Hi Kindergarten Families,
Tomorrow is our pumpkin patch field trip! We are hoping it will not rain too hard and we will still be able to go tomorrow. I will let you know first thing Wednesday morning if we will need reschedule due to weather.
- Tomorrow (Tuesday) is our field trip to Siegel’s Cottonwood farm! Siegel’s Farm is a family run working farm. We will get to see the animals, experience the petting zoo, take a hayride, have lunch, learn about farms from the farm owners, and pick out a mini-pumpkin to bring home!
- What to know for our field trip:
- Children should dress in layers and comfortable walking shoes.
- Please make sure your child has a disposable lunch, labeled with their name (it is much easier to not have to worry about losing any containers/ bags/ water bottles at the farm).
- We will leave school at 9 AM and return by 1:40 PM. School is out at 1:55.
- We are lucky to have 4 chaperones coming with us too.
I am planning various pumpkin activities this week and Monday. According to my information, no one in our class is allergic to pumpkin. However, please let me know if you are uneasy with your child eating a few pumpkin seeds.
- We will celebrate Halloween on Monday, 10/31! Here’s what you need to know:
- Monday morning is a typical morning of academics and it is extended by one hour.
- Lunch is from 12:00-12:55.
- We do have a class party & a parade in the afternoon. All parents are welcome!
- The parade starts ~ 1:15. If it is nice out, we will parade as a school to the Heritage House on Lake Street to greet the senior citizens.
- The parade heads south on Harvey, East on Lake St. to cruise through Heritage house, North on Lombard and West on Ontario.
The party will begin after we return from the parade (around 2). Students … (and parents too!) are welcome to dress up! Please have students bring their costume to school in a bag/ in their backpack. Our parent volunteers and myself will help them change after they are done eating lunch. No scary props or weapons (guns, swords, nun-chucks, etc.) Students can go home for lunch to change, but I do not recommend it! The office is very busy and not worth the hassle! If you do plan to have your kindergartner go home at lunch, please email me so I can remind them & send them down to meet you in the office at 12:00.
- Many parents asked for book recommendations for early readers for their kindergartners. This type of book is great for students who are ready to take the next step in their reading journey- if your child knows a handful of sight words and can recognize all letters and letter sounds, you might want to try a few of these.
- Bob Books are decodable readers Bob Books
- "Step Into Reading" books http://www.stepintoreading.com/
- "I Can Read" https://www.icanread.com/
- Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems are cute and fun to read together
What We’ve Been Learning Lately in School:
- Our Theme This Week is Halloween! We will read stories about Halloween both informational and fiction stories. We are finding the main idea and details in informational stories and talking about the characters and setting in fiction stories.
We also read about the life cycle of a pumpkin and retell the story.
- Writing: "Writing Workshop" this week focuses on students working on planning out their writing stories. We are transitioning from writing teaching topics to writing stories. Students will be introduced to using a student-friendly rubric to check their own work.
- Handwriting: We continue to work on our "Frog Jump Capital" Letters: H, K, L, U, V, W, X, Y, Z. All of these letters start in the upper left corner (of an imaginary letter box). Once you make a straight line down, your pencil jumps like a frog back to the upper left to make the next pencil stroke.
- Math: making combinations of 5: and being able to count 4, 5, 6 objects when presented in a straight line, an array, a circle, or scattered.
- Writing & Science: Describing the inside of pumpkins? We will also learn the word "adjective" as we describe our class pumpkin.
How to Help at Home:
- You may hear your kindergartner ask about the b/ d story when they are trying to recognize b/d… An FYI: I told the class two stories to help them learn b & d:
- d story: When I was in kindergarten, my mom would make me eat a donut every morning before I walked out the door… So, for the letter d: the donut (the circle part of the letter) comes before the door (the straight line part of the letter).
- b story: The baseball player has to grab a bat (the straight line part of the letter) before he can hit the ball (the circle)… So, for the letter b: the bat comes before the ball.
Wednesday, October 26th: Pumpkin Patch field trip
Monday, October 31st: Halloween celebration in the afternoon. Costumes are encouraged. Parents & siblings are invited to our afternoon parade & party.
Thanks! Have a great week. Let me know if you have any questions, comments!