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Kindergarten News

Kindergarten News
January 12, 2017

Happy 2017!  We hope everyone had a wonderful vacation.  The children have quickly been getting back into the routines and procedures we follow in kindergarten.  Routine at home is very important to be successful at school.  Set bed times and meal times and plenty of active/outdoor play will help your child to be at his or her best.  Note:  Pediatricians recommend 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night for children ages five and six.

Reminders:
1.  Orange home/school folders need to be checked, emptied and put into your child's backpack every day.  Daily work that comes home should be reviewed with your child.
2.  Read your child's library book to them nightly, record on recording sheet, put book in library book bag and then in child's backpack.
3.  Children need to read two or more take-home books from their book box and practice kindergarten words every day (at least four days a week).
4.  Send in one healthy snack daily.
5.  Sneakers must be worn on gym days. If your child wears boots to school please pack sneakers in backpack.

Health and Safety/Self Help Skills
Children need to wear warm coats, hats and mittens to school, as they will go outside weather permitting.

Zipping, buttoning and tying shoes are important self -help skills that kindergartners should practice at home.

Illnesses
If your child is sick with a fever, upset stomach with the vomiting or diarrhea, please make sure that they are symptom-free for 24 hours before sending them back to school.

Math News
In math we have been focusing on addition, or putting numbers together. The children have been doing a lot of problem-solving.  When we solve math problems the children are encouraged to use math manipulatives, numbers, words and number sentences.

Literacy
Your child has been bringing home a large number of white take-home books to keep in his or her book box.  Please make sure that two or more of these books are read nightly.  If your child wants to re-read a book to you over and over again, that is a good thing!  The repetition will help with fluency and remembering kindergarten words.

In Fundations the children are just beginning to learn the skill of "tapping" three letter, or CVC words.  To tap a word, the children touch their first three fingers to their thumb as they make the individual sounds of the word.  After making the sounds in isolation, they sweep their thumb across their three fingers and blend the sounds into the word.  Have fun together practicing this skill at home while reading.