November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving Families,

Our week at a glance:
Reading: We predicted what a story would be about using the title; cover and picture walk using Thanksgiving books.
Math: We are working on counting and recording strategies.  I’ve included some ideas for additional practice at home at the end of this newsletter. Also note that the kindergarten standard is for students to count, read and write numbers 0-31. To order numbers forward and backward 0-20. To be able to count and combine objects up to 20. To be able to say what number comes ‘before’ or ‘after’ another number.
Writing: We are still working on personal narrative writing. We also practiced letter writing and wrote get-well letters to Carl (our assistant principal who is battling cancer). 

Next week: (Becky is back!)
Monday: Art
Tuesday: Gym
Wednesday: Art
Thursday: Gym, literacy night from 6-7:30
Friday: Science
Sounds this week: p and g
Sight (star) words: to and a

Friday Folders- Handwriting homework for the letters p and g. Make sure students are going slow and forming letters correctly. Math homework is filling in the missing numbers on a 10-frame. Also, note the questions you should ask your child at the bottom of the page. Permission slips are in the Friday folder for a trip to the Children’s Theater in January. We have to pay for the tickets 45 days in advance, so that is why you are receiving it now. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Below are the math ideas I mentioned earlier:
Math Activities:
•       Number Hunt!  Look around your house for numbers.  What numbers do you find?  What are the numbers used for?
•       Look for numbers on a calendar.
•       Using a deck of cards (remove all face cards) and a collection of pennies, flip a card over and have your child count out the same number of pennies as the card shows.
•       Using a 100s chart (with only 1-20 showing), show two different numbers to your child.  Have your child name each one and tell you which number is more or which is less.  Repeat the activity using three numbers.
Say a number from 0-20 and have your child write the number. 

Math Games:
Chutes and Ladders
There are many early number concepts that can be developed by playing Chutes and Ladders.  Help your child to:
•       Recognize regular dot patterns. The game is played with a die 1-6.  Help your child learn the dot patterns for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 so they are not counting the dots each time. 
•       Identify numbers to 100.
•       Count in short sequences to 100.
•       Know that each space needs its own count.

In this card game, build piles from 1 to 5.  The numbers from one to five are represented using numbers, number words, tallies, dice patterns, and finger patterns.
There are many different games you can play with Dominoes.  All the games are based on dot patterns and counting. 
Hi Ho Cherry-O
Players read numbers and race to have ten cherries in their baskets.