This is a very exciting week and we are all getting ready for two of the biggest days in Kindergarten: Friendship Day and the 100th Day of School. Please read carefully below to help you plan out your week.
Here are some important bits to remember for this week:
Friendship Day: Each student has made a handwritten friendship card for each member of the class. This was quite a task and we are SO proud of the hardwork and love that was poured into each and every one. We will deliver our handmade notes to the buildings we created as part of the community we are building in our classroom. If your child chose to make an additional ‘something’ at home, I kindly ask that you bring these items to school in the morning as we will be ‘delivering’ throughout the day. Please note that not everyone will be bringing something from home as this was optional. Our notes will be going home at the end of the day for you to enjoy at home! So sweet!
100th Day: We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Thursday. Students will bring in their 100th day collections to school to share with the class. Please be sure to deliver your collections by Thursday morning so they can be shared throughout the day. Be sure to ask your student all about the special happenings that happened that day!
We are continuing to become very comfortable using a great math tool that helps promote our early number sense. This frame (looks more like a grid) helps us solidify our understanding of number relationships by giving students a very clear visual of numbers, specifically focusing on what I often refer to as number benchmarks (5 and 10).
For example, when students are using ten frames, they can quickly see that 6 is one more than 5, or the number 7 is 5 and two more. While students will continue to develop their early number sense throughout the entire year, we cherish all of our ‘a-ha’ moments. We had a big one this week when we tried to build a tricky teen number (12) on our ten frame and quickly realized it didn’t fit! We saw that we had two ‘left over’ which helped us understand that 12 is simple two more than ten. Beautiful! For more information on ten frames, check out this quick little YouTube Video on Ten Frames for more information.
LOOKOUT FOR LEARNING!
- Sight (aka “snap”) Words: the, are, to, have, a, from, was, you, of
- Mood Meter
- Specials: Music, PE, Life Lab, and Art
- Friendship Notes & Writing Workshop
- Differentiated Language Arts Instruction with Sarah, Becky and Hannah
- Numbers 1-20
- Counting On and Ways to make 10
- Handwriting: Lowercase Letters! Yay!!
- Community Building
February 14th: Friendship Day! We celebrate our friends on this commercialized day. We ask that you DO NOT make Valentine’s Day cards, but rather, if your student would like to make something special (a card, a drawing, a key chain creation etc.) for all their classmates, we do welcome that. However, we will be celebrating in our own way here at school as well.
February 15th: 100th Day of School!! 100th Day Project Due.
February 19th: NO SCHOOL- Presidents Day
February 21st: Scholastic Book Order Due
February 28th: Inservice Day- No School
February 28th: Speaker Series @ Crocker Theater at Cabrillo 7pm, ‘The Power of Sleep: Enhancing Performance, Safety, and Health.’ By
Important Notice of the Week:
Thank you so much for bringing in all of the recycling! We are good to go with cardboard boxes but could always use paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls.
I will be opening the door starting at 8:40am starting next Tuesday. In first grade students will line up at 8:45am to go inside and this time of year we like to start practicing the routines to get them ready for next year. Please feel free to drop your backpack by the door, play on the big yard, or read a book outside the classroom. At 8:40am I will open the door and students can come in, get settled, and start our day at 8:45am. Thank you again for always being on time.
See you tomorrow!