Welcome back, Friends! We are heading into the last third of the school year already – Wow! It’s gone so fast! We have lots more fun to pack into the coming Spring! This will also be the beginning of a transitional, decision-making time for most of you, and I want you to know that I am completely aware of just how difficult this time can be. Rest assured that I will work with you to determine the best outcome for your child as he/she transitions into the world of “real school,” and I will be nothing but transparent as we partner to make this process a positive milestone focusing on new beginnings!
Wrapping It Up
In the week before break, we enjoyed the silly story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose. We focused on activities and discussions about “love” as it relates to our feelings about people and things in our lives. We learned about many different ways we can express our love, and how we express love differently between things we love and people we love. The children enjoyed exchanging Valentines with each other, as we emphasized the giving (not just the getting) part of showing our love. We introduced and practiced the letter “Vv,” and continued with the color pink and the heart shape. Thank you to all who sent flowers, sweets and cards for us! I am positive that we have the most generous group of parents in this school!
This next two weeks, we will continue a study of our feelings as they relate specifically to friendship. Both stories, Hooray For Hat by Brian Won and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean, feature a main character with lots of very moody friends. In the first story, Elephant is upset until he receives a package containing several hats. He stacks all the hats on his head, and goes out to show his friends. As he meets each of his grumpy friends, Elephant shares one of his hats to cheer them up. When they all try to figure out a way to make their friend Giraffe feel better, they come through with the perfect gift – the entire stack of hats! One of our favorite characters, Pete the Cat, begins the next story feeling…you guessed it – grumpy! Frog rides by on his motorcycle and gives Pete his cool sunglasses, and Pete begins to see things in a better light! “The birds are singing, the sky is bright, the sun is shining, I’m feeling alright!” Pete sings as he begins to visit his friends. Just as with Elephant, Pete shares his gift with each of his friends to help them feel better. When Pete’s sunglasses break, it is the grumpy, old owl who changes things with his wise words, “Pete, you don’t need magic sunglasses to see things in a new way. Just remember to look for the good in every day.” Both of these stories feature a repetitive, rhyming text for lots of practice with our phonemic awareness skills, and they both contain lots of rich, descriptive vocabulary and predictable sequencing.
We will introduce and practice the letter “Ll,” and we will then review letters “Nn,” “Dd,” “Mm,” and “Vv.” We will continue to practice the color pink and the heart shape through the remainder of this unit.
Dates to Remember
- February 25th-March 1st – Read Across America Week, Promoting reading in all communities:
27th-Wear Animal Print
28th-Wear Crazy Socks
1st- Dress as Book Character/Kindergarten Book Parade
- March 7 – 6:00-7:30 pm – STEM Family Night – There will be lots of great activities for our little guys! I hope to see you here!