Look for your child's "Book Bag" to come home this week. This bag will contain a book for your child to read at home, as well as a folder with a book log and directions on what to do. These books are books that we have worked on in our reading groups, so they should be fairly easy for them to read. They are considered 'just right' books because they are books that are just right for them (not too hard and not too easy). These books will increase in difficulty as the year goes on. Please have your child read the book to someone and simply write the title (once only please even if the book is read several times) on the book log. Send the book bag (with the book and folder inside) back to school two days later (i.e. if it comes home on Monday, send it back by Wednesday). This book bag will come home 1-2 times a week at first, but as the year goes on, it will come home 2-3 times a week. Similar to how it works in library, your child will NOT be able to bring a new book home until the previous book has been returned. Thanks in advance for all of your help and support. I am excited for you to experience the joy of seeing your child become a reader!
Below is a brief description of what we are learning in the areas of writing and math. There will be more information to come in the next few weeks.
Students are continuing to learn how to leave spaces and how to stretch out words slowly to get down more sounds on the paper. They are also learning how to add more details to their pictures and their words to tell even more of their story. We are applying these skills to true stories from their lives (personal narratives). This is the type of writing we will focus on the rest of the trimester.
Students are beginning to understand the concept of addition. They have learned that a number sentence (2 + 1 = 3) represents groups of numbers being put together to make a new amount. They have continued to work on solving problems, as well as building stamina for Math By Myself. Using tools such as ten frames and number lines, students are learning to count efficiently and accurately. On Friday, I introduced Math With Someone and taught students a new math game. Next week, students will practice playing 1-2 math games with someone. These games will not only be fun, but will help reinforce various math concepts being taught. We are working to play these games independently and quietly so I will eventually be able to meet with math groups, similar to how I teach reading. In addition, we are working on writing numbers to 20.