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Kindergarten Class Web Page


Teacher Julie Baricevic
Teacher's Aide: Marisol Joynt
Room Parent: Inger Frauenheim
Room Parent: Julie Leffingwell

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

March 4, 2014

Lent begins tomorrow. Kindergarten will go to Ash Wednesday Mass with their school family. Please make sure your child is in full uniform.

Math

Counting, counting and more counting! We are practicing counting on from 5 and developing greater fluency with combinations of 5 and moving into combinations of 10. We continue to practice counting by 10’s and celebrated 100’s day (Feb. 21) with lots of counting to 100 and beyond! We celebrated 100’s day by introducing Kindergarten Collections. Kindergarten Collections are bags of small objects that have between 30 – 300 items in them. The children work in pairs to count the items of one bag at a time.  That is a whole lot of counting going on! We will use the Kindergarten Collections throughout the year now and I’ll be excited to see how counting strategies change and develop.

We are using manipulatives (unifex cubes) to solve story problems to 10 and students will begin to pose and solve subtraction story problems this month.

Writing

Letters that have been introduced are: h,b,t,l,m,c,a,s,g,r,n,p,f,k,i

Sight words (we call them star words): and, the, to, he, I, it, she, said, with, he

In class, the expectation is that whenever the kindergartener is using one of these letters (h,b,t,l,m,c,a,s,g,r,n,p,f,k,i) he/she will use the correct formation including, always lower case (except at the beginning of their name), beginning at the appropriate line (hat line, belt line or boot line) as well as the correct stroke. If your child is unsure of the formation ask him/her to write it in the air (using the same hand you write with)  like we practice at school. An added expectation this month is that they will use a two finger space between words.

Writers workshop continues to be a favorite with the kindergarteners. I recently took all the folders home and went through each of them. I found myself laughing out loud as I read.  I am so impressed with their progress this year.

Reading

Since the introduction of our first vowel we have begun to build words. This week we introduced our second vowel (i) and are building more words. We also introduced ‘ck’. This combination makes the same sound as /c/ and /k/ and is used after a short vowel sound like /a/ or /i/.

You will see word work come home that has been done in our workstations. Sometimes I’ll ask for it to be completed at home, but no need to send it back.

Literature

We began a unit on fairy tales in February that focuses on identifying story elements and retelling stories. We will continue it for another week or so. Using Jack and the Beanstalk as our main focus, we began learning about a particular element of fairy tales and then used that element to retell. We have had practice retelling to our pair/share partner. We have built a castle for our characters and setting and just completed our Weiner dog to help us retell the beginning the middle and the end. I am going to build a bulletin board to capture some of our work on fairy tales. Read a Fairy Tale tonight!

Religion

Lent will drive our focus in religion for these next 40 days. Tomorrow we will attend Mass and receive ashes as a reminder of our mortality and a call for repentance.
Young children have a hard time understanding Lent. One way of explaining Lent is that it's a time to bring us closer to God. In our busy lives we fill our selves with candy, buy new toys, play video games and watch television which makes us happy but that happiness is temporary. During Lent we stop filling our lives with temporary happiness and make more room for God.
As part of the parish/school community, kindergarten will practice a prayerful review of our day that can help us grow in self understanding and gratitude called The Examin. At home, The Examin can become a meaningful and regular part of your family lives. It is simply asking two questions: For what moment today am I most grateful? For what moment today am I least grateful? or Do what I did with my own children as they were growing up. Ask, 'What was the best part of your day?" and "What was the worst part of your day?"
A good book that can help to guide you is Sleeping with Bread by Dennis Linn, Sheila F. Linn and Matthew Linn

Science/Social Studies

I hope you’ll have the opportunity to see the 100 year old self-portraits of the kindergarteners hanging in the hall. Their writing is equally as entertaining. ‘When I am 100.. I wil slep the Holl Day”. When I am 100.. I wil wac wif a can.” When I am 100.. When I am 100.. I wil hav wit her.”   And it goes on and on.. The 100 year old project was another fun 100 day activity we did. For science that day we had a dum dum licking experiment. Children had to count how many licks it took to get to the stick of a dum dum. YUM!

We just began a living vs. non-living science unit last week which will continue for part of March. After watching a powerpoint the children had to make some hard decisions about what is living.

PE

Remember to send your child in approriate footwear (gym shoes) on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Mrs. Christensen LOVES her new gym floor!
Lunch

Please, please send a cloth or paper napkin to act as a placemat for lunch. Our cafeteria is open but we still eat in our classrooms. Helpers at lunch are much appreciated. 
Upcoming events:

VIP in Kindergarten:
March 3 - Audrey
March 10 - Julia
March 24 - Makayla
March 31 - Ava
Thank you very much for the supplies you contribute during your child's VIP week. We use it all and are very appreciative.


Parent Reminders
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March 5 – Ash Wednesday
March 6 - free dress
March 9 - daylight savings time begins
March 17 - St. Patricks Day
March 20 - First day of Spring - Pridewear
March 21 - No School - teacher in-service day



Upcoming Events
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Helpful Documents & Links
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- Kindergarten Handbook
- VIP Schedule
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Star Student

 

Class Times

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:00 - 8:15

Optional: Extended Care

8:15 - 8:30

Morning Prayer and Messages

8:30 - 9:15

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Language Arts

Multi-Arts

9:15 - 10:00

Math

Math

Math

Math

Math

10:00 -10:40

Snack / Bathroom / Recess

10:40 - 11:45

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

Handwriting &
Writer's Workshop

11:45 -12:15

Lunch

12:15 -12:45

Recess

12:45 - 1:15

PE

PE

PE

Religion

Religion

1:15 - 2:00

Science/Social studies

Religion

Show and Tell/Centers

1:30  Library

Science/Social Studies

2:00 - 2:45

Multi-Arts

Centers

Early Dismissal

Centers

Centers

2:45 - 3:00

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

3:00 - 6:00

Optional: Extended Care