A-Z Reading Program

In Reading, students listened to several books including “I Like Pumpkins” by Jerry Smath; “Pirates and Princesses” by Jill Kargman and Sadie Kargman; “The Little House” by Virginia Lee Burton; and “Jack’s House” by Karen Magnuson Beil.

To continue to build and reinforce reading skills, we’re using the A-Z Reading Program and here’s how it works: each child picks out a book they find interesting online based on their reading level. Their teacher then prints the book so they can both read it together. To assess their comprehension after reading, they immediately answer a corresponding worksheet that will help the child recall the story.

We also started sending books to read at home through your child’s reading book bag. The goal is to help your child gain fluency as they read the same book over and over. This allows them to build confidence as they read. While some parents sometimes think that the book sent home is “too easy to read,” there is a reason why each book is selected. Knowing how to read the story well is one skill. Knowing how to retell the story is another. Start teaching your child to retell the story by sequence: what comes first, what comes next, and what is the end of the story. Talk about the characters, setting, the problem and solution.

In Writer’s Workshop, we practiced writing different sight words– like, the, at, a, I, my, and. Students then chose 2 sight words to write a sentence about. In journal writing, which happens every Monday, they shared what they did during the weekend, drew a picture and wrote about it.

In Math, students worked on counting to 20. Students started warming up by having the teacher flash a few examples on a tens frame. Students then explained how they came about their answer when sharing what they got. We then reviewed numbers 11-20. Students also practiced counting numbers 1-20 on the 100’s chart.

We also played the “Fill the Frames 1-20″ game. In this game, students take turns rolling a die and then placing counters on their two tens frame based on the outcome. Whoever fills in their whole frame first wins the game. This was so much fun that we played the game more than once! Students also worked on counting objects to 10. They drew a card and counted counters to place them in the tens frame matching the amount on the card. We also spent some time working on ordering numbers from 1 to 10.

In Movement and Coordination, during outdoor play, students played “Red Light, Green Light” outside and then had the choice of free play.

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