This week’s learning will be centered on Bats. Our nonfiction text, Helpful Bats, will help us gather new information and explore how reading can stretch and sometimes change our previous thinking. While reading our fiction book, Stellaluna, we will be thinking about and connecting to our character’s feelings. This involves identifying feelings and thinking about the different experiences we have had with these feelings.
We have a couple of delightful books, There’s a Bear on my Chair and Frog on a Log? to help us firm up our rhyming skills this week.
We will also be learning about how different punctuation marks mean that sentences should be read in different ways. A period means that we read with a regular voice, but an exclamation point means that we read with a strong feeling.
In writing, we have been stretching to include more details in our writing. This now takes us to including reasons for opinions.
With this math unit, our focus shifts from numbers and amounts 0-5 to 0-10. If your child has not already been stretching to work with these larger amounts during homework practice, now is a good time to start including them in your nightly practice.
Students will be participating in their first STEM building challenge this week! This challenge is to create a shady spot for their ice cube and to observe and record the effects of sun and shade.
Many students have mastered or are very close to showing mastery of their letters and sounds. This is new knowledge for many of them and as such, continued practice is needed to make sure this knowledge stays easily accessible for them as we begin to use these skills even more in our reading and writing. We want these letters and sounds to become very automatic.
A few more fun ideas for ways to build familiarity with sight words:
* Use them as passwords for specific places – say to get out of the car or on the fridge to get a snack, etc.
* Play Slap It: Lay out 3 sight words, say a word or spell it out, and the child slaps the correct card. It helps to have the child say and spell the words too. You can switch roles and have them identify words for you or another family member to slap as well.
* Play Move It: Place cards around the room. Give a physical direction and state a sight words. Some examples- skip over to the word “he”, monster stomp to the word “they”, tiptoe to the word “we”.
Halloween is just around the corner! Please keep an eye out for the email I will be sending out soon with details about our celebration of the holiday.
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!
A strong base of sight words is critical for independent readers so please be sure to spend 2-3 minutes each night playing some sort of game with the sight words.
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.