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                                    May/June 2007                                                                                             

                  Cheryl Burbank, Patricia Jaume, Cinda Quinn, Krista Thusius, Betsy Warner


Dear Parents,

As we enter the month of May, we will begin a study of fabric.  We will be looking at the properties of fabric (color, texture, absorbency, stiffness),how fabric is put together and can be taken apart, how pieces of fabric can be connected, how fabric changes in water, how it gets dirty and clean again, and how to permanently change its color.  We'll be having a guest speaker from the Sow's Ear come to school to discuss yarn and fabric with us. 

We will be focusing on the scientific thinking processes of observing, communication, and comparing.  You can add to your child's experience by using these processes to investigate fabric at home.  Look around the house and find things made of fabric.  Discuss the properties of fabrics that make them good for a particular use.  Compare articles of clothing.  Why is one jacket better to wear in winter weather, another in summer, and another in the rain?

We need your help to make the science unit succesful.  If you have scraps of fabric at home that you are willing to donate to the class, please send them in as soon as possible.  They will be used for fabric collages and various sewing projects.  Thanks! 

This month we will also meet our final Letter Peolple friends:  Mr. Y-Yodeling Yawn, Mr. Q-Quiet Questions, and X-is Different.  Mr. Q and Ms. U will make a very special announcement, too!  We'll say goodbye to our Letter People friends as we review proper letter formation and sound recognition.

During math, we will be finishing our unit on problem solving.  We will also be studying time and money.

It seems much to soon to be thinking about the end of the school year, but since this is our last kindergarten newsletter, we would like to say how much we have enjoyed getting to know all of the children and how much we have enjoyed working with them and you!  Your help, support, concern, and caring ways have been appreciated tremendously throughout the year.  Gojod luck and happy learning in first grade! 

Thank you,

The Kindergarten Teachers 

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