Saturday, September 14, 2013

Week of September 16th - 20th

Dear Parents,
Thank you for being so patient with me and the blog.  Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with me.  They are each such amazing people with such great ideas.  Although we are still learning some of our basic rules of listening, putting names on paper and finishing each job, the children are doing a nice job!!
We have had many new things to learn already.  And it seems that we add something new to our schedule each and everyday:}
      *The children seem to have the lunch routine down now even though it is still a little tricky:}
      *We have been working on our handwriting but still need to practice correct formation and size.  
      *We are working on writing sentences that begin with a Capital letter and are stopped with a                               period and make sense.
       *The children did great on their first popcorn word test as well as first spelling test.
       *Our journals will be a great way to practice our writing and for the students to express their     thoughts and ideas. ( At home, as often as possible allow your child to copy words, write a note, make a list etc. All of this will help in our writing skills.)
        * Our math lessons have been about grouping by 5's, 10's. We are learning to make partners for numbers which is really adding and subtracting.  (Any opportunity that you can give you child to count, write and identify numbers 1-120 by 1's, 5's, 10's  will also help with their math skills.

Please make sure that you are reading with, to and by your child each and everyday for at least 20 min. This more than anything will help with your child's reading skills.  Thanks so much for all you do to help us have success each and every day!  Your children are amazing as are you !  Thank You!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Our Spelling words this week will come from the "at", "an" and "ad" chunks.  What that means is as the students and I discover how many words they can make with these chunks, if they can spell the chunk itself, then they should be able to change the beginning sound to make other words and so any of the following words can be give on the test.  (I know it is thinking a little differently) I will post an example a little later.
Good Morning!
I am so sorry that I missed our blog last week those short weeks always get me :? I am looking forward to another great week with your children.
I was able to give our math pre-test last week and will start working on our required reading test so that I can get our official groups up and going.  I will send books home today that you can use as reading homework but please know it may not be on the exact level of your child's independent reading since I am just beginning the testing:) Thanks for your patience.

Just for Information we will be having an assembly to kick off the PTA fundraiser so that information will be coming home.

I did give the children a "practice" spelling test using the "at" chunk and they did very well. I will send popcorn words and a list of possible spelling words home today.  Thanks for all you do to make our class successful.

Have a great week! Mrs. Newman :)