This week we will be focusing on your student! Part of our IB (International Baccalaureate) unit on communities is having students identify what communities they are a part of and what role they play within these communities. We will be discussing what the students would like to know about each other, what makes them special, what they want to share with their classmates that communicates who they are, and how they want to communicate this information. We will be discussing ways people communicate, through videos, drawing, writing, objects, art, music, etc. and I will let you student decide how they want to tell the class all about them! I'm hoping they will get creative and choose different ways to present themselves. This week we will work on the projects and see how they are going and hopefully next week students will be able to present. We will be working on this in the classroom, whether your student would like to work on it at home or use objects from home is completely optional. This is my first time letting students lead the All About Me focus in this way so we will see how it turns out!
We will be reading books about characters who celebrate what makes them special, such as Chrysanthemum, I Like Myself, Spoon, and Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon. In writing, students are working on labeling their pictures with the sounds they hear in the word. Everyday students will be drawing a picture of something that is important to them and labeling it. We have also started learning and practicing different reading centers. Last week we practiced Read to Self and Word Work centers. This week we will introduce Buddy Reading and our Work on Writing centers. The students have been working together so well during this time!
In phonics we will be learning the letters L, H, T, and I, and will begin learning how to blend sounds to read and write three letter words (CVC-consonant, vowel, consonant). We will also introduce and practice the sight words: a, I, am, at, to. I've uploaded a copy of the sight word list to the parent resources tab on this website. Just focus on the first 10 under Level A for now! We will also continue on proper letter formation for the letters we have learned so far.
In math we will continue practicing counting to 100 and counting sets of objects accurately. We also are working on subitizing, being able to see a group of objects and automatically know how many there are, up to 10. Think of it as the dots on a dice, we automatically know how many dots there are without needing to count them, this is subitizing. We are also practicing forming our letters to ten correctly and figuring out more strategies to count groups of objects efficiently. Every Friday we solve a simple word problem, right now using numbers up to 5, to build student's ability to problem solve.
It should be a fun-filled week! Students are getting used to classroom procedures and expectations which has made our days run smoothly.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful children with me!