Sunday, January 15, 2012

Another Great Week...

Last week we had our DIBELS assessment and I was impressed with how well the children did and showed what they know!  You will be receiving their scores later this week as we finish up a few children who were absent.  In addition, we will review these scores with you at conferences.  If you receive your scores and you have a concern please do not hesitate to give us a call and we will talk with you about it.  Please remember if your child did not make the benchmark this may mean we will want to do some intervention with your child to help them in a particular area.  Furthermore, if your child made the benchmark closely, we may want to continue an intervention because we want your child to be strong in all areas.

We will continue into reading street this week.  We will be focusing on the letter Ff and the sight words look and see.  Another word, which is not a sight word, but is important is and.  We will be introducing this word to the children as well.  We will be continuing our work with story plots (beginning, middle, and end) and the characters in a story.  The children will also be working on their writing.  We are looking for children to have "control" over their writing.  This means the words and letters are on a line, legible, and spacing.  Every morning your child will have a chance to practice this skill.  You can see how your child is progressing when you check their folder nightly.

In math, we are going to continue to work with teen numbers.  We will be also pairing it with ordering numbers.  Children will begin to order numbers up to 20.  The children will be also learning the game "steal the card."  This is where one child takes a card and the other child has to figure out which card they took.  The children have to then order the numbers to figure out which one is missing.  This typically becomes a favorite game of the classroom.  You can do this at home too.

One of the most exciting parts of this week will be the introduction of computers at our centers.  Children will be able to explore the computer.  We will be using the website to help us learn the components of the computer.  This particular website is great and diverse as children can explore letters, words, reading, numbers, adding, etc.  I know the children will be very excited when we begin this center!

Have a great week!

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