From the Bat Cave
Room 141 News
Happy Long Weekend!
This week has been another week filled with goose pimples (it's a good thing!), warm hearts, and one happy teacher. We had a day this week where every single friend had moved to blue BEFORE 9:30am!! We have received compliments from many teachers about how caring we all are about being respectful, responsible, and safe!
Conference sign ups went home today in your kiddo's tote. Please fill out the questionnaire and choose three times that work for you to meet with me. I will let you know when your time is once I receive your paper. I'm looking forward to sitting down with you all!
Your child participated in an online assessment this week which is brand new to Memorial School - and this teacher is LOVING it so far! I cannot wait to share the data and information with you at our conference and more about how you can help at home.
Enjoy your weekend!
What's Going on in Math?!
During our morning meeting, we keep track of the number of days of school we've had. Each day we add a straw to the ones place...until there are ten ones! Then we get to bundle those up and hop them over to the tens place (kind of a big deal!). We talk each day about what the numbers in each place mean. Place value is touched upon towards the end of the year and more thoroughly focused on in first grade, but it is a concept that is work upon daily.
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We have letter card pictures that show the letter at the top, a picture in the middle, and the sound written out at the bottom. We read these cards from top to bottom (ex: H, hat, /h/). We have also put motions and movement to each letter. The kiddos are getting so good that when I just do the motion they know the letter!
Next week, we will begin a study of pumpkins. I couldn't help but bring out a pumpkin poem dealing with letter sounds! I have all of the sounds we have worked on thus far laminated on little cards and when we begin, the cards are all flipped so we cannot see the letter. We read the poem together and one friend comes up and flips a card. We read the letter, we say the picture we've associated with that card, and we make it's sound.
Some of you may be wondering about your kiddo and their letter/letter sound knowledge and why are we focusing on this. Well, we do have friends who do know their letters and most of their sounds. We do practice whole group for a couple of reasons: 1) it's great practice and we strive for fluency of letter and letter sound recognition (this needs to be automatic so when we transition to reading, that foundation is strong); and 2) Several not so nice habits have been created in letter sound formation and I want to ensure we're all making and hearing the same sounds (for example: the letter T makes a /t/ sound (like "tip" without the p) and not a "ta" sound. That extra sound placed on the end is what we call a "schwa" - we want to lose the schwa! This whole group practice is an opportunity for all of us (teacher included) to work on the sounds we make.
We also began some rhyming work this week in small groups with me. I told a marvelous story (with the help from my friends and some props - pictures of food) all about the Hungry Thing that goes a little something something like this:
Once upon a time there was this Hungry Thing that came to Memorial School. It
walked through the doors and said "FEED ME!"
The students asked "What would you like to eat?!"
The Hungry Things answered "fleetza!"
The students asked "What is fleetza?!"
And one student (the student with the picture of pizza in front of him/her) said
"fleetza rhymes with pizza!!"
The Hungry Things ate the pizza, then wiped his mouth, and said "FEED ME!"
I repeated the story until all kiddos' food pictures were shared and fed to the hungry thing. This is something you can all work on at home with similar stories as the one above. Recognizing rhyme and producing rhyme is key to successful reading. The more practice, the better!
Finally, we introduced the sight word "see" this week. Now we have learned "I", "a", and "see".
...sung to the tune of Ice, Ice Baby
We have been working on capital letters and lowercase letters.
One hungry thing....
...some of the food used in my wicked story about the Hungry Thing
The Hungry Thing Visits Memorial
Superhero of the Week
Full Name: Olivia Taylor Bedard
She has one brother (Kaden) and one sister (Payson).
Favorite color: pink
Her hobbies: riding her bike, playing tennis, and going to the beach
When Olivia grows up she wants to be a song writer.
Her favorite thing to do in Kindergarten is play on the playground.
Olivia thinks she is good at playing tennis and singing.
NEXT WEEK'S SNACK DUTIES
TUESDAY - Zoe
WEDNESDAY - Keenan
THURSDAY - Serenity
FRIDAY - Madalyn
Important Dates to Know
Oct 12th - No School (Columbus Day)
Oct 19th through 22nd - Parent Teacher Conferences with Ms. Montgomery
Oct 26th - Picture ReTake Day
Oct 29th - Early Release (Dismissal is at 1pm)