October 3 - October 7

Posted by Tiffany Larson on 10/7/2016

During math we continued to work on the math terms more, less, and equal.  The kids rolled a die and then spun an spinner that landed on the word more or less and they had to tell another number that was either more or less than the number rolled on the die.  A number line was provided to those having difficulty.  We talked about how there were often more than 1 correct answer to choose from.  For example if a child rolled a 5 and then less, possible correct responses would be 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4.   We reviewed that equal means the same and that no two different numbers could be equal.   We are also beginning to work on shapes.  We will discuss shape names, number of sides,  and number of points (vertcies) just to get started.  This topic will go much deeper in coming weeks as we learn less familiar shapes and compare a variety of shapes.
Our science this week was discussing pets.  We learned about their body coverings, the name of offspring, and how to care for different types of pets in different ways.  We read a lot of Harry The Dirty Dog books and compared those types of books to the nonfiction books we were reading to learn new information.  Be sure to review with your child that fiction books are to entertain and nonfiction books are to give us information.
We continued to practice with rhyming words.  Many students were able to create word families by adding a new first letter to known words such as at and all.  Practice this at home with your child on their level.  Some students can say the "rhymers", some can read the rhyming words when written for them, and others can write their own rhyme families.
An important pre-reading skill that all students in class are working on is isolating the beginning sound in a word. I will give the child a word such as man and then ask them to tell me the first sound.  The correct response should be the m sound.  This needs to be practiced with a word that will represent each letter of the alphabet.  As always remember to practice in random order.  If you feel your child does this easily the next step will be to give them a word and then tell you the first sound and the name of the letter that makes that sound.  This skill can also be practiced in reverse.  You can give your child a letter name or letter sound and ask them to tell you a word that begins with that letter or sound.
I have gotten a few questions about the high frequency words on the front of the take home reader folder.  These should be practiced every night (in random order) to gain mastery.  You may use whatever approach works best for you and your child.  Examples include:  flashcards, using the word in a complete sentence, finding the word in a book, writing the word, and spelling the word with your eyes closed.  All of these words are used throughout the day in class so the sooner they become familiar with them the better.  They will be assessed on these words at the end of each quarter.  If your child has mastered a word review it quickly each night and move on to more difficult words.  As a student masters kindergarten words, I will send home the first grade list.
We did earn our first GOLDEN EGG!!