Mrs. Lamb’s Kindergarten News – Room 407
Monday, October 3, 2016
Wow!! It is hard to believe we have 18 school days under our belts!! I told the students they are 18 days smarter and they agreed with me. We are getting settled into our routine and it definitely gets smoother each day. Keep up the good work at home! I can tell you are encouraging your students to do their best at school. I hope everyone had a restful and fun weekend.J
Supplies: Thank you to parents for sending in school supplies. I believe everyone has a pencil box full of tools for doing wonderful work! The students are excited to use all of their tools. They are doing a great job with scissors and glue as we complete many projects. If there are opportunities at home to practice cutting, please go for it. This is good practice for fine motor skills.
Snack: The students are enjoying their daily snack. It is just enough to give them the energy to work hard before dismissal. We have plenty of snacks for the next few weeks, so thanks again! We could use some napkins in the next week or so if anyone would like to send some. Thank you in advance.
PTO Fundraiser: Our fundraiser just wrapped up. I believe it was very successful! If you still have paperwork and/or money to send in, please do so as soon as possible. The PTO is very generous at Rehoboth Elementary, so thanks again for supporting this fundraiser.
Language Arts: We continue to practice rhyming words and beginning sounds with nursery rhymes, games, stories and art projects. We are also playing some listening games with sounds. We have been singing the ABC song and naming letters and sounds. The students are practicing letter formation on the smartboard, with play-doh, wood pieces and on paper. The students are also learning a sound story to go with each letter/sound card. For practice we also play letter games on starfall (www.starfall.com) and do letter/sound sorts and riddles. The students are having fun as they learn and strengthen their letter and sound knowledge. We will use our foundation of sounds to write words and then put those words together to write sentences.
Math: We continue to explore with materials and manipulatives. We have worked with pattern blocks, geoblocks, color tiles, linking cubes, teddy bear counters, buttons, attribute blocks and unifix cubes. The students have been building designs, patterns and pictures. We have also begun to match up and sort materials according to attributes such as: color, shape, size, thickness, texture, etc… These skills will be important as we play games and solve problems all year long in math. We are also practicing numeral writing. This is an important skill as we will record and make representations on many math tasks.
Social Studies: We enjoyed making our friendship books that came home last week. All year long in kindergarten we’ll do activities to build our social skills. This week we’ll be talking about fire safety. We’re looking forward to the visit from the Rehoboth Fire fighters and the ride into Rehoboth on the fire truck. We’re hoping for a nice dayJ Next week we’ll begin to review bus safety.
Science: In Science we have begun learning about trees. We took a tree walk and observed many different trees on our school grounds. We will continue tree observations during each season. It is so interesting to see the changes throughout the year. We also discussed the parts of a tree and the students helped label a deciduous tree and a conifer tree. The students had fun working with a partner to build a tree puzzle. Maybe your child can name a type of tree for you and/or name the parts of a tree (roots, trunk, branches, leaves).
Rules: Please continue to reinforce school rules at home. Let your child be the “teacher” at home and teach you about our rules. When students are having a hard time following rules, we fill out a think time sheet together. This sheet will come home in your child’s folder on the day of the incident. I thank you in advance for reviewing the sheet and rules with your child, signing the sheet and sending it back in your child’s folder on the next school day. We have also been celebrating our awesome hard work and behavior with Star/PBS day, warm fuzzies, stickers, stamps, treats and the prize box!
How can you reach me? Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or concerns. You can send a note in your child’s folder. I check these folders each morning as the students arrive. You may also send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org ). I check e-mail daily and I will respond as quickly as possible. You may also call the school (227-3068). You may leave a message if I’m not available. I’ll get back with you as quickly as possible. Thank you! I look forward to staying in contact with everyone throughout the year.
I’m looking forward to another fun week of learning in kindergartenJ