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Week 6- Seasons (Fall)

September 21, 2019 by Timbra Vaughn

This week, much of our learning will center around the changing of the seasons. We will be examining fall leaves and using them as a topic for writing and to sort during math. We could use some more leaves to help ensure that our comparisons and observations will be detailed and rich. Time spent gathering counts as volunteer time.

We also continue our focuses on letter names and sounds, as well as rhyming. We have some fun and valuable rhyming activities centered around the whimsical song Down by the Bay (a personal childhood favorite). 

We have several wonderful books that we will be reading this week: Tap the Magic Tree, Bear Feels Sick, Little Tree, and A Tree For All Seasons.

We will be using an OWL chart (Observations- Wonderings- and Learnings) in science to record our thoughts about the changing seasons.

In math, we will continue to work with number concepts and numeral formation. We also take a look at graphing.

We will begin learning about our first Secret Stories this week. These are engaging stories that help us learn about some of the other sounds letters can make beyond their common, primary sound. We will be learning about how our vowels are Superheros. They have two sounds they use a lot. When they are pretending to just be an ordinary letter, they have one sound (their common sound) and when they are being a superhero, they proudly say their name.


Your child will be bringing home their first list of sight words at the end of this week.  Sight word practice lends itself well to various games as well as on-the-go practice. Now that many of us have mastered our letter names and sounds (and the rest of us are closing in on them fast), now is the perfect time to include some quick sight word practice as part of our reading homework time. This need only be 2 or 3 minutes. To pass their list they need to be able to identify the words rather quickly and out of order.

  • Playing games with these words is a fun, engaging way to increase your child’s exposure to these important words.
  • It’s important to practice them out of order. 
  • We really want to point them out when we come across them while reading.
  • It’s also a good idea to visit old lists once in awhile.

Your child’s sight word list (printed out on construction paper) should stay in their plastic pocket inside their binder as they will use it weekly at school for various activities. Your child will also be given two sets of sight word cards. Please cut these out and place them in a baggie (and give yourself a half hour of volunteer time). It is up to you if these cards stay at home or remain in the binder pocket while that is your child’s current list. Once your child has moved onto a new list, please take them out of the binder to make room for the next set. These cards can be used for a variety of games such as memory and go fish. 

Paper books in binders can (and should) be taken out and added to your child’s “in home library”. Please also make sure you are culling the papers from your child’s folder/binder on a semi-regular basis.

As we transition into Fall, our weather is fluctuating. Please send in a labeled jacket or sweatshirt with your child- just in case the day turns chilly.

Our Picture Day is this Tuesday. There was a snafu with the order packets. They are expected to arrive on Monday. There is an online ordering option that you may want to look into. The website is and our Picture Day ID is: CR809421Q0. All students must wear their uniform for pictures and all students must have their picture taken, even if you are not purchasing pictures.



10 minutes each night. Reading can include reading stories, the poems in the binder, and working on alphabet sounds and letter names. I strongly recommend having your child sing and act the Zoo Phonics song with you. These animals serve as fun anchors to the all important letters and sounds that we use so much!


10 minutes each night..

Your child can work on any objectives 1-12 in Skill Section B. Numbers and counting up to 5. 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 0-5 and their corresponding amounts. Students should also be strengthening their ability to write these numerals clearly.

This article from Dreambox has some great tips and ideas for parents:

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 1-5 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.

There are also a plethora of fun counting books (many available in online video read alouds as well).