We have finished our first full week of Kindergarten, and I think it’s going pretty well! We’ve established our routines, we’ve decided as a class what our expectations should be, and we are becoming a close-knit classroom community. We have had fire drill practices, and coming up we will be having bus evacuation drills and school evacuation drills.
This past week we learned about children around the world, and we will continue to focus on this over the course of the next week.
We will continue working on solidifying our alphabet knowledge, both the order of the alphabet and letter identification.
In math we are learning about the different ways to count. Last week we talked about counting by pointing (and remembering it doesn’t matter where we start to count, just that we make sure we count everything), and by moving objects as we count them. This week we will be introduced to the ten frame and to subitizing (being able to look at an arrangement, for example on the dice, and know how many are there just by looking). We practice all of these with numbers up to five because it’s a great number to practice counting with- not too hard, not too easy.
To Keep in Mind:
-Monday Sept 17 is picture day as well as Meet the Teacher Night. Pictures will happen sometime in the morning. There will be two sessions for Meet the Teacher, one at 6 and one at 6:30. I will be going over class routines and expectations. I will also have sign up sheets for special treat days and for playdough.
-September 28 is a school Professional Development Day. There will be no regular classes that day.
–Information for Dropping off and Picking Up your child:
In the mornings, if you wish to come down to the classroom, you must check in with the office. I do want to encourage you, though, to allow your child to come into school on their own. They are quite independent, and need this time to practice that.
For dropping off/picking up your child in the drop off zone, please note the following:
*Parents who are picking up their children after school, must do so in the lobby. Parents are not permitted in the bus loop and cannot pick their children up in this area.
*Parents who are dropping their children off in the morning, please let them out of their cars close to the metal barriers near the exit area of the drop off loop.
*Parents are not permitted to enter the staff parking areas (the parking areas past the concrete barriers and the new side parking spaces close to the field).
Here’s to another busy, yet fun week ahead of us! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to let me know!