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Ms. Krachie

Kindergarten Class | December 04, 2017

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It’s unbelievable just how fast this year is going by. Just a few weeks ago it felt like September and now we find ourselves beginning the last month of the year. The month of December brings with it festivities, family, and friends. It is a time to celebrate and look forward to the lights that brighten the darkness and bring warmth into our hearts. I wish all of you the joys of the upcoming holiday season.

Readers will come home again this week. Day 1: we review phonics skills associated with the reader. Day 2: the reader is introduced and practiced in school. Day 3: the reader is sent home with the instruction to read to him/herself to help ease stress of reading to an adult and to set up the habit of independent reading. Day 4: the reader is marked with a yellow post-it requiring that the student should read it to a parent and the parent to comment on their child’s progress. Readers are returned to school daily. The students are reminded of the assignments, and I hold them accountable for returning the book to their folder and to school.

In our Making Meaning Series this week we will read I Was So Mad, by Mercer Mayer. Little Critter is angry because the adults in his family won’t let him do what he wants to do. The students will listen to the story and think about things that happen in the story that remind them of their own lives. Making connections between what happened in the story can help children enjoy a new story and understand it better. In our Being A Writer Series we continue unit 2. This week we will read Lunch, by Denise Fleming. In this unit we begin to identify important ideas in a story, to hear and discuss a story, and to visualize in order to get ideas to draw and write.

The class has done very well with the concepts and numbers taught. This week we will finish up and review the numbers 11 – 20. We will introduce the concept of more than and less than and their symbolic representations which we will then use to compare the learned numbers.

Heartfelt thanks to all of our families that supported the success of the holiday party. It was nice seeing James, Michael, Claire, and Emily having so much fun.

I’m looking forward to spending time in the afternoons teaching about how other people and countries around the world celebrate the holidays. Each week we will select one or two countries to” pretend visit” to explore the holiday customs and traditions that followed. We’ll learn geography along the way and have fun joining in some experiencing different cultures. If there is something special that your family does during the holidays, we’d love to hear about it!

As the break approaches, we’ll discuss the date and time our kindergarten class holiday party.

If your child is going to be out, please remember to call the school and let us know. Please don’t hesitate to contact he school with any question you might have or ask me at arrival or dismissal.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ms. Krachie

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