Sunday, February 3, 2019

Week 22 ~ Feb. 4 - Feb. 8, 2019


Don’t forget we will be exchanging Valentines with our classmates on Thursday, February 14.  A list of classmates went home in the red folder on Friday. Report cards go home this week.  Please sign and return the envelope ONLY.  Kids Heart Challenge envelopes are due February 22 if your child is participating.

This week we will:
  • Learn about an ocean ecosystem- animals and plants that live in the ocean, ocean animal adaptations and an ocean food web
  • Continue learning about the sound of short /e/ - read these patterns –eg, -et, -eb, -en
  • Find and read many different Power Words
  • Learn to read our new Power Words lots  little  has
  • Count syllables in 1, 2, 3 or 4 syllable words
  • Decode and spell 1 and 2 syllable words  
  • Use letters and sounds to write our ideas down on paper
  • Blend sounds to read words
  • Remember to use an uppercase letter at the beginning of our sentences and a period at the end 
  • Count by 1s, 5s and 10s to 100
  • Count backwards from a given number
  • Explore making groups of 5 and groups of 10 – and counting on from a given number
  • Revisit and review graphing skills

Homework for the week: 
  • Log in two Home Reading steps in your reading log each night (Remember: 2 steps equals 30 minutes of reading time.)
  • Practice new Power Words – learn to recognize them at flash speed  has   lots  little
  • Do you remember ‘old’ Power Words? Practice those also!
  • Ask your child, “What do you do during your reading time?”
  • What is a forest ecosystem like?  How is the savanna different from a forest ecosystem?

Important dates to remember:
  • Feb. 5 – PTA meeting @ 6:30
  • Feb. 6 – Report cards issued
  • Feb. 14 – Valentines exchange and Kind Hearts day – wear red or love/hearts shirts
  • Feb. 18 – President's Day - No School
  • Feb.  21 – Kids Heart Challenge event @ 6:00  (envelopes due Feb. 22)

Encore schedule for the week:
·      Monday – Library
·      Tuesday – Music
·      Wednesday – P.E.
·      Thursday – STEM
·      Friday – Coding
·      Monday, Feb. 11 - Art

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Wekk 20 ~ Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2019


The 2nd semester is here.  We are halfway through our kindergarten year.  Keep up with the reading and the Power Word practice every day.  Talk with your children.  Ask them about school.  I’ll begin adding a question or 2 under Homework each week to help give you an idea of how to get something other than- “Nothing” when you ask your child what he learned today. :)
      
We will be having a Valentine’s Day card exchange on Thursday, February 14 in our classroom.  Be looking for a list of student names coming home in the red folder this week!  

This week we will:
  • Continue learning about a forest ecosystem – plants and animals that live in the forest; learn about forest animal adaptations; a forest food web
  • Practice reading Power Words at FLASH SPEED   - said  one  of
  • Find Power Words in messages that we write or books we read together
  • Continue learning about the sound of short /e/ and name and read –eg and –ed words
  • Use beginning and middle (short a and short e) sounds to decode and read new words
  • blend sounds to read words
  • use letters and sounds to write sentences
  • learn about time and how time is measured
  • identify numbers to 100
  • identify 1 more and 1 less than a given number
  • count to 100 by 1s and 5s and by 10s

Homework for the week:
  • What is rule number #1 in Mrs. Smith’s class? (BE KIND!!!!)
  • What is a savanna ecosystem like?  What animals live on the savanna?
  • read for 30 minutes each night and log in 2 books that you read for Home Steps in your reading log
  • practice old and new Power Words said one of

Important dates to remember:
  • Feb. 1 – Go Team! Day – Dress in your favorite team shirt or jersey
  • Feb. 14 – Valentines exchange and Kind Hearts day – wear red or love/hearts shirts
  • Feb. 18 – No school – President’s Day

Resource schedule for the week:  
·       Wednesday – STEM
·       Thursday – Coding
·       Friday – Art
·       Monday, Feb. 4 - Library

Monday, January 21, 2019

Week 19 ~ Jan. 22 - Jan. 25, 2019


Thanks to all that have signed up so far for conferences.  Many have signed up for the morning (Jan. 28) and it will be a quick turnaround so be sure to be on time- I will try to be on time as well!!!  Thanks also to all parents that are rocking the reading at home!  Many of the students are right on target or above the target for SCHOOL / HOME reading steps.  Way to go!  Keep reading at home- it can only result in more reading growth for your child :) !

After this weekend, your child should have 244 steps logged in his/her log to be on target.

This week we will:
  • Continue learning about a savanna ecosystem  (animals, plants, food webs)
  • Begin learning about a forest ecosystem
  • Practice reading Power Words at FLASH SPEED  (went  up  that)
  • Find Power Words in messages that we write or books we read together
  • Learn about the short vowel /e/ as in elephant and name words that have –et and -en
  • Use beginning sounds to decode and read new words
  • blend sounds to read words
  • use letters and sounds to write sentences
  • identify numbers to 100
  • identify the number that comes before or after a given number
  • review length, height, weight
  • learn about thermometers and measuring temperature
  • count to 100 by 1s and 5s and by 10s

Homework for the week:
  • read for 30 minutes each night and log in 2 HOME steps in your reading log
  • practice old (especially the wh, w, th, and h words) and new Power Words- went   up  that

Important dates to remember:
  • Jan. 28 and 29 - Teacher Work Days (Conference day) / No school for students
  • Feb. 1 – Go Team! Day – wear your favorite team jersey / t-shirt

Encore schedule for the week:  
·      Tuesday – Art
·      Wednesday – Library
·      Thursday – Music
·      Friday – P.E.
·      Wednesday, Jan. 30 - STEM

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Week 18 ~ Jan. 14 - Jan. 18, 2019


Did your child tell you about the fun we had on Friday making slime?  I hope they shared with you that it was their reward for working hard with reading and using their independent reading time wisely.  Be looking for a conference sign up sheet to come home in the red folder one day this week.  Please return this as soon as possible if you would like to schedule a conference this time.

This week we will:
  • Become ecologist and learn about savannas, animals and plants that live on savannas and how they survive
  • Continue learning about the short /a/ sound and look at patterns in words with short /a/ - ad, ap
  • Blend sounds to read words
  • read all ‘old’ Power words at Flash Speed and learn to read and why on
  • count syllables in 1, 2 or 3 syllable words
  • spell words with 1 or 2 syllables
  • Write our ideas down on paper
  • write sentences to communicate our ideas
  • identify characters in stories that we read aloud
  • use pictures and information to make predictions about stories we read
  • identify stories that we read as fiction or nonfiction
  • compare the height and length of objects and determine the taller, shorter, longer objects
  • compare the weight of 2 objects
  • compare the capacity of 2 containers
  • count to 100 by 1s, 5s, 10s

Homework for the week:     
  • read for 30 minutes each night and log in 2 HOME reading steps (remember- you can read and log in books that you have at home, library books, etc.)
  • practice Power Words (new and on why and ‘old’ Power Words~ especially the “wh” and “th” PW’s)

Important dates to remember:
  • Jan. 18 – “My Hero” dress up day and Snow Ball dance @ 6:00 – 7:30
  • Jan. 21 – No school – MLK day
  • Jan. 28 and Jan. 29 - Teacher Work Days - No school for students

Encore schedule for the week:
·       Monday - Library
·       Tuesday – Music
·       Wednesday – P.E.
·       Thursday – STEM
·       Friday – Coding
·       Tuesday, Jan. 22 - Art