KINDER NEWS 4/15/2016 WHAT’S NEW? Reading: In our study of Nonfiction texts, we focused on a different type of nonficition… Literary Nonfiction. Ask your child to tell you about it! It has been fun reading story-like books, but still gaining new information about a topic! We will be starting our Poetry unit, next. Phonics: The kinders are spending time reviewing some important skills we have worked on through out the year… syllables & rhyming. We want to make sure we have a strong foundation as we are preparing for 1st grade! Writing: In our How To writing unit, we have taken the next steps in the writing process – drafting and revising – each child is working hard on their final piece, making it better each day. Continue to encourage writing at home, as well! Math: We have started our last unit in math – Addition & Subtraction. We are spending time really understanding the concept of adding through movement, manipulatives and games. The kinders are loving it!! Additional: * Words Their Way: “word sorts”, We are working on individual sorts, to reinforce specific skills – short vowels, blends, digraphs or long vowels. The sorts help us recognize spelling patterns that will help us as readers & writers. * 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, come, was, up, with, by, from, have, if, here, said, are. do, make, look, this, on, were, little, out, get) * Science: During our Life Science unit we have identified what we know about plants, what we want to learn and we have starting discovering plants – how they are alike/different & their needs. * Social Studies: We have started our Map Skills unit by exploring maps & globes. Have your kinder work on reciting their address & phone number. Dates & Reminders: April 21 – Open House & Book Fair April 29 – Variety Show * We hope to see you Thursday at Spencer Loomis’ Open House; the Book Fair will be open as well. * Send in your Box Tops & Labels for Education!! * If your daughter is going to wear a dress/skirt, please make sure they have leggings/shorts on underneath. * We are busy getting ready for our Mother’s Day celebration! Please RSVP by April 29th. * Room 115 is in need of some supplies to help us make it through the end of the year: papertowels, clorox wipes, Ticonderoga pencils, play-doh - - please & thank you!!