Monday, September 29, 2014

Welcome Fall

This Week's Learning Goals
  • Identify, write, and say the sound for the letters: Jj, Uu, Qq, Ee
    • Letters introduced so far: Mm, Cc, Aa, Tt, Ss, Rr, Ii, Pp, Ff, Bb, Ll, Oo, Gg, Nn, Dd, Hh
  • Read and write the sight words: go, look
    • Sight words introduced so far: I, see, like, a, can, the, we, to, am, my
  • Read the color word orange and the number word five
    • Color and number words introduced so far: red, blue, green, yellow, purple, zero, one, two, three, four
  • Write a pattern story (i.e. I like dogs. I like cats. I like rabbits.)
  • Identify the parts of a book: front cover, back cover, title page, word & letter
  • Identify, write, and demonstrate understanding of 11-15 
  • Count to 30 by 1s and 10s
  • Sort objects by 2 attributes: color, size, shape, etc..
  • Identify # of sides: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon
We have a busy, fun, fall ahead of us. This week, we have our pajama/stuffed animal day. Next week, the fire department visits Lake Prairie for Fire Safety Week. The following week, we visit the police and fire stations. And then, our Halloween party is on October 29th. Nicole Thiel is our head parent for the party. If you signed up to help, she will be contacting in the next couple of weeks. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Week 5

Progress Reports
Progress reports will be sent home with your student this Friday.  I have also begun putting grade in Skyward so that you can watch your child's progress. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 

This Week's Learning Goals
  • Identify, write, and say the sound for the letters: Ff, Bb, Ll, Oo
    • Letters introduced so far: Mm, Cc, Aa, Tt, Ss, Rr, Ii, Pp
  • Read and write the sight words: we, to
    • Sight words introduced so far: I, see, like, a, can, the
  • Read the color word yellow and the number word
    • Color and number words introduced so far: red, blue, green, zero, one, two
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Draw a picture to tell a story
  • Identify the parts of a book: front cover, back cover, title page, word & letter
  • Make connections between stories we read and other stories, myself, and the world
  • Identify, write, and demonstrate understanding of 0-10 
  • Count to 30 by 1s and 10s
  • Sort object by color, size, shape, etc..
  • Identify # of sides: circle, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the positions: above, below, beside, in front of, behind, next to
Rocket Math
We have been practicing writing the 0-9 and will continue to review these this week. In the next week or so, we will be adding a number writing page to the practice pages in your child's take home folder. Your child should practice tracing/writing this number using his/her finger or a dry erase marker. Please do not take the page out of the page protector.


Monday, September 1, 2014

September 1, 2014

Snacks
We have had a few students start bringing their own snacks because they do not like what is being served to the class. This is starting to cause a problem, so, for September, we will follow the snack calendar and NO individual snacks will be allowed. If a student does not like a snack being served, he/she can simply say no thank you.
Then, beginning in October, each student will be responsible for bringing his/her own snack each day. Acceptable snacks are: dry cereal, crackers, pretzels, fruit snacks, granola bars, or cereal bars. These are the only snacks that will be allowed. We only have 5 minutes for snacks so please only send a small snack that your child can eat in that time frame.

Rest Time
We are beginning to phase out rest time as the students seem to be adjusting to our full day. Your child will not need his/her towel. We are doing restful activities during our rest & read time.

This Week's Learning Goals

  • Identify, write, and say the sound for the letters: Mm, Cc, Aa, Tt
  • Read and write the sight words: like, a
  • Read the color word blue and the number word one
  • Identify rhyming words
  • Draw a picture to tell a story
  • Identify the parts of a book: front cover, back cover, title page, word & letter
  • Show how to read & write by going left to right
  • Make connections between stories we read and other stories, myself, and the world
  • Identify, write, and demonstrate understanding of 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5 
  • Count to 30 by 1s and 10s
  • Sort object by color, size, shape, etc..
  • Identify circle, square, rectangle, triangle, hexagon
Classroom Helpers
If you volunteered to help in the classroom, I will be contacting you in the next couple weeks to set up a schedule. Thank you for volunteering and I look forward to having you in class. 

Behavior Chart 
Beginning this week, your child will be coloring his/her daily behavior on the behavior chart in his/her take home folder. Please check this daily. If I see a pattern of problems, I will contact you. An occasional blue, purple, or pink is probably a learning experience as they are in kindergarten. The students will have classroom consequences for purple and pink.

Rocket Math
Lake Prairie was the recipient of a gracious grant from the Tri-Creek Education Foundation which allowed us to purchase Rocket Math. A math program that helps students become fluent in number writing and math facts. We will begin with number writing. This week, we will be adding a number writing practice page to your child's take home folder homework pages. Please keep it in the page protector and have your child practice tracing with a dry erase marker or his/her finger.


Homework
Reading bags will begin coming home this week. Your child has a reading log in his/her take home folder behind the behavior chart. They will also have homework sheets in the "right back to school" pocket of his/her take home folder. These should be completed the same day and return to school the next day. If this is ever a problem, please write me a note explaining why and return it as soon as possible. 

Please keep any sheets that are in page protectors in the protectors. Your child may use dry erase markers to trace or just trace with his/her finger.

If you have any questions, please contact me. Together, we can help your child succeed.