Sunday, January 30, 2011

Weekly News: January 31

Family Fun Bingo Night this Friday at 5:00 at the Middle School Campus! Get your tickets this week!


We are excited about our upcoming field trip to the theatre on Wednesday, February 23rd. Please send your $10 donation in your child's GO Folder. This will cover the cost of the ticket and bus ride. Thank you! 


Read for Magic Mountain Tickets! Six Flags Magic Mountain is offering free tickets to students who read 6 hours before February 28, 2011.  Please see the Inland Leaders Website to download the student reading log and parent letter.


A Look Ahead: NO SCHOOL Monday, February 14th and February 21st due to President's Day and March 14 through March 25 due to Spring Break. 


Community Service Project: Every student at Inland Leaders is required to participate in a Community Service Project of his or her choosing. The requirement for kindergarten students consists of 6 hours of service. Projects in the past have included: collecting food and clothing for homeless shelters, collecting and donating to various organizations and charities, volunteering at senior citizen homes, animal shelters, and the humane society. Each child is then required to present their project in class. Presentations in the past have included: posterboards, journals, slideshows, books, and pictures documenting the project from start to finish. This is a great way to serve the community as a family. Completed projects will be due and presentations will take place after Spring break. 

What Are We Learning This Week??:


Sight Words: QUESTION, WRITE, WITH, SAW, FROM.


Letter Team: QU (we are learning that QU are married because they are always together!) and WR (the W is silent!).


Leadership Theme of the Month: PATIENCE. We are learning that patience is waiting our turn without interrupting and not complaining if we don't get our way. We will be practicing being patient in and out of the classroom.


Reading: We are learning all about QUESTIONING this month. We will learn that good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading. Asking questions will help us understand the story and understand ourselves as readers. We will also learn various ways to find answers to the reading questions we have. Please read the newest "Parent School" Newsletter in your GO Folder for ways to help your child with this strategy at home. This week, we will read books about Groundhog's Day and our poem of the week, “Mr. Groundhog”.


Writing: We will continue working on making three or more SEPARATE sentences on ONE topic. We have been thinking of topics in our brain then counting our sentences on our fingers before we begin writing. Please practice this 3-sentence-writing with your child at home. It will help students to realize when one sentence ends and when another begins.

Math: Our new math curriculum is off to a great start. While I am meeting with differentiated math groups, students are learning to work independently on various worksheets at their desks. We are starting to learn how to subtract and how that is different than addition. Some of us are getting tricked by the signs, so please help your child to remember to look at the sign and tell you if they are supposed to add + or subtract -. We are also learning the words that will be a clue to our brains to add or subtract. For example, the words "flew away" in a story will mean I need to subtract, while the words "more came" tell me to add. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Homework: January 31

Every day and each week, homework should consist of:

READING:

  • Make new flashcards for the new words and letter teams. 
  • Study flashcards EVERYDAY! 
  • Read Book Bag books 3 times each everyday! 
  • Read Fluency Passage 3 times everyday!
  • RAZ-Kids Reading and quizzes - these quizzes will come back to me so I can see how you are doing!
  • Have a parent read to child, asking HOTS comprehension questions before, during, and after reading. 
  • Initial the Reading Log

WRITING: 
  • Sharing - Write two sentences about ways to be patient. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Write sight words - Practice writing your sight words of the week (challenge: write a sentence with each sight word!) Due Friday.
  • Write a story -  write a short story consisting of two-three sentences on one topic. Don't forget your details, Neat Nancy penmanship, and proper punctuation. Due Friday.
  • Take a practice spelling and dictation sentence test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!

MATH: 
  • Excel Math Homework
  • Please ALSO continue to practice math concepts ONLY AS NEEDED:
    • Write numbers 1-30 (challenge: 1-100). Focus on number reversals!
    • Read numbers 1-30 (use number flashcards if your child is still struggling with number identification out of order).
    • Practice counting 5s and 10s.
    • Practice telling time to the hour and half hour.
    • Practice counting money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters). 
    • Practice making patterns (AB, ABB, ABC, AAB)
    • Practice what number comes before, after, in between.
    • Practice larger than, greater than, less than, fewer than.
    • Practice days of the week and months of the year. 
    • Practice addition (story problems are great too!)
    • Practice subtraction.
    • Practice LEFT and RIGHT - for example, ask your children to raise their right hand/left hand, draw a square in the upper left corner, draw a circle in the lower right corner, etc.

Homework due Friday. Please write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you! 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Weekly News: January 24

FRIDAY IS OUR 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!! We will be celebrating with 100th Day Center on Friday. If you are able to donate your time or any items, please see the sign-up sheet on the classroom door. We will also be making a fun 100 Days in School picture collage. If you have any pictures from our first 100 days of school that you would like to share, please send them to school. The students will have a special 100th Day of School Sharing and Snack. If you did not receive the special note sent home on Friday about our 100th day, please read here for information....

100th Day  Note                                                            

Thank you for your Scholastic Book Orders!! I submitted the orders on Friday so you will be receiving your books soon! :) 

HELP OUR CLASS WIN! This month, we are having a tardy competition in which the class with the fewest percentage of tardies among our three school sites will receive $500 in classroom supplies of their choice!!! Each student will also be rewarded for each day he/she is "punctual" and on time to school!

Please help ILCS, in partnership with coatsforarms.com, to distribute coats to the children in need this winter. Each school site will be collecting new or gently used coats for the month of January to distribute to the local charities.

What Are We Learning This Week??:

Sight Words: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE.

Letter Team: ONG (like in SONG) and ONK (like in HONK).


Leadership Theme of the Month: PUNCTUALITY - We are learning that punctuality is being on time and making good use of our time. We are practicing making good use of our time in class.

Reading: This week we are reading books all about the 100th day of school!!! We will also continue to practice making connections as we read. We are practicing text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. We will also remember use our schema before, during, and after we read. We will also read our poems “100 Day Song” and "100 Day Chant".

Writing: We are working on making three SEPARATE sentences on ONE topic. We have been thinking of topics in our brain then counting our sentences on our fingers before we begin writing. For example, if my topic was DISNEYLAND, I would count my sentences... 1. I went to Disneyland on Saturday with my mom and dad. 2. We went on a lot of rides. 3. We saw the fireworks show and it was so pretty. Please practice this 3-sentence-writing with your child at home. It will help students to realize when one sentence ends and when another begins.This week, we will also meet a new friend named "Homonym Harry"!!! Homonym Harry teaches us that there are words that SOUND the same but MEAN something different - like TWO & TO and FOR & FOUR.

Math: Our new math curriculum is off to a great start. While I am meeting with differentiated math groups, students are learning to work independently on various worksheets at their desks. We are starting to learn how to subtract and how that is different than addition. Some of us are getting tricked by the signs, so please help your child to remember to look at the sign and tell you if they are supposed to add + or subtract -. We are also learning the words that will be a clue to our brains to add or subtract. For example, the words "flew away" in a story will mean I need to subtract, while the words "more came" tell me to add. 

Homework: January 24

PLEASE NOTE THE SPECIAL SHARING HOMEWORK OF THE WEEK! 

Every day and each week, homework should consist of:

READING:

  • Make new flashcards for the new words and letter teams. 
  • Study flashcards EVERYDAY! 
  • Read Book Bag books 3 times each everyday! 
  • Read Fluency Passage 3 times everyday!
  • RAZ-Kids Reading and quizzes - these quizzes will come back to me so I can see how you are doing!
  • Have a parent read to child, asking HOTS comprehension questions before, during, and after reading. 
  • Initial the Reading Log

WRITING: 
  • SPECIAL SHARING HOMEWORK: We would like our students to practice counting to 100 by collecting 100 things to bring to school. Help them choose something small like beans, buttons, Cherrios, M&Ms, etc. Help them put their collection into a paper “mystery bag” (the size of a lunch bag). When they bring it to school, the class will try to guess what they brought! Students may bring their collection in any day this week, just like they would sharing.
  • Write sight words - Practice writing your sight words of the week (challenge: write a sentence with each sight word!) Due Friday.
  • Write a story -  write a short story consisting of two-three sentences on one topic. Don't forget your details, Neat Nancy penmanship, and proper punctuation. Due Friday.
  • Take a practice spelling and dictation sentence test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!
  • Practice writing your LAST name - once your child can do this without support, he/she no longer needs to do this as a part of writing homework.

MATH: 
  • Excel Math: Our new math comes with a homework component. On most days, you will find four or five homework questions on the left side of the large math worksheet coming home in your GO Folder. Please complete these homework questions at home then return the paper to school THE FOLLOWING DAY! We have math time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Therefore, each student will be responsible (and be rewarded for!) returning his/her completed math homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays (Yes! You will have math homework over the weekend!) This is also great preparation for first grade. 
  • Please ALSO continue to practice math concepts ONLY AS NEEDED:
    • Write numbers 1-30 (challenge: 1-100). Focus on number reversals!
    • Read numbers 1-30 (use number flashcards if your child is still struggling with number identification out of order).
    • Practice counting 5s and 10s.
    • Practice telling time to the hour and half hour.
    • Practice counting money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters). 
    • Practice making patterns (AB, ABB, ABC, AAB)
    • Practice what number comes before, after, in between.
    • Practice larger than, greater than, less than, fewer than.
    • Practice days of the week and months of the year. 
    • Practice addition (story problems are great too!)
    • Practice subtraction.
    • Practice LEFT and RIGHT - for example, ask your children to raise their right hand/left hand, draw a square in the upper left corner, draw a circle in the lower right corner, etc.

Homework due Friday. Please write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you! 

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Weekly News: January 18

NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 17th due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday!

A special THANK YOU to parents who helped prepare our activities at the Copy/Staple party on Friday!


Our next field trip has been planned!! We will be seeing a Bernstein Bears play at the Riverside Performing Arts Theatre on Wednesday, February 23rd! We will be asking for a $10 donation from each student to cover the cost of the ticket and bus. We are also asking for 2 or 3 parent chaperones to join us at the show. If you are interested in chaperoning, please let me know by Friday. I will be giving priority to those parents that have NOT joined us on a field trip yet. More information about our field trip to come! We are excited!

Our January Scholastic Book Order came home last week! If you would like to purchase books, please place your order online by Friday! 

HELP OUR CLASS WIN! This month, we are having a tardy competition in which the class with the fewest percentage of tardies among our three school sites will receive $500 in classroom supplies of their choice!!! Each student will also be rewarded for each day he/she is "punctual" and on time to school!

Please help ILCS, in partnership with coatsforarms.com, to distribute coats to the children in need this winter. Each school site will be collecting new or gently used coats for the month of January to distribute to the local charities.

What Are We Learning This Week??:

Sight Words: COULD, WOULD, SHOULD, WALK, TALK.

Letter Team: ANG (like in HANG, SANG) and ANK (like in TANK, BANK).

Leadership Theme of the Month: PUNCTUALITY - We are learning that punctuality is being on time and making good use of our time. We are practicing making good use of our time in class.

Reading: This week we are studying and reading about Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and the Civil Rights Movement. We will also continue to practice making connections as we read. We are practicing text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. We will also remember use our schema before, during, and after we read. This week, we will read books about equality for all people, and our poems “Freedom, Freedom, Let it Ring!” and "Would Have, Could Have, Should Have".

Writing: We will continue to use our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.  We are working on writing three to four good sentences on one topic.

Math: We are beginning our new math curriculum this week! This new first grade curriculum will allow students to work at their own learning level. Please see the HOMEWORK section for more information about this new program.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Homework: Janurary 18

PLEASE NOTE THE ADDITIONS TO THE MATH HOMEWORK!!!!

Every day and each week, homework should consist of:

READING:
  • Make new flashcards for the new words and letter teams. 
  • Study flashcards EVERYDAY! 
  • Read Book Bag books 3 times each everyday! 
  • Read Fluency Passage 3 times everyday!
  • RAZ-Kids Reading and quizzes - these quizzes will come back to me so I can see how you are doing!
  • Have a parent read to child, asking HOTS comprehension questions before, during, and after reading. 
  • Initial the Reading Log

WRITING: 
  • Sharing - Write two sentences about Martin Luther King Jr. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Write sight words - Practice writing your sight words of the week (challenge: write a sentence with each sight word!) Due Friday.
  • Write a story -  write a short story consisting of two-three sentences on one topic. Don't forget your details, Neat Nancy penmanship, and proper punctuation. Due Friday.
  • Take a practice spelling and dictation sentence test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!
  • Practice writing your LAST name - once your child can do this without support, he/she no longer needs to do this as a part of writing homework.

MATH: 
  • Excel Math: Our new math comes with a homework component. On most days, you will find four or five homework questions on the left side of the large math worksheet coming home in your GO Folder. Please complete these homework questions at home then return the paper to school THE FOLLOWING DAY! We have math time on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Therefore, each student will be responsible (and be rewarded for!) returning his/her completed math homework on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Mondays (Yes! You will have math homework over the weekend!) This is also great preparation for first grade. 
  • Please ALSO continue to practice math concepts ONLY AS NEEDED:
    • Write numbers 1-30 (challenge: 1-100). Focus on number reversals!
    • Read numbers 1-30 (use number flashcards if your child is still struggling with number identification out of order).
    • Practice counting 5s and 10s.
    • Practice telling time to the hour and half hour.
    • Practice counting money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters). 
    • Practice making patterns (AB, ABB, ABC, AAB)
    • Practice what number comes before, after, in between.
    • Practice larger than, greater than, less than, fewer than.
    • Practice days of the week and months of the year. 
    • Practice addition (story problems are great too!)
    • Practice subtraction.
    • Practice LEFT and RIGHT - for example, ask your children to raise their right hand/left hand, draw a square in the upper left corner, draw a circle in the lower right corner, etc.

Homework due Friday. Please write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Capri Sun Boxes!!!

Parents!!! We are in need of LOTS AND LOTS of empty Capri Sun boxes!!!! If you have any please send them to school with your child! Thank you very much!!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Weekly News: January 10

Students have been doing such a wonderful job on writing last names! If your child is still struggling with this, please practice at home!

Our "banks" have been a big hit in the classroom! Students are excited to "earn money" for being on time to school, for making good use of classroom time, and for good behavior throughout the day. On Friday, we had our first visit to the bank and classroom store. Students could trade out their money for larger coins (5 nickels for a quarter, etc) and choose to spend money on a treasure or save it for a larger prize later. Please continue to count money received everyday and reinforce the responsibility of taking care of banks. Thank you for your continued support!

EVERY SINGLE STUDENT increased in fluency this week! We graphed the difference between our "cold read" on Tuesday and our "hot read" on Friday - the kids were so excited to see how much they grew! Continue to practice this fluency homework EVERY DAY, filling out the comprehension questions and reading the word families as well. It has already shown GREAT GROWTH!

Copy Staple Party this Friday, January 14th! Thank you in advance for helping us prepare our activities for the next month.

HELP OUR CLASS WIN! This month, we are having a tardy competition in which the class with the fewest percentage of tardies among our three school sites will receive $500 in classroom supplies of their choice!!! Each student will also be rewarded for each day he/she is "punctual" and on time to school!

NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 17th due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday!

What Are We Learning This Week??:

Sight Words: OF, BACK, SAY, SAYS, PLEASE.


Letter Team: CK (We are learning that CK makes the K sound and helps the vowel to say it's short sound, like in BACK, NECK, PICK, LOCK, DUCK - notice how all the vowels are the short sound!)

Leadership Theme of the Month: PUNCTUALITY - We are learning that punctuality is being on time and making good use of our time. We are practicing making good use of our time in class.

Reading: This week we are studying and doing projects with "The Mitten" by Jan Brett. We will also continue to practice making connections as we read. We are practicing text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. We will also remember use our schema before, during, and after we read. This week, we will read books winter and our poems “The Mitten” and "Warm Mittens".

Writing: We will continue to use our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.  We are working on writing three to four good sentences on one topic.

Math: You may have noticed the addition and subtraction stories that we have been working on in our Saxon Math. Please work with your children on these at home - giving them a story then helping them to write a number sentence. We will also continue practicing the addition "DOUBLES" in our fun DOUBLES SONG. Notice there is a copy of the DOUBLES song on the GO Folder for your child to practice at home. The goal is for students to memorize all the double facts. Please practice these at home.  Please also work on basic addition facts at home. We will practice the directions right and left.  Please continue to reinforce this at home.WE WILL BE STARTING OUR NEW MATH CURRICULUM NEXT WEEK!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Homework: Janurary 10

Every day and each week, homework should consist of:

READING:

  • Make new flashcards for the new words and letter teams. 
  • Study flashcards EVERYDAY! 
  • Read Book Bag books 3 times each everyday! 
  • Read Fluency Passage 3 times everyday!
  • RAZ-Kids Reading and quizzes - these quizzes will come back to me so I can see how you are doing!
  • Have a parent read to child, asking HOTS comprehension questions before, during, and after reading. 
  • Initial the Reading Log

WRITING: 
  • Sharing - Write two sentences about how you can be punctual. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Write sight words - Practice writing your sight words of the week (challenge: write a sentence with each sight word!) Due Friday.
  • Write a story -  write a short story consisting of two-three sentences on one topic. Don't forget your details, Neat Nancy penmanship, and proper punctuation. Due Friday.
  • Take a practice spelling and dictation sentence test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!
  • Practice writing your LAST name - once your child can do this without support, he/she no longer needs to do this as a part of writing homework.

MATH: 
  • Our new math curriculum (with a homework component) has been ordered, but has NOT arrived yet. Until then, go over the SAXON MATH page in your GO Folder each day, helping your child with any concept that is difficult. 
  • Practice the following math concepts ONLY AS NEEDED:
    • Write numbers 1-30 (challenge: 1-100). Focus on number reversals!
    • Read numbers 1-30 (use number flashcards if your child is still struggling with number identification out of order).
    • Practice counting 5s and 10s.
    • Practice telling time to the hour and half hour.
    • Practice counting money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters). 
    • Practice making patterns (AB, ABB, ABC, AAB)
    • Practice what number comes before, after, in between.
    • Practice larger than, greater than, less than, fewer than.
    • Practice days of the week and months of the year. 
    • Practice addition (story problems are great too!)
    • Practice LEFT and RIGHT - for example, ask your children to raise their right hand/left hand, draw a square in the upper left corner, draw a circle in the lower right corner, etc.
Homework due Friday. Please write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Weekly News: January 4

Welcome back to school! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year with family and friends! Thank you all so very much for all of your gifts and wonderful Christmas contributions! I am the luckiest teacher in the whole wide world! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THIS ENTIRE SECTION AS THERE IS A LOT OF NEW INFORMATION!

Beginning after the holiday break we will now have each student write his/her first and LAST NAME on all papers, homework, etc.  If your child does not know who to write his/her last name please practice this at home (it can become part of homework writing!). Each student will now have last names written on GO Folders and name tags for support in the classroom.

Also beginning after the holiday break each child will have a “bank” attached to his/her new GO Folder. The “bank” is a ziploc baggie stapled to the GO Folder. Each day your child will have the opportunity to earn money at the end of the day - the money will replace the stickers. Students with clips on green will receive a nickel and students with clips on yellow, a penny. Money will also be used as an incentive for continued positive classroom and playground behavior throughout the day. Students with no clips on red at the end of the week will still earn a trip to the treasure box on Fridays, but now they will have the opportunity to spend their money on the items that are now “on sale” in the treasure box. Of course bigger treasures will cost more money, which I hope will reinforce self-control and teach students about saving. Each child will be responsible for keeping track of their bank and for counting the money in it. (This too will be great homework practice).  We will also work on trading coins, for example: five pennies for one nickel; two nickels for one dime and so on.  We even have paper dollars for those students who save and work really hard. Please encourage your child to take care of and keep track of his/her bank, as lost banks and/or money WILL NOT BE REPLACED!  Also, if students forget GO Folders at home, they will not receive money for that day. The bank is designed to teach responsibility and accountability and reinforce math skills.  This is a great life skill your child will benefit from in the future!! Thank you for your continued support.

Additionally (yes, there is still more info!), our kindergarten classes will begin working on fluency as part of your child’s reading homework. In your child’s book bag you will find a fluency passage. Your child is practicing reading fluent in reading group. Fluency refers to a student’s speed, smoothness, and ease of reading out loud. Fluent readers read more quickly and smoothly, allowing them to focus on comprehension.  Fluent readers gain more meaning from the text they read. Because fluency leads to comprehension, fluent readers enjoy reading more than students who devote all their energy to sounding out words. Your child will be timed in class for one minute on the fluency passage at the beginning of the week (a cold read) and then will be timed again in class for one minute at the end of the week (a hot read).  The goal is for your student to become more fluent with the passage by practicing it three or more times each night. On most fluency passages there are comprehension questions and word families. Please practice and complete this at home as well - this is an excellent test taking strategy. Your child will then graph the results of his/her increased fluency in class. Thank you for supporting this very important component of our reading program! You will be astounded by the growth your children make through this reading!


What Are We Learning This Week??:

Sight Words: WORD, ALL, US, JUST GOOD.

Letter Team: TION (sounds like SHUN like in vacation, invention, connection).

Leadership Theme of the Month: PUNCTUALITY - HELP OUR CLASS WIN! This month, we are having a tardy competition in which the class with the fewest percentage of tardies among our three school sites will receive $500 in classroom supplies of their choice!!! Each student will also be rewarded for each day he/she is "punctual" and on time to school!

Reading: This week we will continue to practice making connections as we read. We are practicing text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. We will also remember use our schema before, during, and after we read. This week, we will read books winter and our poem “I’m a little Snowman”.

Writing: We will continue to use our "Writer's Checklist" - a list of things that all good writers do, such as proper punctuation, uppercases at the beginning of a sentence and name, finger spaces between each word, spelling word wall words correctly, adding details, making sure our writing makes sense, and trying our best! We will read this checklist everyday to make sure we are applying each of those skills in our writing.  We are working on writing three to four good sentences on one topic.

Math: The students are doing well with the  MATH TIMED TESTS. I have seen so much improvement.  Keep practicing addition facts at home 5 to 10 minutes each day or more if your child is struggling.   Students are timed on addition skills and move up levels at their own pace. We will also continue practicing the addition "DOUBLES" in our fun DOUBLES SONG. Notice there is a copy of the DOUBLES song on the GO Folder for your child to practice at home. The goal is for students to memorize all the double facts. Please practice these at home.  Please also work on basic addition facts at home. We will practice the directions right and left.  Please continue to reinforce this at home.

Homework: Janurary 4

Every day and each week, homework should consist of:

READING:

  • Make new flashcards for the new words and letter teams. 
  • Study flashcards EVERYDAY! 
  • Read Book Bag books 3 times each everyday! 
  • Read Fluency Passage 3 times everyday!
  • RAZ-Kids Reading and quizzes - these quizzes will come back to me so I can see how you are doing!
  • Have a parent read to child, asking HOTS comprehension questions before, during, and after reading. 
  • Initial the Reading Log

WRITING: 
  • Sharing - Write two sentences about what you like to do in winter. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Write sight words - Practice writing your sight words of the week (challenge: write a sentence with each sight word!) Due Friday.
  • Write a story -  write a short story consisting of two-three sentences on one topic. Don't forget your details, Neat Nancy penmanship, and proper punctuation. Due Friday.
  • Take a practice spelling and dictation sentence test on Thursday to prepare for your Friday test!
  • Practice writing your LAST name - once your child can do this without support, he/she no longer needs to do this as a part of writing homework.

MATH: 
  • Our new math curriculum (with a homework component) has been ordered, but has NOT arrived yet. Until then, go over the SAXON MATH page in your GO Folder each day, helping your child with any concept that is difficult. 
  • Practice the following math concepts ONLY AS NEEDED:
    • Write numbers 1-30 (challenge: 1-100). Focus on number reversals!
    • Read numbers 1-30 (use number flashcards if your child is still struggling with number identification out of order).
    • Practice counting 5s and 10s.
    • Practice telling time to the hour and half hour.
    • Practice counting money (pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters). 
    • Practice making patterns (AB, ABB, ABC, AAB)
    • Practice what number comes before, after, in between.
    • Practice larger than, greater than, less than, fewer than.
    • Practice days of the week and months of the year. 
    • Practice addition (story problems are great too!)
    • Practice LEFT and RIGHT - for example, ask your children to raise their right hand/left hand, draw a square in the upper left corner, draw a circle in the lower right corner, etc.
Homework due Friday. Please write your name on the Reading Log and staple that to the front of homework. Thank you!