Saturday, September 27, 2014

Weekly News: September 29-October 3

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I'm BACK!!!!! While I had such an amazing 6 weeks bonding with my little boy, I am very excited to be back in the classroom and get to know this awesome-looking group of kiddos! It looks and sounds like you had a great beginning of the school year with Mrs. Coate. I feel so fortunate to have had an amazing substitute - she will be missed, but will definitely stop by to visit! My goal is to make this transition a smooth one for your child. I hope you have all received my "I'm Back" email. If you have not, please let me know so that I can confirm your correct email address. Thanks! 

It looks like you've had a fun start to fall with apple tasting, apple pies, and apple sauce. A huge shout-out to all of the parent helpers for making these activities happen! Thank you!! 

This Friday is our Lion's Fest! It will be located at CSC from 3:00-8:00. Our kindergarten classes will be working at the Apple Archery booth. Fun! There are still plenty of opportunities to help! Please see our room mom, Kindra! This is sure to be a fun-filled event! Hope to see you there! 
We are so excited about our field trip next Tuesday! Please send your child to school this day in a normal shirt (we will be throwing their brand new field trip t-shirt over their clothing) and without a snack (snack will be provided). Please keep an eye out for field trip permission slips being sent home and return them ASAP. Students will NOT BE ABLE TO GO ON THE FIELD TRIP WITHOUT A SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP :( Thank you!

We have such wonderful online resources for you to check out this year, including RAZ-Kids, Smarty Ants, IXL Math, Goorulearning, and We Give Books. Each week I will be awarding our top RAZ-Kids Reader, Smarty Ant, and IXL Math friend of the week. I will also be posting each week how many books our class has read on We Give Books. Last year, Mrs. Stanley's class beat our class :( Let's see if we can beat her this year - and have fun reading at the same time!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, our classroom would love: 
Headphones 
Halloween or Fall stickers and trinkets 
Treasure Box Prizes 


What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: TAKE, AN, BECAUSE, UP. 

Letter Team:  OW/OU (like in COW, FLOWER/OUCH, HOUSE) and the long OW sound (like in YELLOW SNOW).  

Word Family:  -AN. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word family -an (can, man, pan, etc.) 

Reading: This week, we will begin reading books about Autumn and leaves. We will continue to work on vowels; learning that the letters a,e,i,o,u and sometimes y are vowels.  We are learning long and short vowel sounds.  You can find several vowel activities on gooru to support your child’s learning in this area. This week, I am excited to get to know your children as readers, discover what books they have been choosing for their "Good Fit" books, and learn where I can meet their individual needs before I begin my reading groups. 

Writing:  This week, we will write a big book together about matter. We will learn that matter is anything that takes up space. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far. We will also learn that when we are writing a word that begins with a vowel, we put "AN" in front of that word - for example, "an elephant" instead of "a elephant" - please reinforce this at home in writing and in speech. 

Math: We will continue our fun unit on shapes this week using geoboards and tangrams. We will continue working with 2D flat shapes and 3D solid shapes, exploring the number of faces and the vertices of each shape. As always, we will also continue counting money, identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30, learn the days of the week, months of the year, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next. 

Leadership: Congratulations to our Leadership Award Winners for GRIT: Gideon, Bennett, Alexa, Abbie, and Luke! I am so proud! The new leadership theme for the month of October is TEAMWORK.

Homework: September 29-October 3

Please visit the website goorulearning.org to access our “ILCS Kindergarten" homework site.  Here you will have access to materials such as digital flash cards, books, videos, educational games as well as downloadable games, documents and much more.  You can also download the Gooru app for iPads and access all the videos and documents; the iPad does not support sites requiring Flash Player. 

Class code: QCAWKCF 
Class Name:  ILCS Kindergarten

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (AN, BECAUSE, TAKE, UP), letter teams (OW and OU), and word family (AN - pan, fan, man). Study these flashcards (and those from previous weeks) every day. Visit our Sight Words tab for more flashcard ideas.

Phonemic Awareness:  Phonemic awareness is understanding sounds in words, rhyming, syllables, etc.  Strong phonemic awareness is important to early reading skills.  A great way to practice phonemic awareness is to play word/sound games with your child. Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills.  You can also find resources for many phonemic awareness activities on gooru.
Rhyming
Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds
Syllables
Blending
Segmenting

Reading: Read, read, read! Read the paper books that have come home, read books from your book box, read on RAZ-Kids, work on the Smarty Ants reading program, read on We Give Books, and read to your child! You can download the poems and fluency passage of the week on gooru for your student to keep in their book box at home for additional familiar reading material.

Math: Practice counting 1-30 or higher, count on starting at a number other than one, identify numbers out of order, study number flashcards, number writing practice, sort items by color and size, practice identifying 2D and 3D shapes, draw shapes, find 3D shapes we use in our everyday life.  start sorting and counting coins at home. VISIT OUR COMMON CORE STANDARDS TAB TO SEE WHAT OTHER MATH STANDARDS YOU CAN WORK ON WITH YOUR CHILD!   You will find several 2D and 3D shape resources on gooru.  You can find all of these math skills and many more on IXL Math.  

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. Practice writing your name with an uppercase only at the beginning. Practice writing ABC's uppercase and lowercase (Aa, Bb, Cc). Also practice writing your sight words of the week and sight word dictation sentences for our spelling test on Friday.

Sharing: Write one sentence about your favorite autumn/fall activity. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure you practice reading your sentence at home so that you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

September 22-26

Please visit the website goorulearning.org to access our “ILCS Kindergarten" homework site.  Here you will have access to materials such as digital flash cards, books, videos, educational games as well as downloadable games, documents and much more.  You can also download the Gooru app for iPads and access all the videos and documents; the iPad does not support sites requiring Flash Player. 

Class code: QCAWKCF 
Class Name:  ILCS Kindergarten

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (COME, AT, SAID), letter teams (CE and CI), and word family (IN - bin, fin, win). Study these flashcards (and those from previous weeks) every day. Visit our Sight Words tab for more flashcard ideas.

Phonemic Awareness:  Phonemic awareness is understanding sounds in words, rhyming, syllables, etc.  Strong phonemic awareness is important to early reading skills.  A great way to practice phonemic awareness is to play word/sound games with your child. Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills.  You can also find resources for many phonemic awareness activities on gooru.
Rhyming
Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds
Syllables
Blending
Segmenting

Reading: Read, read, read! Read the paper books that have come home, read books from your book box, read on RAZ-Kids, work on the Smarty Ants reading program, read on We Give Books, and read to your child! See the links on the Fun Learning Links Tab.  You can download the poems and fluency passage of the week on gooru for your student to keep in their book box at home for additional familiar reading material.

Math: Practice counting 1-30 or higher, count on starting at a number other than one, identify numbers out of order, study number flashcards, number writing practice, sort items by color and size, practice identifying 2D and 3D shapes, draw shapes, find 3D shapes we use in our everyday life.  start sorting and counting coins at home. VISIT OUR COMMON CORE STANDARDS TAB TO SEE WHAT OTHER MATH STANDARDS YOU CAN WORK ON WITH YOUR CHILD!   You will find several 2D and 3D shape resources on gooru.  You can find all of these math skills and many more on IXL Math.  See the link on the Fun Learning Links Tab at the top of this page.  

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. Practice writing your name with an uppercase only at the beginning. Practice writing ABC's uppercase and lowercase (Aa, Bb, Cc). Also practice writing your sight words of the week and sight word dictation sentences for our spelling test on Friday.

Sharing:  Special Sharing project this week!  We will be creating a 3D Museum in our class from the items your child brings in to share.  Please help your child locate items around your house that you are willing to part with for a week or 2 that are the 3D shapes we are learning - cube, cylinder, sphere, cone, pyramid, rectangular prism.  Try to locate one item for each of the above listed shapes.  Smaller sized items are best as we don’t want the 3D Museum to overtake our classroom!  Thanks and have fun exploring these shapes at home with your child.  Your child’s sharing does not need to include a written paper this week however your child will need to share his/her 3D shapes and identify the name of each shape - so practice at home!  Here is a fun video to get you started on your 3D shape hunt!  The video contains each of the shapes we are learning about except rectangular prisms.  Please refer to the pictures below the video for rectangular prism examples.  Remember to turn sharing in any day this week EXCEPT Friday!  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2cg-Uc556-Q








If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable sharing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for sharing each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab.

September 22-26

We had so much fun making apple pies! Thank you for all of your donations and a special thank you to all of our fabulous parent helpers  for ALL of your help baking our pies! It would not have happened without you!  This week we will be making applesauce together! YAY :) 

Another reminder about our upcoming field trip. We will be going to Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glenn on Tuesday, October 7th. We will be leaving school by bus at approximately 8:15 in the morning and returning at approximately 12:30. The students will get to meet Johnny Appleseed, tour the apple orchards, and even make apple cider! In order for our kindergarten classes to go on this field trip (and all future field trips), we are asking for donations to be made to our Dollar A Day program through the school. Unfortunately, if our kindergarten team does not receive donations, we will not be able to go on this wonderful field trip :(  We apologize for any inconvenience, but siblings and little ones are not allowed on this field trip due to the safety of our kindergarten students you will be chaperoning.  Also, be on the look-out for the field trip permission slip that will be coming home in your child's Take Home Folder soon. These are due back to school ASAP in order for your child to go on the field trip.We are so excited for this field trip! Yay!

Please do not forget to donate towards the field trip under Dollar A Day! The link to Dollar A Day is now located on the “Dollar a Day Donations” Tab located at the top of the page.   We will be using Dollar A Day monies for ALL field trips. 

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to chaperone and for  paying your $7 admission fee.  If you haven’t yet turned in your $7 to chaperone please do so ASAP.  The chaperone money is paid directly to your class teacher and NOT to dollar a day.  Thank you!


The Scholastic Book Order was placed on Friday.  If you ordered books they will arrive in our classroom in approximately 2 weeks.

RAZ-Kids: Raz-Kids is our awesome Online Reading program. This is a great website where your children can listen to and read books at their level. With each book, you can also take comprehension quizzes and earn points! With those points, you can play fun games online. All of the information (how much time spent online, books read, and quizzes taken) comes back to me so I can check on your reading at home.

Smarty Ants: Smarty Ants is our online reading program that is individualized to meet the needs of your child. Smarty Ants Reading World is different than other reading games because it considers your child’s individual reading needs, and uses personalized instruction to inspire students to become life-long readers. 


IXL Math: The entire class was able to get onto iXL this past week at school.  Please continue to have your child spend time on iXL at home. 

What Are We Learning This Week?: 

Sight Words: COME, AT, SAID.

Letter Team:  CE/CI (we are learning that the letter C can make a soft sound when it is followed by an E or I like in "cent" and "city").  

Word Family:  -IN. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word family -in (bin, fin, tin, etc.) 

Reading: This week, we will continue reading books about apples and Johnny Appleseed, and read our special poem of the week, "Applesauce".  Students are working hard at their independent activities and reading their self-selected "Good Fit Books". We will continue to work on vowels; learning that the letters a,e,i,o,u and sometimes y are vowels.  We are learning long and short vowel sounds.  You can find several vowel activities on gooru to support your child’s learning in this area.

Writing:   This week we will learn what "quotations" are. We will write a big book together about our silly monster friends and use "quotations" when they say something. This big book will be written using the sight words we have learned so far

Math:  We will continue working on 2D flat shapes and 3D solid shapes.  We will explore the number of faces and vertices each 3D shape has and find out which shapes roll, slide and stack.  We will also continue counting money, identify, order, write, and count numbers to 30, learn the days of the week, months of the year, how to read and extend patterns, and identify what number comes next. We will be creating a 3D Shape Museum as part of the Sharing Homework this week.  More information in the Sharing section of Homework.  

Leadership: This month  our theme is "grit". We are teaching that grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals. We will discuss ways to demonstrate grit at home and at school.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

September 15-19

Please visit the website goorulearning.org to access our “ILCS Kindergarten" homework site.  Here you will have access to materials such as digital flash cards, books, videos, educational games as well as downloadable games, documents and much more.  You can also download the Gooru app for iPads and access all the videos and documents; the iPad does not support sites requiring Flash Player. 

Class code: QCAWKCF 
Class Name:  ILCS Kindergarten


Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (YOU, AND, IT, FRIEND), letter teams (WH), and word family (AT - bat, sat, cat, mat, fat). Study these flashcards (and those from previous weeks) every day. Visit our Sight Words tab for more flashcard ideas.

Phonemic Awareness:  Phonemic awareness is understanding sounds in words, rhyming, syllables, etc.  Strong phonemic awareness is important to early reading skills.  A great way to practice phonemic awareness is to play word/sound games with your child. Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills.  You can also find resources for many phonemic awareness activities on gooru.
Rhyming
Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds
Syllables
Blending
Segmenting

Reading: Read, read, read! Read the paper books that have come home, read books from your book box, read on RAZ-Kids, work on the Smarty Ants reading program, read on We Give Books, and read to your child! See the links on the Fun Learning Links Tab.  You can download the poems and fluency passage of the week on gooru for your student to keep in their book box at home for additional familiar reading material.

Math: Practice counting 1-30 or higher, count on starting at a number other than one, identify numbers out of order, study number flashcards, number writing practice, sort items by color and size, practice identifying 2D and 3D shapes, draw shapes, start sorting and counting coins at home. VISIT OUR COMMON CORE STANDARDS TAB TO SEE WHAT OTHER MATH STANDARDS YOU CAN WORK ON WITH YOUR CHILD!   You will find several 2D and 3D shape resources on gooru.  You can find all of these math skills and many more on IXL Math.  See the link on the Fun Learning Links Tab at the top of this page.  

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. Practice writing your name with an uppercase only at the beginning. Practice writing ABC's uppercase and lowercase (Aa, Bb, Cc). Also practice writing your sight words of the week and sight word dictation sentences for our spelling test on Friday.

Sharing:  Write one sentence about the life cycle of an apple (from seed to tree to blossom to apple). Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure you practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Please do not turn in on Fridays. Thank you. If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable sharing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for sharing each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab.

September 15-19

The class had so much fun tasting apples on Friday.  This Friday, we will be making apple pie as we continue our study on apples. Be on the look out for the sign up if you are able to donate items for this fun day! 

Thank you so much for all of your Scholastic Book Orders! There is still time to place an order if you are interested.  Orders are due on Friday, September 19th.  Visit the Book Order Tab located at the top of the page for ordering information.  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.  

The list of elective classes was posted Monday morning.  Electives begin this Monday, September 15th.  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. Kindergarten electives are from 1:00-1:30 and the elective teachers will dismiss your children at 1:30 on the ramp.

Thank you to our volunteer parents!!!  We appreciate your prep work and participation in Fun Friday Centers!!

It has been a great first month of school.  Thank you for all of your support with everything we do at ILCS.  It is that time of year again to implement our “parent zone” before school starts for student safety.  We ask that all parents, including siblings that do not attend ILCS, stand in the “parent zone.” This is behind the chain link fence on the playground.  We are also working toward making our students independent so please let teachers walk their students in line with classmates only.  

Our first field trip is planned!!! We will be going to Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glenn on Tuesday, October 7th. We will be leaving school by bus at approximately 8:15 in the morning and returning at approximately 12:30. The students will get to meet Johnny Appleseed, tour the apple orchards, and even make apple cider! In order for our kindergarten classes to go on this field trip (and all future field trips), we are asking for donations to be made to our Dollar A Day program through the school. Unfortunately, if our kindergarten team does not receive donations, we will not be able to go on this wonderful field trip :(  We are also looking for volunteers to join us and chaperone our field trip. The cost for chaperones is also $7.  If you are interested in chaperoning for our field trip on this day, please EMAIL ME! The $7 chaperone fee needs to be paid directly to me, not Dollar a Day. On Friday, September 19th, we will need to give our final head count to Los Rios Ranch, so if you would like to chaperone please let me know and pay $7 before that Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience, but siblings and little ones are not allowed on this field trip due to the safety of our kindergarten students you will be chaperoning.  Also, be on the look-out for the field trip permission slip that will be coming home in your child's Take Home Folder soon. These are due back to school ASAP in order for your child to go on the field trip.We are so excited for this field trip! Yay!

Please do not forget to donate towards the field trip under Dollar A Day! The link to Dollar A Day is now located on the “Dollar a Day Donations” Tab located at the top of the page.   We will be using Dollar A Day monies for ALL field trips. 

RAZ-Kids: Raz-Kids is our awesome Online Reading program. This is a great website where your children can listen to and read books at their level. With each book, you can also take comprehension quizzes and earn points! With those points, you can play fun games online. All of the information (how much time spent online, books read, and quizzes taken) comes back to me so I can check on your reading at home.

Smarty Ants: I love to listen to the recordings of all of you reading.  Keep up the good work!  

IXL Math:  I sent user names and passwords home last week.  Let's see who can get the most minutes logged this first week!  


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: YOU, AND, IT FRIEND. 

Letter Team: WH (like in what and whistle).

Word Family: AT - like in bat, cat, rat, sat, fat, etc. 

Reading: We will continue to 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 the life cycle of an apple using sight words we have learned so far. We will be studying how an apple grows, from seed to tree to blossom to apple. 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: We will continue our study of 2D and 3D shapes.  We are learning the attributes of each shape such as how many sides/faces, vertices/corners, each one has and if a shape rolls, slides, or stacks. We also are learning to recognize if a shape is flat (2D) or
solid (3D ) and where we can find these shapes in our everyday life. We will also begin to learn about symmetry.  We will continue to learn all about money as we start counting pennies! We will also learn how to count by 5's and 10's.

Leadership:  This month  our theme is "grit". We are teaching that grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals. We will discuss ways to demonstrate grit at home and at school.


Sunday, September 7, 2014

September 8 - 12

Please visit the website goorulearning.org to access our “ILCS Kindergarten" homework site.  Here you will have access to materials such as digital flash cards, books, videos, educational games as well as downloadable games, documents and much more.  You can also download the Gooru app for iPads and access all the videos and documents; the iPad does not support sites requiring Flash Player. 

Class code: QCAWKCF 
Class Name:  ILCS Kindergarten


Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (LOOK, HERE, THIS), letter teams (CH and OO - as in look), and word family (AM - ram, Sam, Pam, yam, etc). Study these flashcards (and those from previous weeks) every day. Visit our Sight Words tab for more flashcard ideas.

Phonemic Awareness:  Phonemic awareness is understanding sounds in words, rhyming, syllables, etc.  Strong phonemic awareness is important to early reading skills.  A great way to practice phonemic awareness is to play word/sound games with your child. Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills.  You can also find resources for many phonemic awareness activities on gooru.
Rhyming
Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds
Syllables
Blending
Segmenting

Reading: Read, read, read! Read the paper books that have come home, read books from your book box, read on RAZ-Kids, work on the Smarty Ants reading program, read on We Give Books, and read to your child! See the links on the Fun Learning Links Tab.  You can download the poems and fluency passage of the week on gooru for your student to keep in their book box at home for additional familiar reading material.

Math: Practice counting 1-30 or higher, count on starting at a number other than one, identify numbers out of order, study number flashcards, number writing practice, sort items by color and size, practice identifying 2D and 3D shapes, draw shapes, start sorting and counting coins at home. VISIT OUR COMMON CORE STANDARDS TAB TO SEE WHAT OTHER MATH STANDARDS YOU CAN WORK ON WITH YOUR CHILD!   You will find several 2D and 3D shape resources on gooru.  You can find all of these math skills and many more on IXL Math.  See the link on the Fun Learning Links Tab at the top of this page.  

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. Practice writing your name with an uppercase only at the beginning. Practice writing ABC's uppercase and lowercase (Aa, Bb, Cc). Also practice writing your sight words of the week and sight word dictation sentences for our spelling test on Friday.

Sharing:  This week, we are discussing our leadership theme - grit. Please write one sentence about how you can demonstrate grit at home or at school. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Make sure you practice reading your sentence at home so you are prepared to read in front of the class. Sharing is due Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Please do not turn in on Fridays as it is often difficult to find time for everyone to share on Fridays.  Thank you. If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable sharing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for sharing each week :) The Sharing Paper link can also be found on the Fun Learning Links tab.

September 8-12

Your child's beginning of the year assessment results will be sent home on Friday. Please take some time to review these results with your child. My goal for all students is to have 100% letter, sound, phonemic awareness, shape, and number recognition by the end of our first trimester in November.

Our very first Scholastic Book Order will sent home on Monday. This is such a great and inexpensive way to order books for your child and with every order, you are providing a free book towards our classroom library! Just follow the directions on the Order Form Page that will be sent home or visit the "Book Orders" tab on our website. Book orders are due next Friday, September 19th. They will arrive in our classroom a few weeks after that date. 

The list of elective classes will be posted Monday morning.  Electives will begin the week of September 15th.  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. Kindergarten electives are from 1:00-1:30 and the elective teachers will dismiss your children at 1:30 on the ramp.

Thank you to our volunteer parents!!!  We appreciate your prep work and participation in Fun Friday Centers!!

Sharing Homework is due each week.  Last week less than half of our class did not participate in this component of homework.  Please see the HOMEWORK TAB at the top of the page for the Sharing Homework topic as well as Reading, Math, Writing, Phonemic Awareness topics.  Let’s make it our goal to have 100% participation in Homework.  Thank you!!

Our first field trip is planned!!! We will be going to Los Rios Ranch in Oak Glenn on Tuesday, October 7th. We will be leaving school by bus at approximately 8:15 in the morning and returning at approximately 12:30. The students will get to meet Johnny Appleseed, tour the apple orchards, and even make apple cider! In order for our kindergarten classes to go on this field trip (and all future field trips), we are asking for donations to be made to our Dollar A Day program through the school. Unfortunately, if our kindergarten team does not receive donations, we will not be able to go on this wonderful field trip :(  We are also looking for volunteers to join us and chaperone our field trip. The cost for chaperones is also $7.  If you are interested in chaperoning for our field trip on this day, please EMAIL ME! The $7 chaperone fee needs to be paid directly to me, not Dollar a Day. On Friday, September 19th, we will need to give our final head count to Los Rios Ranch, so if you would like to chaperone please let me know and pay $7 before that Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience, but siblings and little ones are not allowed on this field trip due to the safety of our kindergarten students you will be chaperoning.  Also, be on the look-out for the field trip permission slip that will be coming home in your child's Take Home Folder soon. These are due back to school ASAP in order for your child to go on the field trip.We are so excited for this field trip! Yay!

The link to Dollar A Day is located on the Dollar A Day Donation tab at the top of this page.  We will be using Dollar A Day monies for ALL field trips. 

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!)

Word Family: AM - like in yam, ram, Sam, Pam, etc. 

Reading: This week, we will focus on the Reading Strategies, Look for a letter team in words, and Y at the end of a word will say e or i (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 continue to learn to count by ordinal numbers (first, second, third...) We will continue to identify and name 2D flat and 3D solid shapes, discuss how to sort objects, and "popcorn count" -  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. We are also learning and using positional words such as above, below, to the right of, to the left of, in front of, behind, between, etc.

Leadership: This month and through September, our theme is "grit". We are teaching that grit is perseverance and passion for long-term goals. We will discuss ways to demonstrate grit at home and at school.