FDK News for December
This month we will complete unit two of our Reading Street series, entitled "Look at Us!" During the month of December, we will continue to review alphabet letter recognition, letter naming, and matching uppercase to lowercase letters. We continue to build upon phonemic awareness in kindergarten, as we explore initial, medial, and final sounds in words. Phonics lessons will offer practice with matching alphabet letters to the sounds they make. We will master sounds /a/ spelled Aa, /s/ spelled Ss, /p/ spelled Pp, /k/ spelled Cc, and /i/ spelled Ii. Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are have, is, we, my, like, he and for. We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing comparing and contrasting, setting, main idea, realism and fantasy, sequence, as well as retelling. Kindergarten cares about "conventions," learning about nouns for more than one, proper nouns, adjectives, and adjectives for opposites. We are writers, working on labels, lists, notes, poems, caption, and story.
During the month of December, FDK can’t wait to investigate matching quantities to numerals, and relative position of numbers. Our students are becoming adept at subitizing. Subitizing is "instantly seeing how many." This is a crucial skill in the development of number skills. Math lessons incorporate several manipulatives, games, and activities to engage students as they practice important skills.
We love Trees! This month we will use what we know about trees to complete terrific tree journals. Enjoy sharing this wonderful work with your child later this month. After winter break we look forward to study of My Five Senses.
As part of social studies in December, we will be learning all about different holidays celebrated in our country and around the world. We’ll be learning about different traditions, foods, music, games, and stories that comprise the culture of each holiday.
Second Step is a program we use to help students develop learning skills and improve upon social skills. Our kindergarteners enjoy our interactive lessons. Currently, we are focusing on Empathy. We practice feelings, and identifying anger.
Full-Day Kindergarten at Braintree High School is pleased to announce that we are planning a wonderful Winter Workshop for students on Thursday, December 19th. Students will enjoy circulating by class through each of our four FDK rooms, where they will engage in fun, creative, and enriching winter activities. Please note that students, parent volunteers, and staff(!) have the option of wearing warm winter pajamas to school on this day. No slippers please.
FDK thanks you for your wonderful participation in our November reading incentive program, Turkey Tales. Stay tuned for our next reading incentive program, Warming Up To Reading, after winter break.
Please note that Winter Break is December 23rd-January 1st. Students return to school on Thursday, January 2nd.
Happy, happy holidays from FDK at BHS! ƒº ƒº