Our theme this week is Costumes. We will read the delightful book Harriet Gets Carried Away which features a girl who loves costumes. We will also be reading a nonfiction book about Halloween. We will be practicing our comprehension skills of making connections and predicting. We have two animal friends that help us remember to use these skills when reading-
Text to Tiger reminds us to Make Connections. This includes connecting what we are currently reading to:
* other texts we’ve read
* ourselves (feelings, experiences, opinions)
* the world around us (friends, family members, people of other cultures)
Predicting Panda reminds us to Make Predictions. This involves using the pictures we see and the words we hear to think about what a book is going to be about. We think about what might happen next in the story or the kinds of things we may learn from a nonfiction book. An important part of making a quality prediction is being able to tell other people why we are thinking what we are thinking. Something that can be confusing when learning about making predictions is that a prediction is not “bad” or “wrong” just because what I thought would happen didn’t happen in the author’s story- as long as I used information to make a prediction that was reasonable, it’s good 🙂
Math this week will be primarily review while I conduct assessment interviews.
Our Kindergartners have been doing wonderful work on our very first PBL (Project Based Learning) project. There writing has been FANTASTIC! This project has focused on getting to know our classmates and 8th grade buddies, asking and answering questions, and sharing details that support their opinions. This week, they will begin creating the posters that they will share with their classmates and our 8th grade buddies. I will be posting pictures of their finished products, but this may be a while in the making.
Thursday will be a very busy day for us with our costume parade and our class party. Please refer back to the email I sent about costumes and festivities. We do still have one opening to run a party station and one to accompany us on our costume parade. You must be an approved volunteer. Please let me know if you are interested and available.
Student Councils will be holding a class Halloween Costume Contest on our dress-up day, Oct. 31st. Each class will vote for the best costume. Every winner gets a prize and there are grand prizes for best elementary, middle school, and high school costumes!
While you’re cleaning out the coat closet gather up any pairs of shoes you no longer want and donate them also. Oasis high school and middle school Student Councils are participating in a Global Act of Kindness by pairing up with www.thinkkindness.org to bring shoes to the children of Ghana, Africa. Children in Ghana cannot attend school if they do not have a pair of shoes so please help us help them. These shoes will not only keep them from having to go barefoot, but also give them the gift of an education. We are holding a shoe drive until October 31 to collect any new or used shoes (sneakers, sandals, etc). There is a purple tub at the front office to drop them in. New and gently used shoes will go on their feet and shoes that are more worn will be recycled. The money from the recycled shoes will allow them to purchase school supplies, books and medical supplies.
10 minutes each night.
Reading should include a variety of the following activities
– reading stories (your child should at times be the reader and at other times be the listener)
– reading the poems in the binder
– working on alphabet sounds and letter names (students have mastered sounds and names should be shifting this practice time to noticing these within their own reading and writing)
– sight word games/practice.
10 minutes each night.
Your child can work on any objectives 1-14 in Skill Section C. Numbers and counting up to 10. If your child seems pretty solid with those, feel free to have them spend some time on objectives in Skill Section C or another area they seem interested in. Repeated practice and skill mastery is what we are aiming for.
Our school’s homework focus for math is math facts. At this point of the year, for our students this is recognizing numerals 0-10 and their corresponding amounts. Students should also be strengthening their ability to write these numerals clearly.
The use of traditional card and board games is a very fun way to go. Your child can also count and sort various items from around the house. An important concept we are working on is “one more”. Building towers or collections that gradually get larger and labeling them with the corresponding numerals can be a fun way to practice these important skills.
You can also take the cards 1-10 out of a deck of cards and have your child build sets of objects to match the card they pull. If you both pull and build, you can them add in the additional step of comparing the amounts.