Thought for the Month: “The best thing to spend on your children is your time.”
~ Louise Hart
In December, the Kindergarten students will be having fun learning about Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanza. Discuss with your child your family traditions. Talk about how you celebrate special occasions. Think about how your traditions are the same or different from other people you know. We will also be experiencing the giving aspect of the holidays by making holiday cards and gifts. In Math we will be learning the correct formation and position of numbers written on a line. We will review this in January as we prepare for our Number homework book. In Reading the students will be learning the beginning and ending consonant letter sounds.
Read stories often and talk about the story. Have your child tell you the story. Encourage your child to write about the story or draw a picture. Praise any attempts to read or write.
Talk about the sounds in words. For example, “the boy bounced his ball,” “boy, bounce, ball” all those words start with the same sounds, “buh.” Have your child guess what sound words begin or end with, for example, ask “What is the first sound in the word fish? What sound do you hear at the end of the word hat?”
I will be available for any questions you may have regarding your child’s progress report on Thursday, December 9th from 12:00 to 4:00. Feel free to stop by the classroom and I will be there to explain any concerns that you may have.
On Friday, December 17th, we have our Gingerbread Breakfast. The children come to school dressed in “party clothes” with a special guest chosen by them to decorate gingerbread cookies and watch a special assembly. It is the last day of school for us and a wonderful Meadowbrook tradition. The children have the option to stay in school for the remainder of the day or go home with their special guest at approximately 10:00. More information concerning this will be coming in the week ahead.
We, the children and teachers, have had a great fall with many happy times during both work and play. As 2010 comes to an end and we look forward to a new year, we wish you a restful and joyous holiday season and a wonderful 2011.
Jo Ann Prego