What We’re Learning
Reading: Woo-hoo! We’re starting to read! By the end of this week, we’ll know the sounds /m/, /a/, /t/, /d/, and /o/ (the vowel sounds are short vowels at this point). We will learn how we can blend the sounds as our eyes move from left to right to read short words. We will also learn about sight words this week. Sight words are high-frequency words that we learn to read “by sight” instead of by decoding. We spell “the” at the end of our alphabet song every day, and last week some of the kids noticed that “the” in books is spelled t-h-e, just like we spell it at the end of the song! Love those light bulb moments! J
Writing: We are working on forming each letter correctly as we learn letter-sound correspondence. Of course it is most important that they are trying to communicate in writing, regardless of conventional spelling and/or letter form. However, legible, fluent penmanship is important; the reader must be able to read your writing in order for communication to happen, and writing is much more enjoyable if it’s not tedious to make letters and words. Now is the time to build skills! The longer bad habits persist, the harder they are to break. So as they are learning, please join me in offering praise for their efforts, guidance in their learning, and gentle corrections when improvements are needed.
Math: This week we will compare sets of 1-5 objects and continue to work on using numbers to represent what we count. We’ll also learn about Zero the Superhero. Last week I introduced Number Stations, which are hands-on activities that help strengthen the connection between concrete objects and the symbols (numbers) that represent amounts.
October 27-31: Scholastic Book Fair in the library
October 31: Halloween Party at 1:30 p.m. More info about the party will be sent home later this week.
November 5-6: Parent-teacher conferences. A letter with your scheduled day and time will be mailed to you soon. Please call the elementary office if you need to reschedule.
November 5-7: Early release at 11 a.m. No lunch will be served.
* Thank you for your generous snack donations. The kids love the variety! J
* I am finally ready to start taking Scholastic Book Club orders. Current flyers are enclosed in your child’s folder today. Books may be ordered online or by sending the paper form and payment to school with your child. The book club is a great way to build a home library at low cost. I know this is new to a lot of you, so please let me know if you have questions!