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