Saturday, September 20, 2014

Photo Highlights from Ladybug Week

Newsletter - Ladybugs on Parade

Dear Kindergarten Families,

We had a very full week in kindergarten.  The children were lively and open to many new concepts.  I appreciate their focus and ability to put into practice all of the new things they are absorbing.  Kindergarten is full of many new learning concepts and we are working on a great many social skills as well.  These things take time to master as we role play and put these concepts into practice.

Integrated Ladybug unit
Our theme was Ladybugs this week and we discussed a great deal about these tiny creatures.  The children learned about the characteristics of insects and created ladybug models from model magic clay.  Please have your child share with you the body parts of a ladybug:  head, thorax, antenna, six legs, claws, abdomen, eyes, jaw, and two sets of wings.  We learned that ladybugs don’t eat like humans.  Ask your child to share with you how they chew their food. We created beautiful torn paper habitat scenes of ladybugs as well in the style of children’s author Eric Carle.  We hit the jackpot with our first Million Dollar Word:  Symmetrical.  A “Million Dollar Word” is an impressive word that we will be learning each week to build our vocabularies, plus the added benefit of shock and awe among friends and family.  The children are very excited to bring home their Million Dollar Word slips to share with you.  In connection with this new word we are working on important Math concepts and are putting into practice what symmetrical means. We learned a song to sing to recognize a vertical line.  Ask your child if they can sing it for you.  It goes: "Vertical lines go top to bottom, Vertical lines go top to bottom, Vertical lines go top to bottom...that's a vertical line." I brought in 1,500 ladybugs, approximately, for the children to get an opportunity to hold one of these heroes of the gardening world.  There were lots of happy and terrified squeals while having these little creatures march up our arms.  We released these magnificent little creatures in the rose garden. Well we released most of them.  At dinner two crawled out from inside my sleeve...more squeals!!!

In Religion we are learning that God created the world and all living things.  We are developing our prayer life and are learning that we can talk with God at all times.  We are learning to pray prayers of thanksgiving as well.  The Madeleine School has School Wide Learning Expectations, also known as the SLEs, which the children will be learning over the course of the year.  Last week we focused on the Golden Rule.  We have been role playing a lot about how to be a respectful caring friend.  We are learning that when we put good out into the world good comes back to us. On Thursday, Jake made a very SAT worthy analogy between the word symmetrical and the Golden Rule. He said, "Mrs Schneider the Golden Rule is symmetrical because if you put out good into the world others feel it and it comes back to both sides are the same."  Wow, Jake, truly amazing!!!    We have been working on how to invite others to join us in play at recess and how to ask to join a group if we want to play with someone. We heard the story of the legend of the Ladybugs.  Ask your little ones how they got this name and who they were named after.  We had a visit to our classroom from Anthony our Seminarian from Nigeria.  He was absolutely delightful he shared with about his call to the priesthood, his country, their alphabet how it is similar and yet different from ours and he showed us his native clothing and the clothing of a tribal chief.  He spoke for over 45 minutes and the children were absolutely captivated by his visit.

Number Poems: We are also learning how to correctly form our numbers.  The follow number poems will help you to review with your kindergartner the correct formation:

1.  Start at the top and down you run, that’s the way to make a one.
2.  Make a candy cane, add a shoe, that’s the way to make a two.
3.  Around the tree, around the tree, that’s the way to make a three.
4.  Down and across and down once more, that’s the way to make a four.
5.  Short neck, belly fat, Mr. Five wears a hat.
6.  Make a line, then add a loop; there are no tricks to making six.
7.  Straight across and down from heaven, that’s the way to make a seven.
8.  Make an ‘S’ and do not wait, that’s the way to make an eight.
9.  Make a loop then add a line, that’s the way to make a nine.

Printing Practice:
Over the past two weeks the children have been introduced to and have practiced printing properly the following letters.  Have your child demonstrate proper pencil grasp and how to form these four letters.

F -  Big line down, frog jump up, little line at the top, little line at the middle
E -  Big line down, frog jump up, little line at the top, little line at the middle, little line at the bottom

Red Song The children were introduced to the color word red.  We learned the following song to help us practice reading, writing, and spelling this word:
Sung to the tune Jingle Bells:

R-E-D. R-E-D
Red, red. red, red, red.
Apples, cherries, and strawberries all are shades of red.

Blue Song  This song is also sung to the Jingle Bells is all of our color songs. :)

Blue, blue, blue
Blue, blue, blue
Blue birds that fly,
Rivers and sky,
All are shades of blue.

We reviewed the following sentences to practice these concepts through recognizing the action/verb:

I tip.                  I sip.                

Forks sink.       Corks float.                   

The children were introduced to the following Reading Strategy:
Stretchy the Snake.  Stretchy the Snake helps children to sound out a word slowly the first time then put it all together to read the word.  This strategy is helpful to new readers and spellers when they come to a word they don’t recognize or can’t spell.

A few housekeeping helps:
Water: Please send water bottles to school at least half way filled.  It becomes a bottleneck, no pun intended, when twenty-five kiddos want to fill their water bottles. I am sending these home each night as they should be washed out.
Free Dress: Free Dress does have stipulations.  Please review your Madeleine Handbook.  Sports shorts and sports clothing are not permitted.
Lost Items: Lost and Found is located under the stairway in a big Rubbermaid tub.  Occasionally children will leave things up in the gym so it is best to check both locations if you are missing a clothing item.  Please label all coats and jackets.
Medications:  All medications need to be given to the office with a signed permission and dosage slip.  This includes cough drops.

Classroom Needs:
  • Next week our learning theme will be Apples.  Please send in a few apples for us next week.  We will be using them during our Math lessons and we will also be cooking with them next week.  We could use a few Granny Smiths as well as red and yellow apples as well.  Thank you sooooo much for helping us with this!  Thank you star students Emma A. and Elizabeth for your contributions towards making Rice Cake Bears and having a refreshing slice of watermelon on our warm Friday afternoon. The watermelon reminded us of the Ladybugs!

Coming up This Week at the Madeleine: See Friday Footnotes for more details.

  • ·         Picture Day is on Tuesday, September 23: You may wear Free Dress on This Day
  • ·         Auction Donations due October 1st
  • ·         St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive - All week
  • ·         Annual Fund Campaign Deadline - September 30
  • ·         RSVP to attend the Executive Function presentation

Kindergarten Home Mass
Friday, September 26 at 6:30 p.m.

This is a wonderful opportunity to gather together to  build our Kindergarten class community as we share  and pray for a beautiful school year.

Our hosts for this evening are:
John & Kristen LaBarca  
3027 NE 10th Ave, Portland, 97212
(the red house between Stanton and Siskiyou on 10th)

There will be having a potluck dinner following Mass so please bring a dish to share -- appetizer, salad, main course or dessert.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Leigh Ann