Dear Kindergarten Families,
This week we learned about our bodies and some basic information about our bones. We read that a baby has about 300 bones when they are born and adults have 206! We talked about how our nose and ears are formed with cartilage. We found that it is important for us to eat foods rich in calcium for healthy bones. We also looked at illustrations of bones from various animals and we guessed what species to which they belong. The children did an excellent job. Since learning about Ladybugs in September we are acquainted with the term “symmetrical.” We are finding symmetry in many living things including humans. We also reviewed our five senses and discussed how important they are to our learning. We learned about sound and vibrations by holding a balloon next to a speaker, we worked hard to remember ten items that were shown for one minute, and learned that parts of our tongue help us distinguish sour, sweet, bitter, and salty. Our bodies are remarkable. We learned that good food, sleep and exercise helps to promote a healthy body. On Friday afternoon we visited the 5th grade classroom to learn more about body systems. The 5th graders did an amazing job introducing to kindergarten, via skits, each of the body’s systems.
The children were introduced to the Guardian Angel prayer this week. I shared a small Guardian Angel figurine I have had for a long time. Sadly, many years ago the hand had broken off and I told the children that perhaps this Guardian Angel needs a Guardian Angel because it’s hand broke off and was lost. As we were looking at the statue Jack noticed that it had a key to turn underneath and wondered what it was for. I showed the class that the statue was musical and as I tipped it over out dropped the broken hand. It was a funny sight and the children asked if I had performed a magic trick. I think our Guardian Angel...must have a Guardian Angel. We got a big chuckle out of this. Now, where's the Super Glue!
Prayer to learn: Practice reciting the Guardian Angel prayer:
Guardian Angel Prayer
My guardian dear.
To whom God’s love commits me here,
ever this day be at my side;
to light and guard,
to rule and guide.
Stretchy the Snake – Sound out each letter in a word slowly, and then say the word.
Eagle Eyes – Use your Eagle Eyes to look carefully at the pictures to get ideas about the story.
Printing Practice: This week we completed all Frog Jump letters with letter M. Check for proper pencil grasp and make sure all letters and numbers begin at the top. Review the sounds for each of these letters as well.
M – Big line down, frog jump up, slide down, slide up, and big line down.
N – Big line down, frog jump up, slide down and back up.
R – Big line down, frog jump up, little curve at the top, little line slides down.
B – Big line down, frog jump up, little curve at the top, little curve at the bottom.
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
D – Big line down, frog jump up, big curve
P – Big line down, frog jump up, little curve at the top
Orange Song: The children were introduced to the color word orange. We learned the following song to help us practice reading, writing, and spelling this word (Sung to the tune Jingle Bells):
O- R- A- N-G-E
Orange is just right
Shades of orange so bright
We continue to work on recognizing subjects and verbs. The children are really getting the hang of this. Practice some simple sentences at home and have your child identify the subject and the verb. You can make up your own or point them out in a picture book. Here are a few examples:
· The spider crawled.
· The boy ran.
· The pig rolled.
· The children skipped.
Practice recognizing numerals 10-20 out of sequence
Practice counting from one to thirty.
Practice Skip Counting from 10 to 100. (10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100.)
Practice writing numbers 1-5.
Here are the number rhymes for one through five:
One – Start at the top and down you run, that’s the way to make a one.
Two – Make a candy cane add a shoe, that’s the way to make a two.
Three – Around the tree, around the tree, that’s the way to make a three.
Four – Down and across and down once more, that’s the way to make a four.
Five – Short neck, belly fat, Mr. Five wears a hat.
· Old phone books and newspapers.
· Photographers for our Halloween Party. We want to make sure we capture pictures of everybody. Can you help us with this task?
Monday & Tuesday:
· Return Conference Questionnaires
· Free Hot Lunch - RSVP required
· Homework due on Tuesday due to shortened week
Wednesday - Friday: NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences - Look forward to meeting with all of you!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend.