Mrs. Beier

Happy Spring

What a wonderful time of the year! Spring is upon us and nature's showing promise of new life.

In the month of April our units of study will include Easter, Spring, Earth Day, Plants and Seeds.  These are exciting units because it ties in with many parts of the curriculum! We will be discussing growing, changing and renewing during this time.

IOWA Testing for kindergarten will begin the week of April 3-7, 2017. Please make sure your child gets to school on time, as we start testing the first thing in the morning. Getting plenty of rest and eating a good breakfast is recommended.

**Please be sure to check your child's art box weekly. It is sent home every Friday. They need to be prepared for class every day with good crayons, 2 sharp pencils and 2 glue sticks. Thank you!!!

Review Needed Skills - I am so proud of your child's reading readiness progress!
Please continue to REVIEW all letter sounds, vowel sounds, word families and popcorn words daily. Have your child read the stories to you that are sent home every week for homework and the other little booklets we read together in class.

Have your child write sentences using popcorn words, the word list that are sent home weekly and word families.  Remember when writing, use finger space in-between words, use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence and the proper punctuation at the end of the sentence.

Mastery of the following skills is essential to insure success for the beginning reader.
* Accurate recall of letter sounds with particular attention to the five short vowel sounds.
* Quick association of letter sound, name and formation.
* Smooth blending of two or more sounds without pausing between sounds.
* The ability to attack a new word by sounding it out, rather than guessing.

Help your child everyday to connect letters and sounds by making sure that he or she has plenty of easy books for reading practice to build vocabulary.

In Math,  we have  started Chapter 8. Your child will learn how to show, count, and write numbers to 20 and beyond.  Please practice with your child recognizing number words to 20. A great home activity would be to make a set of number flash cards up to 20.  Then ask your child to place the number cards in the correct order from 1-20.  Have your child point to each card and count forward from that number.  You can also have your child pick a number card and tell you what number comes before or after that given number.

Please continue to review two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes by identifying, naming and describing them. At home, spread out a group of household objects. Have your child point out the objects that look like circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders and spheres.   Discuss likes and differences between the shapes. (How many sides and vertices each shape has.) Please continue to encourage your child to compare the lengths, heights, weights, or capacities of items around the house.

Look for opportunities in your daily life to count objects with your child and talk about numbers, review calendar  math, 1-to-1 correspondence up to 30, practice writing and recognizing  numbers words from 1-20, counting to 100 by ones, tens and 5’s, and sorting objects around the house.

In Religion we have started our unit on "Celebrating God's Love"'. In this unit the children will learn to celebrate God's gift of love with others. Through the life of a seed, the children are introduced to the mystery of life and death. They will learn that through the cross they received new life in Baptism to live as Jesus did. The children will reflect on the joys of this world and learn about the joys of heaven. They will know that the greatest joy comes from experiencing God's love.

Please continue to pray the "Hail Mary, "Our Father, and "The Glory Be".

April- Extra Practice Writing At Home

Many of these exercises say "draw and write". Let the children experiment with writing. Let them sound out words to spell. If the children do any extra credit work at home, please have them bring it to school for a surprise or special recognition stickers.

1.    Write and draw 3 things that start with the letter "J".

2.    Write and draw 3 things that end with the letter "X". 
       (Example: fox, box)

3.    Write and draw 3 things that start with the letter "W".

4.    Write and draw 3 words from the "-ut" family.

5.    Write and draw 3 words from the "-un" family.

6.    Write and draw 3 words that end with the letter "T".

7.    Write a story using the words "First", "Next", "At last".

8.    Write and draw one sentence for each word.(blue, green)       

9.    Write and draw one sentence for each word.(what, where)

10.  Write and draw one sentence for each word.(said, come)

11.  Write one sentence for each word. (was, yellow)

12.  Draw a plant and label the parts. (Example: leaf, stem)

13.  Write and draw about a sport you like.

Secret Message - Happy Spring to you! Write this message on a piece of paper and bring it in for a surprise.

Spring Literature

Are You Spring?  by Caroline Pitcher
As the Earth Turns Spring by Lynn M. Stone
Beginning to Learn About Spring by Richard Allington
and Kathleen Krull

Chicken and Egg
by Christine Back and Jens Olsen
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones
by Ruth Heller
Clifford's Spring Clean-up by Norman Bridwell
Dandelions by Mia Posada
Diary of a Sunflower Carol Pugliano  
  by A.J. Wood
First Day of Spring by Sharon Gordon
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Hamilton Duck's Springtime Story by Arthur Getz  
Hello, Spring by Mary Packard
Henry & Mudge in Puddle Trouble by Cynthia Rylant
Hopper Hunts for Spring by Marcus Pfister
How Do You Know It's Spring by Allan Fowler
How To Build A home by Maria Fleming
I Love Spring! by Stephen Kroll
I Wish I Were A Butterfly
by James Howe
Insects Are My Life by Megan Mc Donald
It's Spring by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
Let’s Find Out About Spring by Martha And Charles Shapp
Let's Look at the Seasons - Springtime by Ann Schweninger
Marshmallow by Claire Turlay Newberry
Miss Rumphius
by Barbara Cooney
Mrs.Toggle's Beautiful Blue Shoe by Robin Pulver
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
My First Spring by Matthew Lambert 
My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell
Poppleton in the Spring by Cynthia Rylant
Rabbit’s Good News by Ruth Lercher Bornstein
Rain by Robert Kolan
Rain Talk by Mary Serfozo        
Rain Drop Splash by Alvin Tresselt
Robin's Home by Jeannine Atkins
Seeds Grow
by Angela Shelf Medearis
Simon Welcomes Spring
by Gilles Tibo
Spring : An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur
Spring Changes by Ellen B. Senisi
Spring Comes to the Ocean by Jean Craighead George
Spring is Here by Taro Gomi
Spring Song by Barbara Seuling
Spring's Sprung by Lynn Plourde
Spring Thaw by Steven Schnur
Step Into Spring - A New Season by Jane Belk Moncure
That's What Happens When It's Spring! by Elaine W. Good
The Amazing Dirt Book by Paulette Bourgeois
The Boy Who Didn't Believe in Spring by Lucille Clifton
The Easter Egg Artists by Adrienne Adams
The Egg Tree
by Katherine Milhous
The Great Smokey Mountain Salamander Ball
by Lisa Horstwa
The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss
The Legend of the Bluebonnet by Tomie DePaola
The Reason For A Flower
by Ruth Heller
The Reason For Seasons by Gail Gibbons
The Robins in Your Backyard by Nancy Carol Willis
The Seed by Eric Carle
The Spring Rabbit by Joyce Dunbar 
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bianco
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This Is the Rain by Jane Wattenberg
Turtle Spring
by Deborah Zagwyn
Waiting for Spring Stories by Bethany Roberts
What Happens in the Spring by Kathleen Costello Beer
When Spring Comes by Robert Maass
When Summer Ends by Susi Gregg Fowler
When The Earth Wakes by Ani Rucki
When Will It Be Spring by Catherine Walters
Where Butterflies Grow by Joanne Ryder
Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser