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					                                    Weekly Class News
                            From the Kindergarten classroom of Mrs. Wilcox




Highlights
Big Book: Homes Around the World by Judy Nayer. Book:If You Could Go To Antarctica by
Fay Robinson. Vocab for If you Could Go to Antarctica: Antarctica, icebergs, seals,
continent, penguins, and whales. This is a non-fiction book about the animals that live on this
freezing continent. Shared/guided reading daily *NCSCOS(North Carolina Standard
Course of Study) Objective 3.01- The learner will connect information and events in text to
experience.

If your child has a favorite holiday story that he/she would like to share, please send it to
school.

In phonics, we will study the   letter Uu. Please continue to work on all the letters and
their sounds at home. Also, remember to keep reading every night.

Vocab words for Homes Around the World: home, tools, city, roof, apartment, and country.

Science: Winter/Seasons/Weather-Use Thinking Maps -Dressing for the day/Temperature
Compare Human and Animal homes
What is a house made of?
Building Materials
*NCSCOS(North Carolina Standard Course of Study) Objective 2.04- The learner will
observe and determine the effects of weather on human activities.

Social Studies: Caring-character education
What makes a house a home?
Maps --Physical characteristics of places Landforms
*NCSCOS(North Carolina Standard Course of Study) Objective 5.02- The learner will create
and interpret simple maps, models and drawings of the home, school and other environments.
Family Traditions and customs
*NCSCOS(North Carolina Standard Course of Study) Objective 1.03- The
learner will examine diverse family structures around the world.
Holiday writing and the Thinking map will be a tree map and Brace map review.

Math skills we are working on this week are:
sorting by own rule and explain-Agrupando por color, tamano y forma
Participate in oral number stories-Participar en historias trabajando con numeros practicando
suma y resta.
Graphing-graficas
One to one correspondence-correspondencia uno a uno
count to 30 without skipping any numbers-contar los numberos hasta el 30 sin saltarse
ninguno.
patterning
Paper-Folding Geometry-Geometria doblando papel.
Form groups of 10
Recognize numbers-reconocer los numeros 0-20
write number-Escribire identificar los numeros


Polar Express Day to be announced- We will be wearing our pajamas this day for our ride to
the North Pole! We will read the story and watch parts of the movie while having a class
"train ride" in our classroom. We will be serving hot chocolate and Christmas cookies. Please
send a batch of your child's favorite (store bought) Christmas cookies to share ( we have 18
students) Parents, Grandparents, etc.. are always welcome to join us!
*** Students are working very hard to earn their ticket to ride the "train" by showing great
husky behavior! Remember to follow our school matrix for behavior!

Date to be announced-We will be making our Gingerbread houses...need volunteers! If you
would like to donate items for gingerbread houses we need: plain graham crackers, white
frosting, small candy canes and m&m's.

Fun Facts: Did You Know? One of the state's first railroads, the 161 mile Wilmington and
Raleigh line, was the longest railway in the world when it opened in 1840.
The lowest temperature ever recorded in North Carolina was -34 Fahrenheit on Mount
Mitchell on January 21, 1985. The largest libraries in the state are at Duke University and
the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Duke University is a leading center for
research in medicine and a number of other fields.

Math games to play at home:
1. As you travel call out the names of all the numbers you see around you.
2. See how many patterns you can find around you.
3. Name as many shapes as you can see around you.
4. Find 3 things bigger than your car and 3 things smaller.
5. Name 3 things on the right and 3 things on the left of the road.
6. Count the different foods you have for dinner.
7. Put out a 1/2 cup of cereal you can sort. Did you sort by color/size?
8. Open the refrigerator. Can you find a pattern anywhere?
9. Choose 2 foods at dinner and tell how they are alike and how they are different.
10. When dinner is over is your cup full, 1/2 full, or empty?
11. Time to pick up your dirty clothes. Count them as you put them in the basket.
12. Count to 10 while you brush your teeth.
13. Do a chore at your house. Which takes longer- the chore or writing your name?
14. Lay out your clothes for tomorrow. Do you see any patterns?
15. Talk about why you have chores and why it's important to put things away.
16. Draw a picture of your friends. Count them and write the number on your paper.
17. Do you have more friends that are boys or girls? (or are they equal)
18. Are your friends taller or shorter or are they the same as you?
19. Think of a friend. Name 2 ways you and your friend are the same and 2 ways you are
different. Use a double bubble map!
20. Name a friend. Are you older, younger, or the same age as your friend.

We will be sending home unfinished santa faces. Every day in the month of December we
have added a cotton ball to Santa's beard. It is great for the count down to the holiday as
well as great for number recongition. Please continue doing this with your child. Every day
add a cotton ball and remember to name the number. Thanks and have a great vacation!!!!

A SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL HOLIDAY GIFTS! MRS. FOX
AND I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU THINKING OF US DURING THIS WONDERFUL TIME
OF YEAR. WE WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY JOYOUS HOLIDAYAND A HAPPY
NEW YEAR! THANK YOU AGAIN
MRS. WILCOX AND MRS. FOX

				
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