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Friday, August 12, 2016

Homework: August 15-19

Please take a moment to read each section of homework. I understand this can be very overwhelming. More information on how we run our kindergarten homework program will be coming to you soon! 

Flashcards: Please make flashcards for our sight words of the week (WE, CAN, SEE, A), our letter team of the week (EE) and our word family (AN - man, can, pan, fan, etc.) Study these flashcards every day. Have your child read the word, spell the word, read the word. Please see our Sight Word tab and scroll to the very bottom for more flashcards tips and ideas. We will have a Sentence Test on our sight words every Friday. A sentence test means we will be asking your child to write a sentence that we give them using our sight words of the week. We will not only be looking for correct spelling of our sight words, but also for an uppercase at the beginning, spaces between words, a proper punctuation at the end. An example of a sentence is, "We can see a man." It may be a good idea to have a practice Sentence Test with your child on Thursday night. 

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on the following Phonemic Awareness skills: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. Please see our Phonemic Awareness tab for ideas and tips. 

Reading: Reading at home is SO IMPORTANT! In  a few short weeks, your child will be bringing home little books that we have been reading in class to read at home for YOU! We also have a wonderful online reading program called Smarty Ants that we will introduce in class this week. Next week, this will become an integral part of your reading homework, as we ask that you complete 40 minutes of Smarty Ants a week at home. Reading to your child is also important. Children need to hear frequent fluent reading to become a reader themselves. 

Writing: Our writing homework will change throughout the year and may look different for each student since each student may be at a different place developmentally. I would like all students to practice writing your name with an uppercase only at the beginning. Practice writing your ABC's both uppercase and lowercase. Your child took an ABC Writing Assessment in class and these will come home on Monday so you can see what your child needs to practice. You can also practice writing your sight words of the week in a short sentence. We are learning to start our letters at the TOP! 

Math: Practice counting 1-30 or higher. Make number flashcards and have your child identify numbers out of order. Practice number writing - your child took a Number Writing Assessment in class and these will also come home on Monday so you can see what needs to be practiced! Practice drawing shapes, identifying shapes, or even creating shapes out of play-dough and sticks. Ask your child to name different attributes of shapes. For example, "What shape has three sides?" or "How many vertices does a rectangle have?" Your child will also be bringing home "Daily Math" practice pages that we do every morning in class. Please take a moment to go over these practice pages to see if there is anything specific your child needs to work on. We also have a wonderful online math program called Dreambox that we will introduce in class this week. Next week, this will become an integral part of your math homework, as we ask that you complete 40 minutes of Dreambox a week at home.

QR Codes: Our class uses a LOT of QR codes in our learning.Our wonderful partner and next door neighbor, Mrs. Stanley, has created many QR code activities for students to scan and work on at home. Each week, these will be uploaded on ParentSquare. Please print these pages for your child to work on at home each week. One great idea is to put these pages in sheet protectors and add these pages into a binder for your child to refer to all year long. More information about to use QR codes will be sent home later!

Turn-In Homework: Every week, we will only have ONE thing to bring back to school and turn in to the classroom. The expectation is that the rest of your homework will be done at home together. Turn-In Homework can be brought in ANY day of the week but must be turned in by Friday. Sometimes Turn-In Homework will be a special project and sometimes it will be a piece of writing. For Turn-In Homework this week, students will be sharing their Book Boxes made at home. A note about Book Boxes was sent home on Friday so that you can work on these boxes over the weekend. Please bring your book boxes ANY day this week to share with the class. Our goal is to share a few book boxes a week so that we do not have 21 book boxes to share on Friday. 


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