WOW…the end of school already? Can you believe how fast time has flown by. It only seems like yesterday we were meeting for the first time and now summer is already here.
Remember if you have any questions, feel free to call me at school (636-464-4408), send an email: email@example.com or send a note with your child. I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I am so pleased how eager our class is to read. I’m sure you have been surprised at how well your child reads the little take home books sent home weekly. The students really enjoy sharing their excitement for reading with you. During these last few months of school we will begin applying the phonemic awareness and phonics skills we have been working on the first 3 quarters. We will work in decodable and leveled books focusing not only on phonemic awareness but also skills such as; one to one matching, cross-checking using meaning, structure or visual cues, using initial letter cues to solve new words, fluency and expression, and other strategies that will benefit our young readers.
We have also been writing in our journals daily. Starting a journal at home with your child is a great way to help with this concept. You can help him/her write about the happening of each day. Remind your child to use spacing between words, capital letters at the beginning of each sentence, and a punctuation mark at the end of the sentence. Most of the students are writing two, three, and even more sentences per day. Encourage them to spell the words on their own. “Stretching the word” is a term we use to help hear the sounds in words.
If your child is having difficulty with a word, you can say it slowly (stretching it out, like pulling a piece of bubblegum from your mouth). The extra help at home can only help with this process.
I encourage you to continue reading and writing each evening with your child. Not only is this an excellent way to spend time with them, it also shows them that school is a priority to you.
Listed is a copy of skills your child will need to know for 4th quarter: Practice recognizing numbers 1-50 randomly, Practice counting 1-100, Practice identifying capital and lowercase letters A-Z, Practice identifying the sounds of the letters A-Z, Identify the beginning, middle, and ending sounds in words, While reading: uses strategies to determine meaning, reads independently, Practice identifying the sight words: a, of, the, and, to, I, is, one, said, am, in, it, as, his, at, are, from, have, they, was, be, that, not, this, with, for, by, you, he, on, are, Practice fine motor skills such as: writing first and last name, cutting, writing the letters A-Z using proper formation, and numbers 1-50, When writing: uses semi-phonetic spelling, uses some sight words correctly, writes left to right, writes more than 1 complete sentence, uses punctuation, Identifying colors & shapes, Reciting the Days of the Week, Construct and interpret a bar graph, Counts 20 objects, Identifies and states value of a penny, nickel, and dime. Thank you for all of your help at home. It really does pay off.
Letters we are learning this quarter:
Ww, Hh, Yy, Qq, Xx
We will finish our entire alphabet in our “Letter of the Week” program by the first of May. I am impressed at how well the children have picked up on each letter, its sound, and its sign. If your child is having difficulty with this skill, extra practice at home will be necessary to prepare him/her for first grade.
After completion of our letters, we will be introduced to themes, such as: Plants, Spiders, Weather, Etc.
The following is a schedule of our special classes:
Day 1 – – Art
Day 2 – – Music
Day 3 – – Library and Computer
Day 4 – – Computer and Library
Day 5 – – PE
Thank you to all the parents who attended, donated, and/or helped in supplying the Halloween and Valentine parties. With your help and donations it made the parties a lot of fun and a HUGE success!
Please continuing saving all Box Top of Education tabs and Karsch’s receipts. Please send with your child in a plastic bag.
Birthdays are very special in Kindergarten. We are happy to celebrate your child’s special day. There are a few guidelines that must be followed in doing so:
• We do not have parties in our classroom, but you may drop off a treat for us to serve during our snack time or treats may be purchased from our cafeteria by calling (636-464-4408).
• Before purchasing a treat, please remember we are a peanut free classroom.
• If you are planning a party for your child, please note that no one may be excluded, per school policy. This means that you either invite the entire class, or all boys, or all girls.
JUST A NOTE:
I do want to say THANK YOU!!! I have really enjoyed getting to know you and your child. Your child has been a joy to work with everyday. Every day they come in with a smile on their face and excited to tell me something new. You never know what they will say, but it usually makes me laugh. Please let them know to stop by and say hello every once in a while. I love seeing my students from years past.
Well here’s the last homework assignment: Have a wonderful summer!!