September 29

Apps for Learning

Here are some apps I recommended at parent teacher conferences for supporting foundational skills in language arts, fine motor, and mathematics.

Language Arts 

Reading

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.09.52 PMRaz-Kids

www.raz-kids.com

Use the student log in and password given by the teacher.

This website has reading books at your child’s independent reading level. Your child can listen to stories, read stories, and check their comprehension skills.

 

Vocabulary/ Sight Words/ Alphabet/ Word Families

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Excellent multifunctional app that uses a variety of games to develop vocabulary, reinforce sight words, learn the alphabet, practice spelling, and much more!

 

Sight Words

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.16.08 PMSight Words app by Teacher Created Materials

Reinforces sight word knowledge through reading, writing, and playing games with sight words.

 

Alphabet, Phonics, Rhyming, Vocabulary, Reading

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.08.50 PMStarfall app

Reinforces letter names and sounds with extra emphasis on vowels, amply opportunities to practice rhyming, building vocabulary and sight word knowledge, reading comprehension skills.

Letter Formation

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.17.27 PMHandwriting Without Tears app

Reinforces correct letter formation for capital and lower case letters.

 

 

Letter Reversals

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.18.06 PMLetterReflex app

Reinforces correct orientation for common letter reversals (b/d, p/q, n/u) and number reversals.

 

 

Fine Motor Skills

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.05.00 PMScreen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.07.44 PMDexteria and Dexteria,Jr apps

Finger exercises to develop strength, control and dexterity to improve handwriting.

 

 

Mathematics 

Number Sense

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Develop number sense such as number recognition, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and counting.

 

 

Addition/Subtraction/Problem Solving

Screen Shot 2015-09-21 at 3.20.45 PMMarcy Cook Tiles Add Sub Facts Combo app

Practice addition and subtraction skills through a problem solving approach.

August 27

Building a Community of Learners

Building a Community of Learners

Last week, we focused on learning classroom routines and expectations. As we learned new routines, the children worked together to create posters to help them remember the different steps. They brainstormed and discussed what being a First Grader means. The class had great ideas of what a First Grader does! The class also shared their thinking about what makes a good teacher. This was an excellent way for your child to communicate their expectations of me are. This week we will discuss what makes a good student, discuss our hopes and dreams, and set goals for the year. These discussions help lay the foundation for developing a classroom community of learners.

This Week’s Events…

Tuesday Aug. 29 Swimming

Wednesday Aug. 30 Swimming

August 20

Welcome to 1C

And we’re off! It has been a busy few days, as Mrs. Sue and I get to know your children better. As a class, we have been doing activities to help us get to know each other and learn our classroom routines.

Chasing Chester… To get to know our school better, we went on a scavenger hunt following the clues left by Chester from the story, “The Kissing Hand”. We didn’t catch Chester the raccoon, however we did meet a lot of people in our school community who saw him. He did leave us some chocolate kisses before he jumped back into the book.

First Day Jitters… Sometimes we start school feeling a little nervous. We read the story “First Day Jitters” to explore those feelings. Then we drank “Jitter Juice” to help chase away those butterflies in our tummy. It’s magical!

Making Friends… A new school year means a chance to see old friends again and make new friends. We played a Name Game with bean bags, Find-A-Friend scavenger hunt, and Who am I? to help kids get to know each other.

We are Building a Community of Learners!

This Week’s Events

  • Tuesday August 22 Curriculum Night 4pm
  • Wednesday August 23 Swimming
January 9

Join Us for Learning Comes Alive!

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Next Wednesday, we will be sharing what we do in mathematics!

Our current focus is developing strategies for accurately counting up to 120. Students are working on estimating and counting sets of objects. They are practicing oral counting to 120. They are writing the sequence of numbers as high as they know. Students are identifying and using patterns in the number sequence to 120 using a hundreds chart.

Join us and learn a game you can play at home with your child that will support their numeracy development!