Lesson Plan: Performing Arts: Introduction to Theatre

 

Performing Arts:

Introduction to Theatre

April 11-15, 2016

 

Monday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: What is Theatre? Who has been to a theatre? What did you see?

Literacy: Writing Rhyming Words

Math: Addition Facts

Art: Puppets (sticks, paper, glue, collage material)

 

Tuesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Learning different theatre words.

Literacy: Writing Rhyming Words

Math: Addition Facts

Art: Movie/Theatre Poster

 

Wednesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: What makes a good audience?

Literacy: Writing Rhyming Words

Math: Addition Facts

Art: Movie/Theatre Poster

 

Thursday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: What is a theatre review?

Literacy: 2 letter VC words (-at, -am, -an)

Math: Addition Facts

Art: Writing a review for Elephant & Piggie

 

Friday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Skippy Jon Jones: Reading the books

Literacy: OPEN

Math: OPEN

Art: OPEN

 

Kindergarten Newsletter- April 8, 2016

 

April 8, 2016

Announcements

Week of The Young Child: Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!

Book Fair: During WOYC, Allison Mengarelli, Manager of the Book Bin in Northbrook will hold a special book fair in our mini-gym. Books will be for sale on Thursday, April 14 7:30-9:30 am and on Friday April 15 7:30-9:30am. The book fair will also be available on-line from Monday, April 11- Monday, April 18. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to purchase books for your children, friends and family. You might even find the perfect book to present as a gift to your child's classroom!

Clothing Drive: In order to support underserved children and their mothers, we will be sponsoring a clothing and cleaning supply drive for The Lake County Haven during WOYC as well. Spring is a great time of year to de-clutter and donate. Look for signs and bins throughout the school and help by providing gently used clothing and supplies for children and moms in need of them

Spanish Class: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. Kindergarten will have Spanish at its normal time, 10:30-11:00am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the teachers, or our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner.

 

Field Trip: We will take our final kindergarten field trip on Tuesday, April 19th. We will head into the city to see Skippy Jon Jones in the Cirque de Olé at the Apollo Theatre. We will be leaving promptly at 8:45am. Please have your child here no later than 8:20am. If your child would like breakfast, we will be serving from 7:45am – 8:15am. SPOTS ARE ALL FILLED. The bus will return to school around 1PM, and we will have lunch upon arrival.

 

Wagner Farm:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

Community Happenings

Train Day: Lambs Farm, Libertyville. I-94 and Rte. 176, 60048. (847) 362-4636. Saturday April 23, 2016. Children of all ages can don their conductor's hat and operate the Digital Command Control System for running model trains on the portable layout courtesy of Valley Model Railroad Club. The layout also features a CTC computerized signal system. Operating and viewing the model trains is free of charge. Train related children's activities will be available at zero to nominal cost. Children can explore Lambs Farm by purchasing a $3 Fun Pass and receive a free gift while visiting all our campus businesses! While you're here enjoy a meal at the Magnolia Cafe & Bakery or visit the Farmyard & Attractions! Standard rates apply.

Time: 10am - 3pm

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

Curriculum Update

This week, we continued our study of visual arts. This week, we focused on cave paintings, sculpture and tapestry. We looked at familiar and unfamiliar pieces of sculpture. Many of the sculptures we looked at were public pieces of art, made from stone, wood, metal or plastic. When discussing it further, we realized we can make sculptures from pretty much any material! While learning about tapestries, we learned that most were made using a loom. Artists who create tapestries also use needles and threads. The tapestries we observed were very intricate and detailed, each of them telling us a different story. Tapestries began as an alternative way to display art in castles. They can be as large as a football field or as small as the palm of our hands. We had the opportunity to create our own tapestry using popsicle sticks, yarn and small pieces of fabric.

 Next week's lesson: Introduction to Theatre

Literacy Table

This week at the literacy table we worked on rhyming words. We focused on basic words like hat, pin and top. The kindergartners used picture cards with matching word cards. This week’s focus was to understand rhyming words and matching the words. Next week, we will focus on writing rhyming words and making up our own silly words.

Math Table

At the math table this week, children continued to work on math addition facts by attempting various addition problems with and without manipulatives in their own math packets. Each child has a chance to work at their own pace. 

 

Art Table

At the art table we’ve practiced new techniques creating artwork. We’ve learned about the techniques that artists of the past have used and tried to emulate those while creating our own masterpieces. Please take a look next week at our new board: Masterpiece Hall.

Lesson Plan - Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Exploring different genres of art

Week 1

March 28 – April 1, 2016

 

Monday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Introduction to Visual Arts

Literacy Group: Story Elements (Title, Author, Illustrator, Characters & Setting)

Math Group: Introduction to Addition

Art: Drawing with emotions (colored pencils) while listening to music

 

Tuesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Impressionism: Who/What/Where/When/How

Literacy Group: Story Elements (Title, Author, Illustrator, Characters & Setting)

Math Group: Introduction to Addition

Art: Create a landscape using impressionistic techniques (popsicle sticks & paint)

 

Wednesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Pointillism: Who/What/Where/When/How

Literacy Group: Story Elements (Title, Author, Illustrator, Characters & Setting)

Math Group: Introduction to Addition

Art: Dot Art (Q-tips & Paint)

 

Thursday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Abstract Art: Who/What/Where/When/How

Literacy Group: Story Elements (Title, Author, Illustrator, Characters & Setting)

Math Group: Introduction to Addition

Art: Recreating Kandinsky (colored pencils/rulers/shapes)

 

Friday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Photography: Who/What/Where/When/How

Literacy: OPEN

Math: OPEN

Art: Classroom Canvas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual Arts

Exploring different genres of art

Week 2

April 4-8, 2016

 

Monday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Cave Paintings: Who/What/Where/When/How

Literacy Group: Rhyming words

Math Group: Addition Facts

Art: Cave drawings (sandpaper & crayons)

 

Tuesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Sculpture: Who/What/Where/When/How

Literacy Group: Rhyming words

Math Group: Addition Facts

Art: Create your own sculpture (clay)

 

Wednesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Tapestry: Who/What/Where/When/How

Literacy Group: Rhyming words

Math Group: Addition Facts

Art: Weaving & Sewing (burlap/buttons/needles/thread)

 

Thursday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Our favorite art – Review and Recall our favorites

Literacy Group: First & Last Names

Math Group: Open Table

Art: OPEN

 

Friday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

***STUDIO DAY***

 

Kindergarten Newsletter - April 1, 2016

Announcements

Spanish Class: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. Kindergarten will have Spanish at its normal time, 10:30-11:00am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the teachers, or our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner.

Week of The Young Child: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!  Please checkout the note from our Director (Lana Weiner) regarding all of the upcoming Week of the Young Child events.

Field Trip: We will take our final kindergarten field trip on Tuesday, April 19th. We will head into the city to see Skippy Jon Jones in the Cirque de Olé at the Apollo Theatre. We will be leaving GBN promptly at 8:45am. Please have your child here no later than 8:20am. If your child would like breakfast, we will be serving from 7:45am – 8:15am. We have spots for 4 parents to join us on this field trip. Because it is a ticketed event, these are the only spots available. A sign-up sheet will be on our clipboard starting today. The bus will return to school around 1PM, and we will have lunch upon our return to school.

Wagner Farm:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

Studio Day:  Art Studio Day will be Friday, April 8th, 2016.  We will transform the mini-gyn into an artists studio complete with 5 different art mediums that the children can experience together.  They range from painting on canvases, to wood sculptures , to flower arranging.  Kindergartens time slot if from 11:45 to 12:20 p.m.

 

Community Happenings

The Artist's Studio, Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago 60603

What’s in store to explore? Studio art-making, visits by a guest artist, or a gallery activity station? Where will the Artist’s Studio pop up next? Visit the Family Room on the day of your visit to discover what’s planned. Included with admission.

http://www.artic.edu/event/clone-artists-studio

Time: 10:30am–5:00pm

Cost: Included with admission

Ages: For Families

Curriculum Update 

This week, we began a 2 week study of visual arts. Each day, we’re focusing on a different art movement or technique. During group times, we introduce different pieces of art explain that every piece of art tells a story. We asked the children to observe each piece and express their opinions on what they think might be happening in each piece. It’s pretty interesting to hear how different or similar the opinions and ideas seem to be. Because there are no wrong answers to these questions, everyone has been participating during group time, which is great! In addition to these discussions, we’ve had a fun time experimenting with new techniques at the art table. So far, we’ve used popsicle sticks and paint to emulate impressionist paintings, Q-Tips and paint for pointillism. We’ve also used bright colors, rulers and tracing shapes to practice the lines and shapes of abstract art. We’ve reiterated that creating pieces of art is all about the process and have been encouraging the children to take their time while creating their masterpieces.  We will be doing something special with all of our creations – look for them to be displayed soon!

This week's sight words: at, by, now

Next week's lesson: Visual Arts

Literacy Table

This week at the literacy table we introduced more story elements. We focused on fiction books and the different things that make up a story. Some of these things included: title, author, illustrator, and characters. Children chose a familiar big book to “write a book report” this week.  Please look for these reviews in your child’s portfolio in May.

 

Math Table

At the math table this week, children began to work on math addition facts by attempting various addition problems with and without manipulatives. Each child has a chance to work at their own pace. 

 

Art Table

At the art table we’ve practiced new techniques creating artwork. We’ve learned about the techniques that artists of the past have used and tried to emulate those while creating our own masterpieces. 

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Ms. Berne and Mr. Mark

Kindergarten Newsletter-March 24, 2016

March 24, 2016

Announcements

Fun Fridays in March: Kindergartners are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 
Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

 
Spanish Class: Spanish will now be held on Tuesday mornings starting April 5th. Kindergarten will have Spanish at its normal time, 10:30-11:00am. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to one of the teachers, or our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator, Suzie Brunner.

Week of The Young Child: Save the date! Our annual Week of the Young Child Family Breakfast for Preschool/ Kindergarten is Thursday, April 14th from 7:30am – 9:00am. If you have a younger sibling in the Infant or Toddler program, they will be holding their breakfast on Thursday, April 14th.  Please refrain from bringing siblings between program breakfasts. It is a wonderful opportunity to spend one-on-one time with your older or younger child. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to seeing you all there!

 Wagner Farm:  We are excited to announce an in-school field trip on Wednesday, April 20th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wagner Farm will be coming. The children will have an exciting opportunity to learn about Wagner Farm's livestock in this hands-on program.  They will not only see, smell and touch the animals, but also discover the unique contributions of each animal in sustaining the farm. Each class will transition through three stations as they learn about the life cycles of dairy cows, sheep and chickens. The students will make valuable connections between the seasonality of farm work, the cultivation of farm animals and the specific role of each animal in supporting the farm family, contemporary consumers and American agriculture. If you have any questions about this event please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool Kindergarten Coordinator.

 

Community Happenings

 Kids Cooking Series: FlavorPot, 2041 Tower Drive, Glenview 60026. (224) 300-0656

FlavorPot offers monthly sessions with weekly cooking classes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The theme changes each month, and students may sign up for a full monthly session, or drop in for a single weekly class. Ages 4 and up. $28 Time: Thursdays and Fridays 4-5pm, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm Cost: $28 Ages: Ages 4 and up

 Curriculum Update

We spent this week spring cleaning! You’d never believe how much the children enjoy cleaning. Employ this excitement at home. We scrubbed all of our tables, chairs and shelves. The kindergartners also cleaned their own cubbies. You may have noticed a change in the set-up of our classroom as well. We took the block corner up to the top loft, and the book corner down to the bottom floor. Making one simple change makes such a huge difference.

Next week we will begin our 3-week project on visual arts.

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, we continued to practice reading and writing our first 12 sight words. While doing so, we started creating simple sentences. For example, I can jump, or I can run. Others tried spelling as many sight words from memory. Continuing to work on sight words helps move them to our long term memory bank. Here are some of the reasons why we’re learning sight words in Kindergarten:

Many sight words do not follow the basic phonics principles; thus they cannot be “sounded out.” Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and being familiar with sight words is an effective method. Other benefits of sight words include:

Sight words promote confidence. Because the first 100 sight words represent over 50% of English text, a child who has mastered the list of sight words can already recognize at least half of a sentence. If your child begins to read a book and can already recognize the words, chances are he won’t feel discouraged and put the book down, rather he’ll have more confidence to read it all the way through. And, choose another!

Sight words help promote reading comprehension. When your child opens her book for the first time, instead of trying to decipher what ALL of the words mean, she can shift her attention to focus on those words she is not familiar with. She will already know at least half of the words, so focusing on the other half helps strengthen her understanding of the text.

Sight words provide clues to the context of the text. If your child is familiar with the sight words, she may be able to decode the meaning of the paragraph or sentence by reading the sight words. And, if a picture accompanies the text, your child may be able to determine what the story is about and come away with a few new words under her belt.

Math Table

At the math table, we continued with higher and lower with the use of manipulatives. Last week the kindergartners used random classroom objects, this week we will only use playing cards and numbers to continue to challenge everyone. When learning feels like more of a game, children are more likely to enjoy themselves while also increasing their interest level. Interacting with objects and people while learning makes for a wonderful learning experience.

Art Table

Art was a bit different this week. Instead of creating pictures and constructing something, we used this time to clean around the classroom. We cleaned our chairs, tables, cubbies and even moved things around in our classroom. Take a look and see how wonderful our room looks! Happy spring!

 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Ms. Berne and Mr. Mark

Kindergarten Newsletter - March 18, 2016

Announcements

Fun Fridays in March: Kindergartners are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th

Staff News: Mr. Mark will be on vacation next week. Ms. Berne will cover many of his shifts, but we will have other familiar faces in our room as well.

Community Happenings 

Maple Syrup Festival – Saturday, March 19th

North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 North Pulaski Road, Chicago. (312) 744-5472

Come and see the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, make a maple craft, warm yourself by the fire, and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire. The Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet and warm tradition that is free and fun for all ages. No registration required.

Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

Curriculum Update

This week, we spent the week learning more about plants and seeds. Each day at group time, we read a different fiction or non-fiction book about plants. We focused on the life cycle of a plant, along with the different parts of a plant. We also are conducting a seed experiment in our back window. Each kindergartner planted their own lima bean(s) and determined how many cotton balls and how much water to put into their bags to best grow the plant. Keep an eye on these seedlings to see if they sprout!

Next week, we will be take a week to talk about Spring Cleaning.

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, we practiced reading and writing our first 12 sight words. While doing so, we also practiced writing correctly on our kindergarten paper. Here are some of the reasons why we’re learning sight words in Kindergarten:

Many sight words do not follow the basic phonics principles, thus they cannot be “sounded out.” Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and being familiar with sight words is an effective method. Other benefits of sight words include:

Sight words promote confidence. Because the first 100 sight words represent over 50% of English text, a child who has mastered the list of sight words can already recognize at least half of a sentence. If your child begins to read a book and can already recognize the words, chances are he won’t feel discouraged and put the book down, rather he’ll have more confidence to read it all the way through. And, choose another!

Sight words help promote reading comprehension. When your child opens her book for the first time, instead of trying to decipher what ALL of the words mean, she can shift her attention to focus on those words she is not familiar with. She will already know at least half of the words, so focusing on the other half helps strengthen her understanding of the text.

Sight words provide clues to the context of the text. If your child is familiar with the sight words, she may be able to decode the meaning of the paragraph or sentence by reading the sight words. And, if a picture accompanies the text, your child may be able to determine what the story is about and come away with a few new words under her belt.

Math Table

At the math table, we reviewed higher and lower with the use of manipulatives. The use of manipulatives when teaching math not allows our kindergartners to construct their own mental models for mathematical ideas, but also helps make learning engaging and fun! When learning feels like more of a game, children are more likely to enjoy themselves while also increasing their interest level. Interacting with objects and people while learning makes for a wonderful learning experience.

 Art Table

At the art table, we’ve planted! Early in the week, we planted lima beans which are currently hanging in our windows as an experiment. We also planted flower seeds into individual pots. Each kindergartner decorated, potted, and planted on their own! Looking forward to seeing what springs up!

 

 

Kindergarten Newsletter- March 11, 2016

March 11, 2016

Announcements

Daylight Savings Time:  Daylight Saving Time kicks in Sunday at 2 a.m. when time springs ahead to 3 a.m. For those not planning on being awake at that hour, we recommend changing your clocks before you go to sleep. You might be bummed out that you'll lose an hour of sleep or fun this weekend, but be positive: We'll be one hour closer to spring. It will also be lighter out, later -- the sun will set at 6:56 p.m. Sunday, compared to 5:55 p.m. the previous day. Additionally, when you set the clocks forward, it's a good time to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Parent Seminar: Please join us on Thursday, March 17th for a Meet & Greet Discussion with our school nurse Karen Crawford.  Please come with any questions/concerns you have regarding your child’s health, safety and/or first aid.  We look forward to seeing you there!Fun

Fridays in March: Kindergartners are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a
different themed day. 

Friday March 18th: College Day

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

Vision and Hearing Rescreening:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

Individual Pictures: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 Community Happenings

Kids Cooking Series

FlavorPot
2041 Tower Drive
Glenview 60026
(224) 300-0656

FlavorPot offers monthly sessions with weekly cooking classes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The theme changes each month, and students may sign up for a full monthly session, or drop in for a single weekly class. Ages 4 and up. $28.

Time: Thursdays and Fridays 4-5pm, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm

Cost: $28

Ages: Ages 4 and up

Curriculum Update

This week, we continued discussing the human body. We turned our focus to the major systems of our body: The Circulatory System, The Digestive System, The Nervous System and the Respiratory System. Each system works together to make our unique bodies work! Take a look at our documentation board to see all the fun facts that we learned. While we are learning about the human body, we are creating our own classroom bodies to represent what we’ve learned. The children are having a great time using various materials to create the different layers of our body.

Next week, we will be doing a week long discussion on Plants.

This week’s sight words: you, can, of

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, the kindergartners used inventive spelling to spell out words from our classroom object basket. Inventive spelling is important in the early stages of writing. There is no wrong or right way to inventive spelling. As long as the child is taking their time and writing down the letter sounds they hear in the word, it is spelling! Some children may write the word of as "ov", or the animal moose may be spelled like "mos". This is all part of learning to sound out words and spell. 

Inventive Spelling at the literacy table.

Inventive Spelling at the literacy table.

 

Math Table

At the math table, we continued taking about coin value. We talked about the 4 main coins that we use in the United States, along with how much each was worth. We created our own coin books to help remember how many coins are in a dollar. 

 

Art Table

At the art table, we’ve continued making our human body buddies that we’ve hung in the hallway. Each day, we’ve learned about a different system of our body and then created that system to hang. Please continue to check our hallway documentation board for this progressive project to be hung!



Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Ms. Berne and Mr. Mark



Kindergarten Newsletter - March 4, 2016

Announcements

Fun Fridays in March: Kindergarteners are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Friday March 11th: Pattern Day

Friday March 18th: College Day

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

Storytime with the Glenview Library: Storytime with the Glenview Library will be here on Wednesday, March 9th. Sylvia Kraft Walker will be returning to read of fun stories. Kindergarten’s time slot is from 10:50-11:30. 

Vision and Hearing Rescreening:  If you were absent for the vision and hearing screening on Tuesday, March 1st, Julie Kupsty will be returning on Tuesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m. She will also be performing re-screening on that day as well.

Individual Pictures: We will be having individual pictures the week of March 14th.  Look for more information to be passed along soon!

SCHOOL CLOSED: We will be closed for our annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 

Community Happenings

Kids Cooking Series

FlavorPot
2041 Tower Drive
Glenview 60026
(224) 300-0656

FlavorPot offers monthly sessions with weekly cooking classes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The theme changes each month, and students may sign up for a full monthly session, or drop in for a single weekly class. Ages 4 and up. $28.

Time: Thursdays and Fridays 4-5pm, Saturdays 1:30-2:30pm

Cost: $28

Ages: Ages 4 and up

 

Curriculum Update

This week, we began discussing the human body. We started with the three layers of our body: the skin, the muscles, and the bones. Did you know that our skin is our largest organ? Did you know that we have more than 600 muscles in our body? We are also born with 300-350 bones, but by the time we become grownups, we only have between 206-208! Quiz your kindergartner to see if he/she remembers these amazing facts! While we are learning about the human body, we are creating our own classroom bodies to represent what we’ve learned. Look for these on our documentation board this week and next. The children are having a great time using various materials to create the different layers of our body.

Next week, we will learn about the different systems, also known as “all the gross stuff” according to the kindergartners. We’re looking forward to hopefully opening our minds about everything on our insides and figuring out how our bodies really work.

This week’s sight words: are, in, my

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, the kindergartners continued to work at their own levels with short vowel sounds. We worked on three letter CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) for all vowels along with reviewing and practicing our beginning sounds.

Math Table

At the math table, we began learning about coin value. We talked about the 4 main coins that we use in the United States, along with how much each was worth. We did this by using familiar bead bars in values of 1, 5, and 10. The visuals of these made it very easy to correlate the amount each coin was worth. We will continue coin value next week.

Art Table

At the art table, we’ve begun making our human body buddies that we’ve hung in the hallway. Each day, we’ve learned about a different layer of our body and then created that layer to hang. Please continue to check our hallway documentation board for this progressive project to be displayed!

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Ms. Berne and Mr. Mark

Kindergarten Newsletter, February 26th, 2016

February 26, 2016

Announcements

Vision and Hearing Screenings: DCFS requires all children 3, 4, and 5 years old, not in public Kindergarten, to have an annual vision and hearing screening. Every child must have this done in order for us to be in compliance with DCFS. If your child has already had a vision or hearing screening this year, please bring in your paperwork. If you would like to have your child screened at school, we will be doing them on Tuesday, March 1st & Wednesday, March 2nd 9-11:30am. Each screening is $5, please see Pam if you have further questions.

 

Fun Fridays in March: Kindergarteners are invited to participate in Fun Fridays throughout the month of March. Each Friday will be a different themed day. 

Friday March 4th: Hat Day

Friday March 11th: Pattern Day

Friday March 18th: College Day

Thursday March 24th: Wacky Sock Day

Friday April 1st: Inside Out Day

Dental Health Presentation: Familia Dental will be here on Wednesday March 2nd to present dental health to preschool and kindergarten. Our time slot will be from 10-10:30.

Storytime with the Glenview Library: Storytime with the Glenview Library will be here on Wednesday, March 9th. Sylvia Kraft Walker will be returning to read of fun stories. Kindergarten’s time slot is from 10:50-11:30.

School Closed:  We will be closed for our Annual Spring Break Day on Friday, March 25th.

 Classroom Pet:  Kindergarten are now proud owners of a beta fish! His name (voted by the kindergartners themselves) is Frank in the Tank Fuzzy Pants. Please give him a warm welcome.

 

Community Happenings

Junie B. Jones the Musical

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences, 3323 Walters Avenue, Northbrook 60062

Junie B. Jones the Musical is where we step into the outspoken, precocious and loveable life of Junie B., complete with her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal and experience funny and fast-paced musical adventures of first grade.

Time: Saturdays at 10am and 1pm

Cost: $12

Ages: Ages 4 and up

Curriculum Update

This week, we continued our study of the human body. We concluded our discussion of the five senses. We explored the sense of hearing, smell and taste. We discussed the main parts of the ear as well as played sound bingo. When discussing the sense of smell, we lit a match to discuss how we use our sense of smell to detect danger, as well as did an experiment plugging our nose and trying to guess what was in our mouth, exploring how the sense of smell effects our sense of taste. On Friday we did a taste test. We tested our taste buds to see if we like the taste of bitter, sour, sweet and salty. Can you guess which taste the kindergartners liked best?! Next week, we will begin learning about the layers of our body.

This week’s sight words: all, be, we

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, the kindergartners worked at their own levels. Some worked on three letter CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words with i, e, and o. Some children began reading Bob Book, while others practiced their beginning sounds.

 

Grant reading a Bob Book to his group.  

Grant reading a Bob Book to his group.

 

Wednesday's literacy group sounding out CVC words.

Wednesday's literacy group sounding out CVC words.

Beginning sounds boar game is so much fun!

Beginning sounds boar game is so much fun!

Math Table

At the math table, Kindergartners discussed making teens with bead bars. Each child is given a number between 1-20, they then matched those numbers to the correct corresponding bead. As seen in the picture below, each child matches the corresponding bead bars to the correct number either from the bead bar row or a number placed in front of them. 

 

Aaron matching bead bars to numbers on the bead bar row and number cards.

Aaron matching bead bars to numbers on the bead bar row and number cards.

Art Table

At the art table, we’ve done a variety of activities using our senses. We created maracas with various materials, painted pictures with scented paint, dictated what our favorite smell was and baked banana bread.

 

Hmmmm...What's that smell?

Hmmmm...What's that smell?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Ms. Berne and Mr. Mark

Lesson Plan - February 15-26, 2016: The Five Senses

The Five Senses

Exploring our body

February 15 – 19, 2016

 

Monday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: Introduction of the 5 Senses: What’s that smell? (Popcorn experiment)

Literacy: Dictations: “When I look outside, I see…”

Math: Counting by 2s, 5s, & 10s

Art: Popcorn Art

 

Tuesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Sight (Missing Object)

Literacy: Dictations: “When I look outside, I see…”

Math: Counting by 2s, 5s, & 10s

Art: Make your own binoculars

 

Wednesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Sight (What color are your eyes?)

Literacy: Dictations: “When I look outside, I see…”

Math: Counting by 2s, 5s, & 10s

Art: Blindfold Art

 

Thursday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Touch (Hidden Object in a sock/box)

Literacy: Dictations: “When I look outside, I see…”

Math: Counting by 2s, 5s, & 10s

Art: Texture Collage (Soft/Rough/Smooth/Etc)

 

Friday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

FIELD TRIP TO THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Five Senses

Exploring our body

February 22 - 26, 2016

 

Monday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Hearing (Sound Bingo)

Literacy: 3 letter word building, -o and -u

Math: Place Value: Bead bars

Art: Outdoor music mobile

 

Tuesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Hearing (Kindergarten Voices)

Literacy: 3 letter word building, -i & -o

Math: Place Value: Bead bars

Art: Outdoor music mobile

 

Wednesday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Smell (Smelly Jars)

Literacy: 3 letter word building, -e & -i

Math: Place Value: Bead bars

Art: Scented Paint

 

Thursday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Smell (Using it to detect danger)

Literacy: 2 letter word building, -at and -am

Math: Place Value: Bead bars

Art: Coloring with scented markers

 

Friday

Daily News: Calendar, Weather, Number Line, Place Value, Sharing Daily News

Group Time: The Sense of Taste (Sweet/Sour/Salty/Bitter Taste Test)

Literacy: OPEN

Math: OPEN

Art: Baking Activity

 

 

Kindergarten Newsletter - February 19, 2016

Announcements

Field Trip: Thank you to everyone for a wonderful field trip experience! We are so grateful to the parents who were able to join us on this trip. The children, and the teachers alike, had a great time!

MAD SCIENCE WORKSHOPS: Mad Science Group Inc. has franchises located around the world, and bring science education to millions of children each year. Our innovative programs help kids learn about science through our fun after-school programs, preschool programs, in-class workshops, camps, birthday parties and special events. Mad Science will be coming on Wednesday, February 24th. Kindergartens time slot is from 11:30 to 12:15.  Their workshop will be about: The Human Body.

Staff Update: Great news! Mrs. Arado will be back on Monday, February 29th! We are all so excited to have her back in our classroom and appreciate your understanding during her absence.

Community Happenings 

Junie B. Jones the Musical

Northbrook Theatre for Young Audiences, 3323 Walters Avenue, Northbrook 60062

Junie B. Jones the Musical is where we step into the outspoken, precocious and loveable life of Junie B., complete with her Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal and experience funny and fast-paced musical adventures of first grade.

Time: Saturdays at 10am and 1pm

Cost: $12

Ages: Ages 4 and up

 Curriculum Update

This week, we began our study of the human body. Over the course of this week and next, we will review and learn new things about our five senses. We have had some fun, interactive group times. We made popcorn to start the week – only it was hidden and the children needed to use all of their senses to detect what it was! We also played a game of “what’s missing?” at group time. During this group time, 6 objects were placed in front of the children. Every turn, a teacher would remove one or two of the items and it was up to the kindergartners to determine what was missing. We also charted the different eye colors of everyone.  We finished our week by using our sense of touch to determine items hidden inside a box. We are having a great time at group time this week!

This week’s sight words: on, or, and

 

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, we are working on dictations. The kindergartners are finishing the following sentence: “When I look outside, I see…” After completing their sentence, we asked the children to provide a drawing to accompany their dictation. Feel free to take a look at these in the literacy shelves on the back counter. Your child should be able to tell you which day they come to the literacy table.

Math Table

At the math table, we practiced counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s. For this activity, we used a yard stick and clips. We’d begin by counting 2 spots, and putting a clip on the number 2. We’d count 2 more spots, putting the clip on the number 4. We continued until the entire yard stick was full. Once it was full, we counted together and then filled in our “climbing the ladder” worksheet. We repeated these steps for counting by 5s and 10s.

Art Table

At the art table, we've done a variety of activities using our senses. We’ve made our own binoculars from recycled toilet paper rolls, used blindfolds to attempt to create art without our sense of sight, and created a collage of rough, smooth, and soft things. We will continue using our senses next week at the art table. 


Kindergarten Newsletter - February 12, 2016

Announcements

Kindergarten Movie Night: What a wonderful event! Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our special family night! The kindergartners had such a fun time eating pizza, lounging in pajamas and using their blankets for our movie night.

Field Trip: It’s coming next week! On Friday, February 19th, the Kindergartners will be visiting the Museum of Science and Industry as an extension of our learning about the human body. The bus will be leaving the center PROMPTLY at 8:45am. Please have your child here NO LATER than 8:15am. If you would like your child to have breakfast here at school, please have them here by 7:30am. We will return to the center by 2:45pm. All of our chaperone spots are full, however, if you’d still like to attend, we have plenty of room on the bus. We just ask that you pay your admission once we arrive at the museum. We are all looking forward to a fun exciting day at the museum

MAD SCIENCE WORKSHOPS: Mad Science Group Inc. has franchises located around the world, who bring science education to millions of children each year. Our innovative programs help kids learn about science through our fun after-school programs, preschool programs, in-class workshops, camps, birthday parties and special events. Mad Science will be coming on Wednesday, February 24th.Kindergartens time slot is from 11:30 to 12:15.  Their workshop will be about: The Human Body

  • CAMP AND KINDERGARTEN CONFIRMATION:  If you applied for camp for the Summer of 2016 or Kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, you will receive written confirmation of your spot the week of February 22nd.  If you have any questions please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.  She can be reached next week by email at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com .

Community Happenings

Free Admission for Illinois Residents: The Field Museum of Natural History

Entry to the Field Museum is free for Illinois residents every day in February! From Feb 1-29, Illinois residents are offered free general admission with proof of residency - this can be a driver's license, Illinois library card, student ID, utility bill, work ID or passport.The special free admission includes only basic admission, and exhibits or events that required additional fees will still require those fees.Time: During regular hoursCost: FREEAges: All ages

Curriculum Update

This week, we focused on friendship. We discussed what it means to be a good friend, how to be helpful with friends and teachers inside and outside of the classroom, and how it makes us feel when our friends aren’t being kind or respectful.  We’ve also talked about feeling comfortable telling our friends no, or having a disagreement with them. It’s ok to play separately from our friends or to take space from them every once in a while. We also spent the week making things for our friends – partner paintings, friendship cards, hamma bead creations and necklaces. It was a fun week!

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, we are back to working on our 3 letter short vowel CVC words. We are working through our short vowels and also focusing on the beginning and ending sounds.

 

Math Table

At the math table, we focused our attention on place value. Each day, during morning group time, we work on place value using straws. At the math table, we used numbered chips, chalk and chalkboards. Children were given different amount of each, count and wrote each of them on their board, and read back the 2 or 3 digit number. Teachers asked and talked about which numbers were in each place (the ones place, the tens place and the hundreds place).

 

Art Table

At the art table, we spent our time working on different friendship masterpieces. On Monday, children created a friendship card and gave it to another kindergartner. On Tuesday, we worked in teams of two to create partner paintings (these are hanging from our loft area) – during this activity, partners had to cooperate and determine exactly what they wanted to paint. On Wednesdays, we made hamma bead creations for someone else. Each kindergartner had a chance to create and make a hamma bead for someone else, rather than keeping it for themselves. On Thursday, we made bracelets and necklaces for each other. Much like the rest of the week, kindergartners gave them as gifts to a classmate of theirs. We had a great time at the art table this week. 

Kindergarten Newsletter - February 5, 2016

Announcements

Kindergarten Movie Night: Kindergarten will be participating in their first movie night on Wednesday February 10th from 4:30-5:45pm. Join us for pizza, pajamas and a movie. Pizza and salad will be provided by the school. We invite you all to wear pajamas or comfy clothes (your child will be wearing them all day!) We will be putting out a sign-up sheet for you to RSVP. Please let us know as soon as possibly if you are able to attend. Younger siblings will be having their own event, we hope you can make it!

Field Trip: Save the Date! On Friday, February 19th, the Kindergartners will be visiting the Museum of Science and Industry as an extension of our learning about the human body. The bus will be leaving the center PROMPTLY at 8:45am. Please have your child here NO LATER than 8:15am. If you would like your child to have breakfast here at school, please have them here by 7:30am. We will return to the center by 2:45pm. All of our chaperone spots are full, however, if you’d still like to attend, we have plenty of room on the bus. We just ask that you pay your admission once we arrive at the museum. We are all looking forward to a fun exciting day at the museum!

CAMP AND KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FORMS: Please turn in your registration forms for both camp and Kindergarten to your child’s lead teacher or to the front desk NO LATER than Wednesday, February 10th, 2016.  If you have any questions, please speak with Suzie Brunner, our Preschool/Kindergarten Coordinator.

Staff Absence: Due to medical reasons, Mrs. Arado is currently out of the school for a short period of time. We are staffing the room with current Kindergarten teachers in order to best provide a cohesive classroom for the children. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Suzie Brunner.

Community Happenings

Celebrate Valentine’s Day (just a tad early) on Saturday, February 13th at 1:30 PM, as we welcome Sherri Duskey Rinker to The Book Stall, 811 Elm Street In Winnetka. Her new book, Silly Wonderful You, has just been released! Join us for a reading, refreshments, and Valentine’s Day fun for parents, grandparents, and their treasured kids! Silly Wonderful You is a funny and tender love letter from a parent to her child, written by the author of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site, and illustrated by award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell. This event is free and open to the public. We recommend it for adults of all ages, and their child guests ages 3 and up. Call us at 847-446-8880 for more information.

Time: 1:30pm

Cost: FREE

Ages: Ages 3 and up with adult

  

Curriculum Update

This week we focused on the importance of books and reading. We came to the conclusion that everyone loves to be read to. We discussed the different types of books that we read here in kindergarten. Fiction books, like Curious George, Bernstein Bears and Elephant and Piggie, are those we like to read in Kindergarten. They do not depict real people or events, instead they entertain and tell a story. Nonfiction books, like our bird book, provide us information and give us facts about things we want to learn more about. As a group, we made a list of what each type tends to have in common. We also touched upon chapter books because we really like to have them read to us or listen to them before nap time. Chapter books can be either fiction or non-fiction. When they don’t have a lot of pictures, we have to use our imaginations to picture what’s happening.

Sight Words: We have started to learn sight words during our pre-lunch stair time. Sight words, also known as high-frequency words, are words that occur often in the books we read, and are those that we’re encouraging children to memorize as a whole by sight. This strategy is helpful for emergent readers to automatically recognize these words in print without having to decode. Each week, we will learn 2-4 new sight words. The children will help us define them, write them, and use them in a sentence. Once we’ve practiced these things, the words will be placed on our word “wall” located on the cabinets above our carpet area. Word walls have many benefits. They teach children to recognize and spell high-frequency words, see patterns and relationships in words, build phonemic awareness skills and apply phonics rules. Word walls also provide reference support for children during reading and writing activities. Children learn to be independent as they use the word walls throughout their daily activities. We will include each week’s sight words in the newsletter.

Literacy Table

At the literacy table, we did something different this week. We learned that every fiction book has a beginning, middle, and end. Each day, the children listened to a teacher read a fiction book to them. After, they talked about what happened in each part of the book. Then, they drew a picture of each while a teacher helped to write what each child dictated happened.

 

Math Table

At the math table, we focused our attention on place value. Each day, during morning group time, we work on place value using straws. At the math table, we used playing cards, chalk and chalkboards. Children selected 2 or 3 cards, wrote each of them on the board, and read back the 2 or 3 digit number. Teachers asked and talked about which numbers were in each place (the ones place, the tens place and the hundreds place).

 

Art Table

At the art table, we made our own mini books. Each child decided if they wanted to create a fiction or non-fiction book. We talked about what the cover page of a book looks like and usually includes. We took our time creating the pictures and writing the words. We used books in our classroom as references. The kindergartners really had a fun time becoming published authors!

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Mr. Mark, & Miss Berne

Kindergarten Newsletter- January 29th

January 29, 2016

Announcements

Kindergarten Movie Night: Kindergarten will be participating in their first movie night on Wednesday February 10th from 4:30-5:45pm. Join us for pizza, pajamas and a movie. Pizza and salad will be provided by the school! We invite you all to wear pajamas or comfy clothes (your child will be wearing them all day!) We will be putting out a sign up sheet for you to RSVP. Please let us know as soon as possible if you are able to attend. Younger siblings will be having their own event.  We hope you all can make it! 

100th Day Celebration: The kindergartners celebrated their 100th day celebration last Friday. We all had such a wonderful time. Thank you all for coming and celebrating with us. Thank you such much to the room helpers who helped decorate and provided treats. We could not have done this without everyone! Thank you so much again! Hooray for 100 days!

Field Trip: Save the Date! On Friday, February 19th, the Kindergartners will be visiting the Museum of Science and Industry as an extension of our learning about the human body. The bus will be leaving the center PROMPTLY at 8:45am. Please have your child here NO LATER than 8:15am. If you would like your child to have breakfast here at school, please have them here by 7:30am. We will return to the center by 2:45pm. We are all looking forward to a fun exciting day at the museum!

Kindergarten Information NightKindergarten Information Night will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 4:30pm. This meeting is for all parents of prospective Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarten parents. If your child will be turning 5 by December 30, 2016, you are encouraged to attend. Please join us at our Information Night to find out more information on our comprehensive curriculum and how it is tailored to meet each individual child’s needs, interested and abilities. Registration for 2016-2017 Kindergarten year starts at the Information Night and continues through February 10th. If you have any questions about the Information Night, please contact Suzie Brunner at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com or 847.564.3004.

Outdoor Play: Outdoor play is a part of your child's day in Kindergarten.  We are outside twice a day, even in the winter months.  Our temperature guidelines allow us to go outdoors if the temperature with the wind chill is 15 degrees or higher. The length of time we are outdoors depends on this temperature.  On a 30 degree day or above we will be outdoors in the morning and afternoon for at least 20 to 30 minutes. As a staff, we can understand that muddy snow gear on a daily basis can be frustrating.  Your children love to play and explore no matter what time of year it is outside.

The change in temperature allows for many new and different textures and fun to investigate and get messy with.  We recommend having at least one pair of snow pants, two pairs of waterproof gloves or mittens and as always, extra DRY clothing (pants and socks are a must) to change your into after outdoor play.

 

 Community Happenings

Firehouse Stories and Play: FireZone,1100 National Parkway, Schaumburg (847) 824-3473. Firefighters and Fire Trucks! Enjoy fun, hands-on activities that allow every child the opportunity to be little firefighters for the day. Kids can climb aboard a real fire truck, dress in fire gear, slide down the and even "rescue" our little victim. Parents get to enjoy free gourmet coffee every time. Time: 10am-1pm Wednesdays and 12-3 Fridays. Cost: $9 per child. Ages: Ages 2-8

Open Ice Skating: Glenview Ice Center. 1851 Landwehr Rd. Glenview 60026. (847) 724-2800 During the school year, enjoy quality time with your family at our Public Skating Sessions. Hours may vary due to special events and holidays. Please call 847-724-2800 to check on hours before coming to the rink. Hours change during spring break. Regular schedule:  Mon, Wed, Fri 12-2, Tues, Thurs 10am-noon, Fri 8:15-10:15pm Sat, Sun 1:30-3pm year round - through may check during break. Sept 1 - May 4. Cost: Weekdays, Sat. & Sun.: $7, Friday Nights & Holidays: $8 Ages: All ages

Curriculum Update

This week the kindergarteners participated in various activities and discussions all around the number 100. These included some fun interactive morning group times. During these group times, we teamed up to work on 100 piece puzzles, create a block structure in 100 seconds and presented our 100-piece collage. We also played a dice-rolling game where we rolled 3 dice. The object of the game was to determine whether the rolled number was higher or lower than 100. This provided an opportunity to work with place value too! Please take a look at our documentation board in the hallway to see all the fun things we did based on the number 100 throughout the week.

Sight Words: We have started to learn sight words during our pre-lunch stair time. Sight words, also known as high-frequency words, are words that occur often in the books we read, and are those that we’re encouraging children to memorize as a whole by sight. This strategy is helpful for emergent readers to automatically recognize these words in print without having to decode. Each week, we will learn 2-4 new sight words. The children will help us define them, write them, and use them in a sentence. Once we’ve practiced these things, the words will be placed on our word “wall” located on the cabinets above our carpet area. Word walls have many benefits. They teach children to recognize and spell high-frequency words, see patterns and relationships in words, build phonemic awareness skills and apply phonics rules. Word walls also provide reference support for children during reading and writing activities. Children learn to be independent as they use the word walls throughout their daily activities. We will include each week’s sight words in the newsletter. In addition, the sight words are posted separately on the wall by the stairs.

This week’s sight words are: I, is, the

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Mr. Mark, & Miss Berne

Kindergarten Newsletter - January 22, 2016

Announcements

100th Day Celebration:  The Kindergartners celebrated our 100th day celebration this week! We all had such a wonderful time. Thank you to all of the parents who were able to come into GBN to help out! We couldn’t have had such a wonderful day full of celebrating without your help.

Outdoor Play: Outdoor play is a part of your child's day in Kindergarten.  We are outside twice a day, even in the winter months.  Our temperature guidelines allow us to go outdoors if the temperature with the wind chill is 15 degrees or higher. The length of time we are outdoors depends on this temperature.  On a 30 degree day or above we will be outdoors in the morning and afternoon for at least 20 to 30 minutes. As a staff, we can understand that muddy snow gear on a daily basis can be frustrating.  Your children love to play and explore no matter what time of year it is outside.

The change in temperature allows for many new and different textures and fun to investigate and get messy with.  We recommend having at least one pair of snow pants, two pairs of waterproof gloves or mittens and as always, extra DRY clothing (pants and socks are a must) to change your into after outdoor play.

Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles: Mark your calendars now! On Wednesday, January 27th, Dave and his traveling reptiles will present an in-school field trip in the mini gym. This is an opportunity for an up-close, live, and interactive “hands on” experience with reptiles and amphibians from around the world. This field trip blends education and a unique style of humor to form a totally original experience that makes their presentation every bit as entertaining as it is educational. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak to Suzie Brunner, Preschool and Kindergarten Coordinator.

Kindergarten Information Night: Kindergarten Information Night will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd at 4:30pm. This meeting is for all parents of prospective Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarten parents. If your child will be turning 5 by December 31st, 2016, you are encouraged to attend. Please join us at our Information Night to find out more information on our comprehensive curriculum and how it is tailored to meet each individual child’s needs, interested and abilities. Registration for 2016-2017 Kindergarten year starts at the Information Night and continues through February 10th. If you have any questions about the Information Night, please contact Suzie Brunner at sbrunner@gbnchildcare.com or 847.564.3004.

Field Trip: Save the Date! On Friday, February 19th, the Kindergartners will be visiting the Museum of Science and Industry as an extension of our learning about the human body. We have space for 9 parents to join us on this field trip. We will leave GBN at 8:45AM and return to the center at 2:45PM. If you are interested in joining, a sign-up sheet will go up next week.  We need a final head count by Friday, February 5th.

Community Happenings

Frosty Fest: Bittersweet Golf Club, 875 Almond Rd; Gurnee. 

This unforgettable day of winter family fun includes ice sculpting, horse-drawn carriage rides, dog sled demonstrations and meet the team, snowshoe on the 10th hole, sledding and snow play fun, free s’mores and hot cocoa and festive winter games. Activities subject to change based on weather conditions. No registration required.

Time: 10:30AM - 1:00PM

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages

Curriculum Update

This week, we’ve have finished our travels around the nifty, fifty United States. As we’ve been learning the state bird, flower, tree and animal, the children have also become curious about other random state facts. Did you know that many states have milk as their state beverage? Additionally, we’ve pointed out the state on the United States floor map, focusing on which part of the country it’s located (north/south/east/west and/or along the coasts).  Next week, as an extension of our 100th Day Celebration, we will focus on the number 100 while doing a variety of activities. We are super excited about it!

Literacy Table

 At the literacy table this week, we’ve continued working on our short vowel sounds. We are continuing to work on our 3 letter CVC words with all 5 short vowels, identifying beginning sounds, as well as recognizing and writing lower case letters.  

 Math Table

At the math table, we’ve transitioned through many different missing number challenges. Some of us have even started working on missing numbers from 1-100! In addition to identifying the missing numbers, we’re also working on writing each number correctly. It’s taking a little longer, but it’s a valuable skill to work on. It helps to remind us to slow down and check our work prior to completing it. 

Art Table

We have finally completed our collection of 50 States fact sheets. Each child has worked very hard on these pages, and you will see quite a transformation from the beginning of the states to the end. Look for there is your child’s 50 States folder or in their portfolios.

 

Have a terrific weekend!

Mrs. Arado, Mrs. Daugherty, Mr. Mark, & Miss Berne