Saturday, December 29, 2012

Winter Break Fun...

I know this is not all school related, but I thought I would share what I have been doing over the winter break.  I have been able to spend a lot of time with my family.  It has been a blast.  I cannot believe how much Lainey has grown in the past 9 months.  We also have enjoyed the snow.  Shannon loves snow and is hoping Lainey will love it just as much.  We did not have a sled, so we had to improvise.  We are excited because one of Lainey's gifts this year is a pass to the Newport Aquarium (once we go, I am sure I will let you all know).  We are looking forward to using that during these cold winter months.  I think she will love going through the tunnels with the fish surrounding her.  I hope you all are doing a lot of fun things over your break.  I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday and Thursday.  Feel free to leave a comment and share what has been happening!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Holiday Fun...

Shannon, Lainey, and I went to the Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo this weekend (we bought a membership for Lainey for one of her Christmas Gifts and thought we should already put it to use).  It was such a great family outing and enjoyed the crowds of laughter, listening to people, and of course...drinking hot chocolate.  I hope you and your family have some holiday fun.  I would love to hear about it.  If you children want they can always write a story about the fun and share it with the class.  In addition, you can share it on the blog and we will read it together in class!

Lainey waving "Hi" to everyone!

Last Week of 2012...

We will be having our Winter Party on Wednesday the 19th and Friday the 21st.  I have contacted families to bring in items.  If I contacted you, please send the items in on the assigned party day.  If I did not contact you, please do not send in any items.  This is so we are not wasteful.  In addition, we have several students with allergies and I want to make sure all children are safe and are able to enjoy all the items at the party.  I do appreciate your cooperation in this.  There will be other opportunities for you to contribute later in the year.

This will be our last week of school for 2012.  It is amazing how quickly the year has gone and how much the children have learned.  We will start Week 2 of Reading Street; however, we will continue this right when we return in January.  We will continue to work on the following sight words: she, me, with.  I have noticed many children starting to confuse: she, me, he, and we.  In addition, I would encourage you to work on the word and.  We see this word a lot in our stories.  I encourage you to still take time to read to your child and continue to work on letter sounds and simple 3 letter words over the holiday break.  This is important as we will be having our DIBELS assessment when we return from break.  In addition, the children will be bringing home a journal to be able to write in during their time off.  We encourage the children to draw a picture and write a simple sentence.  When writing the sentence we like the children to listen to the sounds of words and write what they hear.  The children can return these to school on January 2nd or 3rd.  I will read them and allow the children to read them to the class.  (Please note I do not expect words to be written correctly.  I encourage the children to segment the word and write the sounds they hear.  For example, if your child was trying to write "pick," I would expect to see the word "pik" or "pic."  If your child was trying to write "present," I would probably see "prznt" or "prezt" or "pezt)

In addition, I have completed the first round of math assessments.  Some children are having difficulty with counting to 50.  Many children are able to count to 39 and then skip to 50 or they make it to 49 and skip to 60.  The second quarter requires children to be able to count to 50 to be considered "Making Progress."  We will also be taking the addition assessment when we return from break.  The children have to be able to understand addition is to put things together and figure out that 3 and 2 more is 5.

I hope you all have a great holiday break!  I look forward to seeing everyone back at school on January 2nd for the A class and January 3rd for the B class!  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Happy Holidays...

I hope everyone is having a great December.  I am looking forward to the remaining week and a half with the children!

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

December Fun...

This coming week we are going into Unit 3 of Reading Street and will be reading "Little Panda."  We will be working on two letters and their associated sounds: Nn and Bb.  The letter Bb is a short sound; therefore, please do not have your children add the "uh" sound.  In addition, we will have three new sight words: she, me, with.  We will also be continuing to work with our other sight words and using them in writing sentences.  Please encourage your child to be writing at home on their days off.  We love to see what your child does on their day off and they can bring their writing into class and share.  We are hoping to have at home journals beginning in the next couple weeks!

In math, we are continuing to to work with addition.  The children are being introduced to number sentences.  It is important when working on number sentences to show the equation like: 2 + 4 = 6 AND 6 = 2 + 4.  The children must be able to recognize these are the same.  This can be tricky for the children.  We are working on this every day and the homework packet should work on the skill too.  The children are allowed to use counters to help them figure out the answer; however, children must be fluent in their addition facts by the end of the year.  This means children should automatically know 2+3=5, 1+3=4, etc.

Finally, we are planning the "Winter Celebration" for the children.  The celebration will be held on Wednesday the 19th and Friday the 21st at 1:45.  We are asking families not to send in items unless asked too.  This is important as we do have allergies in the classroom and we want to make sure we are able to include everyone and not to exclude them.  In addition, we do not want to be wasteful with our food.  We would hate to have 3 people send in cupcakes and not be able to use all of them.  We will be sending out more information in the coming week!  We appreciate your patience and your help as we plan a great celebration for the children.

Addition Fun...

One of the things we did to practice addition this week was with this tree game board and two dice.  The children had to roll two dice and then add the numbers together (the children had to also say the number sentence too).  For example, if your child rolled a 4 and 3, they had to say 4 plus 3 equals 7.  Once the children said the number sentence, they had to color in the corresponding ornament.  The children had a blast playing!  Here is a sheet you can print off at home and play too!  Enjoy...

Fun in the Classroom...

The children working hard on math and reading!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

This week, we will continue our work with the letter Ii. The children did very well with the short Ii sound last week and we are looking forward to creating more words to blend with the letters we have learned. Our sight words/popcorn words will remain the same this week, “for” and “he”. Please practice these words, and previously learned sight words/popcorn words, with your children at home! It should take them no more than 3 seconds to identify the words.

We will be extending our work with segmentation this week and continuing to bridge this into our writing. Last week, we saw some amazing writing during our writing time. The students are beginning to segment the words and write the sounds that they hear. Please remember when you are looking at their work, it is developmentally appropriate for children to only hear the first and/or last sound of a word. Some children may be able to hear and write the middle sound too, but remember this is the last sound the children hear!

In math we will begin Chapter 5.  Chapter 5 homework is being sent home on Monday and Tuesday.  The homework should not be overwhelming for the children and is suppose to review what is happening in class in a way they can complete independently.  This chapter delves into addition.  We will work with the addition symbol and the equals sign.  Our program also teaches the number sentence to look like the following: 2 + 3 = 5 and 5 = 3 + 2.  I think the children will be successful with addition.  One great way to practice is with pennies.  As a class, we will also continue counting to 50. Counting will be done daily, as children need to be able to count to 50 by the end of the second quarter. Please encourage your child to count at home! The more practice they have, the better counters they will become!

We have been completing many 2nd quarter assessments over the past few weeks and we are very pleased with the progress we are seeing. Thank you, again, for all of your extra support at home and continuing to review activities/lessons with them at home when they are absent!