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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Weekly News: September 4-7


I hope you had a relaxing three-day weekend with your families! 

School picture day will be Thursday, September 6th! Be on the look-out for a flyer being sent home soon!

Thank you for allowing me to keep your kiddos for one extra hour last week to do assessments. Our beginning of the year assessments gives me a good idea of what level each child is coming in at and how I can help them in the classroom. If you have not received your child's results yet, they will be in their cubbies on Tuesday. Please take some time to review these results with your child.

Scholastic Book Orders are due on Friday! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to buy inexpensive books for your child! Visit our "Book Orders" tab to get started!

Electives on our campus will begin the week of September 17th. 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.

Please don't forget to read through the entire homework post about turning in homework in kindergarten! 
What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: I, LIKE, MY.

Letter Team: SH (like in "she" and "push") and ER (like in "her" and "mother") - ask your child to tell you about Mr. ER - he is one crazy driver!!!

Reading: We will continue to learn that vowels make 2 sounds - a short sound and a long sound. We will continue to read big books to help us with our reading strategies - this week we are learning to Get Your Mouth Ready for the First Sound and to Look Through the Word at all the Sounds (see the Reading Strategies tab for more information). This week, we will also read books about colors and our five senses.

Writing: We are writing a new book together about our five senses using our sight words of the week. We are continuing to use an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces between our words, and 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. You can help your child at home by using the same sound chart on the back of  your Homework Folder to help with sounding out words and writing at home.

Math: We are learning to count by ordinal numbers (first, second, third...) We will also sort objects by color, size, and shape. We are also learning to read and extend patterns. We will also focus on identifying what number should come next without going back to 1 to count. We will continue to identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30.  

Leadership: This month our theme is "orderliness". We will talk about keeping ourselves and our surroundings "orderly". We are learning that orderliness is keeping things neat and tidy.


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