· The Braintree Public Schools will hold a Kindergarten Information Night on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Braintree High School Auditorium. This session will be for all incoming full-day and half- day kindergarten parents.
· Note – Change of Location –
The lottery for the full-day kindergarten program is scheduled for Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Please note that the location for the lottery drawing has been changed to the Braintree High School Auditorium.
FDK News for January
This month we will begin unit three of our Reading Street series, entitled "Change All Around Us!" During the month of January, 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 /n/ spelled Nn, /b/ spelled Bb, /r/ spelled Rr, /d/ spelled Dd, /k/ spelled Kk, and /f/ spelled Ff. Our kindergarten high frequency words to practice this month are she, me, with, see and look. We continue to develop our comprehension skills, reading about and discussing comparing and contrasting, plot, and cause and effect, as well as retelling. Kindergarten cares about "conventions," learning about verbs. A verb is an action word. We are writers, working on writing a complete sentence, summary, invitation, and caption. During the month of January, FDK can’t wait to investigate comparing quantities, and representing numbers and patterns. 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 recently completed our cool unit on Trees! This month we move on to our second of three science units, My Five Senses. We look forward to exploring our senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch with fun and engaging activities. We will learn that our senses help us to learn about the world around us.
As part of social studies in January, we will be learning all about winter, Martin Luther King Jr. and Chinese New Year. 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 and Emotion Management. We practice feelings, identifying anger, and caring and helping. We will pay attention to physical clues in our bodies to identify and manage our feelings.
There will be No School January 20th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
January 30th will be an early dismissal day, due to professional development workshops for teachers. FDK students will be dismissed at 11:50, with no late dismissals on this day. Our reading incentive program, Warming Up To Reading, is off to a wonderful start! Please keep those reading mittens coming! Enjoy valuable reading time together.
FDK at BHS was thrilled to host Sparky’s Puppets for a captivating show on January 9th. Our students were mesmerized as they enjoyed Old Favorites, Folk Tales, and Aesop’s Fables brought to life through puppets. Our thanks go out to the PTOs at all 6 of Braintree’s elementary schools and the Braintree Cultural Arts Council for supporting this excellent program. Thank you! Thank you!
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