Friday, January 23, 2015

PALS and Community Helpers

Students finished up their PALS assessments as well as their "This is what I know book."  The quarter ended on Wednesday, and the report cards will be coming out on Wednesday January 28, 2015.

Students were introduced to the topic of community helpers.  We made a list of all the helpers we need in our community to make it work the best it can.  

Students also matched the community helpers to their cars by counting and matching numbers to their dice dots.

Students also got an early reader called Helpers.  It is a book about many community helpers.  It follows a predictable pattern: I see a ____.  Have kids find and read the title, point to each word as they read (make sure they point to each word they read not each syllable they say), and even tell you what that dot at the end of a sentence is-and what that dot tells us.  Students are really growing in the area of literacy and parent support helps them feel successful and enjoy reading.

We got outside on Wednesday (THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING FLEXIBLE WITH THE CHANGE IN SPECIALS THE PAST 2 WEEKS).  Unfortunately, there was a funeral and our playground shares with the parking lot of church.  For safety, we stayed on the grass.  One friend made a snow angel and we commented on it.  Next thing we knew, we had a field of angels!

The letter of the week was Jj. We learned the sign language for a letter, the literacy link sound symbols, the letter sound, and looking at and writing it in both capital letters and lower case letters.  Click here to view the many ways we learn the letter of the week!

Each week we watch letter videos from "Have Fun Teaching" and the students are really picking up the names of letters, formations, and the sounds of letters.  Check out these videos with you child!  Click HERE.

The Tuesday project of letter of the week is to decorate a letter with something that starts with the letter. This week we decorated the letter Jj with  Jello (liquid).  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, J is for Jaguar.

Next week we will be doing a School Spirit Week.  The days your child can dress up and activities they can expect to see are below.  If your child stays all day in Mrs. Zajicek, there will be additional activities in the afternoons as well (please see their Wednesday folder for more information)

Important Notes:
  •  Dress for the weather.  Please send your child dressed for the weather as we go outside as long as it is not raining or below 0*(students are more than welcome to bring layers daily or to leave in their lockers)  It may also be time to change out the change of clothes to make sure they are weather appropriate.  If you send a new change of clothes, we will send the warm weather clothes in their backpacks.
  • Folders. Please be checking your child's daily folder each night.  We put notes on the notebook pages in their folders as well as any notes we may have for you.  Artwork is also sent home this way. As we start letter of the week, we will also start sending home homework to help reinforce the letter concept and identification.  Please work on this with you child to help the students make the connection between home and school. 
  • Also, Please check the student's Wednesday Folders.  Please try to take info out and return the folder and any forms/info/payments in those folders a day or two after receiving. 
  • Literacy Bags come home every three weeks.  Students will have a week to complete the project inside and can then return the bag with completed sheets in it on TUESDAYS.
  • Library Books come every week.  We go to library on Monday and student have the opportunity to check out a book and keep it for a week. It can be kept in their back packs or at home, but please remember to bring it on Mondays. 
  • Book Order due __.  Please click on the link for scholastic at the top of this page.  When you buy books for your child, it helps buy books and supplies for our classrooms.
  • Send in those family photos!
Next Week:
Theme: Community Helpers & School Spirit Week

Letter of the Week: Hh
Snack: DiPietro

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