Today was picture day. We did our best to look calm, cool, and collected on this super-hot and muggy day! The best part is that everyone was here today so our class picture will be complete! Hooray! J
Last week, and again this week, we have been working on classroom directions. Our goal is for all 20 kids to “stop, look, listen, and think” when a teacher gives a signal. It is getting better, but still needs work. We’ll continue to practice….
In math, we are continuing to develop number sense. We are reviewing counting to 100 –and beyond – by 1s, 5s, and 10s. We are also practicing counting by 2s, right now we are trying to get beyond “2, 4, 6, 8 who do we appreciate?” We are also building math routines that will enable us to work better later on. Working with a partner is the best example of this. Right now we are playing simple number sense games while practicing the skills of being a good partner. As a group we brainstormed expectations:
We have been reading every day in both large and small groups. Our small groups have been reading fictional stories. After reading we are identifying characters, events, and the setting(s) of the story. They are getting good at this! Last week I was able to give each group words from the story and they had to sort them into character, event, and setting. We’ll do that again this week, but with more of a challenge! When reading with your child, ask him/her about these story elements.
Have you heard about “top-down webs?” They are an organizational tool we have learned to use that will help us plan and organize our writing – before we even write. It also serves as ‘external memory’ since it holds a writers’ ideas until the writer is ready to write. We have done a bunch together and today everyone began their own! Tomorrow we will finish the webs and begin to write a short story from them. With one sentence about each part of the web, our stories will be about 6 sentences long!
Right now, when reviewing the children’s writing I am modeling the correct spelling of sounded-out words. I very much want to encourage all students to take the risk of sounding out larger, unknown words. I am also talking up periods and capitals in sentences. Pretty soon everyone will be responsible for fixing missing capitals and ending punctuation. I’ll let you know when.
When your child is doing homework, please require him/her to use a pencil. Each child was given a pencil in his/her homework binder pencil pouch. Your child should also be writing his/her own name on the homework paper. Adults should refrain from doing it for them! Thanks!