We shopped today! Oh my, the kids were SUPER excited! We shopped at a trinket store that had prices from ten cents to a dollar. The kids did a great job respectfully shopping and making choices. Many purchased gifts for family members and/or friends. All purchased items were sent home - and should stay there unless it is a school supply. The toys, trinkets, and tricks (yes there were a few of those) are to enjoy at home. Please ask your child to show you what he/she purchased. Our classroom store is always looking for trinkets to sell. We will gladly accept any donations of gently used items such as: sports cards, matchbox-type cars, costume jewelry, figurines, craft kits, party favors, old calendars with cool pictures, etc...
October means that your child has a new BINGO grid in this week's homework packet. The middle box is no longer a 'free' spot. It is now a 'must do' spot! Going forward there will always be a 'must do' spot on your child's BINGO grid. As it implies, your child must complete this activity sometime during the week of spelling word practice. When your child completes the box, please initial it as you would any other box on the grid. There are two other new boxes on the BINGO grid this month. Today in class we learned about 'Yellow and Orange' and 'Tic-Tac-Spell.' We practiced both so everyone should be familiar with the new choices. If your child chooses to do 'Tic-Tac-Spell' I have provided a sheet for them, but feel free to make up your own if needed.
This is our first week of differentiated spelling lists. Not every child has the same list. Some children continued on with the 'on level' list which is the same level we have been doing. For some, that was too easy, so I bumped them up to a 'beyond grade level' list of words. For those that found the 'on level' list a bit challenging, I put them in an 'approaching grade level' list. We will try out the new levels for a few weeks and see if any adjusting needs to be done. Please let me know if your child is struggling with his/her list.
In October we up the ante a tiny bit. There are some new expectations you should be aware of: * Your child should write his/her own name on homework pages. * If a homework page has a 'date' spot, your child is expected to write the date. * Your child is now responsible for ALWAYS putting capital letters at the beginnings of sentences and punctuation at the end. If it is forgotten, they will go back and fix the omission. It is no longer okay to just listen to the reminder. * We are expected to stick with the group plan. If the group is in the middle of a lesson or demonstration it is not okay to get up and walk away. If a child URGENTLY needs something, they are expected to raise a hand and make a request.
On a happy note... Last week the class discovered what happens when EVERYONE brings in the expected homework on time. EVERYONE earns a dime! Yippie! This happened three times last week! They were so excited!
We have a new page to our website. It is all about the things we need and want for our classroom. If you would like to make a donation, please check out the list of items.
In math we are finishing up unit 1 this week. We will review the (review) skills and work on the assessment both Wednesday and Thursday. Unit one was all about building and expanding upon number sense. In unit two we will be working on building up our 'fact power!' We will learn and practice strategies and skills that will help us become more fluent with addition and subtraction facts.
Both this week and last week we are reading about pets. We have read stories about people taking care of pets and how pets help people by being good friends. In reading groups we have been learning to tell the difference between characters, events, and settings. After reading a text, the students had to go back and look for examples of each. They are getting good at it!
In phonics we are learning about the long a sound when it is made with a silent e at the end of the word. We are practicing reading words both with and without the silent e and noticing how the vowel sound changes. For some, this going back and forth can be a bit tricky - but we'll continue to practice. Our grammar studies have us learning about what makes a sentence a sentence. We learned that there needs to be a subject and an action. When a pronoun is the subject it may be a bit difficult to identify, but with practice we are learning to recognize it. (FYI - We haven't learned the word 'pronoun' yet.)
Housekeeping Items: * If your child needs a spoon to eat his/her snack, please include it with the snack. * Water bottles should contain water only. Juices and electrolyte drinks make sticky messes when spilled - which happens frequently! * I am looking for volunteers to assist with writing. This would be 7:50-8:20, M-F. * I am looking for volunteers to plan our Halloween party. It will be on Wednesday, 10/31. Time is TBD. You don't have to be available that day to help plan. Let me know if you are interested. * A book order is going home tomorrow. Orders are due by Friday, October 12. You can order online or send in the paper slip with a check.