Monday, February 27, 2012

Sight Words...

New Sight Words
Feb. 27 - Mar. 9

~ one
~ two
~ three
~ four
~ five

Please make sure you mix these words in with the others.  We do not want the children to learn these words in this order because they may just be guessing :)

This Week's Fun...

We will working with the story One Little Mouse in Reading Street this week.  With the story, One Little Mouse, we will be continuing to identify the characters, setting, and plot.  However, we will also focus on the sequence of events in the story.  When reading with your child at home, it is a great idea to ask them about the characters, setting, and plot!

One area Miss Todd and I continue to find to be troublesome for some children are the sight words.  These words are progressively becoming harder and this week we have a new set.  Our sight words this week are: one, two, three, four, and five.  Please make sure to take 5-10 minutes each night to practice sight words, especially on the "off days."  This will allow learning to continue and will allow your child more practice with words.  Please reference the pink sheet we sent home last week or our blog posts last week - these had all of our sight words for the entire year!

 In math, we are continuing our work with the teen numbers and building numbers.  Children should be able to read and write numbers to 20 and be able to compare these numbers.  This week, we will also be introducing the concept of addition.  We have touched on addition previously, but will delve more deeply into the concept this week!  We are very excited to begin working on this skill with the children!

Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing healthy living and healthy eating habits.  Hopefully, the children have shared with some of the healthy activities we have explored and healthy food choices we have discussed.  The children did a phenomenal job during our Friday Fun Days with jumping rope.  It was wonderful to see them motivated to won keeping their heart healthy.

Thank you, again, for continuing to make this such a successful year!

Class Pictures...

Class Pictures will be:

Friday, March 2: "A" Class
Tuesday, March 6: "B" Class

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kindergarten Registration...

For those of you that are advance planners like I am, I wanted to give you enough time to begin to plan for kindergarten registration for the 2012-13 academic school year.  If you know of anyone who will have a kindergartener please let them know about enrollment!  Registration is very important as we plan for classes next year and the amount of staff needed! See the following information that was just released by the district office.

Kindergarten Registration will be held during the month of March, 2012.

Registration will be by appointment only, and will be held at the West Clermont administrative office located in theUnion Township Civic Center at 4350 Aicholtz Road. The kindergarten enrollment schedule for West Clermont Schools is as follows:

•February 27-March 2 – Amelia Elementary and Holly Hill Elementary

•March 5-9 – Merwin Elementary and Brantner Elementary

•March 12-16 – Clough Pike Elementary and Willowville Elementary

•March 19-23 – Withamsville-Tobasco Elementary and Summerside Elementary

•March 26-30 – Make up week, all schools

Monday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m.- 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m.-6:15 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m.

All appointments for enrolling a student can be made as early as the week of February 20-24, 2012. Appointments can be made by calling 943-5000.

Your child must be five (5) years old on or before Sept. 30, 2012. You should bring:
•your child’s original birth certificate

•proof of residency (lease, deed, land contract, settlement statement, affidavit of residence)

•immunization records

•custody papers (if applicable)

•IEP/MFE (if applicable)

•parents picture identification (drivers license, state identification card, passport)

•physical examination (must be returned to your school prior to student starting kindergarten)

If you have any questions, please contact West Clermont Central Enrollment at 943-5000.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Sight Words...

Here is a list of our sight words up to this week.  Please continue to practice these words each week.  In addition, please check the "Family Ties" for up to date information on new sight words.

Sight Words

Monday, February 20, 2012

Continuing On the Fun...

I hope the children enjoyed their time off of school.  I know the A class only comes on Wednesday this week and the B class only came once last week; therefore, we are continuing our learning from last week.  This allows the children to have all the same lessons as each other.  We will work with the story "My Lucky Day" in Reading Street.  We will also be concentrating on final sounds in words.  Children should be able to isolate the last sound in a word and tell you the corresponding letter.  One area Miss Todd and I have found to be troublesome for some of our children are the sight words.  These words are progressively becoming harder and next week we have new ones.  Please make sure to take 5 - 10 minutes to practice sight words, especially on the "off days."  This will allow the learning to continuing and to allow your child more practice on these words.  We will send home a full list of all sight words up to date this week for your reference.

In math, we are working with teen numbers and building numbers.  Children should be able to read and write numbers to 20 and be able to compare these numbers.  This helps us as we will begin addition and subtraction in the coming weeks.  We want this skill to be "automatic;" therefore, your child should be able to see the number and state it in less than 3 seconds (this is the same for letters and sounds).

On Friday we will have our fun day.  The A class had their Friday Fun Day a couple weeks ago and this will be the B classes turn.  We will be jumping rope for "Jump Rope for Heart" and taking a trip to the school library to learn about books and how books are arranged.  We encourage you to take your child to the local library for another experience.  Your child can even get their own library card.

Thanks again for making this such a great year and I am looking forward to the continuation of the year!

Fun Friday...

The "A" Class had their Fun Friday a couple of weeks ago and they were able to take a trip to the W-T Elementary Library and went to the gym for Jump Rope for Heart.  We had a lot of fun.  This friday will be the "B" Classes turn for their Fun Friday adventure!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Valentine's Fun...

This week is a short week and it is Valentine's week.  The 'A' class will come on Monday and Wednesday and the 'B' class will only come on Tuesday.  We do not have school on Thursday, Friday, and the following Monday.  This week we will begin the next week in Reading Street; however, it will take us two weeks to complete because of the long winter break.  Students will bring home their "Family Ties" reading homework on Monday and Tuesday this week.  Please take some time to do the activities over the next week.  In math, we will be working with teen numbers.  After assessing the children for the first time, I have noticed many children are having difficulty with reading the number 12 and writing the number 20.  It is required for third quarter to be able to read numbers up to 20 and write numbers up to 20. 

We will also be having our Valentine's Day Celebration on Tuesday and Wednesday beginning at 1:45.  We have notified parents who volunteered to send in materials already.  If you have not been notified, we will not be needing anything at this point.  I do appreciate your willingness to help out and may be called on in the future.  Please remember to have your child send in 25 Valentine's signed by your child on Tuesday or Wednesday. 

If you have any questions feel free to ask.  Thank you for all of your support!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine's Day...

Valentine’s Day Celebration

We will have our celebration on Tuesday (14th) or Wednesday (15th) from 1:45 – 2:30. Please send in 25 Valentines to be handed out on that day. Please have your child sign them, but please do not address them to a specific person. We will also be making our Valentines bag at school. We are asking for you not to send in anything extra in to our party. This is important as we have various food allergies in our classroom.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

WOW...Lots of Learning...

Children Working Together at the Computer Center
First, I cannot believe where the time has gone.  This year is flying by and I am amazed ever day how much the children are learning.  Second, I want to thank the parents who came last week to conferences and I look forward to seeing the parents who are coming this week.  We had a very packed schedule and we are having to have some phone conferences.  We will be making these phone calls throughout this week.

This week we will be moving into Reading Street Unit 4.  We have a new question "What can we learn from our adventures?"  I think the children will really enjoy this particular unit.  We are introducing new sight words "are, do."  Some children are still having difficulty with our previous sight words "they, you, of."  Please continue to practice these sight words at home as we continue to practice them at school.  The expectation is children should be able to say the sight word within 3 seconds of seeing the word.  We are working with comprehension by identifying the characters, setting, and main idea.  In addition, we work on retelling and sequencing the story.  These are all great questions you can ask your child as you read various stories at home with them.

We are continuing to work on our writing every morning.  Children are suppose to be able to write a complete sentence with spacing, upper/lowercase letters, and punctuation.  Most children are doing well.  The most common error we have noticed is spacing.  The children will start off well, but as the sentence continues their spacing diminishes.  We are also requiring the children to write their first and last names on papers.  Children must be able to write their first and last name correctly for 3rd and 4th quarter.  This requires children to have an uppercase letter and lowercase letters.  In addition there name needs to be controlled, which means on a single line and not extremely large.

In math, children will be assessed on modeling numbers up to 20.  This entails children to build a random number up to 20 on a double tens frame.  The children have practiced this throughout January and February and we feel confident they should do well.  Furthermore, we will be assessing children on the ability to compare 2 numbers.  Children will be required to identify the larger or smaller number of a given set.  We have been working on this skill through the learning game "Top-It" or "War."  Lastly, we will begin introducing one more and one less to the children.  This will help prepare children for addition and subtraction.  Students will explore this skill through various math games.

Once again, I cannot thank you for all of your support at home.  A lot of this learning could not occur without the home-school connection!  You all are wonderful :)  If you have any questions please feel free to email or call!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Learning Fun in Room 116...

Sorting Word Families

Reading Real and Make-Believe Words

Creating Mitten Stories

Creating Mitten Stories

Fine Motor Development

Fine Motor Development

Fine Motor Development

Computer Center...working with Illuminations