Reading and Language Arts:
Students are learning about fiction and nonfiction books. We will continue to review the meaning of the following words: character, setting, author, illustrator and illustrations. Students will practice retelling what happened at the beginning, middle and end of a story. Students will be assessed on these skills so please practice at home. When the students are tested on their reading levels, they will need to be able to retell a story and answer comprehension questions about the story they have read. They should also be able to name the characters, the setting, the problem and solution. The students will be studying the difference between fantasy fiction and realistic fiction.
We will introduce the letters v, w, y, x, z and q. Students will learn how to write the letters and be able to name the letter and the sound it makes. Please review the information that is located on my website about our Fundation’s Program. Please ask your child about the lined paper with the sky line, plane line, grass line, and worm line. You can print lined paper to practice writing these letters correctly with your child. (See above Practice Printing Page)
We will be learning the words: gray, she, he, or, no, for, they, that, said, all, of, are, as & has.
Our Math topics will include working with numbers 0-10 in different configurations, (one more/one less with numbers 0-10), growing patterns and putting numbers in order. In December, they will be working with number lines for adding and subtracting, comparing & measuring length and counting fives & ones with money.
We are learning that sentences are made up of words and the first word always starts with a capital letter. We are also learning that we leave a space between words and put a period (stop sign) at the end of a sentence. I will encourage the students to use inventive spelling to write the beginning sounds of words they know. They will learn how to express ideas through writing using inventive spelling. (See inventive spelling page for more details.)
Students are learning how to make the numbers 0-20. Please help your child write these numbers and the letters we have learned thus far. You can print out some extra printing practice papers (see above) and practice on the lined paper that we use in school.
By the end of December, students will have learned how to write the following uppercase letters: A-P.
Before children learn to print, they need to become aware of how sounds create words. Phonemic Awareness includes skills such as rhyming and the ability to recognize and manipulate sounds in words. We teach a 10-minute Phonemic Awareness lesson every day. Please refer to the Phonemic Awareness page on my website.
Ask your child to show you the six ways to make five (for example, 2+3=5).
11/8- First Trimester Ends
11/11- Veteran's Day- No School
11/15- Report Cards Issued
11/25-11/26- Parent-Teacher Conferences (No School)
11/27-11/29- Thanksgiving Break (No School)
12/19- Holiday Class Party
12/20- Early Dismissal at 2:00
12/23-1/3/19- Winter Break - No School
General Information- REMINDERS
-SNACKS- Please remember to send a snack for your child every day. Reminder no nuts or snacks that need a spoon.
-HALLOWEEN PARTY- Thank you to the volunteer room parents for a successful party. The students had a great time.
-Parent-Teacher Conferences-Please be on time for your scheduled conference. The conferences are only 15 minutes long and I have a tight schedule.
YEARBOOK- Information went home about ordering a yearbook online. If you order by December 20th, the basic soft cover is $20. After December 20th the late fee will be $5.
-LUNCH MENU- Please be advised this can be viewed online through the district website.
-PLEASE HELP- Please practice the following skills with your child: tying shoes, zipping, snapping and buttoning.
-FOLDERS- Please empty your child’s folder every night and send it back to school every day.
-VISITORS must have photo ID to enter building.
-GYM SHOES- Please have your child wear gym shoes to school. We don't have a lot of time to change shoes for gym class or recess. GYM DAYS ARE ON MONDAY, WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY.
-STUDENTS- Please take note that we have 19 students when sending in treats (non-food items) for birthdays.
-LIBRARY BOOKS- Library will be every Friday. Please make sure that the book is always returned by the following Friday, in order for your child to check out another book. The students can store their books in their back pockets of their chairs in the classroom.
-COUNTING TO 100- Our goal for the end of the year is to be able to count to 100 by any given number (ex. 33, 34, 35....). Also to be able to count by 10’s to 100 by any given number (ex. 30, 40, 50, 60...). Once your child can complete this skill they will have his/her name announced over the intercom, receive a Counts to 100 bracelet and his/her picture will be displayed in the hallway.