I can't believe it is already the middle of November. The time is flying right by! We have been working hard this week focusing on what we are thankful for and we learned about about turkeys. Our math focus has been to get familiar with the teen numbers and understanding the place value. It is very tricky for five and six year olds to understand a 1 in the tens place is worth one whole ten. We have also been exploring patterns with skip counting by fives, tens, and twos. Next week we will be studying the history of the Pilgrims and what their life was like once they reached America. I hope everyone had a nice Veteran's Day and had a chance to remember and honor the men and women who have served our country. It was great to see everyone at the assembly, and reach the members of our extended community. There are many important reminders and events coming up in the next couple of weeks.
We will be collecting canned food and other non-perishable food items starting November 16th through December 4th. The items collected will benefit local families in need this winter season. Our school goal is to collect at least 1,000 food items to support the district goal of 40,000 pounds of food. Please remember that every can counts!
So far our classroom only has one parent helper. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved with our classroom and start working with kids. If you are at all interested please let me know. Even if you can only volunteer one day a month the kids will benefit from your time.
Planner and Communication Folders
- Planner: Please remember that the only nightly homework I will assign is the nightly writing practice in the student planner. It is very important that this gets finished each night. Even if your child can't remember anything about the clue word they still need to write a sentence about something.
- Communication Fodlers: The folders need to be emptied each night. This is the daily means of communication between school and home. There is often important reminders and work to be completed. I am planning to buy nice new plastic folders that will hopefully last the entire year, as the paper ones are looking pretty sad. If there is unfinished work in your child's folder it is because they ran out of time to complete it all during literacy rotations. Please help them complete this work when you have time. I do not expect you to send it back to school when it is complete. However, it is good practice for their literacy skills.
I sent home a sheet that is titled Gorgeous Gobbler. This is a fun art project that you can complete with your child at home. Feel free to get creative and use whatever materials you can imagine. When your turkey is complete please send it back to school so it can be displayed.
One of the most popular play centers in our room is the play dough. With all the kids playing with the dough it gets kind of gross and needs to be replaced often. I am wondering if anyone would be interested in making some play dough for our classroom. There are many recipes available on Pinterest for different seasonal play dough, which would be fun. If someone is willing to make some for us please let me know.
Also, with the holidays coming up I know I am going through my daughters toys and making a donation pile. Before you take them to Goodwill please consider donating them to our classroom. Some great items are dress up clothes, any type of block or building material like Legos or Kenects, animal figures (especially horses and dinosaurs), picture books or coloring books. One item on our classroom wish list is an old doll house. Thank you so much for thinking of us!
ABC Mania Assessment Update
Please remember to check the ABC Mania progress sheet that comes home every Friday in the Communication folder. It will show you what letters and sounds your child still needs to work on. We will continue to practice the alphabet every single day at school all the up to the last day of school. If the letter is circled it means they know the letter name. If the letter has a small plus sign in the box it means they know the letter sound. It is not unusual for a student to know a sound one week and forget it the next week. That is why I continue to monitor student progress until they know 100% of the names and sounds three weeks in a row. Once your child has mastered them I will monitor about once a month.
I sent home the new set up Scholastic flyers in the Communication Folder on Friday. There are many awesome deals, especially if you are looking for Christmas gifts. The easiest way to order is online using the class activation code highlighted on the cover letter of the flier. You can also send a check in with the the flier and I can enter your order as well. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.
Thank you for your continued support!