, and dinosaur.  I’m sure you’ll be on pins and needles until all the votes are tallied!  We will also talk about the importance of family and friendship and all we have to be thankful for, as well as a discussion of the Pilgrims and Native Americans.

 

Days Off

School is closed on November 7th , 8th, 9th, 22nd, and 23rd.   We will have an Early Dismissal Day on the 21st. Please note:  On early dismissal days, the AM session’s schedule does not change.  The PM students will start their school day at 10:30am and will leave at 1:00pm.

 

Thanks so much and have a great month and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

 

Kim Moss J