Saturday, September 10, 2011

Weekly News: September 12-16

News:

This week we will be studying and reading books about apples. On Friday, we will have a fun apple tasting in our classroom. We are asking each child to bring in one apple (red, green, or yellow). Each child will decide which color apple tastes the best and we will make a classroom graph! Please see our "Classroom Clipboard" on our table in the morning for the apple sign-up sheet so that we get a variety of different color apples. Thank you!

We will Our sight word songs are so funny this week! Go check them out on our Songs Tab!!!

Thank you so much for all of your Scholastic Book Orders! I placed the order over the weekend so in a few weeks, your new books will be delivered to our classroom! Thank you for ordering online - with every order you place online, we get a free book for our classroom so this significantly helps me add to our classroom library!!!

Electives on our campus will begin the week of September 26th. Keep an eye out for the elective email (coming from the school) if you wish to sign your child up for an ILCS elective. If your child is participating in an elective, you may send a lunch to school with him/her on that elective day and lunch supervision will be provided for your children on these days.

I understand that our "What Are We Learning This Week?" and "Homework" sections can be so repetitive and a lot of reading. To make things a little easier for you, I will be posting all the NEW information each week IN RED. Thank you so much for taking the time to read our news each week and stay up-to-date on what we are doing in class!

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: LOOK, HERE THIS.

Letter Team: CH (like in "cheetos") and OO (like in "look" - we will learn that OO also makes another sound, like in "pool" a little later on!)

Reading: This week, we will focus on the Reading Strategy, "Stretch Out the Sound" (see Reading Strategies Tab). This week, we will read books about apples and Johnny Appleseed, and continue to read books about colors as we learn our color words.

Writing: We are writing a big book together about science tools using sight words we have learned so far. We will be studying these science tools and how and when we use them. We will continue learning to put spaces between each word, use an uppercase at the beginning of each sentence with lowercase letters throughout, and use a period at the end. We will continue to use our sight words in our sentences and use our sound chart to help us sound out the words we do not know how to write.

Math: This week we will learn the name and value of each coin and pretty soon, we will start counting money! You can help at home by having your child name and tell you the value of coins around the house. We will learn to count backwards and identify the missing number in row of numbers. We will continue to learn how to identify, order, and count numbers to 30 and how to write numbers to 10. We will also continue learning the days of the week, months of the year, shapes, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next.

Leadership: This month our theme is "responsibility". We will discuss ways to be responsible at home and at school.

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