Classroom News

Date: 9/19/16

A Look at Our Week

We continue to enjoy getting to know your children! I have been spending time with your child individually as I've been assessing their incoming reading levels. We have also enjoyed learning more about each child through our Writing Workshop. Each day we write a book about our "Lucky Leader", learning how to write our friend's name and about their interests. Check your child's folder daily in anticipation of the arrival of their book!

We have been reading many stories, including "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle, and "Alexander and the No Good, Terrible, Very Bad Day" by Judith Viorst. We are learning about colors. and how to read the words that describe them and about how to read text as a Chorus.

After assessing many of your children's reading levels, it is apparent that we need to work hard on letter recognition, and first sounds of words. Each day we have Fundations, where we associate letters with keywords that start with the same letter, and their corresponding sounds. This week's letter/keyword/sounds are" N - nut -/n/" and "M-Man-/m/". Previous week's letters/keyword/sounds are "B - bat -b" and "F - fun -f" and "T-top-/t/". Ask your child about them, and look for the letters n and m in any signs you pass by this week, and point out any words that you say that begin with t,b,f,n or m.

I will be sending home one book to read each night on Tuesday through Thursday. The first book and sight word baggy will be given out at Tuesday's open house, and the procedure will be explained that evening. Many of your children have reported to me that they have an in-built HW time at their afterschool provider, and that they are expected to have HW to complete during that time. For that reason, I will send a worksheet in your child's folder a couple of times each week that will reinforce sight words, colors, counting and letter writing. These are optional, the only required HW for your child is practicing the sight words, and reading the book in the baggy each night with them.

In Math each day we have been matching buttons and attribute blocks that share characteristics, as well as counting objects in a Counting Jar and making equivalent sets of objects. Enlist your child's help whenever counting out dollar bills at the store! Grocery shopping is the perfect time to practice math skills such as counting, and reading skills when looking at labels/signs.

Open House and Icecream Social

Tuesday September 20th, 5-7 p.m - TOMORROW!!

I would love to see you all in our classroom, with your children, to learn about your child's upcoming year in my class! I am eager to share with you some of the exciting things we will be learning this year and how you can support your child's growth at home. For those of you that I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, I can't wait to see you! For those of you whom I have already met, I look forward to continuing our dialogues. The evening begins at 5 in the Gym, with an information session lead by our principal, Mr. Edwards. You can then either visit our classroom at 5:15 or 5:45 for information on baggy books, sight words and supporting your child's learning at home. In addition, be sure to tour the Music, Art and Computer rooms as well as the Media Center. Icecream is served outside at 6 p.m. Your children are very excited about the social, they've been counting down the days...I hope to see everyone there!

Ms. Fox and Ms. Theresa

We are privileged to get to work with your children this year. We want them to be successful in all ways, so please call or email me anytime to discuss any issues or ask questions. It takes a village to raise a child, please let us be a trusted part of your village!

Field Trip to the Asheville Fire and Police Departments

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 9am

100 Court Plaza

Asheville, NC

We will be visiting the Asheville Police and Fire Departments in order to learn more about community workers, and safety. Check your folder for permission slip, and return ASAP to ensure that your child can take the trip with us. There is no money required for this field trip.