Playing Outside

Playing Outside

November 14, 2011

November 14, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet

Mark your calendar…  Our Thanksgiving Play will be on Tuesday, November 22nd at 11:20 am.  All families and friends are invited.  You are encouraged to stay afterwards for lunch.  Please return the lunch order form sent home last week by Wednesday if you plan to purchase lunch from the cafeteria.  The Kindergarten Team is looking for parents interested in revamping last year’s props for the play.  If you are interested please e-mail me!

Don’t forget to send in a bag of large colored feathers by Tuesday.  We will use them to make Native American headdresses.   All students will get to make a headdress even if they are not a Native American in the play.  If your family would be willing to donate a bag of large colored feathers, we would appreciate it!  I found them last year at Wal-Mart for two dollars. 

Now that all students know how to check out books from the library, your child may visit the library before school throughout the week to check out a book.  Before students may check out a new book, they must finish their morning responsibilities in class. After completing their responsibilities, I will send them down to the library.  They must return to class before 7:50 am.  This is a privilege that Ms. Clark and Ms. Wanda permit kids to do.  If they aren’t make good choices in the library (Ms. Theresa and I will not be in the library with them), they will lose the privilege to check out books independently.  We will continue to visit the library on Friday’s. 

It is starting to get chilly outside.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately because we will go outside everyday unless it is raining.

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
This week we are learning about schema.  Students will work on making self-to-text connections.  We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
With the Holiday’s just around the corner, we are going to take advantage of the kid’s excitement of Santa coming.  On Monday, we are going to start our persuasive letters to Santa.  We will focus on writing a greeting, introduction and persuading Santa to bring us our desired gift.  I will continue to remind kids of the audience of their letter (Santa).  On Friday, we are writing in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the word families -ad, -ap, & -ag.  Ask your child about the word family chants for all three.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: little, down, do. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We are learning how to add and subtract in our heads, reviewing counting, number recognition, and sequencing numbers 0-20.
Math Home Link
Family Note:
Children enjoy counting, and they find ways to practice this skill all the time.  In addition to counting by 1s, children are learning to “skip count” by 10s.  When your child counts by 10s help him or her connect the counting words with the concept of making groups of 10.  Counting fingers (and toes) is an excellent way to begin.

Count all the fingers in your family.  Count by 10s.  Count by 1s to double check. 

Draw the fingers of all the people in your family.  Try to write the numbers of fingers. 

What else could you count by 10s?  (Practice counting several different objects by 10s.)

Social Studies
For the next couple of weeks, we will visit the gym the practice for our Thanksgiving Play. Throughout week we will discuss how the pilgrims lived on the Mayflower and in the new land.

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Our classroom gets very chilly sometimes.  Please send in a light jacket or sweater for your child to keep in their back pack. 
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday                      Music
Tuesday                     PE
Wednesday               PE
Thursday                   PE
Friday                         PE

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