Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Back to School Update

Here is what we have been up to:

                        Name Study

To build phonemic awareness (calling attention to the sounds) and develop some important understandings about words and letters, we are focusing on one student’s name each day. This special student will be the focus for all literacy activities for the day. Some of these activities include: sharing items in special bag, the story of their name, writing a sentence about the special student, adding their name to the word wall, using the alphabet chart to find letters that match the sounds they hear, creating a picture to match the sentence written, counting and rearranging letters, and noticing the letter-sound relationships. (*Basically, its like writing bootcamp!) I am impressed by how well our class is doing at this part of the day. They are great writers.


We have started to explore some of the math materials (manipulatives) that we will use throughout the year: pattern blocks, geoblocks, connecting cubes, buttons, colored tiles, and unifix cubes. We are learning about sets and representing a number with a set of objects. We have also begun drawing sets in our Math Journal.


We have been practicing our alphabet books and reading our chants. We have learned that readers: look at the book, point to the words, look at the picture clues to help them, and think about what they are reading. 

We have officially started homework his week.  Please sign the folder once your child completes their assignment: 1-read your book, 2-do an activity.

Social Studies
We are integrating our Civics & Economics Units throughout the day in each subject area. Students are learning how to be part of a classroom community.
They are learning what it means to:
  • Give Respect
  • Own Your Actions
  • Listen and Learn
  • Do Your Best
They are going for the GOLD and having fun earning golden tickets! :)

Please check your child’s messenger folder each night and send it back to school each day.  For organization purposes...please take out the things I sent home the day before and add any messages to me or homework completed in that folder.  This lets me know you got my messages. This folder is how you and I will communicate and will be used for homework all year long.    

Walking: If you walk to school we have been meeting at the pavilion. If you are here a few minutes early, you can also pick up outside the classroom door. We have learned that the pavilion is sometimes a little crowded.  Thanks for your patience as we figure this out.