Sunday, April 15, 2012

Moving Along...

It was great to see the children this week.  I loved hearing the stories they told about what they did while the were off of school.  We did jump right back into our learning and the chidlren are continuing to make progress.  First, report cards were sent home on Friday to the B class and on Monday the A class will receive their report card.  If you did not receive your report card, then you still owe school fees.  You must have paid $37.50 of the $50.  If you are unsure how much you have paid feel free to email or call to check.

In reading this week we will be continuing on with Unit 5 and delving into the question "What kind of transportation helps people do their jobs?"  We will explore this question with the book "Trucks Roll."  In addition, we will work on the comprehension strategy of comparing and contrasting.  We will also review sequencing, characters, setting, and main idea.  The children are doing a great job with their comprehension; therefore, we will work with some higher level questioning to deepen our understanding.  We do have three new sight words this week.  We will be learning: what, was, and said.  I am amazed on how well the children are doing with their sight words.  They are able to recognize and recall them very quickly.  Thank you for your practice at home with this skill.  I did notice during my assessment last week some children are having difficulty with their fluency of letters and sounds.  We want the children to be able to see a letter and say its name and sound instantanously.  The goal at the end of the year is 40 letters in a minute and 28 sounds in a minute.  The letter names is the biggest concern.  The best way to practice is to go through the alphabet 3-4 days a week for 5 minutes.

In math, we are continuing our work with subtraction.  The children are beginning to develop an understanding of how subtraction works.  The children last week worked on telling stories and looking at number sentences.  This week  we will go to the next level with children to writing the full subtraction number sentence.  I encourage you when your child brings home their practice sheet to have them explain this to you.  If your child is able to explain what is happening, your child is then taking ownership of their learning.

Thank you for a wonderful week...I look forward to another fantastic week!

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