Miss Sweeney's Class News
iPads Go Home Every Day!
*Please be cognizant of the battery life so that when your child brings the iPad to school each day, they are able to participate in the activities we do here.
Idris is putting numbered gingerbread men in order to practice numeral identification and number word sequence!
Stella, Hailey, and Nishita are playing "Race to 31." They roll a die to practice building imagery of quantities, move their game piece to practice counting spaces with one-to-one correspondence, and read the number they landed on to practice numeral identification!
Madelyn and Croix are playing Number After Race to practice forward counting from a number other than 1, and to tell the number that comes just after a given number 1 to 5.
Read to Self
We also talked about the ways to read a book. We can read the pictures, read the words, or retell a story we have heard before. This was a very important lesson for the students to understand that reading does not always mean words. It helps them to feel confident as a reader and relieves some of the anxiety they may feel when choosing a book that interests them, but has too many words for their reading level.
After going over the ways to read a book and how to select books, we finally began reading to ourselves. Students had to silently transition into getting their book bins, find a comfortable spot in the room and get started reading right away. The most difficult part is keeping stamina, or reading the whole time without getting tired or giving up. Because it is so difficult, we only add a couple of minutes each day to our practice. Our goal is to build 20 minutes of stamina for Read to Self. So far, we have reached 15. We are getting close!!
This week, we are launching "Work on Writing." Stay tuned as we compete the training of each Daily Five literacy activity. Once our training is complete, each student will be able to choose which ones they want to do every day!
This first unit of the Writers Workshop focuses on narrative pieces, or "teaching books". We are drafting and publishing multiple pieces of writing, each with a topic that we know a lot about and can share with readers. Stay tuned for our author celebration at the end of October!