Happy Daylight Savings Day!! This is one of my favorite days of the year because I find it just wonderful to look out the window at 6:45pm and be able to still see the sun up in the sky! I am certainly looking forward to warmer days that are coming our way this week and am planning some extra outside recess time to make up for all those February days stuck inside!
This week all Kindergarten students will take the Scholastic first grade readiness test. This is a test that focuses on all of the math and language arts skills we've been practicing all year and there is a big portion of the test that focuses on listening skills. I will chat about the test with the class tomorrow to help them be ready for their testing group (I will test the class in thirds so one group will go Tuesday, one group Wednesday and one group Thursday). There is nothing extra that needs to be done at home to prep for the test - just a good nights sleep and a healthy breakfast. Please let me know if your child will be absent Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of this week as soon as possible. Please let me know if you have any questions regarding this week's testing.
Scholastic testing will take the majority of our ABCs and Reading time this week. We will finish up one Dr. Seuss activity that we did not get to complete due to the snow days last week. We will also complete some morning work that focuses on recognizes ending sounds.
This week in Math we will continue to work our way through our Addition and Subtraction units. We will focus on identifying if oral story problems are addition or subtraction and what strategies we can use the solve the problem. We've focused on 4 strategies to solve addition/subtraction story problems: counting on fingers, using manipulatives/counters, using a number line and/or drawing a picture. We will also work on decomposing the numbers 4 and 5 (For example: 4 = 2 +2 and 4 = 1 + 3).
This week in religion we will continue to focus on Lent. We will spend a lot of time during Lent focusing on prayer and have created beautiful "Prayer Flowers" that will be sent to our shut-ins and seminarians that have been assigned to the Kindergarten class. We will attend Stations of the Cross with PK, 1st and 2nd grade on Friday.
We will begin to dive into the food groups this week in our Nutrition Unit. We will focus on the fruit group this week. We will begin to cut out fruit from food magazines and build some of our favorite into a "My Plate" model.
Notes & Announcements:
- We are currently collecting canned goods (corn, peas and baked beans) for the Elkridge Food Pantry. We send a huge donation in celebration of our 100th Day of school and are now back to our goal of 25 items for he food pantry.
- Burger King Night - Thursday!! This months proceeds will go to the Kindergarten class and technology program.
Happy Playing, Laughing & Learning,