Miss. Scanlon

            Welcome to Kindergarten

Good Afternoon-
How is it already October?  22 days of school complete.  It’s hard to believe that we have just started when these little ones are settling in so nicely!  I’m so glad to have met so many of you at the beginning of the year and open house.  These monthly newsletters will serve as your peek into the classroom to see what we have been working on and I will also provide you with some suggestions as to how you can support these skills at home too.  I will continue to send the occasional reminders about upcoming events.  

We have certainly been working hard already jumping into all our programs during the month of September.  We have started the Fundations program.  This is our phonics and phonemic awareness program that will help with both reading and writing.  So far we have learned the letters, sounds, and proper formation for t; b; f; n; m; i; u.  Have your child identify these letters in books or in signs you see while out and about.  This is a great way to foster your child’s awareness of literacy in the world around him or her.  We have also learned a few sight words already!  We have started to find
the, I,  and can in books and are even able to read and identify those words in sentences.  

We have been doing some writing with our Being a Writer program.  We have been focusing so far on drawing pictures to convey the things we want to say and when the kids are able to hear the sounds we encourage writing them on the papers to go along with what they are writing about.  We have done some basic writing about ourselves so far: things we do with our families, things we can do, things we do at school.  We will begin to get some more ideas of things we can write about in our new unit coming up.  Overall, I’m quite impressed with the storytelling skills in our room.

We’ve read several books to get our year started and have started to make predictions about what might happen next in the story and even some re-telling of the story.  Some of the books we have read so far include:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Chrysanthemum, The Recess Queen, and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.  

We are in the midst of our first Math module which focuses on numbers to 10.  WE have been doing a lot of counting and have learned the proper formation of writing numbers 0-6 so far.  (7-10 are coming very soon!)  We have also made connections of different ways to make 3, for example 2 and 1.  Work on counting with your child at home.  Ask “how many of these do we have?” or “let's see how many steps from the kitchen to the living room”.  

In Social Studies we have been working on skills and ways that we work together. Recognizing the different feelings and emotions that others have is a great skill to working with others.  Social skills are our main focus at this time in the year as having a good foundation with this will help create a classroom environment that will foster greater academic risks and encouragement among each other.

We have even begun our science program as well.  This unit of study we are working on now is about the Life Science of Plants and Animals.  We have been helping some fictitious children from “Mariposa Grove” solve a problem of why they have no monarch caterpillars in the area that was a field and is now a garden.  We have been discussing things such as habitats and how scientists observe, record and compare the things they see in the world around them.  We have quite the group of little scientists in this room!

A few notes about some upcoming things for October:  Fire Safety day will be next Tuesday; the Soup and Cookies fundraiser paper work is also due next Tuesday; There are a couple of days I will be out for some science professional development associated with the new science standards and the new program we are working with.  Note: We DO NOT have any sort of Halloween party at school.

Should you ever have any questions, please feel free to email me or call the school and I will get back to you as soon as I can!  Thank  you for being partners in your child’s education with me!

Miss Amanda Scanlon :) 

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