Playing Outside

Playing Outside

August 27, 2011

August 29, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet

Thank you for coming to Parent Orientation. It was great to see so many faces. Kindergarten students’ reading skills progress so quickly, but I need your help. I would like to have every child meet with their reading group every day. That is such an amazing opportunity for the children. To do this, I need about three more people to be a weekly reading group volunteers, or to commit to two days/week. Dads, grandparents, aunts and uncles are always welcome volunteers! I promise it is easy and fun and only takes 30 minutes per week. If you are able to do this, please email me. J

Check out our Classroom Handbook Tab to the right.  You will find a downloadable copy of our classroom handbook.  If you’d like a paper copy, please let me know and I’d be happy to print one for you. Thank you for sending healthy snacks and water bottles every day! They sure enjoy snack time.  

If your family purchases apples from Costco (I am not sure if Sam's Club also sells apples in large plastic egg crate type containers), I would love it if you would be willing to donate the plastic containers.   Feel free to send them in through out the year.  These containers make great sorting trays for the students.  Thanks in advance!

We will go to the Scholastic Bookfair on Wednesday at 8:30. Families are invited to join us and help them shop for books.

Keep practicing those lunch numbers!

In the middle of September, I will begin “Shoe Tying Awards” for those who know how to tie their own shoes. Practice, practice!

What are we learning?

Reading Workshop

We are learning how to take care of book and how to find them and put them away in our classroom library. We will learn how to use symbols and pictures on the backs of the books to help us find the correct basket.

Writing Workshop

This week, we are learning how writing workshop looks and sounds. We are also learning how to put a capital at the beginning and a period at the end of our sentences. Be sure to look for those family journals on Friday. They sure loved reading your responses on Monday!


Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters: G, g, T and t.

Word Study

This week, we will explore the letters Gg and Tt. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both. We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: you, if, of. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.


We are learning how to count and represent numbers, graphing our birthday and sorting coins. We are also working on sound, motion and color patterns.
Everyday Math Home Links
When children are ready to, they learn to love books and want to become readers.  In a similar way, children develop positive feelings about mathematics by sharing pleasurable experiences as they count, measure, compare, estimate, and discover patterns in everyday life.

 Kindergarten Home Links provide a guide to a variety of activities that parents and children can share in a spirit of exploration and enjoyment, much as they share interesting stories. 

The reward for young children is not mathematics will not be a puzzling abstraction but will make sense to them as part of their real world.
Take a moment to look at the Family Note.  Then, together with your child, read and do the activity described below. 

Family Note:
Sorting helps children develop the ability to examine a variety of items and to develop classification categories into which they can be grouped. 

Before unpacking the grocery bag, try to guess how many items are inside it.  Then count to see how close you were.  Sort the grocery items into groups.  Explain why you put certain items together.  Can you think of a different way to sort the items?  You can also practice sorting other items at home such as toys, books, or coins.


This week we are learning about the four seasons and how the sun affects us. We will also explore local weather forecast and learn about types of clouds, precipitation and climate zones.

Related Arts Schedule

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