September 19, 2016
In keeping with our philosophy on homework, students will only have reading and cursive for homework. Cursive pages and the reading log will be due on Mondays. It is our hope that you spend more quality time together by eating dinner together and talking with each other, playing outside, and reading together.
Included in the Weekly News will also be information about the math concepts your child is learning in school.
This week’s assignments:
- Cursive “i” and “t” - remember to trace a letter and then write a letter.
- Read for 15 minutes or more every day, including Saturday and Sunday, and record what you read and for how long you read on your Reading Log.
- Last week the students participated in a couple of team challenges. They are learning how to work with each other to complete a task successfully. Ask your child what the challenges were and how he/she worked in the group.
- We began the first module in math this week. Module 1 is “Properties of Multiplication and Division and Solving Problems with Units of 2-5 and 10.” We are using the math modules from New York State and you can look at them on line at www.engageny.org. Included in each lesson is fluency practice, a “sprint,” a story problem and the new concept. Our first two lessons consist of counting by 2s and 3s, and learning about equal groups and arrays (objects arranged in columns and rows). This week the children will count equal groups and write repeated addition equations as well as multiplication equations. They will learn to count rows (horizontal lines) of objects and determine the number of objects in each row and also learn to draw arrays. You can help your child by practicing skip counting and memorizing basic addition facts. If you have questions, feel free to email me or call.
- For ELA (English Language Arts) we are using the Core Knowledge program. Our day consists of two one-hour blocks of time. In the morning we are working on skills, reviewing phonics, learning spelling patterns, reading a story and answering comprehension questions. In the afternoon, we have another one-hour block of time for listening and writing. I read aloud to the children and we discuss various story elements, such as plot. We will also incorporate writing into this part of the day.
- In science, we will begin learning about the water cycle.
- You can stay in contact with me through the Remind App. Let me know if you need the instructions to join again and I will send them home with your child.