Updated: Jan 12
Kindergarteners have had a fun, busy, productive month in February, despite all the snow days and late starts! We focused on love, doing several art projects and writing activities
that you can view in our hallway.
For Groundhog Day we learned about shadows and for Presidents Day we learned about the presidency, wrote about what we would do if we were president, and did a patriotic craft.
A highlight this month was the 100th day of school on February 8th. To celebrate we
dressed as 100-year-old people and made ‘100 days smarter’ crowns. For our snack we
counted and ate 10 pieces of 10 different snacks. Our learning all day was focused on
100 so we built towers with 100 dixie cups for STEM, wrote about what we didn’t know 100
days ago and what we can do now, and did lots of counting. The kids had a great time!
Kindergarteners started memory work in the second semester, and they are doing great! We are working on our third verse already: John 21:17.
For Lent we started a countdown chain and read a Bible story from The Jesus Storybook Bible every day. The subtitle of this book is Every Story Whispers His Name and I love how the beautiful foreshadowing in the Old Testament is explicitly explained in a way children can understand and appreciate. And they do! When I ask who the story is pointing us towards, they always excitedly yell “Jesus!”
We have learned the sounds of all the letters in the alphabet! Phonics work continues with sounding out words, digraphs, blends and long vowel sounds. We are learning a lot of sight words in small groups and with the whole class. A major focus in literacy small groups has been reading fluency. We continue to improve our handwriting, working on neatness, size and capital letters and lowercase letters in the correct places.
We are working on adding to make ten for Math. We have used lots of manipulatives including ten frames with beads and candy hearts for Valentine’s Day and dice and
dominos! We also focused on tally marks and counting by five this month.
Kindergarten Round Up took place on February 11 and was a fun day for me to meet
next year’s Kindergarteners and for them to experience a full day of school. They were eager to learn and excited to be “big Kindergarteners!”