Friday, August 31, 2018

Homework: September 3-7

As I said at Back to School Night, our Homework Program in Kindergarten is a little different. Instead of giving out packets and having work be returned, I ask that you work with your child at home at their level on what they need. I want to load you with lots of ideas and tips each week. Nothing needs to be turned in. Please take a moment to read each section of homework. I understand this can be very overwhelming, so please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns. Please plan on attending our Parent Workshop in September for even more strategies and tips! 


Flashcards: Please make flashcards for our sight words (LOOK, HERE, THIS), our letter team of the week (CH and OO) and our word family (AM - Pam, Sam, ram, etc.) Study these flashcards every day. Have your child read the word, spell the word, read the word. I would suggest making a little flashcard box that you can add to throughout the year and reading through those flashcards a few times a day. Make a game of it. Put the sight word CD on and sing and dance to the sight words. We will have a Reading Test on these sight words, letters and letter sounds, and letter teams each Friday. We will also 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: Our Friday video this week features Mrs. Stanley and myself going over blending and segmenting. These are the beginning stages of being able to read and write and can be done before your child even knows letters or letter sounds. Please work on these skills this week. Check out our ParentSquare video for how to help your child! 


Reading: Reading at home is SO IMPORTANT! My hope is that you are reading TO your child every night and discussing the stories you read. when reading with your child, have them point out the front cover, back cover, spine, title, author, illustrator, and title page. My hope is that your child is also playing on Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes at least a few times a week. On Friday, your child will be bringing home some of their little books we have been reading in class. These little books can live in your special book box that you made together. 

 You can find the link for Smarty Ants on the right side tab of our website. Our class username is: JCBESS@INLANDLEADERS.COM and our password is: READ.


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. This week, a name writing sheet came home for your child to practice writing their name neatly in the lines and using an uppercase only at the beginning. Feel free to make many copies of this sheet for extra practice, or stick it in a page protector and have your child use an Expo marker to write so that it can be erased and used over and over again. This week, your child's August journal also came home with a note about the beginning stages of writing. Take some time to go through this journal with your child, celebrating their first attempts at becoming a writer! Remember, we learn to write by WRITING! 


Math: Our math goals we've made in class so far include Counting to 30, Counting to 50 or Counting to 100 (depending on where the student is at), writing numbers to 10 or 20, identifying numbers out of order to 30, and recognizing and describing shapes. Please work at home on these skills. 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. Math homework every week also includes Dreambox. My hope is that your child is logging onto Dreambox at home and playing for 10-15 minutes at least a few times a week. 

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!

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