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Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Holidays and yes, only 4 days next week!!!

We will enjoy a week taking a look at the many holidays that are celebrated this time of year and reading lots of books helping us learn more! Math and Writing will continue with a holiday theme too.

On Thursday, we will have our Holiday Party from 11:30-1:00.  Our Room Moms, Lindsay and Kim, sent an email with all the info and details of how you can help. I look forward to seeing all of you!

Hope you all enjoy a very relaxing winter break! See you next year!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dear Families,

Happy December. We are working hard during this short month and getting ready to be on our nice long vacation!

Star of the Week:  Please look at the schedule, right hand side of this post, to see when it is your child's turn to be Star. If the week I have chosen doesn't work for you, please let me know and we can change it. There is a lot of flexibility with this program so feel free to change the activities to best suit your family. Have fun and we can't wait to learn more about all our Stars!

Language Arts: Our stories continue to be fiction stories that help us work with cause and effect.

Grammar:  We will start to learn about contractions and continue to find words with long vowel sounds.

Writer's Workshop: We will celebrate with our friends now that we completed our opinion writing. Enjoy reading it with your child when it comes home.

Word Wall Words: Your children will learn new word wall words each week and together we will put them on our Word Wall. Listed below are the word wall words from Kindergarten. It is my hope that you will make a word wall at home or make flashcards to practice daily with your child. This will help your child with reading, writing, and spelling.

New Word Wall Words:    now        over      old

as a are am also all and after about by be because can come could do day every each first from favorite friend find for good girl get go her his house he have here is I know little like me my make many most of one once of other play people she saw said see there time they that this the to the this to very what water where went will we with was want your you
  
Phonograms: These are letters that when put together make one or more sounds. We will learn several phonograms each week to help us read, write and spell. Look for the completed phonogram worksheet in your child's folder.

Math: We are working with subtraction using this skill in word problems as well as reviewing telling time to the hour and half hour.

Spirit Days 
December 12... Ugly Sweater Day
January 23....... Pajama Day
February 6.......Crazy Clothes Day
March 6.......... Crazy Hat Day
April 17.......... Super Hero Day
May 8............. Hawaiian Day

Friday, November 16, 2018

Dear Families,

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I am so thankful for this amazing group of first graders!

Field Trip: Thank you to our drivers and to the special people at Jacob's Heart. We learned so much and we loved helping with the card making and bag decorating!

Classroom Donations: Thank you so much for the classroom donations and your generous donations to our classroom fund! We could still use large ziplock bags, and sour patch kids.

Star of the Week:  Please look at the schedule, right hand side of this post, to see when it is your child's turn to be Star. If the week I have chosen doesn't work for you, please let me know and we can change it. There is a lot of flexibility with this program so feel free to change the activities to best suit your family. Have fun and we can't wait to learn more about all our Stars!

Language Arts: Our stories and writing will be around the Thanksgiving Theme.

Grammar:  Sentences that end with a period, exclamation mark or a question mark.

Writer's Workshop: We are finishing up our opinion pieces and looking forward to writing another one after our Thanksgiving Vacation.

Word Wall Words: Your children will learn new word wall words each week and together we will put them on our Word Wall. Listed below are the word wall words from Kindergarten. It is my hope that you will make a word wall at home or make flashcards to practice daily with your child. This will help your child with reading, writing, and spelling.

New Word Wall Words:    other              called            has

as a are am also all and after about by be because can come could do day every each first from favorite friend find for good girl get go her his house he have here is I know little like me my make many most of one once of play people she saw said see there time they that this the to the this to very what water where went will we with was want your you
  
Phonograms: These are letters that when put together make one or more sounds. We will learn several phonograms each week to help us read, write and spell. Below are the phonograms we learned this week.

sh as in ship, shop                              ck as in kick                       th  as in that, this, three
ee as in three, bee, see                       er as in her                          ear as in early
ir as in first                                        ur as in nurse                      wh as in whistle             
ch as in chip                                      ea as in sea, bread, great      ai in the middle of the word
ay at the end of the word                  ar as in car

Math: We will continue to add and subtract within 20, count to 120 starting at any number and this month we will focus on partitioning circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts using the words whole, halves, fourths and quarters to describe them. Also this entire month we will focus on learning to tell time to the hour and half hour using an analog clock. Now would be a GREAT time to get an analog clock for your child to tell time to the hour and half hour with you at home.

Spirit Days 
December 12... Ugly Sweater Day
January 23....... Pajama Day
February 6.......Crazy Clothes Day
March 6.......... Crazy Hat Day
April 17.......... Super Hero Day
May 8............. Hawaiian Day

Friday, November 9, 2018

Dear Families,

It was a short busy week but it was WONDERFUL to meet with all of you to share about your child!


Field Trip: Thank you! We are excited to go to Jacob's Heart on Friday, November 16th to help serve our community in a very meaningful way. We will leave around 8:30.

Star of the Week:  Please look at the schedule, right hand side of this post, to see when it is your child's turn to be Star. If the week I have chosen doesn't work for you, please let me know and we can change it. There is a lot of flexibility with this program so feel free to change the activities to best suit your family. Have fun and we can't wait to learn more about all our Stars!

Language Arts: We will enjoy a story about a hermit carb that examines a variety of seashells before it finds just the right one to call home. The strategy focus is questioning as well as comparing and contrasting.

Grammar:  We will focus on sentences that are filled with strong emotions. These are sentences that would end in an exclamation mark.

Writer's Workshop: We are working in our opinion piece. We gathered ideas for our opinion writing, used a graphic organizer to help us organize our thoughts and now are writing our draft! We love sharing our opinions!

Word Wall Words: Your children will learn new word wall words each week and together we will put them on our Word Wall. Listed below are the word wall words from Kindergarten. It is my hope that you will make a word wall at home or make flashcards to practice daily with your child. This will help your child with reading, writing, and spelling.

New Word Wall Words:    girl           every           each

as a are am also all and after about by be because can come could do day first from favorite friend find for good get go her his house he have here is I know little like me my make many most of one once of play people she saw said see there time they that this the to the this to very what water where went will we with was want your you
  
Phonograms: These are letters that when put together make one or more sounds. We will learn several phonograms each week to help us read, write and spell. Below are the phonograms we learned this week.

sh as in ship, shop                              ck as in kick                       th  as in that, this, three
ee as in three, bee, see                       er as in her                          ear as in early
ir as in first                                        ur as in nurse                   
ch as in chip

Math: We will continue to add and subtract within 20, count to 120 starting at any number and this month we will focus on partitioning circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts using the words whole, halves, fourths and quarters to describe them. Also this entire month we will focus on learning to tell time to the hour and half hour using an analog clock. Now would be a GREAT time to get an analog clock for your child to tell time to the hour and half hour with you at home.

Spirit Days 
December 12... Ugly Sweater Day
January 23....... Pajama Day
February 6.......Crazy Clothes Day
March 6.......... Crazy Hat Day
April 17.......... Super Hero Day
May 8............. Hawaiian Day

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dear Families,

Thank you to our AMAZING Room Moms and all volunteers for making our Halloween so much fun! We all had a blast!

Parent/Teacher Conference: I look forward to seeing you next week at conferences. Text or email me if you forgot your time.

Field Trip:
 Thank you! We have MOST of the field trip forms turned in. Please fill out the forms your child took home for our upcoming field trip and remind your child to bring them back to school. We are excited to go to Jacob's Heart on November 16th to help serve our community in a very meaningful way.

Reminder: Anytime you are on campus, you must stop by the office, sign in, and fill out a name tag.

Star of the Week:  Please look at the schedule, right hand side of this post, to see when it is your child's turn to be Star. If the week I have chosen doesn't work for you, please let me know and we can change it. There is a lot of flexibility with this program so feel free to change the activities to best suit your family. Have fun and we can't wait to learn more about all our Stars!

Language Arts: Our Houghton Mifflin story this week is a realistic fiction story about a dog named Bud. This story will help us learn to monitor and clarify events in a story as we read. 

Grammar:  We will focus on asking sentences. These are sentences that would end in a question mark. As your encourage your child to write at home, this is a good time to add asking questions to their writing.

Writer's Workshop: We have started our Writers' Workshop Opinion Writing Unit. We learned the difference between a fact and an opinion. A fact is something that is true and can be proven and an opinion is something you feel strongly about and can support with reasons. We will gather ideas for our opinion writing next week and start writing our own opinion pieces.

Word Wall Words: Your children will learn new word wall words each week and together we will put them on our Word Wall. Listed below are the word wall words from Kindergarten. It is my hope that you will make a word wall at home or make flashcards to practice daily with your child. This will help your child with reading, writing, and spelling.

New Word Wall Words:    am           find         also

as a are all and after at about by be because can come could do day first from favorite friend for good get go her his house he have here is I know little like me my make many most of one once of play she saw said see there time they that this the to the this to very what water where went will we with was want your you
  
Phonograms: These are letters that when put together make one or more sounds. We will learn several phonograms each week to help us read, write and spell. Below are the phonograms we learned this week.

sh as in ship, shop     
th  as in that, this, three 
ee as in three, bee, see   
er as in her, mother, father
ir as in first           
ur as in nurse   
ear as in early


Math: We will continue to add and subtract within 20, count to 120 starting at any number and this month we will focus on partitioning circles and rectangles into two and four equal parts using the words, whole, halves, fourths and quarters to describe them. Also this entire month we will focus on learning to tell time to the hour and half hour using an analog clock. Now would be a GREAT time to get an analog clock for your child to tell time to the hour and half hour with you at home.

Spirit Days 
November 7......Western Day
December 12... Ugly Sweater Day
January 23....... Pajama Day
February 6.......Crazy Clothes Day
March 6.......... Crazy Hat Day
April 17.......... Super Hero Day
May 8............. Hawaiian Day

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Dear Families,


Here is a peek at next week.

Halloween Parade/Party- The parade will take place at 8:30 on the lower playground and our class party will begin after our lunch around 11:00.


Field Trip:  Our first field trip will be on Friday, November 16 to Jacob's Heart.  Please be sure to turn in the permission slips as soon as possible.  Also, please let me know if you are able to drive and have all of your paperwork updated in the office.

Star of the Week:  Please look at the schedule, right hand side of this post, to see when it is your child's turn to be Star. If the week I have chosen doesn't work for you, please let me know and we can change it. There is a lot of flexibility with this program so feel free to change the activities to best suit your family. Have fun and we can't wait to learn more about all our Stars!

Language Arts: Our Houghton Mifflin stories this week will be fiction that will help us compare/contrast and retell a story.

Grammar:  We will focus on words with short vowels sounds as well as finding complete sentences.

Writer's Workshop: We have started our Opinion Writing Unit. We started by talking about the difference between a fact, something that is true and can be proven, and an opinion, something you feel strongly about and can support with reasons.

Word Wall Words: Your children will learn new word wall words each week and together we will put them on our Word Wall. Listed below are the word wall words from Kindergarten. It is my hope that you will make a word wall at home or make flashcards to practice daily with your child. This will help your child with reading, writing, and spelling.

New Word Wall Words:    water       time     most

as a are all and after at about by be because can come could do day first from favorite friend for good get go her his house he have here is I know little like me my make many of one once of play she saw said see there they that this the to the this to very what where went will we with was want your you
  
Phonograms: These are letters that when put together make one or more sounds. We will learn several phonograms each week to help us read, write and spell. Below are the phonograms we learned this week.

sh as in ship, shop     th  as in that, this, three    ee as in three, bee, see   er as in her, mother, father
 ir as in first             ur as in nurse


Math: We will continue to work with the Quick Ten Strategy to solve equations that ask us to add three single digits together.  Ask your child to tell you how he/she does this.

Spirit Days 

November 7......Western Day
December 12... Ugly Sweater Day
January 23....... Pajama Day
February 6.......Crazy Clothes Day
March 6.......... Crazy Hat Day
April 17.......... Super Hero Day
May 8............. Hawaiian Day

Friday, October 19, 2018

Dear Families,

Thank You: Thank you for the classroom supplies.  We can always use prize box items, gel pens, and stickers.

Reminder: Anytime you are on campus, you must stop by the office, sign in, and fill out a name tag.

Star of the Week:  Please look at the schedule, right hand side of this post, to see when it is your child's turn to be Star. If the week I have chosen doesn't work for you, please let me know and we can change it. There is a lot of flexibility with this program so feel free to change the activities to best suit your family. Have fun and we can't wait to learn more about all our Stars!

Language Arts: Our Houghton Mifflin story this week will be a fiction story that help us make inferences and learning to summarize stories.

Grammar:  We will focus on consonant clusters such as CLIP  CLIFF  SCARF   SNAKE

Writer's Workshop: We had fun celebrating our finished stories based on one of the small moments in our lives. They went home today so now your whole family can enjoy them. We are excited to learn the difference between an opinion and a fact next week and opinion writing will be our next focus!

Word Wall Words: Your children will learn new word wall words each week and together we will put them on our Word Wall. Listed below are the word wall words from Kindergarten. It is my hope that you will make a word wall at home or make flashcards to practice daily with your child. This will help your child with reading, writing, and spelling.

New Word Wall Words:     come                little                after

as a are all and at about by be because can could do day first from favorite friend for good get go her his house he have here is I know like me my make many of one once of play she saw said see there they that this the to the this to very what where went will we with was want your you


Math: We will continue to practice the  Make Ten strategy to solve equations in both addition and subtraction.

Spirit Days 

November 7......Western Day
December 12... Ugly Sweater Day
January 23....... Pajama Day
February 6.......Crazy Clothes Day
March 6.......... Crazy Hat Day
April 17.......... Super Hero Day
May 8............. Hawaiian Day