Friday, August 23, 2013

Weekly News: August 26-30

What a great first week of school! Thank you for sharing your children with me! We are having so much fun getting to know one another and adjusting to this crazy thing called kindergarten :) 

Thank you to the parents who signed up to be my "Daily Morning Folders" helper. This will begin Monday

 Daily Morning Folder Helpers are: 
Monday: Kelly Wilson 
Tuesday: Jennifer Williams 
Wednesday: Christian Lazzar
Thursday: Lena Reynolds
Friday: Teresa Juarez

Other classroom volunteers will begin sometime in late-September - I will let you know when the time comes! 

There is no school next Monday, September 2nd due to the Labor Day Holiday. Enjoy the time off with your families!

Throughout the year, I will be sending out many parent emails. This is the most convenient form of communication for me. I sent out a first email in order to be sure I have all of your correct email addresses.  If you did not receive the email, either I typed it incorrectly or I did not have one for you.  If you would like to be added to the list when I email information, please let me know.  If this is an inconvenient way for you to communicate, please let me know that as well. I also have a "Follow by email" link on the website - if you check the bottom of the right-hand column, you will find the "Follow by Email" gadget. Feel free to submit your information to receive an email EVERY time I update our website! 

Unfortunately, the Homework Tab on our website is not working. Make sure you scroll down to the next post to see our Homework for the week. 


School picture day will be Thursday, September 5th! Be on the look-out for a flyer being sent home soon! 

Save the Date for a special Parent Night on Wednesday, September 4th at 6:00. More information to come. 

On Friday, I sent home a CD with all of our sight words songs. This is a great way to learn the sight words and reinforce letter identification too.  Have your child point to each letter as they sing the letter name. You can also visit the SONGS tab on our website to hear our sight words songs and other songs we learn in class. Have fun singing!


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: IS, THE, ME, OR.

Letter Team: TH (we are learning that TH has two different sounds - a hard sound [like in mother and the] and a soft sound [like in thumb])

Reading: We are learning the vowels!!!! Ask your child about our special vowel song and what sounds the vowels can make! We learned that each vowel can make 2 sounds - short and long. We are learning the different parts of a book: title, author, illustrator, title page. You can help at home by asking your child to point to each part of the book before you read. Students will continue to practice one-to-one matching this week. We will also practice the reading strategies Get your mouth ready for the first sound and Look at the Picture (see Reading Stategies tab for more information). 

Writing: We are writing a new book together about our shapes and colors using our sight words of the week. This week we are learning that a sentence starts with an uppercase letter and ends with a period. We are working on putting finger spaces in between our words. 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 sort objects by color and size. 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. For example, if I ask a student to "count on" (we call it "popcorn counting") from the number 7, I would like them to tell me "8, 9, 10.." without having to go back to the number 1 to figure it out. We will continue to identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30.  

Leadership: Diligence.

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