Welcome back to school! We hope that everyone had a joyful and restful holiday. As we begin the 3rd quarter, we will be focusing on using the reading strategies we have learned in the first half of the school year. These skills include looking at the pictures, getting your mouth ready, and stretching out the words we see in stories and when writing. New decodable stories will be introduced weekly. Knowing all letters and sounds is the basic skill to becoming a successful reader and writer. It is vital that your child knows all letters and sounds and is able to blend and segment words. In addition to writing opinion pieces, we will learn how to compose informational texts. We have become familiar with numbers through identifying, writing, counting, and comparing sets. We will extend our thinking through the use of number bonds. Students will begin to realize that two numbers put together make a larger number. Students will focus less on using their fingers and more on using manipulatives to show numbers. Continue to help your child to be successful in this second half of kindergarten by reading with your child and assisting as they complete homework each night.