It was so fun to see everyone in their costumes at the Harvest Carnival. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. We have been adding many new activities into our daily schedule and the children are doing an awesome job meeting the challenge. We have continued to add even more skills to our Literacy Menu. We have also started our new theme which is Pumpkins. We will be celebrating our pumpkin learning next Thursday and Friday with our Pumpkin Party!
Students enjoying tumble Books during the Literacy Workshop.
Students practicing letter recognition at the sensory bin during Literacy Workshop
We finally have our daily planners added into our literacy mix. Hopefully you have had a chance to read the directions and started the nightly homework. In general this will be the only nightly homework I will assign. The purpose of the planner is to connect the daily activities with your conversations at home. Also, it builds the children's literacy skills. At this point it is ok if you write the sentence for your child. However, it is more beneficial for the students if they do as much of the writing as they are able. One modification I use in class is a high lighter. I will write the words and the student will trace over them. Or I have noticed some parents writing the sentence in small print and the student copying it below. I have provided a sample of what it should look like. The picture will be on the right page and the student needs to write their sentence on the left page. They are certainly welcome to write a sentence about something that happened at school that does not match the picture.
I have had a few questions about the new Communication Folders and the folders that you all provided. The paper folders just weren't holding up and they were jam packed with student work. I purchased a more durable plastic folder for each student that will hopefully last the entire year. If there are papers on the left side with the red hand, please take them out and leave them at home. When there are a ton of papers stuffed in the folder it makes it really difficult to find important items like lunch money or parent notes. If there are papers on the side with the green hand they are meant to be read and usually signed and returned to school. The other folders that you provided will be used for activities in class.
Next Thursday and Friday we will be having our pumpkin party. The students will be participating in a variety of pumpkin related activities. One of the activities will be pumpkin decorating. Please have the kids bring a small pumpkin with them to school next week. The pumpkin should be no larger than the palms of their hands put together. They can be smaller. We will also be decorating pumpkin shaped sugar cookies. I will be sending information about supplies in the Communication Folders tomorrow.
This is the first time we are having an Elementary conference week. The schedule is a bit complicated for Kindergarten,especially if your child is also in LEAP. Since I find it confusing I am guessing that a few of you will also. So I decided it would just be easier if I made an individual calendar for each child that shows the days they need to be at school next week. Every day next week begins at 9:00 and dismisses at 1:10. If there is a green "X" on the calendar it means your child does come to school that day. PLEASE LOOK IN THE COMMUNICATION FOLDER TOMORROW AFTERNOON TO FIND YOUR CHILD'S CALENDAR. If you have not yet scheduled a conference with me I will be calling again tomorrow during the day, or sometime this weekend to make sure we get you on the calendar. Please let me know ASAP if you need to cancel your appointment.
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