Welcome to February!
In January, the children learned new routines in Writing, Phonics and Math. It has been a very busy month!
One new routine is establishing Writers’ Workshop. The children write at least four times a week. During this time, the concept of recording a story using pictures and words is explored and practiced.
There are three main components of our Writers’ Workshop:
- Journal Writing
- Think about a story from their life (something they’ve done and a topic they care about)
- Turn and Talk with a friend about your story
- Create a picture in their mind; noticing all the details- Then, draw a picture of this
- Using letters, or words; ‘write’ the story
- PWIM (Picture/Word Induction Method)
- Special writing
In addition, there is usually two other stations which may include : Publishing, Intensive letter practice/games, Speech and Language Activities/games or Special Writing projects.
In math we continue to work on counting. This month the children will explore counting up and down beginning from different numbers to ten. The children are learning to match numerals to sets of objects, compare two amounts (more/less/fewer/equal), print numerals to 10 and making one number in different ways: all important skills for future math tasks. It is a great advantage for Kindergarten children to be able to make numbers in different ways (for Example: 1+4, 2+3, 3+1+1 all = 5) and to be able to manipulate amounts up to 5 in their head. On Fridays, the children practice estimating amounts using 5 as a referent.
If your child wishes give out Valentine cards, please send them to school on February 13th or 14th. Your child has a list of names in his/her BEE Book.
Division 4 Family Games Night
February 22nd from 5:45 pm to 7:00 you are invited to join other families from our class, for Family Games night at Promontory School. I will have several board games to choose from and I will be providing a light snack. In a few weeks, I will send home a form for those who are interested in attending.
Some Dates to keep in mind:
Feb. 8 Early dismissal 12:00 ( There will not be Student-Led Conferences this term. I will contact you if I have concerns. )
Feb. 19 Family Day-No school
Feb. 22 Family Games Night (5:45pm-7:00pm)
Feb. 23 Professional Day- no School