Week of January 4
Happy New Year! We hope you had a wonderful winter break!
Please make sure book baggies come back and forth to school each day!
Rasha and Madeleine were out on Friday. Lila and Kalimah spent the day with Beech class. The kids wrote this about the day, "On Friday, it was a messy but fun exploration! We picked cards that had movements. We picked our jobs for the bread museum at Compass."
Beech Class will become the Beech Bread Museum this Tuesday, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Come see what the class has learned about bread and try some samples!
Madeleine and Rasha
Children also practiced recognizing sight words in a snap. Words we looked at this week included: I, a, the, like, my and go. Children cut out their own practice cards for sight words. You should see them in your child's book baggy!
At home: practice the sight word cards that come home until children can recognize the words automatically. Ask children if they can find the words in their book baggy books! Ask your child to show you Sounds in Motion movements for the sounds/letters M, T, S, F, G, D, C and L.
At home: Ask what choices your child has been making at exploration time. Ask what your child's plans are for exploration time this week.
Other work this week:
Writing: We are working in a new unit called Writing for Readers. Children will be writing true stories from their lives. Our focus will be using strategies for recording the words of the story so they can be read back. We will be encouraging children to plan their stories by telling the story and sketching the pictures, use letter sounds they know to write words, write words they know "in a snap," leave spaces between words, and reread frequently.
Reading: We reviewed strategies readers use in different kinds of books and added sight word cards to the children's book baggies. Children will begin guided reading this week, working in small groups focused on specific strategies and concepts about print. At home: Make time for children read from their book baggies every evening. When children are reading, try not to make corrections for them. We want children to be catching their own mistakes and trying to fix them. When children are reading, you can ask, "Did that make sense?" "Did that sound right?"