NewsFrom Room 107
May 24, 2013
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This time of year is so bittersweet inkindergarten. I am so proud of theprogress my students have made and each day is so full of learning and new discoveries. I really enjoy being with the class—we havebecome a real community!. But. . .everyday brings us closer to the end. It ishard to let these children leave after such a great year. However, one of my students reminded meyesterday that I will get a new class next year and I will love them, too. Such wisdom from a small child!
May and June also bring a slew of busy daysfilled with extra activities ! I willtry to keep a running list on the back of the newsletter as things areadded.
I am sending home a request today for anitem for the reception after the Kindergarten Concert. Let me know if you have anyquestions/concerns.
I am also sending home the last book orderfor the year. These are due on June 3rd, if you are interestedin ordering anything.
Math—We have beenworking on looking for patterns on the 100 chart and writing numerals to100. We also are practicing counting the“say ten way” up to 100. I am amazed athow quickly the children pick up on the patterns. We are also concentrating on problemsolving. I give them a word problem andthey have to draw a picture to find the solution (also to show their ideas) intheir math journals. Yesterday’s problemwas especially difficult and took us a while to figure out. (It was about 7 preschoolers and their handprints.) I love to have my students explain theirstrategies to each other. It is so coolto see the different ways they think things through.
Literacy—We arecontinuing the unit about Colonial Towns and Townspeople. This week we learned about some newtradespeople—the spinner, the weaver, the dressmaker, the tailor, the bricklayer,the mason, and the carpenter. The childrenhave been doing some independent research about life in the colonial era and Iam so impressed with what they know and remember.
We continue to work on independent readingand writing each day. I love it when thebell rings for us to stop and they groan! I think they would read and write all day long if I let them. One boy even asked if he could take his bookto lunch and do some writing while he ate!
I went to the public library last nightand they are having a book sale. Ipurchased a few books for the classroom (and for myself, too!) You might want to check it out and get somebooks for your kids. The children’sbooks are 25 or 50 cents—adult books are 50 cents or a dollar. The library is open from 10-3 tomorrow!
Sight Words—When we read big books or charts or poemstogether, I introduce, practice, and encourage students to look for sightwords. These are words that studentsneed to learn to recognize by looking at the word as whole, they can’t alwaysbe sounded out. Each week I will addwords to this section of the newsletter to let you know what words we havelearned. New words for the week are underlinedand bold: (NO NEW WORDS THIS WEEK)
a all am an and are as at away back be big but by
came can cat come dad day did do dog eat for from get go
going good got had has have he her here his home house how I
in into is it like little look made make me mom my no notnow of on one or out over put red said saw see she so
some that the themthen there they this to too two up very was
we went what will you your
Letter Days/Specials for Next Week:
Monday—No School—Memorial Day
Tuesday—“A” Day—Physical Education
Thursday—“C” Day—Physical Education
MathHomework—1) Please check folders daily for a very quick homework paper! Return to school the next day, please.. There will only be 1 or 2 each week.
BAGbooks—Please help your child remember to read his/her BAG book severaltimes and return it to exchange for a new one at least once a week. These books can be exchanged more often, ifyou wish.
May 28—Internet Safety Assembly
June 6—Kindergarten Concert 9:30 am(followed by reception in the classroom)
June 7—Field Day (more information comingsoon)
June 12—Bike Safety Assembly
June 14—4th Grade Make-a-WishCarnival (more information coming soon)
June 17—Farm Field Trip
June 20—PTO Send-off to Summer (in theevening—bring your whole family!)