I hope this post finds you well and enjoying a much deserved rest! We’re almost out of the hot weather thank goodness 🙂 We have been working so hard despite the heat and I am SO proud of our class! I’d like to take this time to introduce and welcome Yasir, our new kindergarten student who started last week with us! We now have 23 students in our class 🙂
This week, we will finish taking our first NWEA asessments in LA and Math. I will be going over all your child’s data with you at the first conference in November and give you a copy to take along with our first report card. Please see me if you have a specific date and time to request, otherwise this week I’ll be sending you home a scheduled conference time if you have not been able to sign up yet! Can’t wait to show you how WELL your children have been doing already! Have I mentioned that I LOVE this class lately?
Here is what you need to know for this week!
Writing Workshop: We will continue building our routines and procedures and stamina writing as well as continue Unit 1 Writing though pictures! We are doing SO well developing rich illustrations, drawing shapes, labeling pictures and telling the stories orally.
Daily 5/Reading: This week we will finish testing, continue to build stamina for “read to self” and work on procedures and expectations for reading. In addition, this wednesday bothe kdg classes will begin incorporating a literacy intervention program with Mrs. Pelaccio during Daily 5. I am excited to dig in more to Daily 5 as we rock and roll our way to reading! Keep having fun working on Raz-kids every night for 10-20 minutes depending what grade you’re in and your child’s stamina at this point may be more like 5-10. That’s ok just build on it throughout the year! Remember, if you record a book I can listen to it and play it for the CLASS in school! This is SO fun and the kiddos are SO proud to hear their voice through the speakers! 🙂
THANK YOU to Mrs. Sullivan, who continues to support us during writing workshop and helps as a spelling mom on Fridays with the first grade students! We’re so lucky to have this help.
Math Workshop: *Thank you to James’s mom (Mrs. Freitag ) for coming in to help run stations during math workshop on Thursday! It was SOOOOO hot, but we made it through somehow!
Kinders: This week we will continue working on our number sense with numbers 0-5 kdg, 0-10 firsties, counting orally to 100 by 1s and 10s
*first graders in Unit 1 will be working within the range of 20 (counting objects and representing with the written numeral), compare two two digit numbers based on the meaning of the tens and ones digits, relate counting to addition and subtraction, organize, and organize and represent and interpret data on a graph, read and write tally marks)
Spelling: kinders will keep working on sight words in class and letter ID with the teacher in our individualized spelling program. If you have received a “green card” Mrs. Sullivan will begin asking you on Friday’s if you can read your “word of the week” you were given to MEMORIZE. Remember these sight words can NOT be stretched out! All students will progress at different rates, some are still working on names and letters so PLEASE don’t stress out if your kdg child has not received a sight word/reading pack yet. If your child is still working on letters, then each Friday, they will be assessed on the remaining letters they are working on to see which new ones they have committed to memory! The more they know the better, but each child will progress at their individual speed 🙂 The lists are on spelling city.com for your children to “play with” and I recommend at least twice a week for first graders to help you get ready for weekly assessments.
*First Grade Spelling list Week 3: od, op family (cod, rod, pod, sod, drop, rod, pop, stop, top, I, you)
*Spelling city has the new word family list for games and the sight words list for k/1 are also up to practice new sight words!
*If your child likes to sing and dance, try practicing sight words on “Youtube”! You can google any sight word and look for sing along songs which are FABULOUS for committing sight words to memory! If this sounds like your child’s style check out my recommended sight words pages or the spelling program page for online resources to help! My daughter Antonia LOVES the letter songs by “Heidi Songs” that I rented for my classroom for the year. It’s only $7 for the YEAR and she rocks out to the videos and has learned her letters!!! Your child is familiar with Vimeo already!
Science: This week we will begin a unit on the 5 Senses and What is a scientist before we move into the push and pull unit. This year, we will be working on a mixture of kinder and first grade science units and will be the most amazing scientists in the world! I can’t wait to experiment using our 5 senses!
Social Studies: We will continue Unit 1 on being a good citizen and this week move into “good and bad choices” that people make!
*Important Dates: Conferences on November:
*Reminders: Please send in a family picture for social studies this week! We will be decorating a picture frame!
*Please return any emergency cards of lunch forms etc. that the office sent back to you to Mrs. Ross as soon as possible! Thank you for your help.
Have a wonderful week and I will let you know of any updates in the schedules or if there is anything I have left out!
Mrs. Ross 🙂