Playing Outside

Playing Outside

September 18, 2010

September 20, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet

On Monday look for your child’s Reading Strategy Booklet to come home.  We will be learning about the six Reading Strategies listed in the booklet over the next couple of weeks.  Keep the booklet next to you and your child when you are reading every night.  Refer to it when your child comes to a tricky word in their book. 

On Thursday, September 23rd our class is going to visit the Book Fair to preview the books.  We will not make purchases on Thursday.  Students will just get the chance to browse the books they can purchases the following week. Look for the Scholastic Book Fair Pamphlet to come on in your child’s Wednesday Folder.  This pamphlet lists all of the books that will be available at the Book Fair.  On Tuesday, September 28th we will visit the Book Fair to make purchases at 12:00pm (right after lunch).  I encourage you to come on the 28th to help your child make purchases. If you would like your child to purchase a book and will not be able to attend the Book Fair on the 28th, you are welcome to circle the books you want your child to buy on the Scholastic Book Fair Pamphlet and send in a check made out to Harmony Elementary School (cash is welcome too).  Purchasing books for the Book Fair is completely voluntary.  All proceeds will benefit Harmony’s Library.   

I have noticed some of our students are struggling to spell their word wall words correctly on our weekly assessments.  Try to make word wall homework fun at home by having your child write their words in shaving cream on the table, roll out the letters of each of their words using play dough, or write each word on an index card, cut the letters apart, and have your child sort the letters.  Last year, I used to help kids learn their word wall words.  Just type in your child’s word wall words and click on “Test Me,” “Teach Me,” or “Play a Game.”  The site will create games, quizzes, and teach your child how to spell each word.  Many kids liked this program last year and it is free.

Mark your calendar for Harmony’s Harvest on Friday, October 1st from 6:00-8:00pm.  The night will be filled with games and good treats. Bring the whole family!  I hope to see you there!

Our third annual Husky Hustle will take place on October 1st! This is our school's largest fundraiser of the year. This event also helps our classroom because 10% of what we raise goes directly to us! I can use the extra money to purchase fun, hands-on learning tools, books, and games. Please encourage your child to collect donations!

What are we learning?
 Reading Workshop
This week we will continue learning about strategies good readers use including looking at the pictures to help use figure out tricky words (Strategy #1: Look at the Pictures) and sounding out words using the beginning and ending sound (Strategy #2: Get Your Mouth Ready).  We will be visiting the school library on Friday.

Writing Workshop
We are continuing our Kid Writing unit this week.  Students will focus on adding labels to their pictures, using spaghetti (between letters) and meatball spaces (between words), and adding punctuation.  On Friday, we are writing our fifth entry in our Family Journals.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  F, f, D, & d 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Ff and Dd. Ask your child about the letter sound chants for both.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: she, for, on. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We are learning to recognize coins, use a number board, and read and count the tricky teen numbers.   

Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Children will learn about coins and their values by handling them, sorting them, matching them, helping you pay for items, and collecting change.  Look for opportunities for your child to help you handle and use real money.  Allow your child to empty a coin purse, search your pockets, or look under the couch cushions to find coins at home. Have him or her practice matching and sorting the coins, taking care to notice bother sides of the coins.

Be a Coin Detective!  Draw a picture of all the coins you find in your house.  Sort the coins.  Count how many of each type of coin you have.  Write the number for each type of coin.

 Social Studies
We are continuing our unit on plants. We will learn the parts of a corn plant, how the parts of a plant work together, how to make observations like scientist, and how farming provides food. 

*Send in a healthy peanut-free snack and water bottle (with a pull up spout) every day.
* Our classroom gets very chilly sometimes.  Please send in a light jacket or sweater for your child to keep in their back pack. 
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!
* Library book due every Friday!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday         Art
Tuesday        Art
Wednesday    Art
Thursday       Art
Friday           Art

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