Thursday, October 25, 2018

Weekly News: October 29-November 2


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!

Remember to wear your PJs to school on Wednesday! 

There is no school on Monday, November 12th due to Veteran's Day and no school Tuesday, November 13th due to parent conferences. If you have not signed up for a parent conference yet, please check the ParentSquare sign up post to choose 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!


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, 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 29-November 2

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 these flashcards (and those from previous weeks) every day. WE WILL TEST ON ALL OF OUR SIGHT WORDS LEARNED SO FAR THIS WEEK! 

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 and review the sounds 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. 

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: 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: 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!

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Weekly News: October 22-26


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. We will investiage the insides of a pumpkin, make a pumpkin craft, make our own caramel apples, and play tons of fun games! 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! Please see our ParentSquare post if you are able to donate supplies or volunteer your time on this day. 

We had so much fun on our field trip to the pumpkin patch. Thank you so much for all of the snack donations, Dollar A Day donations, and chaperones for making this happen. 

Our first trimester Parent Conferences are in just a few weeks (November 13th). Please check the ParentSquare sign up post to choose 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!


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, 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 22-26

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 these flashcards (and those from previous weeks) every day. WE WILL TEST ON ALL OF OUR SIGHT WORDS LEARNED SO FAR NEXT WEEK! 


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 and review the sounds 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. 

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: 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: 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!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Weekly News: October 15-19


This week we will read and learn all about spiders. We will explore non-fiction text and explore fact and opinion as we write facts we are learning about spiders. 

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

Monday, Oct. 15th: ColorSplash Day - go CRAZY with color! 
Tuesday, Oct. 16th: Tacky Tourist Tuesday - dress like you are visiting another country. 
Wednesday, Oct. 17th: WE ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN SPIRIT DAY TODAY BECAUSE OF OUR FIELD TRIP. Please wear your blue ILCS shirt or another blue shirt!!!
Thursday, Oct. 18th: Throwback Thursday - dress like your favorite decade. 
Friday, Oct. 19th: Pajama Day Friday! Wear your PJs to school! 

Our field trip to Greenspot Farms is THIS WEDNESDAY! We are so excited for this field trip together. Please remember to wear your blue ILCS shirt and you do not need to bring a folder or lunch/snack on this day! You will also want to wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in. 

We are looking forward to celebrating fall together with some fun activities coming up. Next Friday, October 26th, we will be investigating pumpkins by measuring and carving and counting seeds. On Wednesday, 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, 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 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 15-19

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. 


Reading: Read books and review the sounds 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. 

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: 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: 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!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weekly News: October 8-12


This week we will read and learn all about bats. We will explore non-fiction text and write facts that we are learning about bats. 

Our field trip to Greenspot is NEXT WEEK! Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to chaperone. Chaperones may either ride the bus with us or drive separate. Please remember to bring your $8 cash. We will be sending out digital permission slips for the field trip via ParentSquare this week, so keep an eye out for those digital permission slips and complete it as soon as you can! We are also asking for snack donations on the day of our field trip. There will be a ParentSquare post if you would like to donate. 



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. We will also work on sounding out CVC words. 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. We will continue to work on Ways to Make 5 and addition and subtraction problems within 5. We have been playing a fun card game in class to help with this - check out our video on our Classroom Instagram. Rosie and Evan will teach you how to play so that you can play at home!

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 8-12


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.


Phonemic Awareness: Keep working with your child on skills such as blending, segmenting, rhyming, syllables, and sound switch. Our Friday video focus this week is on CVC words. A couple of tests your child took on reading and writing CVC words came home on Friday. Make sure to watch our Friday ParentSquare video - Mrs. Stanley and I will go over expectations and tips for reading and writing CVC words in kindergarten. 


Reading: Read books and review the sounds 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. 

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 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: 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!