Playing Outside

Playing Outside

September 2, 2011

September 6, 2011

A note from Ms. Poteet

I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend! 

Continue reading every night for 10-20 minutes, record the title of the book you read on your child’s weekly planner, and practice your word wall words. Don’t forget to sign your child’s weekly planner every night and their weekly report on Friday.  Please send the weekly report back on Monday. 

This Thursday we will start guided reading groups.  Look for your child’s guided reading book to come home this week.  Guided reading books are books that we have worked with in class.  Please read the book 2-3 times again at home.  Rereading is a great way to build fluency and confidence as a reader.  Reading this book can be part of your 10-20 minute nightly reading.  Send the book back the following day.  Your child will not get to bring another book home, until you send the first one back. 

Please let me know if you are interested in volunteering to work with a reading group.  We still need a volunteer on Tuesday or Thursday from 8:10-8:40 am.  Please call or e-mail me if you are interested.

In the middle of September, I will begin “Shoe Tying Awards” for those who know how to tie their own shoes.  Practice, practice!  J

What are we learning?
 Reading Workshop
This week we are learning how to select books for our book bucket, choose a place to read around the room, how to turn and talk during a read aloud, and how to buddy read.

Writing Workshop
We are learning how writers choose a topic they know and care about and how writers draw hard to make ideas.    On Friday, we are writing our fourth 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:  N, n, P, & p 

Word Study
This week, we will explore the letters Nn and Pp. 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: of, in, was. Have your child sing you the songs for these words.

We are learning to count and read numbers up to 10 and solve word problems with pictures. 

Everyday Math Home Link
Family Note:
In this activity, children become more aware of numerals all around them, as well as the varied uses of numbers.  Look around and encourage your child to notice numbers in your home.  Talk with them about what the numbers represent and how they are used.
Look for numbers around your house.
Where did you find the most?  In your bedroom?  In the kitchen?
Where else did you find numbers?
Draw a picture of some of the things with numbers that you found on a piece of paper.  Bring this paper to school to share!

 Social Studies
This week we are finishing our Weather and Seasons Unit and starting our unit on Plants.  We will learn about rainbows and thunderstorms, nonliving and living things, how we use plants and plant materials.  At home you might discuss where different foods and materials come from.  For example, paper comes from trees and bread comes from wheat. 

*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. 
* Have your child practice memorizing their lunch number at home.
* Sign your child’s weekly planner every night!

Related Arts Schedule
Monday         No School
Tuesday        Art
Wednesday    Art
Thursday       Music
Friday           Music 

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