Welcome to Kindergarten
Classroom News and Notes
Week of Nov. 28 – Dec. 2
I hope your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. God has given us so many things for which to be thankful. Being able to teach your children is one of the many things on my list this year!
Christ Light: This week we begin learning about the true meaning of Christmas, the celebration of our Savior Jesus’ birth. Students will learn the Bible story, “God’s Special Message for Mary.” God sent his angel to tell Mary that she would be the mother of the promised Savior. Just as Mary trusted in God, so we too trust in God and the things he tells us as he speaks to us through his Word.
Memory Work: We continue to work on the children’s parts for the Christmas service:
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:10-14
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Superkids: The children will be learning with the Superkid Frits, who likes to fish, this week. They will continue to improve their reading skills and will also be introduced to different types of sentences.
Math: The children will practice adding and subtracting using a number line. They will be hopping their bunny erasers up and down a number line as they add and subtract.
Writing: Last week the children finished their posters reminding others of things they can do to keep our school clean and safe. Be sure to ask your child what is on his poster and where he hung it in the school! This week the students will continue writing to persuade someone of something. They will also begin writing a review of a game, book or movie this week.
Unit Studies: The children will be discussing and recognizing the difference between wants and needs. They will also be making decorations for our classroom Christmas tree. In addition, they are working very hard on learning their scarf routine for the upcoming Christmas program and are very excited to perform it for you soon!
Additional Activities: The children will work with many new Christmas centers throughout December that will help reinforce skills such as adding and subtracting, reading and writing sight words, measuring, counting tally marks, and working with word families.
Daily: Reading/blending pages
Thursday: Read the Christlight Bible story – God’s Special Message for Mary - Complete the worksheet and return it on Friday.
Book It: Students may turn in their completed November recording sheets for a free pizza coupon. New recording sheets for the month of December will come home on Thursday. Keep up the good work!
Book Orders: Book orders are being sent home today and are due back by this Wednesday, November 30th. Please note that orders will be sent in earlier than usual to guarantee that they will arrive before Christmas break, according to what Scholastic has informed us. Book orders are a great way for our class to earn free books! Ordering online is also easy and convenient. You may use the code J8W63. My husband and I share a Scholastic account, so if you see Mr. Brown’s class listed, you are in the right place.
Christmas donations: Last week a green paper was sent home asking for donations to help a local family in need. Please consider giving, if you are able.
A Note About Santa: Many of the kindergarteners are very excited about Santa! If your child is one that already knows the truth, please talk with him about not sharing his secret with others. J We will have some fun Christmas activities this month that sometimes will include Santa, but we always, always stress that Jesus is even more important than Santa. He is the true reason we celebrate. The gift of God’s son, Jesus, who came to live a perfect life on Earth and die on the cross for us sinners, is the best gift we could ever receive!
Blessings on your week!