Our first spelling assessments last Friday went very well! The children worked in a small group while taking their spelling test. As you review the spelling assessment with your child, there are a few things to notice: * Your child's spelling assessment has two parts, words in isolation and a dictation sentence. Each part is graded separately. Spelling words in isolation is a much easier skill than spelling words correctly while writing sentences. The ultimate spelling test, of course, is when your child is free writing. All year I will be watching your child's spelling improve in both weekly spelling assessments and in their everyday writing. Both will be taken into consideration on the report card grade. * Reversals - I noted any reversals but did not take points off for them. Eventually, I will - but only after LOTS of practice with self-correcting as well as a good amount of fair warning. * Capitals - I noted misplaced capitals for words written in isolation. This week none of the words required capital letters. As with reversals, no points were taken off. Eventually, I will - but only after LOTS of practice with self-correcting as well as a good amount of fair warning. * Differentiation - Last week and this week, every child will have the same word list. The list is considered an 'on grade level' word list. As we progress through our spelling program I may differentiate your child's spelling list. If the 'on grade level' words are not presenting enough of a challenge, I may move your child into a 'beyond grade level' word list. Similarly, if the 'on grade level' list is too much of a challenge, I may move your child into an 'approaching grade level' word list. I will let you know before I make any changes to your child's spelling list.
This week we will be learning about consonant blends, the subject of a sentence, relation symbols (> and <), and we will begin formal reading groups. We will be writing about the life cycle of the monarch caterpillar.
REMINDERS: * Back to School Night - is this Monday, September 24th at 6:40pm. * Label Everything! Already, we are finding things in the classroom that are not labeled. If you want it back when it gets lost - label it! Water bottles, lunch boxes, sweaters, sweatshirts, pencil pouches, homework binders, etc.... ALL OF IT! * Reading Logs - are due every Monday. * Magazine Drive turn in days are Wednesday, 9/26 and Monday, 10/1. * TOYS - Toys and stuffed animals should not be coming to school. Please remind your child to take these items out of his/her backpack. These items are making their way into pockets and desks, which leads to distractions. Thank you!