- Please come to school on the evening of March 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm and see some projects your child has been doing in Kindergarten this year during our Open House. We have been studying about Grapevine and Community Helpers and your child will have many things to share with you. You can also see where your child goes to P.E., Art, Music and the Library. There will also be a Book Fair in the library where you can buy books at fantastic prices. We hope you can come and celebrate your child’s achievements!
- Spring Break will be from March 9-13. We hope you can enjoy this time making special memories with your family!
- Field Trip
Mark your calendars! We will be taking our last field trip of the year to the Ft. Worth Zoo in April. Chaperones are needed! A final date and more information will follow soon.
What are we learning this month?
-I can use advanced reading strategies to read unfamiliar words:
- Word familes (-at, -op, -in, etc.), digraphs and dipthongs (th, sh, ou, ee, etc.)
-I can ask questions that help me think about my reading to comprehend texts:
- What do I know? What do I want to know? How did the author answer my question?
-I can use ideas and techniques in my writing I learn from other authors.
I Can Read Poems and High Frequency words of the week:
-Mar. 2: "I'm a Texas Star" how, your
-Mar. 16: "I'm a Little Leprechaun" big, little, if
-Mar. 23: "Rain, Rain" play
-Mar. 30: "To the Farm" these
Please remember to write each of these words on its own index card and practice them with your child for a few minutes 3 or more times a week. Your child can practice writing them on a dry erase board or scrap paper too. Children who learn these words quickly and correctly are often very successful readers and writers. Learning 3-4 words each week is much easier than waiting and trying to learn all of them (almost 100 words) at once!
-Geometry: 2D and 3D shapes
-Spring Tree Observation
- Characteristics of Living and Non-Living things
-Texas landmarks, symbols and geography
Mar. 4: College Shirt
Mar. 9-13: Spring Break
Mar. 18: Team Shirt
Mar. 20: End of the 3rd 9 weeks
Mar. 23: Class and individual Picture Day
Mar. 25-27: JPS Dental Clinic
Mar. 25: Reports Cards
Mar. 25: Hike and Bike to School
Mar. 25: Wacky Wednesday-Western Wear
Mar. 26: Open House (6:30-7:30)
Mar. 30-31: STARR TEST-4th/5th Grade NO VISITORS OR VOLUNTEERS ON THESE DAYS
*Writing Help at home
We talk a lot about what good writers do in Kindergarten. The next time you and your child sit down to write (a letter to Grandma, a grocery list, or even a story) remind him/her of things “good writers” do:
*use spaces between their words
*start sentences with a capital letter
*put punctuation at the end of their sentence
*Capitalize the pronoun 'I'
*use their best handwriting using lowercase letters unless writing a name of something (person, month, or other important nouns)
*Puts as many sounds as possible in the words
*Spells HFW correctly
*Check their work and see that it makes sense and goes in the correct order.
Our goal in Kindergarten is for students to leave us as an EARLY WRITER. We discussed the graphic in the link below on Curriculum Night in September, but you may need a refresher. It is also on my website.
*Behavior Help at Home:
Erin Brown Conry, mother of 12, and author of 20 Secrets to Success with your Child, shares a few common mistakes parents make with their children:
- Don’t ask your child why they acted in a certain way. They usually don’t know. Just address the issue and teach the proper response.
- Set realistic consequences. Don’t use threats too huge to follow through on.
- Give a 5 minute warning before you plan to leave or want your child to do something. Clearly explain what is going to happen.
- End before the crash. Know your child’s limits—it may be sooner than you think—and quit while you're ahead.
- Give adequate opportunity for body movement. Let your child run and exercise. It can even help with learning.
Skills to Work on a Home:
Tying shoes is an exciting accomplishment for your child. Although each child will learn to tie shoes at a different time, it is important to practice often. Make it your goal to work on tying shoes before first grade starts. Working on other frequently used skills such as snapping, buttoning and zipping will also be beneficial in helping your child gain confidence and independence.