February is a month of celebrations for the kindergartners. We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and marking the 100Th day of school! Amongst these festivities, we will be working on the following curriculum.
In Language Arts, the children will be operating a classroom Post Office. To keep the Post Office “in business”, the children will be writing letters, posting bills, designing postcards and creating stamps. Attention will be called to thoughtful and kind language as they design greeting cards and valentines to be “processed” in the Post Office.
In Math, we will focus on finishing Topic 7- Understanding Subtraction and continue onto Topic 8- More Addition and Subtraction. Students will represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings, verbal explanations or equations. Students will also solve addition and subtraction word problems and add and subtract using objects or drawings to represent the problem. Students will work on their fluency to add and subtract numbers within 5. We will move on to topics 9 and 10 and become even more confident in our understanding of numbers beyond 10!
We will have our 100Th day celebration, which promises to be a wonderful number experience. (Gulp - when it is depends on snow days!) We will prepare for this day with many estimating activities. For example, are there 100 blocks in the estimating jar… 100 hearts… 100 pennies?
Our Social Studies program for February will explore the concept of life over one hundred years ago, particularly the lives of children. Kindergartners will be introduced to President Theodore Roosevelt who moved into the White House with his six children in 1901. For Valentine’s Day, (celebrated on 2/14), we will host a Victoria Luncheon, giving the children the opportunity to model the appropriate etiquette for the period. Please look for a separate permission slip for this special event.
In Science this month, we will study the wonders of magnets. Children will be introduced to different kinds of magnets and learn how and why they act the way they do!
IMPORTANT- PLEASE READ THE NEXT SECTION CAREFULLY! WE WANT ALL STUDENTS TO HAVE A WONDERFUL VALENTINE’S DAY AND WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL!
NOTE TO PARENTS:
Valentine’s Day celebrations can be extremely chaotic for kindergartners as they each arrive with more than a dozen pre-addressed valentines. Inevitably they mix them with the valentines they are receiving from classmates despite our best efforts to keep everything separate.
In an effort to make the day more pleasurable, each child has pulled the name of a class member randomly. (See end of this packet.) We are asking that each child make one special valentine, complete with his/her own verse to be delivered in school on Tuesday, February 14Th. We ask your cooperation in not sending a store bought valentine.
In past years, valentines have been created in many unique forms… a little stitched heart-shaped pillow, a paper valentine decorated with lace, pictures and stickers. We have even had heart-shaped tote bags, heart-shaped marionette love bugs, valentine t-shirts and caps!!! (PLEASE REMEMBER NO FOOD ITEMS)
This experience personalizes the celebration and makes the holiday very meaningful.
If your child has purchased/made individual valentines, he/she is welcome to bring them to school from February 1st to 13Th . They will be sorted and delivered on February 13Th by each student. A list of all students’ names is attached.
Thanks for your continued support!
Melissa & Kathleen
In the heart is the name of your Special Valentine!
Make a special card for your valentine. Then make something special for them. You could sew a heart, decorate a t-shirt, bag or hat, create a personalized book or build something special. Ask a grown-up for help writing a special message, which will tell your valentine what you like most about him/her. BRING ONLY THIS VALENTINE TO SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14Th. Keep your Valentine’s name a secret; let it be a surprise on the 14Th.
My Class Valentine List