How many pompoms can you get in one minute?
Writing on the table with dry erase markers is fun! The kids know they need permission from an adult!
The end of first quarter is here already on Friday, November 1. In kindergarten we will continue to test individually for the report card and in the next few weeks you will be receiving information about your conference date and time. Keep an eye on your child’s home folder!
You can help at home a tremendous amount by making sure your child is getting enough sleep and eating good food and we will get through Halloween the best we can! The kids are getting so excited for the big day.
Also, please dress your children for the weather. It is getting so cold now that winter coats, boots, hats and gloves are good to have. Snow pants should be purchased soon as well because we don’t have many to borrow at school and the kids are outside nearly a half hour for recess. Fresh air is great for everyone but it can be so miserable if the kids aren’t dressed warmly enough!
Please send your one pound box of snack crackers for second quarter. It is a tremendous help for keeping the kids learning until lunchtime. Thank you!
Here are some recent photos of activity in our room:
Counting and sorting the number of letters in friends’ names
Alphabet Sounds song with googly eye pointer
Paper punch counting and number recognition
Using individualized iPad app sheets for math practice
Goodbye cards for Kati
Sometimes it’s hard to get children interested in reading a book. We need to remember that books aren’t the only materials that can be read. This article from Scholastic Parents has great ideas for getting reluctant readers to practice their reading skills:
15 Reading Materials That Aren’t Books
Try these creative ways to use all kinds of print to read with your kids.
When we think of reading, most of us immediately think of stories, especially books. But there are many other types of reading materials that children can use to practice their developing reading skills. How many of these forms of print have you read with your children?
- Magazines. There are lots of great magazines for kids, both at the newsstand and available for digital downloads.
- Comics. Don’t discount the power of comics to hook kids on reading. They are a great way to teach your children about the back and forth of dialog.
- Manuals. For kids who want to know how things work, manuals for things like cars, lawnmowers, and appliances can be great options — and they build vocabulary, too.
- Newspapers. If you are worried about exposing your child to news articles about crime or traumatic events, choose a local community newspaper or give your child a specific section to read that you’ve already vetted.
- Poetry. Grab a collection of poems or sit down and write some with your children. Rhyming is an important skill for reading, and having your children write poems on their own is a great way to build that skill.
- Travel Brochures. They can plan fantasy vacations and learn a bit of geography, too.
- Encyclopedias. Did you read encyclopedias as a kid? Your child might have to read them online, but that’s OK, too. Start with a subject and see where it takes the two of you.
- Sports Programs. Hold on to the programs that you are given at sporting events and let your kids read and reread about their favorite athletes and teams.
- Catalogs. Many catalogs now are so much more than just products and quick descriptions. Have your child make wish lists and fit in a little writing, too.
- Recipes. Cook with your kids and take turns reading the ingredients and instructions. This is a great example of real-life reading for kids of any age.
- Dictionaries. You might be hard pressed to convince your children to read a dictionary from cover to cover, but give them a challenge like: “Find a new word that starts with ‘r'” or “Find a word with 13 letters” and they will end up doing a lot of reading with a plain old dictionary.
- Play Scripts. Explore what it might be like to be on screen or stage by reading a few scripts together. You can even put on a play after reading them.
- Atlases. Atlases are packed with a wealth of reference information. Not only can your child map out a great adventure, but she can also read about land formations, population, and more.
- Road Signs. Kids start recognizing familiar signs at an early age. Keep that knowledge of environmental print going by playing sign games on road trips.
- Books They Write! Nothing is as powerful as reading their own writing. Encourage your child to write, and his reading will get a boost, too.