Kindergarten News for the weeks of: December 7-18 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Literacy Development -We enjoyed reading and comparing a variety of gingerbread stories this month. Our favorites were the stories in which the gingerbread man (or girl) does not get eaten! -We learned about “see-saw stories” and patterned text, and some friends are choosing to use these techniques in their own writing. -We explored the characters in a variety of books and used words and pictures to learn more about them. Our favorite book was Too Many Tamales. phone: 847-540-4791 Phonics and Word Study -Almost half of our 50 kindergarten sight words have been formally introduced. We work on reading a variety of sight words on a daily basis, mostly within text as part of whole group and small group lessons. Recognizing sight words quickly is an important skill for young readers. Thank you for your help at home! -We continue to work on blending and segmenting words, as well as listening for syllables in longer words. These strategies help us as readers and as writers! Math Science/Social Studies -We have been using benchmarks of 10 and explaining our thinking. For example, “There are 6 frames filled, and I know that 6 and 4 make 10, so we need 4 more.” -We have practiced creating and extending repeating and growing patterns. -We have been combining groups and explaining how we got our answers (“5 and 4 makes 9. I know because 5 and 5 make 10 and 4 is one less than 5.” -Throughout the month of December, we learned about some of the holidays families celebrate at this time of year. We enjoyed stories about Christmas and Hanukkah. Our favorites were Mooseltoe and The Runaway Latkes. From the PTO Please see the attachments for information about our box tops and labels program. Every little bit helps! Thank you for your support!