Saturday, February 21, 2015

Weekly News: February 23-27

News: 

We've been having a lot of fun learning all about our presidents! This week, we will learn about Abraham Lincoln. 

Next week (March 2-6) we are celebrating Read Across America Week and celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! If you or someone you know (grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend, doctor, librarian, etc!) would like to come and read your favorite story to our kindergarten class, please let me know!

We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss next week by dressing up! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day! Start planning your silly outfits now! 

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}
Tuesday:
Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day 
Wednesday: 
Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}
Thursday: 
Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}
Friday:
Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's!}

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions. 


Upcoming Events:  
March 2-6: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration 
March 9-12: 2nd Trimester Parent Conferences 
Friday, March 13: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 16-27: SPRING BREAK!!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Even more gluesticks! :)
Gallon Ziploc Bags
Any sort of small {or big} prizes for our class store



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: THERE, WHERE, THEY, THEN, THEM.

Letter Team: 
EY (makes two sounds - EE like in KEY, and AY like in THEY) 

Reading: 
We will continue reading books about our presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing: We will continue to practice writing letters, cards, and step up to writing stories. 

Math: This week, I will continue to assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. 


Leadership:  Our leadership trait this month is CREATIVITY. We are learning that creativity means using our imaginations to create, invent, and problem solve. 

Homework: February 23-27

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: THERE, WHERE, THEN, THEY, THEM and new letter team: EY.

Phonemic Awareness: Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: Read books from your book bags, read your fluency passage, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, visit Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank.

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of a five sentence paragraph.

Sharing:  This week, write two sentences about what we are learning about Abraham Lincoln. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Weekly News: February 17-20

News: 

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. Only four more weeks until Spring Break!

We had a wonderful Valentine's Day Celebration! Thank you for all of the help, donations, and Valentine goodies! 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions. 

Upcoming Events:  
March 2-6: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 9-12: 2nd Trimester Parent Conferences 
Friday, March 13: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 16-27: SPRING BREAK!!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Even more gluesticks! :)
Gallon Ziploc Bags
Any sort of small {or big} prizes for our class store



What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE.

Letter Team: 
We will revisit and focus on all of our "2 Vowels Go Walking" this week. The rule is "when two vowels go a-walking, the first one does the talking, by saying it's name!" You can help your child with this by making flashcards for AI, EA, OA, OE, and UI. We will work on decoding words with this rule - like RAIN, LEAF, GOAT, TOE, and FRUIT.

Reading: 
For the next two weeks, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing: We will practice writing letters, cards, lists, and step up to writing stories. 

Math: This week, I will assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. 


Leadership:  Our leadership trait this month is CREATIVITY. We are learning that creativity means using our imaginations to create, invent, and problem solve. 

Homework: February 17-20

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE and new letter teams are our two vowels go walking, AI, EA, OA, OE, UI. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - I WILL BE ASSESSING THIS WEEK! 

Phonemic Awareness: Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: Read books from your book bags, read your fluency passage, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, visit Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song.Count the money in your bank.

Writing: Write every day in your at-home journal. You should be writing AT LEAST three sentences every day, with a goal of a five sentence paragraph.

Sharing:  This week, write two sentences about what we are learning about George Washington. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday. 

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Weekly News: February 9-13

News: 

I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. We have another three-day weekend coming up this week, as there is no school on Monday, February 16th. 

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day together on Friday. Thank you so much for all of the Capri Sun boxes {and thank you to the parents who wrapped them!} These will be used as our Valentine's Mailboxes. If your child would like to make valentines for the class, a list of boys and girls names were sent home last week. This is great writing practice for your child. 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due at the end of May. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions. 



Upcoming Events:  
Friday, February 13: Valentine's Day Centers 
Monday, February 16: NO SCHOOL 
March 2-6: Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss Celebration {more info coming soon!}
March 2-12: 2nd Trimester Parent Conferences {sign-ups coming soon!}
Friday, March 13: SPECIAL ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN CELEBRATION
March 16-27: SPRING BREAK!!!


If you are at the store and happen to think of us, we'd love.... 
Gallon Ziploc Bags
Any sort of small {or big} prizes for our class store


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR.

Letter Team: 
PH (makes the "F" sound like in PHONE and GRAPH).

Reading: 
This week we are reading books about Valentines Day and we will start learning and reading about Presidents Day.  

Writing: We will be learning the parts of a letter and how to write letters. We will practice writing cards and letters to our friends and valentines. You can support your child at home by encouraging making cards and letter writing to friends, family, etc.  

Math: This week, we will continue to focus on Ways to Make Five (addition and subtraction), decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. 


Leadership:  Our leadership trait this month is CREATIVITY. 

Homework: February 9-13

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: EACH, PHONE, LAUGH, ALSO, YOUR and new letter team is PH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRACTICE ALL OF YOUR OLD FLASHCARDS - ESPECIALLY THOSE YOUR CHILD IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH - ASSESSMENTS ARE COMING UP!!!! 

Phonemic Awareness: Please see the Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips on working with your child on these skills: Rhyming, Beginning/Middle/Ending Sounds, Syllables, Blending, Segmenting.

Reading: Read books from your book bags, read your fluency passage, book boxes, books on RAZ Kids, visit Smarty Ants, and books on We Give Books. We want to give you plenty of resources and opportunities to READ, READ, READ.

Math: Discuss "Ways to Make Five" with your child through addition and subtraction number sentences and story problems. For example, "We need five books, but we only have three. How many more do we need?" or "10-__=4. What would go in the blank? How did you figure that out?" Continue to practice the “Doubles Song” on the back of the homework folder and reinforce addition and subtraction math facts through 5.   Count the money in your bank.

Writing: Write your friend's names on your valentines! A list came home last week of all the boys and girls in our class. Writing names on valentines is great writing practice!

Sharing:  This week, we are sharing our leadership theme for the month of February - CREATIVITY. Please write two sentences about how you can practice creativity. Draw a picture to go with your sentences. Please remember that sharing homework is due by Thursday.