Good afternoon families! We’ve been having some great fun learning in kindergarten! It’s hard to imagine that we are more than halfway through October already! I usually come away from each week with a limited amount of photos but the ones I’ve taken will hopefully allow you to get a snapshot of the learning that is taking place. Enjoy your weekend!
We continue to enjoy our meetings each week with Mrs. Manganis. Please click on the link below to read her letter to families. Each week she does a greeting and often will read a story or play a game with the children. Last week our book was The Group Plan. We learned that often our class may have a “group plan” and it is up to everyone to keep in mind the plan and not stray from it. We will be using this terminology often as many times during our day the class has a “group plan”. You may refer to the “group plan” in your family activites as well. Our greeting this week was to roll a ball and say your name once it was received. The children then all took turns saying hello to each other.
Family Letter from Mrs. Manganis
The children have been learning the October Chant and October Words. During our Writing Workshop the children have been learning ways to label their pictures. One way is to write the letter for the first sound in the word. They also learned that words around our room may be copied to help them label their pictures.
The October Chant is read each morning by the helpers of the day! Poems and Songs we learn are put into our Poetry Journals and illustrated.
Ask your child to tell you all about the ways to a happy classroom!
Next week we will begin our Fundations program. Fundations provides a systematic and explicit approach to reading and spelling with phonics. Each week I will send the Fundations letters home. These letters will contain updates, program information, and activity suggestions. In class, the children will be learning the letter names, sounds, and handwriting for each capital and lowercase letter. As we are learning the letters, the children will also be expected to begin to use the lowercase letters when they write their names. The letters are not taught in the order of the alphabet.
In our math lessons, we continue to learn about the numbers 0-10. The children have been rotating through multisensory centers each day after our whole group lessons. Next week, #’s 8, 9, and 10 will be explored. We will also spend several days comparing quantities, using greater than and less than and equal to describe the quantities. Here are some pictures of the center activities.
In Social Studies we have been discussing citizens and what makes a good citizen. Ask your child about being a citizen and how they can be a good citizen. We will begin our exploration of the community and will be creating maps. If you have any maps from hikes, parks, or other various places that you visit, please feel free to send them in for us to collect for our studies. Thank you!
HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA – Wednesday, 10/30 (This is the Early Release Day, not Halloween)
Please send in a $1.00 donation for our Annual Adopt a Family.
This year, TES will provide the opportunity for students and staff to wear costumes on Wednesday, October 30th – Halloween! In order to make the day a success, we have developed a few guidelines.
Most importantly, all costumes must be school appropriate.
All students participating must come to school dressed in their costumes. Students should not bring makeup or hair products to school.
Basic Costume Don’t’s:
Costumes may not have parts that interfere with learning. This means no masks or costumes that restrict movement or vision or prevent sitting at desks. Costumes must not obstruct movement in the hallways.
Costumes may not promote violence or have accessories or props that could be used as a weapon.
We are looking forward to everyone following the guidelines, coming up with creative costumes, and having fun!
Friendly Reminder: Please do not send food or candy to school.
Monday, November 4th 11:10-11:40 our class will attend the Book Fair. Parents are invited to join us to shop with their children if they are available. More information will be coming home next week.