Kindergarten Weekly News Just a Reminder Please send in a small object from home that begins with the letter “L” for our alpha-friend of the week on Friday, February 5th . Please continue to practice your popcorn word lists and daily reading in your child’s blue and red book bag. Please continue to practice putting on and zippering coats independently. Children have been making great progress in being independent when getting reading to pack up! Upcoming Events Valentine’s Day Parties will be held on Wednesday, 2/10 for afternoon kindergartners and Thursday, February 11th for morning kindergartners. A list of students in your child’s class will be coming home shortly to help you address your Valentine’s Day cards. No School on Friday February 12th and Monday, February 15th due to Teacher InService Day and President’s Day. January 29, 2016 We’re Flying High Over… Next week we will be learning about letter “L”. Please practice letter/sound recognition with letter “L”, as well as practice handwriting with all letters we‘ve learned thus far. /l/ is a lifter whose sound is made by lifting the tip of the tongue to the roof of the mouth. Be careful to clip that /l/ and do not add the “uh” sound to the end. Math: Students will begin Unit 8 shortly. In this unit, children will be utilizing their knowledge of addition and subtraction to identify and solve problems of each type. Three Cheers For… Thank you to everyone who donated items or volunteered in the classroom to help make our hibernation day a sleepy success! Books That Fill the Bill Your Personal Penguin By Sandra Boynton Ideas for how to use this book at home: This is a rollicking new song from Sandra Boynton in book form. Practice singing the song with your child and identifying the rhyming words. Discuss some of the penguin facts your child has leaned in school. Create your own song or short book using these facts and your own illustrations. Bring it in to share with the class. Penguin’s Big Surprise By Susie Jenkins-Pearce Ideas for how to use this book at home: In this story, little penguin discovers a lost egg and learns how to care for someone else. Discuss with your child what animals lay eggs (snakes, turtles, frogs, lizards, all types of birds, etc…) Create an initial (beginning) sound game by cutting out a dozen eggs from construction paper. Then cut each egg in half with a different zigzag pattern. On the top half of the egg, write an initial sound such as /s/. On the bottom write the word snake. Have your child match up the initial sound to its correct word match. To make the game more challenging, cover each initial sound and say it only as your child looks for its match.