Tomorrow is a Late Start!

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Hello Families!
Tomorrow is a late start! School will begin at 9:30AM

Please be in time.

Also, today we practiced our first Lock Down Drill. This is a drill we practice in case of an emergency where we need to hide and stay safe. This was a little scary for some of my students. But, Mr. Abu-Rus and I explained that we are practicing to stay safe. We assured them that they do not need to feel unsafe or scared at our school. If you have any questions about the drill, please see me. Your child’s well-being and safety is our first priority!

I sent home a workbook for extra language arts practice in your child’s reading bag. Please feel free to do a page or two each week.

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs. Mehrhof


Syllables and the Letter N!

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Hello Families!
Today we learned the letter Nn. I sent homework for the letter Nn. Please put the items that begin with the letter Nn in a bag. If you would like to donate gallon size bags to the classroom, we would appreciate that! 🙂

Here is a fun letter Nn song!

We also learned about syllables! Syllables are the beats in a word. We practiced tapping and counting syllables using a drum set… (well, a little drum set!)

Here are some cute pictures of us counting syllables!

How many syllables in the word kitten? (2)

How many syllables in the word kitten? (2)

How many syllables in teacher? (2)

How many syllables in teacher? (2)

We are showing how many syllables by holding up our fingers!

We are showing how many syllables by holding up our fingers!

How many syllables in pumpkin? (2)

How many syllables in pumpkin? (2)

Here is a cute video about syllables!

There will be a parent meeting on Tuesday, October 24th at 2:50 in our classroom! 🙂 Please plan on attending. Thank you!!!

See you tomorrow! 🙂

Mrs. Mehrhof


Week of Oct. 16th

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Hello Families!

Happy 7th week of Young Fives! I am looking forward to a week full of fun and learning! Here is what we are learning this week!

TEST!!! Your child will have a name writing test on Friday morning! Please continue to help your child practice writing their first name!

Wednesday is a late start! School will begin at 9:30!

Thursday, is the Burn Drive. Please bring a dollar to donate for burn victims. Please wear red on this day too! We will have a special visit from Dearborn firefighters!

Reading: This week we will continue to practice the Three Ways to Read a Book as well as identifying the components of narrative literature and narrative writing.  Your child can read a book by: 1. Reading the pictures, 2. Reading the words, 3. Retelling a familiar story. We will continue to build independence during Daily 5. We will practice Read to Self and Work on Writing, and Word Work!  We are up to 9 minutes of stamina where we are working independently on our Daily 5 choice!!! This week we will practice counting the number of syllables (word parts) in words as well as identifying the setting of the narrative story. We will also begin segmenting c-v-c words and and blending the sounds together. (ex. cat/ c-a-t/cat)

We will learn the letters Nn, and Ii and the sight words I, you. Please practice writing these letters at home. Below is an example of how to write the letters. Please review the letters in their name as well as the letters Mm, Dd, Gg, Aa,and Tt. We will practice the sight words (I) and (you). Please review: a, the, see, to

Math: We will work on counting to 30 and recognizing numbers and their quantities 1 to 7. This week we will practice writing the numbers 1-6 using dice! We will focus on the number 7. We will also talk about basic 2D shapes. We will continue to practice recognizing quantities up to 5 using a 5 frame! We will also practice graphing data!

Science: We will continue learning about the 5 senses as we begin to look at the forces of Push and Pull. These are see, hear, smell, taste, touch.

Social Studies:  We will continue a unit called “How to Get  Along with Others”. This week we will continue to learn what it means to be fair when making group decisions. Please continue to help your child with this concept of being responsible at home. We will continuously review what it means to be responsible at school and at home. (ex. help wash dishes, help feed the pet, help set the table, help make their bed, help pack their healthy afternoon snack.)

Writing: We will take a closer look at what narrative writing is. We will practice telling a story with a picture using dictation and details.  

*Please remember: Your child needs to bring a healthy snack to school EVERYDAY! (ex. fruit, veggies, crackers. NO chips or cookies please!)

Thank you for all you do! Have an amazing week! ~Mrs. Mehrhof

**Please remember, Letter O homework is due tomorrow! 🙂


We are thankful on this Thursday!

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Hello Families!

We are so thankful for the Operation School Bell volunteers and the amazing new clothes and books they brought for our students!

Here some really cute pictures of what we received!

We got to shop at school for a winter coat!

We got to shop at school for a winter coat!

We got a bag of items to keep clean and healthy!

We got a bag of items to keep clean and healthy!

We shopped for new shirts!

We shopped for new shirts!

We shopped for hats and gloves!

We shopped for hats and gloves!

We even shopped for a new book!

We even shopped for a new book!

We shopped for a new shirt!

We shopped for a new shirt!

We shopped for a new book...like this Pete the Cat book!

We shopped for a new book…like this Pete the Cat book!

We really like our new winter coats!

We really like our new winter coats!

We shopped for warm shirts too!

We shopped for warm shirts too!

Tomorrow is our first test! We will have a name writing test!

Tomorrow is also a half day of school! Dismissal is at 11:45 AM!

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs. Mehrhof


What we did today!

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Hello Families!

Today we practiced the letter O. Here is a fun video for the letter O.

We also practiced using the Word Work materials with our buddies!

We are fishing for letters!

We are fishing for letters!

We are forming letters with playdough!

We are forming letters with playdough!

We are feeling the sandpaper letters and using our magic boards to practice writing the letters!

We are feeling the sandpaper letters and using our magic boards to practice writing the letters! 

We used 2D shapes to make a jack-o-lantern face!

Friday is the name writing test! Your child will be tested on writing their first name!

Friday is a half day of school! Dismissal is at 11:45!

Thanks for all you do!

Mrs. Mehrhof


Letter C Homework and other things!

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Hello Families!

Tonight your child is bringing homework for letter C. They have a letter C homework page in their folder as well as a letter c bag. We are practicing C with the hard c sound like in the beginning of cat, cookie, candy, corn.

Here is a fun song for the letter C.

 

We have also been reading the story, “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves” by Lucille Colandro. Here is the story from YouTube:

We made a retelling puppet bag. Ask your child to use the little pictures inside the bag to what the Old Lady swallowed in order. At the end she sneezed and out came a……

Also, we would like 100% participation with signing up to be a PTA member. Please see me tomorrow if you have misplaced the paper. The cost is $10.00. The money goes towards our school’s PTA. They use it for events for you and your child to enjoy here at school like the upcoming Boo Bash party!

Please remember to read for 15 minutes and graph the number of books read!

Here are some cute pictures of us retelling the story to a stuffed animal!

We are retelling the story using the pictures!

We are retelling the story using the pictures!

We are retelling the story using the pictures!

We are retelling the story using the pictures!

Thank you for all you do!

Mrs. Mehrhof


Read At Home Plan

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Hello Families!

As I mentioned at pick up today, I sent home the Oakman Young 5s Read At Home Plan. This is a daily expectation for you and your child. The purpose of the read at home plan is to help your child not only become a better reader, but also to continue to foster their love for literacy and learning. The Read at Home Plan will continue throughout elementary school. It is our goal that your child will be at grade level (or above) each year they are in school. I know they can do it!

So…I included a laminated sheet in the reading bag. One side tells about the expectations of the Read at Home Plan. The other side is our Oakman Read At Home Pledge! I will have copies of this pledge for you and your child to sign as well.

I also included a graph. There is a column for each day of the week. Help your child color (going up the graph) the number of books they read with you each night. The expectation is that you and your child are engaged in reading for 15 minutes each day! I will collect these graphs every Monday. The child/children with the most books read will get a prize.  They will get a new graph every Monday for the new week.

I included 5 books in their reading bags too. They are not actually reading the words…yet, but they can read the pictures! You can read to them too. You can read the books and help your child retell the stories to build comprehension. Here is a copy of what I sent home in the bag.:

   Oakman’s Young 5s’ Read at Home Plan

Hello Families!

 

Your child has a Read at Home Plan that will be part of their homework routine each day. Please read/listen to your child read for 15 minutes everyday. Please use the attached graph to help your child color the number of books read each night. There will be a special reward for the child with the most books read at the end of the week. I will check this graph numerous times throughout the week. This is an expectation that will continue throughout the rest of the school year!

 

Here are some ideas to do with your child:

  1. Read the books inside the reading bag. Your child needs to touch each word as they read these books with your help. They can also practice reading the pictures with any book. This is when they use the pictures to make up the story. 🙂
  2. Read books from home or the library. You can also visit sites like storyline online (http://www.storylineonline.net/) or mel.org
  3. Ask your child to find sight words we have learned,
  4. Ask your child to find letters we have learned.
  5. Ask your child comprehension questions, such as who are the characters?, what is the setting of the story?, what part of the story is your favorite and why?
  6. Find the periods, question marks, exclamation points
  7. Draw a picture of their favorite part from a story
  8. Draw a picture and label a character from a story.
  9. Play sight word memory match game by writing the sight words on two cards each. Place these cards upside down and take turns picking two cards until a match is found. This can be done with the letters too following the same format.

Here is the Oakman Read at Home Pledge:

Oakman Students’ Pledge to Read to Succeed

Reading is fun and books are cool too.

I will read a book daily to learn something new.

I will learn different words and I will listen in school,

When teachers read stories and share reading rules.

I will practice my skills in every way,

Reading is something I will do everyday.

Reading offers great adventures to me,

Reading will help me be the best I can be.

I will read to Succeed!
I _______________ pledge to read for 15 minutes everyday so that I can succeed.

I _______________ pledge to listen to my son/ daughter read every day.

Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you! Have fun reading with your children!

Mrs. Mehrhof


Week of October 9th

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Hello Families!

Happy 6th week of Young Fives! I am looking forward to a week full of fun and learning! Here is what we are learning this week! Thank you to all who have donated money to help the hurricane victims. Our school raised over $500.00!

The letter A homework is due tomorrow! 🙂

October 12th,is Operation School Bell! This is the day your child will shop for clothes and other items for FREE at school. Thank you for filling out their permission slip.

TEST!!! Your child will have a name writing test on Friday morning! Please continue to help your child practice writing their first name!

Friday is a half day of school for ALL students. Dismissal will be at 11:45.

Reading: This week we will continue to practice the Three Ways to Read a Book as well as identifying the components of narrative literature and narrative writing.  Your child can read a book by: 1. Reading the pictures, 2. Reading the words, 3. Retelling a familiar story. We will continue to build independence during Daily 5. We will practice Read to Self and Work on Writing, and Word Work!  We are up to 8 minutes of stamina where we are working independently on our Daily 5 choice!!! This week we will practice counting the number of syllables (word parts) in words as well as identifying the setting of the narrative story.

We will learn the letters Cc, and Oo and the sight word to. Please practice writing these letters at home. Below is an example of how to write the letters. Please review the letters in their name as well as the letters Mm, Dd, Gg, Aa,and Tt. We will practice the sight word (to). Please review: a, the, see

Math: We will work on counting to 30 and recognizing numbers and their quantities 1 to 6. This week we will practice writing the numbers 1-6 using dice! We will focus on the number 6. We will also talk about basic 2D shapes. We will continue to practice recognizing quantities up to 5 using a 5 frame!

Science: We will continue learning about the 5 senses as we begin to look at the forces of Push and Pull. These are see, hear, smell, taste, touch.

Social Studies:  We will continue a unit called “How to Get  Along with Others”. This week we will learn what it means to be fair when making group decisions. Please continue to help your child with this concept of being responsible at home. We will continuously review what it means to be responsible at school and at home. (ex. help wash dishes, help feed the pet, help set the table, help make their bed, help pack their healthy afternoon snack.)

Writing: We will take a closer look at what narrative writing is. We will practice telling a story with a picture using dictation and details.  

*Please remember: Your child needs to bring a healthy snack to school EVERYDAY! (ex. fruit, veggies, crackers. NO chips or cookies please!)

Thank you for all you do! Have an amazing week!

Mrs. Mehrhof


Homework and other news!

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Hello Families!

This week we have learned ways to make 5 using unifix cubes and five frames. We have learned the letters Gg and Aa. We practiced identifying our five senses! We also retold the story of Apple Trouble using the pictures! In addition, we created 2D shape animals after reading Color Zoo by Lois Elhert! Let’s not forget the word the….we practiced reading and finding the word the in sentences. And….we wrote two narrative writing pieces. We have had a fun week exploring, learning, and having a great time at school with each other.

Please review with your child the importance of sneezing and coughing into our elbows. We are practicing this to avoid spreading germs.

Homework: Tonight your child is bringing home homework in their reading bag and their folder. In their reading bag is a yellow sight word/reading practice for the word the. Please help your child identify the word the. In addition, please encourage your child to use their reading finger to touch each word as they read. In the folder, they have a cutting practice sheet for the letter. They are to cut out the letters and then sort them by Aa, Gg, and Dd. Play a memory game with them by turning the letters over and finding upper and lowercase matches. They are also bringing home a writing paper for the sight word the. These homework assignments are not meant to be done in one night. Please spend about 20 minutes each night on homework with your child. Thank you!

There is no school tomorrow! Kindergarten and Young 5 teachers have a meeting tomorrow.

Enjoy the long weekend!

 

Here are some cute pictures of what we have been doing at school.

We can write our names by ourselves!!!

We can write our names by ourselves!!!

We used 2D shapes to create animals!

We used 2D shapes to create animals!

We used dabbers to find Aa's!

We used dabbers to find Aa’s!

We used dabbers to find Aa's!

We used dabbers to find Aa’s!

We love recess!!!!

We love recess!!!!

We love recess!!!!

We love recess!!!!

Thank you for all you do! Please take the time to spend outside with your children! The benefits of outdoor play are so great! Enjoy!

Mrs. Mehrhof


Homework

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Hello Families!

Tonight your children brought home a paper with a hedgehog and a baggie of pictures that they cut. These are to help them build comprehension as they retell the story using the pictures. This is a reading strategy we have been working on.

Here is the story we have been reading.

Your child can put the pictures on hedgehog to retell the story. Then they can be the goat at the end and eat the items off of hedgehog’s back…leaving the one item behind! I hope I have you all intrigued by this story. LOL!

I apologize for blogging late, so please take this activity out of their reading bags/folders and practice tomorrow after school.

See you all tomorrow at 8:30!

Thanks for all you do!

Mrs. Mehrhof