Playing Outside

Playing Outside

January 9, 2011

January 10, 2010

A note from Ms. Poteet…

As you know, your child has been bringing home books from their guided reading groups all year.  Please make an effort to read these books with your child when they bring them home.  Rereading books helps build fluency, an important skill for proficient readers. Your child may read the book to older or younger sibling.  This can even be considered all or part of their nightly reading homework (depending on the length of the book).  Please feel free to call or e-mail if you think the books your child is bringing home are too hard or too easy (Keep in mind that shorter books are often read at least twice during school).  Thanks for your help!

Look for information to come home about our 100th Day of School Fashion Show! 

If you haven’t been able to sign up to be a mystery reader yet or have a family member coming into town the following dates are still available:
-      February 25th at 9:10am
-      March 25th at 9:10am
-      April 22nd at 9:10am

Important Dates this Month:
Reading Assessments: Week of January 10th
January 17th: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No School
January 26th: Early Release Day
January 29th: MegaSkills Assembly

What are we learning?
Reading Workshop
The kids are keyed up over the nonfiction books we have been exploring.  They have learned all about bees, pumpkins, sharks, spiders, France, and even penguins while searching nonfiction text features (table of contents, labels, diagrams, maps, charts, fun facts, etc).  We will continue investigating nonfiction text features this week. 

Writing Workshop
This week we will continue working on our All About Me books.  The kids are so excited about writing a book all about themselves and their family!  They cannot wait for you to read them.  Family journals will be sent home on Friday.  Please take time over the weekend to read your child’s letter to you and respond. 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the word families –ill, ig, and ip. Ask your child about the word family chants for all three.  We will also learn how to read and write these words that will be added to our Word Wall: one, this, my. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

In math, we sort objects by attributes, solve subtraction and addition number stories, and practice reading and writing two-digit numbers.
Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
Attributes describe the physical characteristics of an object, such as its size, color, and shape.  Your child has been identifying attributes and sorting by attributes at school. These skills lay a foundation for later work in geometry and algebra.  Help your child become comfortable with describing and organizing objects according to multiple characteristics.  A treasure hunt is a great way to encourage your child to use descriptive words to identify the size, color, and shape of objects around your home.

Have a treasure hunt using clues to describe the object to find. 
-      Find a small and a large ball.
-      Find a little pillow and a big pillow.
-      Find a thin book and a thick book.   
-      Find something taller than you and something shorter than you.

Social Studies
For the next couple of weeks we will be learning all about the five senses and associated body parts (sight-eyes, hearing-eyes, smell-nose, taste-tongue, touch-skin) and how to take care of your body through exercise, cleanliness, healthy foods, and rest.

*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                      PE
Tuesday                     Art
Wednesday               Art
Thursday                   Art
Friday                         Art

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