It is so nice to be back in kindergarten after vacation! Between over a week off and a funny week last week weather-wise, we took some time to get back into the swing of school. We practiced our routines and got caught up on our vacation happenings.
Here is what we are up to...
We are done officially introducing letters and sounds A-Z. Of course, we will continue to practice them and we are also learning how to "tap out" consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC) words such as fin, fun, set, sat and got.
We plan to go outside everyday unless it is too cold, rainy or unsafe (icy). Please make sure to pack or send in extra clothes (I can keep some in our room for your child) since children may get wet at recess.
Indoor recess fort making: Totally child led fort planning, engineering, building and teamwork! We ended up with three forts with three different purposes; one for for LEGO building, one for veterinarians to help our stuffed animals and one calm/relaxing fort. These kids rock! How am I so lucky?
We are learning about hibernation, migration and animal adaptations! I want to make a bear den with our class as I have in past years. If you happen to have a large (big enough to fit a couple kindergartners in) cardboard box you don't need, we would love to turn it into a cozy reading den.
We are learning all about 3D solid shapes and have a solid figure collection of things we have found in our school. If you and your child to find some 3D shapes (cones, cubes, spheres or cylinders) at home or while you are out and about we would love to add them to our collection.
Next week, we will be taking the math iReady test on the chrome books! We have been practicing how to use the chrome books. Please see the email from Mr. Gergler about iReady and let me know if you have any questions. This will be the first time kindergartners do this game-based assessment. Students in other grades tried it for the first time this fall.
In kindergarten, we celebrate the 100th day of school. As of today, it will be on February 8th. Naturally, if we have more snow days it will be pushed back. On this day, we do activities and games focusing on the number 100. Prior to February 8th, kindergartners are welcome to complete a project at home to share at school. More information will come home about this in the next couple of weeks.
Ask your child:
~How to tap out a word
~About the bear project they made and hung up in our room
~Their New Year's Goals & hopes
~To tell you what a "face" on a shape means
~What kinds of bear live in NH
~What migrate means
~Why Mrs. Margolis does so much dancing!
~How to "robot talk" CVC words