Sunday, January 8, 2012

Weekly News: January 9-12

Mrs. Stanley's new website is up and running! Please follow her site at www.mrsstanley.com.

Our RAZ-Kids link and Songs link have been fixed! You may now click on those links! Remember that our RAZ-Kids username is missreeve (no spaces!)

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 staying on yellow and green, 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 pennies for a nickel, 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! 

YOU ARE INVITED! Mrs. Stanley and I will be opening up our classroom door (Miss Reeve's Classroom) for "Early Morning Reading Time" on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 AM. We would like to provide additional time on text for your child along with supporting parents on the use of reading strategies used in the classroom. Research shows that additional time on text improves fluency, comprehension, and even writing! We would like this Early Morning Reading Time to focus on the partnership between teacher, parent, and child. In order for this program to be successful, parent involvement is necessary. Our goal is to build a community of readers with a ratio of one adult for every two children. Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity by participating in this program with your child. Please also note that this extra reading time is a privilege and disruptive behavior will distract other students from the learning process. We are excited about this program as we have done it in the past and seen much reading growth occur. We look forward to taking your kids beyond the limits!

NO SCHOOL Friday, January 13th and Monday, January 16th. Enjoy the four-day weekend!

Spelling and Math tests will be on Thursday this week due to NO SCHOOL on Friday.

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!)

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 are working on writing three to four good sentences on ONE TOPIC, adding details and our Five W's (who, what, where, when, why).

Math: We have been working on addition in the classroom. We are trying to use all of our addition strategies instead of just using our fingers. Some of our strategies include drawing a picture, using a number line, using a manipulative, counting our fingers, memorizing our math facts. Our favorite is putting the big number in our brain and popcorn counting up. We also discussed that the fastest way to pass our math timed tests is by MEMORIZING OUR MATH FACTS. You can help at home by making addition flashcards for your child. For example, if your child has just passed the +2 test on Friday, make flashcards for +3 and work on those at home.

Leadership: Our theme of the month is: DETERMINATION. We are learning that determination is setting goals and sticking to them, even when it gets hard. For part of our determination study, each student will be making two goals (this is our sharing homework!). We will be making one goal for school and one goal for home. Some good examples of goals might be memorizing our sight words, passing our math tests every week, getting 100% on our Excel Math, reading fluency three times every night, making our bed every day, helping with the dishes, eating more vegetables, etc. We will write down our goals and hang them up in the classroom. There will also be a sheet with our goals coming home so that YOU can hang it up and students can look at it everyday as a reminder to use determination to reach those goals!

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