• Promoting early literacy interest is critical for future reading skills. A strong predictor of reading success is phonological awareness, this is noticing the sounds of spoken language. Knowing the beginning speech sounds and rhythms, rhyme and other sound similarities. (DAP pg.147)
    Phonemic awareness is the understanding and ability to manipulate the smallest sounds of the spoken language and is one of the strongest predictors of success in learning to read and write. (DAP pg.168) 

    These will be addressed with standards


    SP.PK12.SA.6.1; Demonstrate awareness of speech and nonspeech sounds.

    SP.PK12.DH.4.6; Apply auditory discrimination and phonological skills to enhance understanding of spoken and written language, when appropriate. 

    Additional Information for Parents 


  • Critical thinking skills are essential and connected to the ability to listen effectively and process the information that one hears.


    Problem Solving

    Problem-solving is one critical thinking skill that your child will use every day, and what a chance for personal intellectual growth!  Next, you need to teach your child to ask two interpretive questions: Why? How?


    You might be hesitant to teach argumentation; however, argumentation doesn’t have to be confrontational. Reasonable arguments by sensible people can be really compelling. Your child needs to learn how to look at both sides of an argument in order to understand all the potential problems, risks, and outcomes of concluding for (pro) or against (con) a certain position.


    Aristotle developed this type of three-claim argument, called the syllogism.

    Premise 1: All cats are felines.

    Premise 2: Some pets are cats.

    Conclusion: Some pets are felines.

    When you are teaching the syllogism, look for inferred clue words. A premise could easily have the words “because, for, or since…” in front of it, while a conclusion could have “therefore” added on.



    Listening is not the same as hearing. Hearing is about sounds, but listening is about making sense of verbal and nonverbal meaning so that you can accurately respond to the person talking. Unlike hearing, listening requires concentration, interpretation, and response.


    Source: Boundless. “Listening and Critical Thinking.” Boundless Communications. Boundless, 21 Jul. 2015. Retrieved 27 Feb. 2016 from https://www.boundless.com/communications/textbooks/189/learning-to-listen-and-helping-others-do-the-same-5/understanding-listening-29/listening-and-critical-thinking-133-4210/

  • Fine motor skills are skills in which students gain manual dexterity. Writing, drawing, and cutting can be difficult, to begin with, and requires time and practice to develop the eye-hand coordination. (DAP Pg. 116)  One of the standards that will be addressed this year is;

    SP.PK12.VI.4.1: Perform fine motor tasks, such as handwriting/signature writing.

    Gross Motor skills such as balancing, and coordination can be addressed through student’s having fun and exploring their body’s capacity for movement. (DAP pg.116) This will be addressed through daily “boogie breaks” and Physical Education aligning with standards;

    PE.912. M.1.33; Practice complex motor activities in order to improve performance.


    Included are Links for parents for addition information both Fine and Gross Motor. These links go to a website designed by an Occupational Therapist and Mom and are full of information and activities that parents can do at home with their children. 




    1. Timed Repeated Readings

    2. Audio-Assisted Reading

    3. Shared Reading

    4. Reader's Theater

    5. Paired (or Partner) Reading

    6. Choral Reading

    Here's a look a just a few of the books we will be reading over the next couple of weeks. 


            The Bad Seed       ada      rosie     beautiful