Oct
2014

Shape bags, homework

You may have noticed your child came home from school with a bag filled with shapes. Practice naming the shapes with your child. We will continue to do more activities with shapes next week. Below are pictures of your child cutting out the shapes to take home:

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Also, I sent home a October reading log Wednesday. It is due on October 31st. Please read with your child daily for 20 minutes and record it on the reading log.

 

Oct
2014

Please donate… if you can

We will need magazines to cut out items. If you can donate magazines for our class that would be great.

Also, we will really dive into being scientist and investigators, so if you can send in a white t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses (from the dollar store) that would be great. We will pop out the lenses for the sunglasses. If you have a pair laying around with out a lens that would work too.  We will  role play being scientist  and be more engaged in our science time through different types of experiments.

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

Sep
2014

Week of September 29, 2014

Literacy unit: My Family and Me

Reading: We are reading these stories:  Whose Baby am I?, Bundle of Sticks, The Lioness and the Ostrich Chicks. We will also read 2 poems called Andre, and Everybody Says

Strategies from our CAFE menu

  • Expanding vocabulary-Reading from left to right (goal)
  • Comprehension- identifying characters, setting (goal)

Letter of the week: Mm

New Sight word: We, we  (we are identifying the sight word in the beginning of a sentence as well as in the middle of a sentence). Whenever you read a book and come across the word with your child, allow them to read the word we are learning about.

Sight words Review: I, can

Writing: We will be practicing writing all the letters correctly. We will also practice writing sentences using our sight words: I, can, we

Math:  We will continue to explore how to sort, count and order numbers. We are going to explore shapes and understand their attributes to their names. For example: 3 sides= a triangle, 4 equal sides= a square etc. We will also practice writing numbers 1-10 correctly

Social Studies: We will continue to discuss the importance of rules. We will revisit constitution day. We will also look at our surroundings and discuss what makes each place in our school unique.

Science:  We will discuss the 5 senses. (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell). We will continue to explore the sense of touch this week. We will learn to describe how things feel ie. soft, rough, bumpy, smooth etc. We will do an investigation entailing guessing what items are in the rubber glove using the sense of touch.

NOTES:

  • You may have noticed your child came home with a zip loc bag with their name labeled on it. This is a book bag. Please leave this book bag in their back pack every night. Each week I will be providing 1-2 take home books that will reinforce the letter or words learned throughout the week. The children have read these books in class, highlighted either the letter of the week or sight words we have learned and will need to practice at home.
  • Homework: I will be sending home a reading log that will be for the month of October. It will be turned in at the end of the month. Please read with your child for 20 minutes a night and record the book read.  
  • Wednesday is late start. Students will report at 9:30
  • Wednesday is Library check out day. Please make sure your child puts their book in their backpacks, so they remember they have a library book to return and check out a new one!
  • There will be no school on Friday, October 3 and Monday, October 6. See you on Tuesday, October 7th!

Ms. Mohamed

Sep
2014

Week of September 22, 2014

Literacy unit: Start Smart-You are special

Reading: We are reading these 3 stories: Jazz Baby, I hear Sounds with my Ears, Clever Turtle

Strategy: Comprehension- Understanding what was read,

Reading from left to right

Sight words Review: I, can

We have discussed 3 ways to read a book. Please review the ways with your child:

  1. Read the pictures- We are working on this!
  2. Read the words- They do not need to know how to do this yet, and that is o.k.-we are learning!
  3. Retell the story-We are working on this!

We have been working on Read to Self- a component of Daily 5. We created a chart of the expectation for their behavior. We are building a stamina chart.We have reached to 7 minutes. You may also send in your child’s favorite book, so they can add to their book box. This is an opportunity to enjoy reading independently.

Writing: We will start writing sentences starting with I can. We will talk about what a good sentence looks like. We will also be creating an All About Me Book.

Math:  We will continue to explore how to sort, count and order numbers. We are building patterns with colors, exploring coins, and exploring different ways to measure.

Social Studies: We will continue to discuss the importance of rules. We will also look at our surroundings and discuss what makes each place in our school unique.

Science:  We will discuss the 5 senses. (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell). We will explore the sense of touch this week. We will learn to describe how things feel ie. soft, rough, bumpy, smooth etc.

NOTES:

There will be a few notes coming home from the office. Please complete and return as soon as possible. 

Wednesday is Library check out day. Please make sure your child puts their book in their backpacks, so they remember they have a library book to return and check out a new one!

Ms. Mohamed

Sep
2014

Week of September 15th

Literacy unit: Start Smart-You are special

Reading: We are reading these 3 stories: Hands Can, I measure myself, and The Gingerbread Boy

Strategy: Comprehension- Understanding what was read

Sight words: I, can

We have introduced Read to Self- a component of Daily 5. We created a chart of the expectation for their behavior. We have started at 3 minutes. You may also send in your child’s favorite book, so they can add to their book box. This is an opportunity to enjoy reading independently.

Writing: We will start writing sentences starting with I can. We will talk about what a good sentence looks like. We will also be creating an All About Me Book.

Math: We are counting, counting and more counting!! We will explore how to sort, count and order numbers. We will hear and count. We will even create a birthday graph and count how many birthdays in each month. We will also be creating a number book.

Social Studies: We will discuss constitution day and why it is important to follow rules.

Science: we will do an investigation about germs. We will discuss how to stay clean and how to prevent from getting sick.

Reminders:

Open House is Thursday September 18, 2014 @6:00-7:30

Remember to dress appropriately for the weather!

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

Sep
2014

September 12th

The children are following routine wonderfully. You should all be proud! 

A couple of reminders: 

  • Fall weather has approached us sooner than expected. Please make sure your child is coming to school dressed appropriately for the weather. We can always take off a sweater if we are warm. We go outside every day.
  • Please practice putting jackets on and zipping up. Independence is important!
  •  Picture day is Monday, September 14th.  Stickers and bracelets were sent home as reminders. If your ordering pictures, place exact amount of money in the order forms sent- seal and label your child’s name on it. 
  • Open house is scheduled for Thursday, September 18th at 6:00-7:00. Hope to see everyone.

Thanks,

Ms. Mohamed

 

Sep
2014

Week of September 8, 2014

Literacy Theme: Smart Start

Reading: Animals at the Park-An ABC book,

Strategy: listening to the story and responding

Sight word recognition: I

Writing: we have begun with writing the word “I”  and  drawing pictures to associate with what we can do. Remind your child to start on the left side of the paper. We are also practicing writing our names. Please remind your children to start their name with a capital letter and the rest are expected to be lower case letters.

Math: we are practicing number counting 1-10. We are counting backwards as well. We are associating number 1-5 with matching objects. We are also comparing lengths using terms: longer, shorter

Social Studies and Science: we are observing what is going on around us. We will discuss a scientific way of learning through observing. We will also discuss rules, routines and expectations. Please review the PBIS system at home with your child.

We are doing lots of different centers this week to reinforce counting, letter identification and working with others!

Reminders:

  • Please return completed emergency cards A.S.A.P.
  • We do go outside everyday. Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather.
  • Wednesday, September 10th will be a late start. Please report with your child to school at 9:30.
  • Howard school picnic: Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ 4:00-7:00
  • Please practice button and zippers your child!