• Updates

    October 29, 2018

    Beginning this week, students will have spelling tests on Fridays.  I have placed a new plastic sleeve in your child’s folder.  This new sleeve contains the weekly spelling list and a list of 50 ways to Study Spelling Words.  This home learning opportunity should only take 5-10 minutes each night.  Please continue to encourage 20 minutes of reading each night.  Students should be coloring their reading log each night to help them be accountable for their own reading.

    Students are digging deeper into solving addition and subtraction problems using a variety of strategies.  We’ve practiced number bonds for ten (2 + 8, 3 + 7, 4 + 6, 9 + 1, 5 + 5), fact families (2 + 3 = 5, 3 + 2 = 5,  5 – 2 = 3 and 5 – 3 = 2), adding zero, and counting on ( 6 + 3 can be solve by saying six, and counting on seven, eight, nine).  We are now learning how to find a missing number using part, part, whole ( 5 + __ = 9,  can be solved by thinking 9 – 5 = 4 or 5 + 4 = 9).  I highly recommend practicing with addition and subtraction flash cards or FastMath.

    We continue to learn about Properties of Matter.  In this unit students are classifying or sorting objects by properties such as texture, weight, temperature, color, and size.  We are using terminology such as soft and hard, heavy and light, hot and cold, big and small, and sink and float.  This unit includes concepts such as “Everything is Matter” and “All matter takes up space”.

    Social Studies
    Students are learning about history, past and present, and historical figures.  We are examining places where we can learn more about history, such as museums (Field Trip to the Museum of Natural History This Friday) and libraries.  We will compare classrooms of today and how they differ from classrooms in the past.  This unit will also include historical figures such as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Christopher Columbus, and Martin Luther King Jr.

    October 8th

    Language Arts
    Students are learning about “Magic e” and how it changes the vowel sound from the short sound to the long sound.  Examples of Magic E (at > ate, mad > made, fin > fine, spin > spine).  We are reading about Gran, Jen and Josh in our reader.  For listening comprehension, we have completed systems of the human body and are beginning to learn about good nutrition.  If you would like to help your child in the area of language arts, I would suggest reading our daily stories and practicing the word cards (both can be found in the back pocket of your child’s folder).  Don’t forget to encourage your child to use EPIC, ABCMouse and MyOn.  All passwords are in the computer programs sleeve in your child’s folder.

    Students are learning a variety of addition and subtraction skills for sums to 20.  They are solving for missing addends (3 + x = 5), learning about numbers that make 10 (7 + 3, 6 + 4, 5 + 5), and using a number line to solve addition and subtraction problems.  If you are looking to assist your child in the area of math, I would suggest practice with addition and subtraction flash cards to build fluency.  Don’t forget to encourage your child to use IXL and FastMath.

    Students are learning about the properties of matter.  They are classifying objects by weight, size, texture, and temperature.  Activities will include sorting objects as heavy or light, big or small, soft or hard, and hot or cold. 

    Social Studies
    Students have been working on citizenship, responsibilities, and bullying.  Wednesday, for Fire Prevention Week, the local firemen will be visiting Saddlewood.


    Sept 14
    We have now completed a review of kindergarten standards.  Student have a good understanding of classroom and school rules, expectations, and routines. Today, progress reports went home in your child's communication folder.  Please sign and return the bottom portion of the progress report on Monday.  I will begin conducting parent teacher conferences in October; however, remember, I am always available to discuss your child's progress.  Don't forget to save the date September 27, as Saddlewood will be having Open House that evening beginning at 6 p.m.

    Language Arts
    We are reading decodable stories with trick words. Today, all students were assessed on their knowledge ofthe first 22 trick words required for our reading series. Monday, I will send home the results and I suggest any words that were missed be practiced everyday until you child can recognize all trick words on sight. Trick words "do not play by the rules" for sounds. For example the word "said" sounds like /sed/ and the word "was" sounds like /wuz/. Additionally, we have completed the first unit in our knowledge series, Fables and Folktales. Upon thecompletion of Unit 1 assessments, next week, we will begin Unit 2 The Human Body.

    We continue working on addition and subtraction. We have covered the number ten and it's importance in our counting system. We've also discussed the commutative property. This is the property that states 2 + 3 = 5 and 3 + 2 = 5. Students are also being exposed to the language of math. Some of the vocabulary we've covered includes addends, operation, equal to, sum, equation, and number sentences. Remember that IXL is a fantastic program for working on our math skills. I would encourage your child to put about 15 minutes in to working on IXL each day. It's a great way to strengthen their math muscles.

    We are learning about the Scientific Process, Properties of Matter and how to conduct an experiment.  Next week, we will begin discussing hand washing and germ prevention while conducting experiments in science.
    Social Studies
    We are discussing responsibilities at home, school and in the community.

    Sept 5
    Open House
    SAVE THE DATE: Open House will be on Thursday, Sept. 27th, at 6p.m. Hope to see you there!

    Aug 31
    Good afternoon families. Today marks the end of the third week ofschool.

    All students are coming home today with new librarybooks. They have taken Accelerated Reader tests on last week'sbooks. I am encouraging all students to read for 20 minutes eachday. If you have a moment, I have placed another technologypaper in the third sleeve of their folder. This paper explains theAccelerated Reader program and how you can continue toparticipate in motivating and assisting your child with reading.

    We are continuing to work on number sense. This includescounting to 120, greater than, less than, odd and evens and skipcounting. You might want to work on counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's.

    We are working on how scientists use their curiosity andthe five senses to learn about the world around them. We haveintroduced science tools and next week we will begin talking morein depth about the scientific process.

    Social Studies
    We will continue to learn about rules, laws, andauthority.

    Aug 19
    We had a great first week. Thank you to all families for providing supplies and returning the Student Medical Info sheets. If you have not sent in supplies and /or the medical form, please send them in as soon as possible.

    Friday, I sent home the students' Communication Folder. This plastic folder is to remain in your child's backpack at all times.  Please help remind your child to place the folder in their backpack after you review it each day.

    The communication folder has many components, they are as follows:

    Left Pocket - Review / Return / Notes from Home
    1. Emergency Form - This form is critical as it indicates who can dismiss your child, as well as important medical and family information. Please return it Monday morning in your child's folder.
    2. Guided Math Overview (keep at home)
    3. Reading Home Letters (Keep at home)
    4. Me Bag (return by Aug. 27th)
    Please help your child complete the activity. This project will help us get to know our similarities and differences. We will begin sharing these bags during the third week of school.
    5. Class Dojo Sign Up Instructions (keep at home)

    **If you need to send me a written note, please place it in this pocket.

    Right Pocket - Graded Work / Keep at Home

    Center Plastic Sleeves (Do Not Remove Documents)
    1. Reading Log / Strategies & Questions
    Each night that your child reads for 20 min, they may color one pencil on the reading log page. Last week, all students went to the Media Center and checked out two books. The books are in their backpack. I will be encouraging the students to take Accelerated Reader Quizzes on their library books to build comprehension. I will provide more information on the program during Open House.On the back of the reading log, you will find a list of decoding strategies we will be using in the classroom, as well as suggested comprehension questions you can use with your child when reading.

    2. Math Unit Overview / 120 Chart
    This document provides Home Learning Opportunities that can be used to support what we are doing in our math lessons. On the back side of the sleeve, you will find a 120 Chart to use for practice.

    3. Technology Websites and Passwords
    The third sleeve contains information about computer access to a variety of sites that can be used to support learning across the curriculum. Friday, this sleeve contained information about accessing IXL for math activities. Monday, I will be adding access pages for Prodigy Math, ABC Mouse, and EPIC.

    Please leave these documents in the plastic sleeve in your child's folder. This way they will always be with your child when they need them whether at school or at home.

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