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September Kindergarten News & Notes

The kindergarten school year has gotten off to a wonderful start.  Here are just a few of the things we have been working on:

Our phonics program, Animated Literacy, is an engaging program that combines, singing, drawing, and gesturing to help students remember the sounds of letters and to begin to form words with these sounds.  So far, we have learned the sound of the letters P (Polly Panda), U (Uncle Upton), M (Mimi Mermaid), O (Ollie Ostrich), X (Felix Fox & Max the Ox), and this week we added the letter A (Actress Annie).  If you ask your child, they should be able to tell you about the character, show you their gesture, and should also be able to sing some fun variations of the songs Are You Sleeping, Skip to My Lou, and Apples & Bananas.  Using only these letters, the students can gesture and "sound out" quite a few words.  Give it a try with them!  I think you might be impressed!!

Our new math series has proven to be a challenge for many of the students.  In addition to the worksheets you see in their folders, students have been working on an online math program (Smash Math), and I try to provide hands-on opportunities during calendar and at other times to incorporate the math we are working on.  As you have probably noticed, math homework has been in the "Notes to Parents" side of your child's folder each night.  I appreciate that so many parents take the time to do these with their students.  Sometimes, it is difficult at school to give each child the one-on-one time needed to help them understand, so your help is invaluable.  Also, when you are just spending time with your child, it would be helpful if you would just randomly count objects with them... just to give them lots of real-life practice.  

I am loving the science we are doing this year, and I hope your child is too.  So far we have learned about the butterfly lifecycle, about how flowers are pollinated by bees, and we have completed an investigation to determine whether something is a "science" fruit or a "science" vegetable.  Hopefully your child has shared with you some of the fun activities we have done in the classroom.

Finally, in Religion, we have learned about and have completed projects for the creation, the tricky snake, and this week we are working on Noah's Ark.  Parents will be able to see and take home some of the completed projects at parent/teachers conferences.  

We have a couple of "fun" things coming up at Sacred Heart in the next few weeks:  Western Day on September 26, Blessing of the Pets on October 4, and our field trip to McCarty Dairy on October 6.  

Thank you for sharing your child with me this year.  I am looking forward to visiting with each parent at conferences next week.

Mrs. Truetken









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