SPS Parent Engagement Newsletter

December 2021

Check Out Ways to Help Your Child With Reading At Home!

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Check Out This Video On Respect!

A short film on respect

Discuss These Questions With Your Family

What does it mean to be respectful?

Who was being respectful in the video and why?

Who was being disrespectful and why?

What lesson did you learn from watching the video that you can apply to your life?

Learn How To Help Your Child With Early Literacy Skills!

Phonemic Awareness

Why Is This Lesson Important?

Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in spoken words.

A students' skill in phonemic awareness is a good predictor of later successes and/or difficulties in reading.

The paper that the teacher is using in this video will be sent home with your child in September along with the QR code to the smore! It is also attached below.

Phonemic Awareness Worksheet Is Attached

Check Out This Newly Added Literacy Building Activity!

Vowel Tents

Why Is This Lesson Important?

Every word has at least one vowel.

A student's ability to identify a vowel and its sound enhances their ability to decode.

The paper that the teacher is using in this video will be sent home in October along with the QR code to the s'more. It is also attached below!
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Check Out This Video On Sound Boxes!

Watch the student match letters with sounds using sound boxes. The parent letter with the QR code contains sound boxes to be used at home on the back of the letter.
Sound Boxes

Check Out How to Help Your Child's Teacher!!

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Help Your Child Develop Critical Thinking Skills!


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Want to help your child with math?

Graham Fletcher has provided videos that show how mathematical content grows across grade levels. The videos are very short and can be downloaded to view at your convenience.

Videos include: (the grade levels mentioned in the videos are approximate)

· Early Number and Counting (Kindergarten)

· Addition and Subtraction (Kinsdergarten – 5th Grade)

· Progression of Division (3rd – 6th Grade)

· Progression of Multiplication (2nd – 5th Grade)

· Fractions: The Meaning, Equivalence, and Comparison (1st – 5th Grade)




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Video Lesson - Friendship Soup Recipe: A NED Short

Questions to Discuss at Home About Friendship Soup

Do you agree with the ingredients that were put into Friendship Soup?

Do you have any additional ingredients that you would like to add?

If so, share your additional ingredients, and why you added them, with a family member.

Want to Help Your Child Control His/Her Emotions?

We all have emotions, and they all come in different shapes and sizes. At some point in our lives, we have to learn how to manage our emotions. It’s okay to feel our emotions, but it’s not okay to hurt ourselves or someone else because we’re feeling a big emotion. It’s important to learn tools (also known as coping strategies) that we can use at school so that we can manage our emotions and do our best in school.

Anger can be a really big emotion. And it’s a very normal emotion! Everyone experiences anger from time to time—it's important to learn how to spot your anger and ways we can make our anger smaller so that we don’t hurt ourselves or someone else.

Below is a great book to introduce your child to the feeling of anger and some coping strategies they can use when their angry spot gets really big!

Animated Read Aloud with FUN Jingle: A Little SPOT of Anger by Diane Alber