Author: Melissa Dimitriou

Writing a Personal Narrative

In writing we are focusing on personal narratives, this video will help you and your child write personal narratives at home:

Compound Words

Some supplemental material I usually teach in class around this time is about compound words. Compound words are two individual words on their own which have meaning, but when combined together, create one new word with a different meaning. The kids always love learning about compound words.

Here is a youtube video to help support this learning at home:

Here is a link to resources to reinforce this skill at home:

Zoom Meetup TODAY at 3:00pm!!!

Today is the day!!!!

If you would like your child to participate in a video chat with the class, please make sure that you have the app downloaded and all set to go.

At 3:00pm today, click the link below to join our class video chat:

Thank you again to Fay, Alena’s mom for setting this up for all of us!

Fun Sight Word/Word Family Activity

You can use the following word lists to help promote sight words and word families at home by writing the words on a beach ball with a dry erase marker, then throw the ball to your child and whichever word their right thumb lands on, they have to read to you.

Just in case you cannot access the link, here is the list of words below:


Sight Words:


Word Families:



Comparing Numbers Resource

This resource will help your child compare numbers. This is known as greater than, less than, or equal to. In class we talk about how the alligator wants to eat the biggest number.

Here is a quick youtube video you can show your child to help promote this skill:

Here is the link to the resource:

Zoom Meeting Tomorrow at 3:00pm


Tomorrow (Thursday, April 2nd) at 3:00pm, you can join a video chat on Zoom for your child to talk to friends in the class.

Download the app if you have not done so already and then click on the link which will be posted tomorrow!

Teaching Math at home

If you need some ideas on how to promote addition and subtraction skills for your child at home, please view the video below:

Subtraction Story Problems

This resource is great because it works on subtraction within story problems. This will be a great skill for the children to have exposure to before going to first grade. This resource has a subtraction story problem on each page. The children will read through it, draw it out, can use a number line to support their thinking, and find the answer.

Remember , when your child is drawing a subtraction problem, they draw the number of objects which is the first number in the equation. The second number in the equation tells them how many of the item they drew to cross off or “put an X over.” The number of items which are left that do not have an X over them is the answer. For example, 3-2=1, your child would draw 3 circles and cross off 2 circles, leaving 1 circle.

Using a number line for subtraction, remind your child that the numbers will be getting smaller and they will be moving down the number line. They will find the first number and place their pencil or finger on that number, then they will “hop” down the number line, the number they land on is the answer.

Here is the link to the resource if you would like to practice this skill at home:

Sequence of Events Resource

Another skill set in which I have identified that many of the children are having a difficult time with on their Raz-kids quizzes is any questions pertaining to sequence of events. This means that they should be able to answer questions about the order in which things took place throughout the story. You can help promote this skill when you are reading a book aloud together by asking them to retell the story to you using the beginning, middle, and end. I have also included the resource below which tells a short story and then the children will use scissors to cut and glue the events in order in which they happened.

Click the link below for some easy cut and paste activities to help promote sequence of events:

How to Promote Reading Comprehension

Use these tips to help promote reading comprehension. Your child may be able to read many words, but if they cannot tell you about the story, then they need to work on their comprehension. Use this video to help promote your child’s comprehension by asking these questions after you read:

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