Monthly Archives: August 2015

Friday News

Hi Families,

Remind101 is currently not working for me so I wanted to pass along some information through here about tomorrow. Our first homework packet is due tomorrow. Please make sure it is stapled/paper clipped, your child’s name is on it and it is in the blue folder.

Today our little friend’s earned their very first class “party”. They did this by working together as a community. We have a marble jar in the classroom with an owl on it. When they fill the marble jar for behaviors such as transitioning quietly, listen to the speaker, etc. they get marbles into the owl jar. They also get marbles taken out. Today they filled the jar. Tomorrow I have decided to have a stuffed animal party. Your child may bring their favorite stuffed animal to school. Please bring a decent sized stuffed animal that can travel around this classroom with them and be at their desk without being a huge distraction or being so big it needs its own chair! Woo Hoo!


Math Workbooks

I will be sending student math workbooks home when we are done with a whole chapter. Not all of the pages will be completed because the kinder team picks and chooses the lessons we will teach.Your child does not have to complete these. However, if your child wants to play school or wants to do them, please feel free! (Playing school at home is a fun way to get extra practice!) Please do not return these to school.


What’s Happening This Week

Library day is Tuesday. Pack library books in backpacks tonight so your child can check out a new book to enjoy!

If you would like to practice Touching and Reading at home, you can do so with our new classroom book, I Like The Colors of The Rainbow. Print it out or do so every so gently on the computer screen. and, in class book.

This year we will be learning 100 sight words. We will be focusing on 2 per week at the beginning of the year and continue with 3 words per week for the rest of the year. This quarter we will learn a total of 19 words. If you want to challenge your child, you can practice an extra word or two each week. They will be tested on these 19 words at the end of the quarter. The goal is to read these words fluently, which means within 3 seconds and without sounding out. Here is that list Checklist Q 1

Some of you received a name writing practice packet. If so, please make sure to practice 1 page per night!!

Here’s to another FABULOUS week of learning!


“Touching and Reading” Tutorial

We are learning beginning reading behaviors and skills such as reading left to right and “touching and reading”.  This means to use the pointer finger of the hand your child writes with and point to each word as it is read.  Even if your child is not able to read their little Brown Bear book yet, you can read the words while your child practices to touch each word as you read.  Here is a video of one of Mrs. Romaneli’s students touching and reading his Brown Bear Brown Bear book. This will give you an idea of what it should look like. Enjoy! Touching and Reading Video Tutorial


We are beginning to READ!!

As we are building our classroom community, we are also building our ability to read sight words, and touch and read simple sentences. “Touching and reading” is the process of touching each word as you read it. This helps a child not skip words, use strategies to read words and check for understanding along the way. Please encourage your child to use the pointer (index) finger, which I call their “reading finger”.  This should be with the same hand they use to write with.   Point under each word as they read it.

As posted before, a fun way to practice to touch and read and get to meet their classmates is within our first class book. There are 3 words in this book that we have learned: I, am, a. For some extra fun, feel free to print this out and add this book to your home library. Have students practice touching and reading each word of each page. Reading repetitive texts help build fluency and accuracy and are a great way to practice memorizing sight words. Or you may feel free to read this on the computer (with directions on how to lightly touch the screen). I am class book

Students have been bringing home nursery rhyme mini books. This is just another opportunity to practice touch and read!

I will also be sending home our sight word poems each week.  These are another opportunity to practice touching and reading.


Homework 1 (Download Here)

Homework has arrived to our newest little Robo Griffins!

Directions:

1. Download and print Q 1 Menu 1 Homework to your computer.

2.  Choose ONE activity from Language Arts, Math, HFW, and Unit of Study Menus to do.  Complete the work on the SAME page as the menu box.

3. Staple the 4 completed pages and make sure your child’s name is on each page.

4. Homework is posted on my blog on Fridays and is due back to school on the following Friday in the BLUE homework folder. Q1 Menu 1


Curriculum Night PPT

Here is the information that was shared this evening. For those who were unable to attend, please go through and it and email me if you have any questions. Homework will be sent out this Friday and will be due the following Friday. When I post the Homework on the blog on Friday, there will be more instructions. It is your duty to print the homework each week. If this is something you are incapable of doing, please email me. Thanks!! 2015 curriculum night kindergarten FINAL


Library Books

Today was our first day at the Camarena library. We learned how to take care of a library book, how to check if it is a “just right” book (pictures and words), and how to use a book looker while searching for books on the shelf to ensure we put them back where we found them, just in case we didn’t want to check that particular book out.

Library will be every TUESDAY!!! In order to check a NEW book out next week, your child will need to bring their book back on Tuesday morning.

Please remember to keep books in great shape. This means to teach your child to turn the pages carefully, keep the book away from food and drink, keep the book away from animals and younger siblings, ensure to not write or color in the book, etc. Any books that are lost or damaged will result in a fine, in order to replace the book.

This week the student’s only chose from the animals section in the library. Mrs. Murphy, the librarian and I chose to do so because it was easier to manage as we are just learning the whereabouts and the how to of the library.

While you and your child read to each other, don’t forget to ask questions and check for understanding!! Enjoy reading!


Get To Know US

As we are building our classroom community, we are also building our ability to read sight words, and touch and read sentences. Touching and reading is the process of touching each word as you read it. This helps a child not skip words, use strategies to read words and check for understanding along the way. I prefer to use my pointer (index) finger and point under the word as I read it.

Here is a fun way to watch your child touch and read and get to meet their classmates. There are 3 words in this book that we have learned: I, am, a. For some extra fun, feel free to print this out and add this book to your home library. Have students practice touching and reading each word of each page. Reading repetitive texts help build fluency and accuracy and are a great way to practice memorizing sight words. Or you may feel free to read this on the computer (with directions on how to lightly touch the screen). I am class book


Weekly News and Updates

We have not started homework just yet, but will be very soon.  All of the details regarding homework specifics will be covered at my presentation on curriculum night, this Wednesday night in my classroom #401.  There will be a general session at 5:30 for the school and then mine will begin at 6:00.  Just a reminder that this will be for parents, childcare will not be provided, so please plan accordingly.

This past week and this week, we will be focusing on our names beginning with a capital letter and following with all lowercase letters.  Please encourage your child to write their name in this way for all work.  In math, we are working on the numbers 1-10 (writing, identifying, ordering, etc.). If you know your child writes reversals or is not able to identify each number out of order, you could work on this with them by playing BINGO, matching, or Go Fish. Fun is definitely the key for home practice, no need for drill and kill!

Lastly, keep practicing the letter sounds (alpha friends) with those CDs we passed out during the summer.  We have started learning our sounds already and will be beginning to read in no time! If you did not receive a yellow packet that includes this CD, please let me know.

Happy learning!