Happy New Year! We hope you all had a happy and restful Christmas break. The kindergarteners are back in full swing as they enter into 2012. One major change that the boys and girls have experienced is no naps after lunch! But, they are keeping their energy high until the very end of the day. They have also been adjusting wonderfully to two new subjects, Social Studies and Science. The students have been learning about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in preparation for the holiday on Monday. The kindergarteners listened to the story, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, and have written and illustrated some themes from the book. In Science, they have been introduced to the amazing world of the Five Senses which will be an ongoing unit throughout the month of January.
Math and Language Arts have also been keeping the students very busy. In Math, the boys and girls have been working on their numbers and learning how to correctly write them in proper form. They have a topic test coming up next week! In Language Arts, we have started "Learning Centers". This week, we had a Phonics Center, a Journal Writing Center, and a Match It ABC's Center. Two tables concentrate on one center per day, and we rotate the centers in order for each table to participate in all three centers by the end of the week. The students did a great job with the new routine!
Another change to our schedule is that, each week, the kindergarteners attend Friday Morning Mass. Our buddy class, the sixth grade, have been helping our students adjust to going to church with the rest of the school. Ms. Haas and I are impressed with how well behaved our class has been, and what a great influence the sixth graders have had on our students. Thank you sixth grade!
Reminder: No school on Monday, January 16 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Have a wonderful long weekend!!!