Playing Outside

Playing Outside

September 20, 2011

Here’s what is happening this week:
We are beginning a super important reading unit this week!  Students will learn “tools” or strategies that will help them read tricky words.  I am sending home a booklet for you to keep in a special place.  This booklet explains each strategy or tool, and how you can help your child at home when they are reading to you.  Please continue listening to your child read their guided reading book every night it comes home. 

On Tuesday your child will be bring home their Kentucky Center for the Arts (we are going to see Ferdinand the Bull) and Waterfront Park Field Trip form.  Field trip forms and money are due Friday, September 23rd. 

What are we learning?
 Reading Workshop
We are learning about strategies to help us read tricky words.  These strategies include
·         Looking at the Picture
·         Getting your mouth ready (saying the initial letter sound and later the final sound of the word)
Writing Workshop
We will continue to develop our story ideas, reinforce spacing between words and to stretch out each word to write each sound they hear.  Thank you for your responses to the family journals.  Reading your message and sharing the sketches you make is a big treat for the kiddos! 
Handwriting instruction will focus on developing fine motor skills as well as the proper formation of the following letters:  F, f, D and 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: for, on, and she.  Have your child sing you the songs for these words.
We are learning oral counting games, noticing patterns all around us and how to properly write numbers. 
We will learn about plants: What are the parts of plants?  What are different parts of corn plants and how do they work together?  We will also observe and record our corn plants.
Related Arts Schedule

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