Yay! We have all survived our first week of full days! I am so proud of each of my Kindergarten friends! It takes a lot of energy in these first weeks to learn all the new rules and routines. Your child may be coming home tired and/or emotional. This is pretty common for the beginning of the school year and will get easier as the weeks go on.
We have had a good start to our Kindergarten learning. Here are some things we’ve already covered:
- numbers 1-3
- math shelf activities
- AB patterns
- pinch and flip pencil grip
- phonograms (clock letters o,c,a,d,g,f,q,and s + l, t, h, and b)
- recognizing my name
- our classroom community (learning the names of our classmates)
- our school community
- our school rules
- Terry Fox, a Canadian hero
- Jesus loves me
- God made each of us unique and special
- Golden Rule: Do to others what you would have them do to you
SEL (social/emotional learning)
- Identifying the 4 Zones of Regulation (blue, green, yellow, red)
- expected and unexpected behaviors
- fire drill
- earthquake drill
- lockdown drill (this one was unexpected!)
A few other things:
- Our library day this year is Monday. Please send your child’s library book back to school in the red library bag and place it in the basket outside of our classroom door on Monday mornings. The full time students will also visit the library again on Fridays but they won’t be taking out books on this day. If you forget to send your child’s book back, no worries. Just bring it back as soon as possible. Your child won’t bring a book home that week but can look at books during their library visit.
- Comfort kits are due back on October 6th, next Thursday.
- HRA will observe Orange Shirt Day on Thursday of this week. Children may wear an orange shirt with casual bottoms instead of their uniform. There will be no school on Friday as we observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. As a Kindergarten class our focus will be a brief, gentle telling of Phyllis Webstad’s story and how the actions of others made her feel. We will think about how children should feel at school (eg. safe, happy, loved etc) and we will consider our role in making this a reality (Do to others what you would have them do to you)
If you have any questions or comments please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am looking forward to a wonderful year ahead! We’re off to a great start!