Saturday, January 15, 2011

Parent Newsletter: First Week Of School

Dear Parents,
                Today we read the book, The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn. This book talks about a young raccoon, Chester, who is just beginning school. He talks to his mother about the fears he has about going to school. His mother shares a secret with him that helps him through his fears and anxieties while at school. I know that the first week of school can be very overwhelming and scary for some Kindergarten students. I read The Kissing Hand and then as a class talked about the different fears each student had about attending school. We also talked about the fears that mom or dad might have while their child is at school.  After reading the story and discussing our fears we then decided to make a gift for our parents.
                On a piece of paper each student made a red handprint with red paint. Then while the handprints were drying I had each student draw a family portrait on a smaller piece of paper.  I then stapled a small heart in the child’s handprint. When the student’s gifts were complete we gathered around the carpet and I had each child share one thing about their gifts.
                I told the students to go home, give the gift to their family, and tell them the story of The Kissing Hand. I also told them to tell the parents not to be sad because they were thinking of them every day at school.
Have a good evening and don’t forget your students are always thinking of you while they are away.
                                                                                                               Ms. Gammell

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