Saturday, October 30, 2010

Weekly News: November 1

The Book Fair is this week!! If you can volunteer in any way, please let us know! 

Thank you SOOO much to all the parents who helped out with our Copy/Staple Party and our Halloween centers! We had such a great day on Friday! 

The October ESGI report will be sent home on Monday. Please continue to work with your child on ALL skills. This month, in order to assess what all students have RETAINED, I will be moving over EVERYTHING to the incorrect column and randomizing the order. A correct answer is one that is answered in three seconds or less - this ensures that the student has truly mastered this skill and ensures that students will apply this to their reading to read fluently. These ESGI reports will be reviewed at parent conferences. 

100% CLUB!!!: Our goal for all kindergarten students by the end of the first trimester is a 100% retained accuracy in letter ID, letter sounds, sight words, and letter teams. We will be honoring these students on this fantastic accomplishment.

Report cards and parent conferences are coming up! Over the next two weeks, I will be assessing each student during our center time. At this time, students will meet for reading group but A-Z reading books brought home in book bags may be a first-read for your child. Please take this into account when reading for homework and provide extra support as needed.

A look ahead: There is no school next Thursday and Friday, November 11-12th. The following week (November 15-19) will be parent conference week. I will be posting a parent conference schedule on the door Monday morning so that you can begin thinking of a good time that suits your schedule. Thank you!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: IN, ON, GO, SO, DO.

Letter Team: We are learning that Mr. ER has two crazy cousins that make the same sounds! IR and UR (like in GIRL and CURL).

Word Family: This week we will be making words with the word families -IN (BIN, FIN, TIN).  Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

Leadership Theme: Our new leadership theme this month is SELF-CONTROL. We are learning that self control is thinking before we act and doing what is right even when we do not want to.

Reading: This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Look for two vowels go a-walking". We will learn that when there are two vowels together, the first vowel will say it's name and the second will not say anything. The vowels that are "best buddies" and go together are usually AI, EA, OA. This week, we will read books about having self-control, books about turkeys and Thanksgiving, and read our special poem of the week, "Gobble, Gobble".

Writing: This week we will write a poster about self-control. We will also write a big book about our geometric shapes. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. 

Math: We are starting simple addition this week. We are also learning ALL of our geometic shapes (cube, sphere, cone, cylinder).  We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Homework: November 1

 Check out the new November Homework Calendar on our Attachment Library page!
 
Homework Calendar Activities: Please initial the weekly homework log and turn in ALL written work completed by your child ON FRIDAY! A note on activities: activities on the homework calendar are SUGGESTED, but not required. If your child is still struggling with letter ID and sounds, I would rather you spend the time working on those things. Thank you!

Flashcards: Study sight word and letter team flashcards DAILY! New words this week are: IN, ON, DO, SO, GO and the new letter teams are IR and UR. Please see the Sight Word tab for flashcard ideas. Sight Word Quiz and Spelling Test on Friday! Note: If your child is still struggling with numbers 0-20, please make flashcards for these numbers as well - we are really working hard on these in class!!!

Have Your Child Read To You: Please have your child read the books from their book box AND the books from their book bag every night! If they are struggling with a word, guide them to our reading strategies: Look at the picture, Get your mouth ready for the first sound, Make your finger match the word, Look through the word at all the sounds, Go back and get a running start, skip the word and read on to think about what makes sense, look for a letter team inside the word, stretch out the sounds, look for a smaller word inside the word, look for the magic E! NOTE: YOU CAN USE THIS TIME TO READ ON RAZ-KIDS!!!
 
Read To Your Child: Please read to your child each night for at least 10 minutes and initial the weekly homework log. After you have read to your child, ask them the HOTS questions from your book bag. These questions will increase your child's reading comprehension skills.

Sharing: Write one sentence about how to practice self-control. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure your practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due any day this week.

Please remember to turn in the Weekly Homework Log on Friday with the written work your child has completed for the week. Please make sure your child's name is written on the Weekly Homework Log and if you could staple all of the work together (Weekly Homework Log on top), that would be a huge help! Thank you!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekly News: October 25

THIS WEEK IS SPIRIT WEEK AT ILCS!!! Participating in Spirit Week is a really fun way to show school spirit - and you may even receive fun prizes for dressing up!!!
Monday: Blue and Gold Day - wear your school shirt or any other kind of blue and gold!
Tuesday: Crazy Sock Day - who will have the craziest socks?!
Wednesday: Crazy Hat Day - the CRAZIER, the better!
Thursday: PJ Day - come to school in your PJ's!
Friday: Sports Day - wear your sports gear, uniform, or outfit!!
 
We had so much fun with the pumpkins on Friday! Thank you for all of your help! Make sure to check out our Pumpkin Day pictures!!

The next Copy/Staple Party is this Friday in our office!!! Thank you in advance for all of your help preparing materials for our November and December activities!

We will be celebrating Halloween with fun Halloween Centers on Friday! We are excited!

Continue reading your book bag books each night - each book three times each every night! I know this seems like a lot of reading, but with each reread your child is building word knowledge and fluency. You will see significant growth in your child's reading! Please remember to return the books in the book bag every day!

The Scholastic Book Fair will be postponed until further notice :(

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: BOY, GIRL, HAS, NICE.

Letter Team: OY/OI (like in BOY, TOY/COIN) and IGH (like in NIGHT, SIGHT, LIGHT)

Word Family: This week we will be making words with the word families -OY (BOY, TOY, JOY).  Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

Leadership Theme of the Month: RESOURCEFULNESS. The kids have been doing a great job using resources around the room (like our number lines and word walls) to help with their daily work!

Reading: This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Look for the magic E". We know that when we see the magic E at the end of a word, it spreads magic dust to make the vowel SAY HIS NAME! We will be on the look-out for magic Es in our reading because they help us to sound words out correctly. This week, we will read even more books about pumpkins, books about Halloween, and read our special poem of the week, "Jack-O-Lantern".

Writing: This week we will write a big book together about coins. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. We are also learning about compound words this week! We will try to write compound words (like butterfly, hotdog, and milkman) in our journal writing.

Math: We are back to Saxon Math this week! We are going to focus on money ALL week - we will learn how to count mixed coins by popcorn counting up from the biggest coin - for example, if there is 1 dime and 4 pennies, we will popcorn count up from ten - "A dime is worth 10, then count the pennies - 11, 12, 13, 14 - 14 cents!"  We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

Homework: October 25

Homework Calendar Activities: Please initial the weekly homework log and turn in ALL written work completed by your child ON FRIDAY! A note on activities: activities on the homework calendar are SUGGESTED, but not required. If your child is still struggling with letter ID and sounds, I would rather you spend the time working on those things. Thank you!

Flashcards: Study sight word and letter team flashcards DAILY! New words this week are: BOY, GIRL, HAS, NICE and the new letter teams are OY/OI and IGH. Please see the Sight Word tab for flashcard ideas. Sight Word Quiz and Spelling Test on Friday! Note: If your child is still struggling with numbers 0-20, please make flashcards for these numbers as well - we are really working hard on these in class!!!

Have Your Child Read To You: Please have your child read the books from their book box AND the books from their book bag every night! If they are struggling with a word, guide them to our reading strategies: Look at the picture, Get your mouth ready for the first sound, Make your finger match the word, Look through the word at all the sounds, Go back and get a running start, skip the word and read on to think about what makes sense, look for a letter team inside the word, stretch out the sounds, look for a smaller word inside the word, look for the magic E! NOTE: YOU CAN USE THIS TIME TO READ ON RAZ-KIDS!!!
 
Read To Your Child: Please read to your child each night for at least 10 minutes and initial the weekly homework log. After you have read to your child, ask them the HOTS questions from your book bag. These questions will increase your child's reading comprehension skills.

Sharing: Write one sentence using a compound word. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure your practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due any day this week.

Please remember to turn in the Weekly Homework Log on Friday with the written work your child has completed for the week. Please make sure your child's name is written on the Weekly Homework Log and if you could staple all of the work together (Weekly Homework Log on top), that would be a huge help! Thank you!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Weekly News: October 18

We are investigating pumpkins this week! On Friday, we will be measuring pumpkins and counting seeds. Part of our study will be to pull out the insides of the pumpkin to count the seeds. This is REALLY MESSY - it would be a good idea to send an old button-up shirt for your child to wear over their clothes on this day! If you are able to donate pumpkin items or time on this day, please see the sign-up sheet on the classroom door. We appreciate your help!! 

Continue reading your book bag books each night - each book three times each every night! I know this seems like a lot of reading, but with each reread your child is building word knowledge and fluency. You will see significant growth in your child's reading! Please remember to return the books in the book bag every day!

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! The book fair will be next week - October 25-29. We are looking for volunteers to help set up, work the fair before and during school hours, and to help students as they shop. This is a great way to support our school! If you are interested in helping, keep an eye out for the sign-up sheet!!

A Look Ahead: Next week is spirit week at ILCS!! Participating is a really fun way to show school spirit! 
Monday: Blue and Gold Day 
Tuesday: Crazy Sock Day 
Wednesday: Crazy Hat Day 
Thursday: PJ Day!
Friday: To Be Announced!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ARE, LITTLE, BIG.

Letter Team: AR (like in CAR, FAR, JAR)

Word Family: This week we will be making words with the word families -IG (BIG, PIG, JIG)and -AR (CAR, FAR, JAR). Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

Leadership Theme of the Month: Resourcefulness - last week, we wrote a book about how to be resourceful. We are learning that resourcefulness is making good use of our time and things, but it is also using something around us to help us solve a problem. The kids are doing a great job using resources around the classroom to help them solve problems!

Reading: This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Look for a smaller word inside the word". We are learning that if we can identify a smaller word (like ON) inside a bigger word (like POND), it will help us figure out the word! This week, we will read:LOTS books about pumpkins, and read our special poem of the week, "Five Little Pumpkins".

Writing: This week we will write a big book together about pumpkins. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. Last week, we learned to write the date on each of our stories so we can remember what day we wrote that story. We also met two new writing friends, Neat Nancy and Sloppy Joe. We decided we were ALL going to try to write like Neat Nancy!

Math: This week, we will take a break from our Saxon Math to focus, focus, focus on numbers!!! We are hitting the "teen" numbers and the "twenties" hard!!! Please help your child at home by having them practice writing, reading, and ordering the numbers 1-30 EVERYDAY!  We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Homework: October 18

Homework Calendar Activities: Please initial the weekly homework log and turn in ALL written work completed by your child ON FRIDAY! A note on activities: activities on the homework calendar are SUGGESTED, but not required. If your child is still struggling with letter ID and sounds, I would rather you spend the time working on those things. Thank you!

Flashcards: Study sight word and letter team flashcards DAILY! New words this week are: ARE, LITTLE, BIG and the new letter team is AR. Please see the Sight Word tab for flashcard ideas. Sight Word Quiz and Spelling Test on Friday! Note: If your child is still struggling with numbers 0-20, please make flashcards for these numbers as well - we are really working hard on these in class!!!

Have Your Child Read To You: Please have your child read the books from their book box AND the books from their book bag every night! If they are struggling with a word, guide them to our reading strategies: Look at the picture, Get your mouth ready for the first sound, Make your finger match the word, Look through the word at all the sounds, Go back and get a running start, skip the word and read on to think about what makes sense, look for a letter team inside the word, stretch out the sounds, look for a smaller word inside the word.
 
Read To Your Child: Please read to your child each night for at least 10 minutes and initial the weekly homework log. After you have read to your child, ask them the HOTS questions from your book bag. These questions will increase your child's reading comprehension skills.

Sharing: Write one sentence about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure your practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due any day this week.

Please remember to turn in the Weekly Homework Log on Friday with the written work your child has completed for the week. Please make sure your child's name is written on the Weekly Homework Log and if you could staple all of the work together (Weekly Homework Log on top), that would be a huge help! Thank you!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Weekly News: October 11

We had so much fun on our field trip!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the parents that chaperoned!! Check out our field trip pictures!!




The Fall Festival was a great success!!! It was so fun seeing you all there!! Our booth was awesome - special thank you to all the parents who helped out at this awesome event and made this all possible!!

Continue reading your book bag books on our online Reading A-Z program! The kids are really loving this!  This is a great website where your children can listen to and read books at their level - the same books being sent home in their book bags each week! You can use this website for homework and earn "Rocket Points" to play fun games online. The Reading A-Z website link is in our "Fun Learning Links" tab, but you can also find log-in information in your book bag. Have fun reading online!!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WHEN, HAVE, BE, AM.

Letter Team: AW/AU (like in SAW/) and the other OO (like in TOO, BOO).

Word Family: This week we will be making words with the word families -EN, -AM, and -AW. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word families.

Leadership Theme of the Month: Resourcefulness - the kids did a great job with their resourcefulness sharing. We are learning that resourcefulness is making good use of our time and things, but it is also using something around us to help us solve a problem.

Reading: This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Stretch out the word". We are learning that if we get stuck on a word, we can stretch out each sound in the word to help us. This week, we will start continue to read books about fall and autumn leaves, and read our special poem of the week, "Scarecrow".

Writing: This week we will write a big book together about ways we can be resourceful. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart.

Math: This week, we will take a break from our Saxon Math to focus, focus, focus on numbers!!! We are hitting the "teen" numbers and the "twenties" hard!!! Please help your child at home by having them practice writing, reading, and ordering the numbers 1-30 EVERYDAY!  We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

Homework: October 11

Homework Calendar Activities: Please initial the weekly homework log and turn in any written work completed by your child ON FRIDAY! A note on activities: activities on the homework calendar are SUGGESTED, but not required. If your child is still struggling with letter ID and sounds, I would rather you spend the time working on those things. Thank you!

Flashcards: Study sight word and letter team flashcards DAILY! New words this week are: WHEN, HAVE, BE, AM and the new letter teams are AW/AU and OO. Please see the Sight Word tab for flashcard ideas. Sight Word Quiz and Spelling Test on Friday!

Have Your Child Read To You: Please have your child read the books from their book box AND the books from their book bag every night! If they are struggling with a word, guide them to our reading strategies: Look at the picture, Get your mouth ready for the first sound, Make your finger match the word, Look through the word at all the sounds, Go back and get a running start, skip the word and read on to think about what makes sense, look for a letter team inside the word.
 
Read To Your Child: Please read to your child each night for at least 10 minutes and initial the weekly homework log. After you have read to your child, ask them the HOTS questions from your book bag. These questions will increase your child's reading comprehension skills.

Sharing: Write one sentence about what you learned on our field trip. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure your practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due any day this week.

Please remember to turn in the Weekly Homework Log on Friday with the written work your child has completed for the week. Please make sure your child's name is written on the Weekly Homework Log and if you could staple all of the work together (Weekly Homework Log on top), that would be a huge help! Thank you!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Weekly News: October 4

We are so excited about our field trip on Friday! We will be leaving school at 8:30 and returning by dimissal. Please send your child to school this day in a normal shirt (we will be throwing their field trip t-shirt over their clothing!) and without a snack (snack will be provided for them!) We are still asking for field trip donations to cover the cost of the trip - any amount will help! We have been told that it is the policy of Los Rios Ranch that no outside parents or guests may join our group. We are sorry for any inconvenience, but if you are not signed up to chaperone and planning on driving separate, you would not be able to join our group on this day :(

On Monday, I will send home your child's September assessment results - these now include letters, sounds, sight words, letter teams, numbers, patterns, and shapes! I am so amazed by the amount of growth these kids have made in just one month! Please take some time to review these results with your child and continue to work on the incorrect column at home. Thank you!

Our Online Reading A-Z program is up and running! This is a great website where your children can listen to and read books at their level - the same books being sent home in their book bags each week! You can use this website for homework and earn "Rocket Points" to play fun games online. The Reading A-Z website link is in our "Fun Learning Links" tab, but I will also be sending log-in information home in your book bag this week for each student. Have fun reading online!!

October Book Orders were sent home last week! If you would like to order books for October, you may sign in to your account or follow the directions on the page I sent home. Please remember to order online! Book Orders are due this Thursday, October 7th.

Thank you so much to all the parents who attended the Copy and Staple party on Friday and for all the apple pie donations!! You are so appreciated!

Please continue to bring in Box Tops for our class! The deadline is October 12th!

The whole class is now bringing home Book Bags! Please read these books EVERY NIGHT as a part of your reading homework!

Our Fall Festival is this Friday!! Please join us at the Bryant St. campus on Friday at 4:00 for a night of food, fun, and games!

We will have our spelling test this Thursday due to the field trip on Friday! 

Does anyone have a cool, black leather jacket that we can borrow early this week for a fun project?? This could be any size. Please see me if you do! I appreciate it!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: HE, SHE, WENT, TO, PLAY.


Letter Team: AY (like in PLAY, DAY) and ING (like in SING, RING).

Word Family: -AY. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -ay (for example: BAY, DAY, SAY, MAY, HAY)

Leadership Theme of the Month: Our new leadership theme for the month of October is RESOURCEFULNESS. We are learning that resourceful is making good use of our things and our time.

Reading: This week, we will focus on a new strategy, "Look for a letter team in the word". We are learning that if we get stuck on a word, we can look for a letter team inside the word - this will help us to sound out the word easier. This week, we will start reading books about fall and autumn leaves, and read our special poem of the week, "Autumn Leaves".

Writing: This week we will write a big book together about playing. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout the rest of the sentence, and use a period at the end. We are also learning to use our sight words in our sentences and to listen for the sounds in all unknown words using our sound chart. We will learn this week that when we are done with a story, we can add to the picture, add to the words, or start a new story.

Math: We will start counting by our 5's and 10's - please practice this at home! This week, we are also hitting the "teen" numbers hard!! We will begin reading, writing, and ordering the numbers 11-20.  We will continue counting money and telling time to the hour, learning how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and write numbers to 10, learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

Homework: October 4

Homework Calendar Activities: A new October Homework Calendar will be coming home in your child's Go Folder on Monday, but you can also see it on our Attachment Library page. Please initial the weekly homework log and turn in any written work completed by your child ON FRIDAY! A note on activities: activities on the homework calendar are SUGGESTED, but not required. If your child is still struggling with letter ID and sounds, I would rather you spend the time working on those things. Thank you!

Flashcards: Study sight word and letter team flashcards DAILY! New words this week are: HE, SHE, WENT, TO, PLAY and the new letter teams are AY and ING. Please see the Sight Word tab for flashcard ideas. Sight Word Quiz and Spelling Test on Thursday due to the field trip on Friday!

Have Your Child Read To You: Please have your child read the books from their book box AND the books from their book bag every night! If they are struggling with a word, guide them to our reading strategies: Look at the picture, Get your mouth ready for the first sound, Make your finger match the word, Look through the word at all the sounds, Go back and get a running start, skip the word and read on to think about what makes sense.
 
Read To Your Child: Please read to your child each night for at least 10 minutes and initial the weekly homework log. After you have read to your child, ask them the HOTS questions from your book bag. These questions will increase your child's reading comprehension skills.

Sharing: Write one sentence about a way you can be resourceful. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure your practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due any day this week.

Please remember to turn in the Weekly Homework Log on Friday with the written work your child has completed for the week. Please make sure your child's name is written on the Weekly Homework Log and if you could staple all of the work together (Weekly Homework Log on top), that would be a huge help! Thank you!