Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Weekly News: March 28

Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful Spring break and enjoyed the time off with your families!

Copy and Staple Party on Friday! Thank you to my wonderful moms that are ALWAYS THERE helping prepare materials for our class. You know who you are and you are VERY appreciated!

Magic Show featuring Danny Ray is on Friday, April 1st. See Mr. Simo before/after school for details and tickets.

Keep working on those community service projects! Projects and presentations due the week of May 23rd.

What Are We Learning This Week??:

We are reading and writing about Spring. We will continue to work on Step Up To Writing stories, thinking of a topic sentence, main ideas, and a conclusion sentence. In math, we will learn probability words like certain, likely, unlikely, and impossible. We will also continue to work on time to the half hour and differentiating between addition and subtraction.

Homework: March 28

READING:
  • Make new flashcards for the new sight words : FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST.
  • Study flashcards EVERYDAY! 
  • Read Fluency Passage 3 times everyday! 
  • Read AR Books.
  • 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 THREE sentences about what community service means. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Sharing is due any day this week.
  • Write a Step Up to Writing - choose a topic sentence, three main ideas, and a conclusion sentence. Draw a picture to go with your story. 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
  • 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, March 13, 2011

We had so much fun sharing our Leprechaun traps!

Bernstain Bears Field Trip

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Spring Break!

Have a wonderful Spring break everyone!! Enjoy the time off with your family and friends! We will see you back at school Monday, March 28th!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Weekly News: March 7

We had such a fun Read Across America Week! Thank you to ALL of our guest readers! 

It is parent conference week! Please check the date and time you signed up for - I look forward to meeting with you!

Miss Reeve's Drama class will be performing "A Tribute to Dr. Seuss" on Monday, March 7th, 6:00 at the Bryant St. church! You are welcome to come watch our ILCS 1st and 2nd grade friends perform! 

This week we will continue to review EVERYTHING we have learned so far in kindergarten. We will also read St. Patrick's Day books and write about catching a tricky leprechaun!  

NO SCHOOL March 14 through March 25 due to Spring Break. Enjoy the time off with your families!

Homework: March 7

We have a special Homework project this week! A LEPRECHAUN TRAP! You should have found a note on this in your GO Folder on Friday. Have fun making this trap together as a family and bring it to school on Friday, ready to share how you are going to catch that tricky leprechaun!

Homework this week will also consist of reviewing ALL letters, sounds, sight words, letter teams, numbers, math concepts, etc. Book Bags will continue to come home with AR books. Math Excel will also come home. Our RAZ competition is still in progress and winners will be announced FRIDAY!