### January 22, 2016

I can't believe that we are already into the 3rd marking period. Please be sure to take a look at the Language Arts and Math Expectations for the 3rd Marking Period. In math, your child will need to be able to count by 1's to 75, recognize and write numbers 0-18, know 3 of the 4 coins, and be able to solve simple addition and subtraction problems using concrete objects. In Language Arts, your child will need to be able to recognize 50 + letters, know the difference between fiction and nonfiction, read 45 sight words, and write 10 of the 21 starred sight words independently. Also, don't forget that by the end of kindergarten, your child will need to be able to read at a level 4. Take a look at the number on the books that your child is bringing home and see what level they are currently reading at.

## Language Arts

In Language Arts, we have been talking about fiction stories. Fiction means that the story is not real. In a fiction story, there are always characters (who was in the story), a setting (where the story took place), and a plot (what was the problem and the solution in the story). We have also talked a lot about retelling a story and sequencing. A student should be able to listen to or read a story and talk about what happened in the story by starting at the beginning and telling everything that happened by putting it in the correct order. Please have your child practice doing this at home. This will be a beneficial reading strategy for your child as he or she gets to the higher reading levels.

## Math

The students have been learning how to measure with both standard and nonstandard forms of measurement, they have learned how to use tally marks, and they have learned how to add and subtract on the calculator. As I mentioned above, by the end of the 3rd marking period, your child will need to be able to solve simple addition and subtraction problems. We have been practicing adding and subtracting simple problems and will be talking about it a lot more this marking period. However, it would be a great idea to work on adding and subtracting at home as well because it can be a hard concept for some children. There are some great addition and subtraction games on ABCmouse, ABCya, and Starfall.

## Dates to Remember

Wednesday, January 27th Report Cards will be sent home.

Thursday, January 28th the students should wear red for their Jump for Heart event.

Thursday, January 28th is Gym...don't forget your sneakers!

Friday, January 29th is Book Exchange for the PM Class...don't forget your books!

Monday, February 1st is Book Exchange for the AM Class...don't forget your books!