Mrs. Hernandez's Family News
"Creativity is not a competition" Autumn Sky Hall
What a Great Start to School!
As you know, we complete Shared Journal each day and we have thoroughly enjoyed having each learner take turns sharing their story. However, what amazes me is how when it is time for them to ask questions to their friend in order to give more detail, the quality of questions that are being asked is impeccable. They want to know what their favorite books are, favorite movies are, what their bedroom looks like, where their favorite places to visit are, and so much more. This week I will be sending home their stories for the month of August and I would like for you to sit down with your learner and read it with them. You will see their words (inventive spelling, meaning the spelled it the way they think it sounds) and then you will see my words written below their's. Each day, I conference with each student and discuss individually what concepts of writing they need to work on. I think that you will see what I have seen in that I can see so much growth in their skills and quality in such a short amount of time. I am so very proud of each of them and their efforts. Research tells us that reading and writing are very connected and when learners are engaged in either, they are fostering the skills of the other. Nonetheless, through Shared Journal they are truly beginning to understand the concepts of print, letter patterns, vocabulary skills, providing good details for your audience, and oh so much more! It is absolutely one of my favorite times of the day!
I do ask that you please send the journals back each month after you have read them so that we can compile them into one big collection that will serve as a writing portfolio for each learner. I hope you enjoy your reading as much as I have!
Our Daily Schedule
7:50 a.m.-8:10 a.m. Morning Activities (may be reading, writing, or math related)
8:10 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Morning Announcements, Pledge, Moment of Silence, Morning Family Meeting
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Shared Journal
9:30 a.m.-9:45 a.m. Snack
9:45 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Morning Centers in our family room
10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Specialists' Classes (M,W,& F is P.E., Tu is Art, and Th is Music/Drama)
11:00a.m.-11:35a.m. Shared Reading
Noon-12:20 p.m. Recess (take a walk outside, play with sidewalk chalk, run and kick the ball)
1:00 p.m-2:00p.m. Afternoon Centers in Community Learning Spaces
2:00 p.m.-2:30p.m. Theme Work
2:30 p.m. Afternoon Daily Recap
2:35 p.m. Begin to prepare for Dismissal
Additionally, we kicked off our 100 Book Club last week. Please make sure that our learners are reading each and every night. This practice is crucial to their success and so very important for instilling the love of reading by instilling good reading habits. I did want to let you know for our learners that are reading chapter books, reading one chapter equates to reading one book. So please just note the book and the chapter number on the form and all will be well!
Just Some Nuts & Bolts
- This week we will begin rotating as a class to each of the other community learning spaces for a one hour center time each day. Our intent is to familiarize our learners with these spaces greatly prior to giving them complete choice and voice. We will rotate like this for several weeks as we learn the expectations of each space, the purpose of each space, and the learning possibilities of each space. Once we feel that students are comfortable with being more independent, we will begin allowing students to choose the centers that they rotate to each day with some regulations and expectations, of course. We will certainly keep you abreast as time goes on as things progress to that stage.
- Please be reminded that next Monday, September 7th is Labor Day and next Tuesday, September 8th is a Professional Learning Day for Lead Learners. Both of which, are holidays for our learners.
- Please remember to pay for lunches using the online payment system located on our website.
- Please remember our dress code. Learners are expected to be in solid tops and solid bottoms and appropriate shoes for physical education. Also, for our girls, it may be a good idea to wear shorts or some sort of bloomers under their dresses or skirts. We are on the floor a lot and we certainly want to protect their privacy and integrity.
- Thanks so much to each of you that came out to our Open House and Informational Night!
- Lastly, we are kicking off our Community Theme this week by reading stories, defining community, and building background knowledge. You will begin to see more about this in the upcoming weeks as our theme takes course. Remember, we are giving our learners some voice in the direction of their interests. Therefore, we will update you on the path that our learning begins to take us!
Our Family's Wish List
Mrs. Hernandez’s Family’s Wish List
Mr. Clean Magic Erasers
Washable Tempura Paint (all colors)
Multi-cultural tempera paint
Variety of brushes
Art Paper (newsprint, water color paper,etc.)
Ramona Quimby Novels
Electric Hole Punch
Learning Magnets Sets
Amazon Gift Cards
Walmart Gift Cards
Target Gift Cards
Small magnetic dry erase boards
Small cookie sheets (from the dollar store)
Recess equipment ( soccer ball, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, jump ropes, frisbees, bean bag toss, horseshoes, etc.)