Happy New Year and welcome back to Kindergarten! We’ve had a strong start following our routine to school. The children have done well settling back into the routines, and they’ve remembered quite well the expectations for self-regulated listening and behaviour. We’re so proud of them and it is wonderful to see how much they’ve grown in only two weeks.
We got right down to business on Monday morning with our Alphabet work on the letter “m.” The children are working hard on their printing, especially following the correct formation for printing the letters. This is very important because in the next year or two, speed will also become necessary in printing. We’re not worried about that yet…rather, our priority is taking the time to lay a strong foundation for correct letter formation which will contribute to increased speed, in addition to the correct shape, size and spacing between letters and words.
After much anticipation through the week, we finally got to make our “m is a mouse” craft.
We’ve been blending three sounds into words (CVC – consonant, vowel, consonant) as part of our phonological awareness to train the ear to listen for the sounds, the sequence of the sounds and manipulate the sounds to say and read words. For example, b-a-t is bat. We can manipulate the “b” to a “c” and say c-a-t- is cat. (Remember, we’re saying the sounds, not the letter names).
A fun way to practise is to say rhyming word families: bat, cat, fat, hat, mat, pat, rat, sat, vat.
Manipulate the “a” to “e” and you can say:
Bet, get, jet, let, met, net, set, vet
We had lots of fun with our District Physical Literacy teachers on Tuesday. The children participated in a variety of circuit training stations using small equipment. They listened very well and participated fully in the different activities.
It’s the start of a new month so we drew our January self-portraits. They might look chilly, but each drawing is warm with love!
Upcoming Events and Reminders
The big news for next week is the weather. It’s going to be cold. The children should all have waterproof mittens or gloves they can put on themselves. They are managing their boots, rain pants and jackets to the best of their ability. Some children still find zippers and snaps challenging but they are persevering. We are teaching them to pull out the sleeves from their wet jackets to dry properly between the morning and lunch recess.
We’re playing badminton now (Mrs. Campbell’s class started on Friday) in PE so students must have running shoes to wear in the gym. Crocs, slippers, dress shoes and fashion boots are not suitable footwear for PE. Please keep a pair of runners at school all the time.
Library books should be returned for Tuesday.