Dates & Reminders:
We have been practicing our thinking through retelling and
making connections. These strategies help us remember the important details of a fiction text,
understand what is happening & identify how characters are feeling throughout the story. We will
continue to practice using these strategies as we read in our small groups. I sent home a Reading
Checklist that also included your child’s reading level so you can continue to support your kinder at
home on their reading journey!
Feb. 3 – Book Orders Due
Feb. 5 – 100th Day!!
Feb. 11 – Early Release & Valentine’s Day
Feb. 12 & 15 – No School
* 100th Day Cape, directions were sent
home – please let me know if you need a
new one. They are due on Feb. 5th.
* Valentine’s Day parties are coming up
on February 11th! The Spencer Loomis
PTO will once again be providing all food
items for the parties while keeping with
the district procedures which require that
all foods provided at parties be store
bought, with labels intact. To ensure a
safe and fun time is had by all, we kindly
ask parents to refrain from sending any
additional food items into the classroom.
Thank you for your understanding and
* In preparing for Valentine’s Day, if you
are going to send in cards, please make
sure there is one for each student. The
AM has 21 friends and the PM has 17
friends. Please do not write individual
names on each card.
Reading: Reading is THINKING!!
Our readers have been having fun playing with words – phoneme manipulation. This is
the ability to work with individual sounds (beginning, vowel and ending) in words to make new
words. Children who can think about and manipulate phonemes become better readers and spellers.
We are rockin’ this new skill – yay us!!
Writing: We have taken a small break from Writer’s Workshop to spend some time on
sentences; learning about the structure and rules of a sentence and also practicing making and
writing sentences. We are finishing up our time working on this important skills and we will be
moving on to “How To” writing.
Math: The kinders worked hard on a variety of graphs and even made their own!
We are able to
create a question, collect our data and look at the data to compare it.
* Words Their Way: “word sorts”, We are working on individual sorts, to reinforce specific skills –
short vowels, blends, digraphs or long vowels.
* Snappy Words: Take some time to practice these words with your child to help build fluency in
reading & writing... (a, and, I, me, you, the, my, is, to go, can, we, he, she, at, be, no, it, like, am,
play, on, in, yes, did, for, see, that)
* Science: We are exploring Earth Science – weather.
* Social Studies: We are discussing Friends with a variety of texts and activities.