What a merry and bright Christmas week we had at school. We had so much fun doing some last minute gingerbread man activities, some Christmas fun, singing songs and wearing jamies!! It was nice to have the kinders feeling healthy and back at school this week.
READER’S AND WRITER’S WORKSHOP: We finished up our unit on DISCOVERING PATTERN books…looking for them when we read books and when we write books. We found out this week that some books have ‘growing’ patterns like in There was an old lady who swallowed a bell and ‘shrinking’ patterns like in The Napping House. The kinders are very observant as they read books…always on the lookout for these fun patterns. 🙂 We wrote a few more books this week too. We thought of a topic, came up with a patterned sentence, wrote our words and drew detailed pictures. We learned how to add specific details so that readers can infer more about the story (I like to _____ in the snow.) The kinders had fun making a gingerbread man flip book by writing a pattern of ‘I can run from a ___.’ I have been so impressed by their hard work! Hooray for the kinders!! 🙂 Be on the lookout for these books…they came home today.
The kinders are still working on seeing 10 in teen numbers (10 and 3 more make 13). They played a fun game using holiday erasers for practice before challenging themselves to complete a worksheet to match teen numbers with the correct Christmas objects.
We combined shapes (pattern blocks) to make other shapes. Friday math center games were CHRISTMAS CANDY! (graphing and comparing numbers),CATCH THE GINGERBREAD MAN (ID teen numbers), REINDEER GAMES (comparing numbers) and CHRISTMAS OBJECTS (counting teen numbers).
HOLIDAYS AROUND THE WORLD: We boarded our imaginary airplane 3 times this week and flew to France, Greenland and Sweden.
It was fun to learn that the flag of France has the same 3 colors as ours. The children in France can’t wait to see if their piece of cake has the hidden bean inside making them the KING or QUEEN for the day. We played a fun game of “Who has the hidden bean?”
The children in Greenland write letters to Santa because they live so close to the North Pole. We enjoyed making Santa Claus.
In Sweden the girls wear a crown of candles and the boys wear star hats while serving their parents sweet buns.
SPLIT LIT: The kinders were reassessed on the skills that they were working on in small groups. They made great progress. I am so proud of their hard work in learning. I will be sending home a note about each kinder’s individual progress next week. We will begin working on new literacy skills in small groups after vacation along with new independent literacy work. We worked as a whole group to practice hearing syllables in Christmas words. If you have time during our break, please continue to use your flash cards to practice identifying sight words.
NOTES FOR MOM AND DAD
*POPCORN WORDS: WHAT IT December flash cards were sent home so you can add them to your collection. Ask your kinder to show you how to play Scramble Them Up. (Use your letter cards to scramble up the letters in popcorn words…and then put the letters in correct order. Example: okol is look)
*WINTER GEAR: Please send appropriate winter gear with your child each day. It keeps them warm when playing outside. An extra pair of socks, mittens or gloves might be a good idea to keep inside their backpacks if their original pair gets wet. Please take time this weekend to label your kinder’s snow pants and boots if you have not done this.
*BACKPACK SNACK: Please remember each day to pack TWO quick, healthy snacks for your kinder.
*TAKE HOME BOOK PROGRAM: I am planning to create a schedule over vacation. Thank you for volunteering and choosing to be part of this learning. If you still would like to be part of this fun volunteer activity, please email me and I will be happy to include you in the schedule. We will begin this program in January. It is so exciting to see our kinders become readers.
*Monday, Dec. 18–-GYM; ALL non-food party donations are due; Book Exchange books are due
*Tuesday, Dec. 19––MUSIC
*Wednesday, December 20–-ART; LIBRARY…Don’t forget to return your child’s book! HOMEWORK DUE….math and literacy; Grinch Day—-wear Green, Who inspired hairdos, antlers like the Grinch’s dog Max or be creative We will learn how to make our heart grow!
*Thursday, Dec 21–-STEAM; Holiday Party It will be held from 2:00-3:00pm. Thank you for being part of our second class party. Parent volunteers can arrive at 1:30 for set up. Food donations should arrive on party day by 1:30pm.
*Friday, December 22–GYM; Polar Express Day…wear pj’s! Come to school wearing your cozy pajamas. Wear boots and snow pants for outside play but slipper shoes are welcome inside of school. NO STOCKING FEET ARE ALLOWED. NO STUFFED ANIMALS OR BLANKETS. Thank you! Be prepared for a fun day of learning. Birthday celebration for Makenzie’s Dec. 28 birthday.
*Monday, December 25 – Friday, January 5: NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break. School resumes on Monday, January 8!
~~Have a great weekend! Mrs. Bohl