Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing break and were able to spend quality time with your families. With our return to school we kick off our month with the informational story Little Panda, the story of a panda’s birth at the San Diego Zoo. We are using strategies to help us connect to things we know, things we learn, and questions we still have about the books we read. In math we will be turning our focus to counting by 2’s. You can help your kindergartner at home by chant counting by 2’s! We will also be learning some new games in the coming weeks to add to our Work Places including Count & Compare Pennies which gives us our first look at coins, and the Match Game which matches tallies, bugs, and numerals. We will be learning some new literacy center routines including a new poetry center and and word family center. We will be meeting with our 3rd grade buddies every other Friday for buddy reading starting this Friday. The kids have really enjoyed making these new friends and I know they look forward this time.