Friday, September 18

Wow! These weeks are flying by! Does it feel the same to you? In the collage below, you can find the math problem we worked on today, kids reflecting on their good reading habits and putting those reflections into their portfolios, and Domenico turning 7! I really enjoyed this week because I was able to spend time with each child, one on one, as I assessed their reading and math levels. It’s great to have that information as I make lesson plans for the next couple of weeks and prepare for conferences with you. Next week we will work on some word solving strategies in reading, revise our favorite small moment stories in writing, work to master the skills of counting on and navigating the 100s chart in math, and begin interviewing important people in the SIS community during the social studies block. Now that we’ve wrapped up Charlotte’s Web, we’ll also begin a new chapter book/read aloud. On Monday, we go to the library, so please remember to send those books in! Have a great weekend! 🙂 Warm regards, Lisa

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Making Connections

Dear Parents,

Your kids are taking the lessons presented in Reading Workshop and practicing them beautifully. We have been, and will continue, working on making connections to the stories we read. If we stop and think to do this, we will understand the characters better, as well as be better at making predictions and inferring answers to questions not found in the text. This is true for all readers…not just young ones! I’ve “reset” the homework baskets as most of the children have moved up 1-3 levels in the past three weeks. I’ll be taking the day on Wednesday to officially and  individually access each child’s reading level. Please note that to move up to the next level, children must be able to do more than just read the words. They must be able to read with a degree of fluency, answer comprehension questions, and retell the story including most of the events and important details.

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Important dates for this week:

Monday starts off the week with PE and finishing our first chapter book read-aloud, Charlotte’s Web.

Tuesday the elementary school celebrates creativity with the book, The Dot. Please send your child to school wearing some dots.

Wednesday is the day I administer the reading assessments so there will be a substitute teacher in the room.

Thursday…a normal day 🙂

Friday we have our first assembly in the SPAH at 2:10. Each assembly, 2 children from each class are recognized. If your child is receiving an award, I will notify you.

Emails will be coming out on Monday for Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Ups, our first writing celebration, and for a request for volunteers to help with our upcoming Mid-Autumn Celebration. SIS is a happy, but busy place!!

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Counting By Groups and Counting Up

PicCollage 2Can you see our numbers? In the first picture we are “5.” In the second picture, we are “5…6,7,8,9….9!” This week, we took some time to make human tally groups! How’s that for muscle memory? As you work with your children in math, please support us with the strategy of counting up. The strategy is to move away from counting objects one-by-one and instead, to find a known grouping, say the number of that group, and starting counting up from there. Just as I showed in the second picture: Lorena, Eva, Oscar, Celina, and Marta are simply “5,” but then we count up with Carolina being 6, Ray is 7, Yuta is 8, and Matteo is our 9. Matteo represents the number of all the tally marks put together.

This coming week, I’m going to keep the Sight Work homework at school. With the short week last week, I just feel the kids haven’t quite grasped the routines of this weekly homework, so I’ll do it with them one more week. Then it’s yours! 🙂 I will be sending home reading books and math work each night. I know that homework expectations vary a little from grade to grade and class to class. Here is what I hope you’ll be able to do with your student for the first trimester:

The ideal situation for homework in 1D is that parents will sit beside their children as they complete their homework assignments and talk with them about their learning. This helps the vocabulary, as well as the concepts, to become more secure in the child’s brain. With the reading, I definitely prefer that the parent and child sit close to each other, side by side holding the book, and do a shared reading. This means you take turns reading the pages. As I address word solving, comprehension, and fluency strategies in class, I will add these to the blog in hopes that parents will note them and practice them with their children. Ms. Lisa is responsible for checking the homework. If she notes several errors or some misunderstanding, then she brings it to my attention. Once she has checked and returned the homework, we are finished with it. It is up to the parent whether or not they want the child to correct his/her errors.

In other news, we have our last swimming lesson on Tuesday and Library on Wednesday. Hope you all are enjoying your long weekend!

Warm regards,

Lisa