Thursday, February 28, 2019

Weekly News: March 4-8


We had so much fun dressing up and celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday. Thank you for all of your help, time, donations, and to all of our guest readers! Make sure to check out our pictures on the ParentSquare post. 


Parent Conferences for this trimester will be on a NEED ONLY basis and will be taking place the last week of school before Spring Break. Report cards will be going home digitally this trimester on Friday, March 15. 


OUR CLASS WON THE KINDERGARTEN SIGHT WORD AND LETTER TEAM CHALLENGE! I am so proud of how hard all of our students are working! As a class, we are at 99% sight word and 87% letter team recognition. 


Over the next two weeks, your homework job as a family is to build a tricky leprechaun trap! We are going to be talking and writing about how we might catch a leprechaun. You will have two weeks to build your leprechaun trap with your family - be as creative as you can! A good idea is to google or pinterest leprechaun trap examples for lots of fun ideas! You will bring these traps to school to share next week, Monday through Thursday, with Thursday being the LAST day to turn it in! We are going to have a leprechaun trap museum and do a special project with them! Have fun! 


Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due the first week of May - They will need to be turned in before May 11th to qualify for the Leadership Banquet. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions.  



Upcoming Events:

Friday, March 15: ST. PATRICK'S WEAR GREEN DAY AND CENTERS
March 18-March 29: SPRING BREAK! 
   


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT.

Letter Team:  DGE (sounding like "j" like in BADGE, LEDGE, and FRIDGE).

Reading: We will begin taking our leveled fluency passages home again. We are learning to "find the evidence" in the text to help us answer questions. We will begin new reading groups this week and work on leveled books within these groups. Our focus this week is NON-FICTION books. We will learn to find the main idea and key details in our non-fiction books. 

Writing: We are focusing on how to write an opinion piece. We will discuss that writing an opinion is telling "What and Why". For example, "What is your favorite season and why? What is your favorite animal and why?" and so on. We will also write letters and posters to leprechauns, thinking of tricky ways that we can trap him. 


Math: We will focus hard on decomposing and composing numbers within ten. You can help at home by asking your children problems like, "If I need 10 cupcakes and I only have 4, how many more would I need?" I am finding that students do a great job referring to the tens frame and answering "ways to make 10" questions, but struggle with ways to make other numbers, so let's make sure we are also asking, "If we need 7 apples and we have four, how many more would we need?" We will be discussing different strategies for this in class. 

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: March 4-8

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: OVER, UNDER, LEFT, RIGHT, PUT and the new letter team is: DGE - (sounding like "j" like in BADGE, LEDGE, and FRIDGE).

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 


Reading: Make sure you read your Book Bag every night. This includes: fluency passages, paper books, sight word and letter team pages, and library books. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. You can also read leveled books on RAZ-Kids and take quizzes on books read.  Play Smarty Ants for 10-15 minutes each night. 


Writing: Write three to five sentences in your at-home journal. 


Math: Play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to discuss ways to make 5 (and ways to make 10!), numbers in base ten (in the number 16, how many tens and how many ones?), addition and subtraction number problems and word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, and the Doubles Song. Count the money in your bank.


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Weekly News: February 25-March 1


HAPPY DR. SEUSS WEEK!! This week, we are celebrating Read Across America Week and Dr. Seuss' birthday! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day!

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}

Tuesday:

Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day

Wednesday: 

Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}

Thursday: 

Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}

Friday:

Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's!}

As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week!  We will also be eating Green Eggs and Ham on Friday! Please check parent square if you are able to donate any items or time towards our fun week! 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due the first week of May - They will need to be turned in before May 10th to qualify for the Leadership Banquet. Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions. 



Upcoming Events:  
February 25-March 1: Read Across America Week 
Friday, March 1: Dr. Seuss Day 
Friday, March 15: St. Patrick's Day Centers 
March 18-March 29: SPRING BREAK! 
   

What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST

Letter Team:  TCH (sounds like CH, like in BATCH, FETCH, ITCH).

Reading: This week, we will welcome guest readers and read lots of Dr. Seuss books.

Writing: This week, we will be learning how to write an opinion piece. We will discuss that writing an opinion is telling "What and Why". For example, "What is your favorite season and why? What is your favorite animal and why?" and so on. 

Math: This week, I will continue to assess students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. We will review everything we have learned in math so far this year and play lots of fun math games!

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: February 25-March 1

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: FIRST, SECOND, THIRD, NEXT, LAST and new letter team: TCH. 

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 


Reading: We have a special Dr. Seuss fluency coming home this week! Students will not be bringing home Reading A-Z paper books this week, but they will continue to self-select library books to read and bring home. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. You can also read leveled books on RAZ-Kids and take quizzes on books read.


Writing: Continue to work on your writing goals as you write three to five sentences every day in your at-home journal.  


Math: Continue to practice place value with your child. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts and your number bonds. Count the money in your "bank" each day.


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Weekly News: February 18-22


I hope you enjoy a relaxing three-day weekend with your families.

We've been having a lot of fun learning all about our presidents! This week, we will read and write about Abraham Lincoln as we study his life. 

Next week (February 25-March 1) we are celebrating Read Across America Week and celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday! As part of our Read Across America celebration, we are welcoming guest readers into our classroom throughout the week! If you or someone you know (grandma, grandpa, neighbor, friend, doctor, librarian, etc!) would like to come and read your favorite story to our kindergarten class, please sign up on ParentSquare (coming soon)! We are excited to welcome one guest reader every day!

We will also be celebrating Dr. Seuss next week by dressing up! It's going to be a fun-filled week with a silly something to wear each day! Start planning your silly outfits now! 

Monday: 
Silly Sock Day {come to school in your silliest socks!}
Tuesday:
Stripes and/or Polka-dots Day 
Wednesday: 
Wacky Hat Wednesday {I can't wait to see all of those wacky hats!}
Thursday: 
Rhyme Time Day {dress in rhyme - some examples are: a green queen, a fish with a dish, a cook with a book, etc. Have fun!}
Friday:
Relax and Read Day {come to school in your PJ's!}

Our kindergarten classes will be having a sight word and letter team challenge! Each student came home last week with a sight word review sheet and a letter team review sheet in his or her book bag. Practice these sheets every night and keep studying those flashcards! We will be practicing our sight words and letter teams in class, as well as playing fun sight word and letter team games. At the end of the two weeks (February 22nd), we will test students on all sight words and letter teams learned so far this year and the kindergarten class that has learned the most will win EXTRA RECESS! 

Continue to work on your community service projects. These will be due the first week of May! Please see our Community Service Tab for more information and feel free to email me if you have any questions.  


Upcoming Events:  
Monday, February 18: NO SCHOOL
February 25-March 1: Read Across America Week 
Friday, March 1: Dr. Seuss Day 
Friday, March 15: St. Patrick's Day Centers 
March 18-March 29: SPRING BREAK! 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: THERE, WHERE, THEY, THEN, THEM.

Letter Team:  EY (makes two sounds - EE like in KEY, and AY like in THEY) 

Reading:
 
We will continue to read books about George Washington  and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. 

Math: 
This week, I will be assessing students on all the math concepts we have learned so far, including numbers, shapes, measurement, fluency facts through 5, addition and subtraction, decomposing and composing numbers, and base ten place value. Thank you for practicing and reinforcing these skills at home! 

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: February 18-22

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: THERE, WHERE, THEN, THEY, THEM and new letter team: EY. WE ARE HAVING A KINDERGARTEN SIGHT WORD AND LETTER TEAM CHALLENGE! SO STUDY ALL OF YOUR SIGHT WORDS AND LETTER TEAMS!  I WILL BE TESTING THIS WEEK! 

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 


Reading: Instead of a fluency passage this week, students will have an "Abraham Lincoln" book in their book bag. Please keep this in your book bag and practice reading it every night as you learn about our 16th president. Students will also be taking home a second trimester review page for sight words and letter teams. Please practice these pages and QR them! Students will not be bringing home Reading A-Z paper books this week, but they will continue to self-select library books to read and bring home. Continue to log onto Smarty Ants for 10-15 at least a few times a week. You can also read leveled books on RAZ-Kids and take quizzes on books read.


Writing: Continue to work on your February writing goals as you write three to five sentences every day in your at-home journal. 


Math: Continue to practice place value with your child. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts and your number bonds. Count the money in your "bank" each day.


QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Weekly News: February 11-15


I hope you enjoyed a relaxing three-day weekend with your families. We have another three day weekend coming up next week, as there is no school on Monday, February 18th. 

We will be celebrating Valentine's Day with fun centers on Thursday. Don't forget to bring your valentines for the class! Students will be passing out valentines to their friends during our centers. 

For the next two weeks, our kindergarten classes will be having a sight word and letter team challenge! Each student will be coming home with a sight word review sheet and a letter team review sheet in his or her book bag. Practice these sheets every night and keep studying those flashcards! We will be practicing our sight words and letter teams in class, as well as playing fun sight word and letter team games. At the end of the two weeks (February 22nd), we will test students on all sight words and letter teams learned so far this year and the kindergarten class that has learned the most will win EXTRA RECESS! 

Upcoming Events:  
Monday, February 11: NO SCHOOL 
Thursday, February 14: Valentine's Day Centers 
Monday, February 18: NO SCHOOL
February 25-March 1: Read Across America Week 
Friday, March 1: Dr. Seuss Day 
Friday, March 15: St. Patrick's Day Centers 
March 18-March 29: SPRING BREAK! 

If you are at the store and think of us, our class needs:
Baby Wipes 

Items for our Class Store 
Valentine Stickers 


What Are We Learning This Week?:

Sight Words: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE.

Letter Team:  We will revisit and focus on all of our "2 Vowels Go Walking" this week. The rule is "when two vowels go a-walking, the first one does the talking, by saying it's name!" You can help your child with this by making flashcards for AI, EA, OA, OE, and UI. We will work on decoding words with this rule - like RAIN, LEAF, GOAT, TOE, and FRUIT.

Reading:
 
For the next two weeks, we will read books about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Writing:  We will continue practicing writing a Step Up to Writing paragraph with a topic sentence, three things about that topic, and a conclusion sentence. All students have specific writing goals that they are working on each day. 

Math: 
This week, we will continue to learn about place value (tens and ones). Next week, I will begin my end of the trimester assessments. Make sure to keep practicing all math skills with your child, as they will be assessed on their counting, shapes, measurement, place value, addition and subtraction, composing and decomposing. 

Leadership: We will continue to ROAR and discuss what it means to have a growth mindset!

Homework: February 11-15

Flashcards: Don't forget to make new flashcards for each sight word and letter team. New words for this week are: ANY, MANY, BUT, WERE, PEOPLE and we are also studying our two vowels go walking: AI, EA, OA, OE, UI. WE ARE HAVING A KINDERGARTEN SIGHT WORD AND LETTER TEAM CHALLENGE! SO STUDY ALL OF YOUR SIGHT WORDS AND LETTER TEAMS!  

Phonemic Awareness: Please work with your child on: rhyming, blending, segmenting, syllables, and beginning/middle/ending sounds. 


Reading: Instead of a fluency passage this week, students will have an "George Washington" book in their book bag. Please keep this in your book bag and practice reading it every night as you learn about our first president. Students will also be taking home a second trimester review page for sight words and letter teams. Please practice these pages and QR them! Continue to practice your A-Z paper books and your library books. 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 also read leveled books on RAZ-Kids and take quizzes on books read.


Writing: Continue to work on your February writing goals as you write three to five sentences every day in your at-home journal. If you have not done so already, writing practice can also be to write your friend's names on his or her valentines. Writing names is great writing practice! 


Math: Continue to practice place value with your child. Continue to play Dreambox for 10-15 minutes each night. Continue to practice your addition and subtraction facts and your number bonds. Count the money in your "bank" each day.


QR Codes: QR Codes: Download and print the QR Code practice pages on ParentSquare. Work on these pages together.