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.