Thursday, October 26, 2017

Weekly News: October 30-November 3


We had such a great time investigating pumpkins! Thank you for all the help and donations. We could not do it without you! We are excited to try all of those roasted pumpkin seeds this week!

We are looking forward to our fun Fall Centers games and activities on Tuesday! Remember to wear your PJs on this day! 

There is no school next Friday, November 10th due to Veteran's Day and no school the following Monday, November 13th due to parent conferences. 

Our first trimester Parent Conferences are in just a few weeks (November 13-15). Be on the look out for a ParentSquare sign-up later this week so that you can pick a time that is best for you.
 I am looking forward to meeting with all of you to discuss your child's growth in the classroom. Because we only have so much time per conference, I'd like to politely ask that you arrive on time so we can make the most of our time together. If possible, please make other arrangements for your children, as parent conferences are for parents and teachers only. Thank you!

The APEX Fun Run is coming to our school! This is a super fun event where our students learn leadership traits and we get to run! We will have a pep rally on Monday morning to learn more about the APEX Fun Run. On this day, your child will be coming home with information about this fundraiser. Please read the packet to learn all about it, including how to ask friends and family for pledges. Each day for the next two weeks, a coach from the APEX team will do a leadership lesson in our classroom. Each day, the coach will also give away prizes for pledges our students have earned. Our fun run for kindergarten will take place Wednesday, November 8th. We are excited about this fun event! 

Upcoming Events: 

Tuesday, October 31: Fun Fall Centers! 
Wednesday, November 8: APEX Fun Run
Friday, November 10: No School - Veteran's Day
Monday, November 13: No School - Parent Conference Day 
November 13-15: Parent Conferences 
Friday, November 17: Thanksgiving Feast - more info coming soon! 
November 20-24: No School - Thanksgiving Break! 


What Are We Learning This Week:

Sight Words: IN, ON, SO, GO, DO. 

Letter Team: This week we are learning about Mr. ER's two crazy cousins....UR and IR (like in FUR, CURL and STIR, GIRL).

Word Family:  This week we will be making words with the word families -EN (HEN, MEN, TEN).  Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

Reading: We will read many books about Halloween and we will begin reading about turkeys and pilgrims and Indians, as we prepare for Thanksgiving. We will continue to read our paper books and books from our class library. Students will continue to work on flashcards, sounds, sight words, word family stories, and books in their book bags - please remember to bring these every day! 

Writing: We will continue to write three sentences on the same topic, using an uppercase at the beginning of a sentence, finger spaces after each word, and a period at the end.

Math: I will continue to assess each student on counting, numbers, and shapes. We will also play fun addition games. 

Leadership: For the month of October, our whole school will be focusing on the O of ROAR: Own Your Actions. We will talk about what that means and how we can own our actions at school. Our goal is to have students take ownership of their own behavior as we all strive to be leaders in our classroom and school.  

Homework: October 30-November 3

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (IN, ON, SO, GO, DO), letter teams (UR and IR), and word family (EN - hen, men, ten, etc)Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Keep working with your child on skills such as blending, segmenting, rhyming, syllables, and sound switch. 


Reading: Read books, sounds, and sight words from your book bag! Book bags will come home every day and need to be returned every day. Inside of your child's book bag will be a book we are working on in class. This may be a paper book or it may be a book chosen from our classroom library. There may also be a page with letters and sounds that your child is still working on. Please have your child read these books (and pages) to you every day.  Continue to read the little paper books that come home to live in your book box at home. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 

Smarty Ants class username is: BESS and our password is: READ.


Writing: Practice writing CVC words. Practice writing sight words. Have your child tell you one (or more) sentence(s) about their day and help them to write that in a complete sentence with finger spaces, an uppercase only at the beginning, proper penmanship, and a period at the end.


Math: Keep working on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and telling ONE MORE. Go over the shape worksheet that we sent home last week and have your child name, draw, build, and describe those shapes. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to count to 30 (or 50 or 100!) every day, practice number flashcards out of order, practice writing your numbers to 20 or higher, practice identifying shapes and drawing shapes. Remember to also go over our "Daily Math" practice pages that we do every morning in class - take a moment to go over these practice pages to see if there is anything specific your child needs to work on. 

Our school code for Dreambox is X2we/inlandlcs


QR Codes: Download and print those QR Codes each week from ParentSquare and have your child work on those at home!


Turn-In Project:  None this week. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Weekly News: October 23-27


This week we will read and learn all about pumpkins. We will learn the life cycle of a pumpkin along with many other pumpkin facts. On Friday, we will be having a fun pumpkin center day. Part of these centers will include investigating pumpkins by measuring, scooping, and counting seeds. This can get REALLY MESSY - it would be a good idea to send an old button up shirt, a "daddy shirt", or an apron for your child to wear over their clothes on this day! We are excited for this fun activity!

On Tuesday, October 31st, we will be celebrating with some fun fall games and activities. Instead of Halloween costumes, we invite all students to wear their PJs on this day again! Please check our ParentSquare post if you would like to volunteer or donate items for this day! 

What Are We Learning This Week:

Sight Words: BOY, GIRL, HAS, NICE, WANT. 

Letter Team:  OY/OI (like in BOY, TOY/COIN).

Word Family:  This week we will be making words with the word families -OP (HOP, COP, SHOP) AND -OY (BOY, TOY, JOY).  Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word families.

Reading: We will read many books about pumpkins and fun stories about Halloween. We will practice all of our reading strategies learned so far. We will continue to read our paper books and books from our class library. Students will continue to work on flashcards, sounds, sight words, word family stories, and books in their book bags - please remember to bring these every day! 

Writing: This week, we will write facts that we are learning about pumpkins. We will each work on our individual writing goals. 

Math: This week, we will learn all about greater, less than, and equal to. We will learn the symbols for greater, less than, and equal to, and practice writing these equations. We will also continue our fun Halloween math story problems, including addition, subtraction, and comparing (more or less) problems. We are learning to answer these problems using pictures, numbers (5-3=2), and words. Students will continue to work hard on their math goals. 

Leadership: For the month of October, our whole school will be focusing on the O of ROAR: Own Your Actions. We will talk about what that means and how we can own our actions at school. Our goal is to have students take ownership of their own behavior as we all strive to be leaders in our classroom and school.  
 

Homework: October 23-27

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (BOY, GIRL, HAS, NICE, WANT), letter teams (OY and OI), and word family (OP - hop, cop, top, etc)Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Keep working with your child on skills such as blending, segmenting, rhyming, syllables, and sound switch. There are only two more weeks of our first trimester and I will be assessing students on how much they've grown in each of these skills. 


Reading: Read books, sounds, and sight words from your book bag! Book bags will come home every day and need to be returned every day. Inside of your child's book bag will be a book we are working on in class. This may be a paper book or it may be a book chosen from our classroom library. There may also be a page with letters and sounds that your child is still working on. Please have your child read these books (and pages) to you every day.  Continue to read the little paper books that come home to live in your book box at home. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 

Smarty Ants class username is: BESS and our password is: READ.


Writing: Practice writing CVC words. Practice writing sight words. Have your child tell you one (or more) sentence(s) about their day and help them to write that in a complete sentence with finger spaces, an uppercase only at the beginning, proper penmanship, and a period at the end.


Math: Keep working on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and telling ONE MORE. Go over the shape worksheet that we sent home last week and have your child name, draw, build, and describe those shapes. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to count to 30 (or 50 or 100!) every day, practice number flashcards out of order, practice writing your numbers to 20 or higher, practice identifying shapes and drawing shapes. Remember to also go over our "Daily Math" practice pages that we do every morning in class - take a moment to go over these practice pages to see if there is anything specific your child needs to work on. 

Our school code for Dreambox is X2we/inlandlcs


QR Codes: Download and print those QR Codes each week from ParentSquare and have your child work on those at home!


Turn-In Project:  None this week. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekly News: October 16-20


This week we will read and learn all about spiders. We will explore non-fiction text and continue to discuss the difference between fact and opinion. 

It is spirit week this week! Show your school spirit by dressing up fun each day! 

Monday, Oct. 16th: Multiplicity Monday - like twin day, but match as MANY people as you can. I will be wearing jeans and my ILCS shirt if anyone wants to match with ME! :) 
Tuesday, Oct. 17th: Tropical Tuesday- Dress fun and tropical!
Wednesday, Oct. 18th: Western Wednesday- Dress like the Wild, Wild West.
Thursday, Oct. 19th: Teacher Thursday- Dress like your favorite teacher or staff member. 
Friday, Oct. 20th: Pajama Day Friday! Wear your PJs to school! 

We are looking forward to celebrating fall together with some fun activities coming up. Next Friday, October 27th, we will be investigating pumpkins by measuring and carving and counting seeds. On Tuesday, October 31st, we will be celebrating with some fun fall games and activities. Instead of Halloween costumes, we invite all students to wear their PJs on this day again! 


What Are We Learning This Week:

Sight Words: ARE, BIG, LITTLE, FOR, WAS.

Letter Team:  IGH (like in HIGH, BRIGHT, LIGHT, RIGHT) and AR (like in CAR, FAR, JAR).

Word Family:  -IG. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with  the word family -IG (for example: BIG, PIG, WIG, DIG). I am sending home a fun worksheet/activity that you can do at home this week!

Reading: We will read many fiction and non-fiction books about spiders and discuss facts and key details from the text. We will continue to read our paper books and books from our class library. Please remember to bring your book bag to school every day! Students keep flashcards, sounds, sight words, word family stories, and books in their book bags to practice. Unfortunately, students who do not bring their book bag back to school cannot take a book home that day. Thank you for your help in reinforcing this responsibility. 

Writing: This week, we will write non-fiction stories about what we are learning about spiders. We will each work on our individual writing goals. 

Math: We will continue our focus on our kindergarten goal of one more. Our goal is that we are able to quickly tell what number is one more without having to go back to begin counting from one to get our answer. We will also dive into some fun bat and spider math story problems, including addition and subtraction. We are learning to answer these problems using pictures, numbers (5-3=2), and words. Students will continue to work hard on their math goals. 

Leadership: For the month of October, our whole school will be focusing on the O of ROAR: Own Your Actions. We will talk about what that means and how we can own our actions at school. Our goal is to have students take ownership of their own behavior as we all strive to be leaders in our classroom and school.  

Homework: October 16-20

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (ARE, BIG, LITTLE, FOR, WAS), letter teams (AR and IGH), and word family (IG - big, pig, twig, etc.)Study flashcards every day.

Phonemic Awareness: Keep working with your child on skills such as blending, segmenting, rhyming, syllables, and sound switch. We will be focusing on blending and segmenting this week. Refer to the "I can read CVC words" and "I can write CVC words" papers that came home on Friday and watch our Friday Video on ParentSquare this week to see how to help your child with these skills. 


Reading: Read books, sounds, and sight words from your book bag! Book bags will come home every day and need to be returned every day. Inside of your child's book bag will be a book we are working on in class. This may be a paper book or it may be a book chosen from our classroom library. There may also be a page with letters and sounds that your child is still working on. Please have your child read these books (and pages) to you every day.  Continue to read the little paper books that come home to live in your book box at home. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 

Smarty Ants class username is: BESS and our password is: READ.


Writing: Practice writing CVC words. Practice writing sight words. Have your child tell you one (or more) sentence(s) about their day and help them to write that in a complete sentence with finger spaces, an uppercase only at the beginning, proper penmanship, and a period at the end. 


Math: Keep working on number ID, number writing, counting to 100, counting forward and telling ONE MORE. Go over the shape worksheet that we sent home last week and have your child name, draw, build, and describe those shapes. Practice having your child tell you where things are using the following positional words:


* in front of
* behind
* between
* next to
* above
* below
* beside
* left
*right 

Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Remember to also go over our "Daily Math" practice pages that we do every morning in class - take a moment to go over these practice pages to see if there is anything specific your child needs to work on. 

Our school code for Dreambox is X2we/inlandlcs


QR Codes: Download and print those QR Codes each week from ParentSquare and have your child work on those at home!


Turn-In Project:  None this week. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Weekly News: October 9-13



This week we will read and learn all about bats. We will explore non-fiction text and discuss the difference between fact and opinion. 

We had so much fun on our field trip to Los Rios. Thank you for all of your donations to Dollar a Day to make this possible for us and for all of out parent chaperones. Make sure you check out our pictures on the ParentSquare post.

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: WHEN, HAVE, BE, AM, WHAT.

Letter Team:  AW/AU (like in JAW/SAUCE). We will also review the letter team OO, remembering that it makes two sounds (like in LOOK and BOO!)

Word Family: -OT. Please help your child with word families of the week by asking them to create different words with the word family -OT (for example: COT, JOT, POT, SPOT). 

Reading: We will read many non-fiction books about bats. Students will continue to take home book bags for nightly reading practice. Since book bags are considered daily homework, it is crucial that they are brought back to school every day. 

Writing: This week, we will write non-fiction stories about what we are learning about bats. We will each work on our individual writing goals. 

Math: We will keep working hard on counting goals, number writing goals, number ID goals, and shapes. Our math focus this week is positional words. We will review our shapes and describe shapes using positional words. For example, "The cone is below the cube. The rectangle is beside the oval." We are sending home a cute scarecrow book this week to read with your child and help them use positional words. This is also my video focus this week - make sure to check out the video on ParentSquare for additional tips! 

Leadership: For the month of September, our whole school will be focusing on the O of ROAR: Own Your Actions. We will talk about what that means and how we can own our actions at school. Our goal is to have students take ownership of their own behavior as we all strive to be leaders in our classroom and school. 

Homework: October 9-13

Flashcards: Make flashcards for our new sight words (WHEN, HAVE, BE, AM, WHAT), letter teams (AW/AU and OO), and word family (OT). Study these flashcards (and those from previous weeks) every day. Visit our Sight Words tab for more flashcard ideas. 

Phonemic Awareness: Keep working with your child on skills such as blending, segmenting, rhyming, syllables, and sound switch. We will continue to focus on syllables this week. You can help your child by playing the syllables game that was sent home last week. 


Reading: Read books, sounds, and sight words from your book bag! Book bags will come home every day and need to be returned every day. Inside of your child's book bag will be a book we are working on in class. This may be a paper book or it may be a book chosen from our classroom library. There may also be a page with letters and sounds that your child is still working on. Please have your child read these books (and pages) to you every day.  Continue to read the little paper books that come home to live in your book box at home. Continue to read TO your child every night, having conversations about the stories you are reading. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. 

Smarty Ants class username is: BESS and our password is: READ.


Writing: Our September journals were sent home last week. Attached to that journal was a list of our writing goals and the writing goal that your child is currently working on. Please help your child to work on his or her writing goal each day. 


Math: Our math goal this week is POSITIONAL WORDS and SHAPES. Practice having your child tell you where things are using the following positional words:

* in front of
* behind
* between
* next to
* above
* below
* beside
* left
*right 

Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to count to 30 (or 50 or 100!) every day, practice number flashcards out of order, practice writing your numbers to 20 or higher, practice identifying shapes and drawing shapes. Remember to also go over our "Daily Math" practice pages that we do every morning in class - take a moment to go over these practice pages to see if there is anything specific your child needs to work on. 

Our school code for Dreambox is X2we/inlandlcs


QR Codes: Download and print those QR Codes each week from ParentSquare and have your child work on those at home!


Turn-In Project:  None this week.