Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish all of my families a very happy Thanksgiving Holiday!  Enjoy the time with your family and friends and I'll see all my little ones back on Monday morning!  Please check out the Lewis Carroll Kindergarten website for a calendar for all of kindergarten.  Details about activities in December will come home next week in your child's folder. 

Parents, the winter holidays are just around the corner, but we will be working hard the next three weeks. The end of the semester tests are upon us! I am going to keep the really exciting topics for the last week before school is out.  Please help your child stay calm during this time period.  Remember that little five and six year olds do not have a very clear understanding of time.  So saying something is in "three weeks" is like saying it is tomorrow to them. 

Enjoy your holiday and please know that the Homelearning packet I sent home is NOT due Dec. 2nd.  It is also not mandatory (homework) to work on throughout the holidays.  If you CHOOSE to work on some skills during the holiday, great!  If not, that's fine, too. 

For your information, your child will be expected to know (MINIMAL expectations):
  • the first 16 sight words by the winter holidays (end of the semester)
  • blend together words (3 letter - CVC) using M, A, S, P, T, I, N, C
  • identification of letter names (upper case and lower case) of 22 letters, including the letters above)
  • sounds of the letters listed in the second "bullet"
  • how to compose/decompose the numbers 0-10  (all combinations of numbers to make the number, for example: 10 is the same as 9 and 1, 8 and 2, 7 and 3, 6 and 4, 5 and 5, 10 and 0).  One great way to practice this is through playing games using dice or dominoes.  The card game WAR is great for understanding MORE and LESS.  The website, Illuminations is wonderful for building this skill.  There is a link to it from the KIDS' page or my Sitehoover page.
  • how to write the numbers 0-10; identify numbers 0-10
  • know names of the shapes and be able to describe using words like "sides" and "vertices" (corners).  (We will be doing a lot of work with this in December.)
  • how to build and extend AB, AAB, ABC patterns, and growing patterns

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