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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Homework: August 22-26

Please take a moment to read each section of homework. I understand this can be very overwhelming. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Flashcards: Please make flashcards for our sight words (is, the, me, or), letters of the week (i, t, h, m, o, r, p) our letter team of the week (th) and our word family (ap - cap, tap, rap, 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, beginning/middle/ending sounds, and adding, changing and deleting sounds in words.  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! Reading to your child is also important. Children need to hear frequent fluent reading to become a reader themselves. 

Reading homework every week will include Smarty Ants. 
Click below to access Smarty Ants online or you can download the app on your iPad or tablet.  Your child’s login info to access Smarty Ants will be coming home on Monday. THE HOMEWORK REQUIREMENT IS 40 MINUTES PER WEEK OF SMARTY ANTS.  You can achieve these minutes any way it works best for your family, 10 minutes per day Monday - Thursday, 20 minutes 2 days a week, etc. Here is the link:

Reading homework will also include Raz-kids Reading. This is a web sight reading program where your child will access digital books online. The books can be read and listened to and then your child can take a quiz to check for understanding as they progress through the levels. Your child’s login info to access Raz-Kids will be coming home on Monday. Here is the link:
Our class login is: mrsbess (no spaces!)
Then click on the Kids Login button at the top of the page.
You can also download the free Raz-kids app to access all these great materials on your iPad or tablet.

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. 

Math homework every week will include Dreambox. DreamBox is up and running and ready for you to play at home. Below is a link to DreamBox.  You can also download the free app to play on your iPad or tablet.  Open the DreamBox Parent letters below for more information. THE HOMEWORK REQUIREMENT IS 40 MINUTES PER WEEK OF DREAMBOX You can achieve these minutes any way it works best for your family, 10 minutes per day Monday - Thursday, 20 minutes 2 days a week, etc. 

Our school code is X2we/inlandlcs

QR Codes: Our class uses a LOT of QR codes in our learning.  Mrs. Stanley has created many QR code activities for all of our kindergarten 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. 

Turn-In Homework:  THIS IS THE ONLY HOMEWORK YOU MUST TURN IN! For Turn-In Homework this week, please write one sentence about how you can show respect at school. Draw a picture to go with your sentence. Your child may attempt to write this sentence themselves, or you may dictate the sentence your child would like to write.

Note: If you visit the following link (Sharing Paper), you'll find a great printable writing page with a spot for writing and for a picture! Feel free to print off a bunch of these pages to use for turn in writing homework each week :) 


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