Happy New Year Families, and welcome back! I am still getting used to writing 2018! It’s so nice to see everyone back at Avoca West. I hope that you all enjoyed a restful winter break filled with family and friends! With the ever-changing weather, please be sure that students come to school with proper gear (gloves/mittens, hats, scarves, snow pants, boots if snow is on the ground). Students will not be allowed to play in the snow if they don’t have snow pants or boots, they will just stay on the blacktop or sidewalk area. They will continue to go outside as long as the “feels like” temperature is 10 degrees or above. Here is what’s been going on in our classroom this past week and the week before break:
Reading: Mrs. Henson and I have been F&P testing (the lettered leveling system) all students to see what reading level they are currently at. I am so happy to report that ALL students have made progress since the fall! You will be receiving this information in your child’s report card coming home at the end of the month. Guided reading groups will also be adjusted to reflect this information. This week’s sight word is “me” and next week’s is “for”. We are officially finished learning all letters and sounds of the alphabet, but we continue to learn and work on other sounds that we encounter (sh, th, wh, ch, ou, aw, etc.). We are also practicing the short o sound.
Writing: We continue on with our how-to writing unit. The students have all chosen a topic to write about…something that they feel they are an expert on. We are learning to become more independent writers, and not get so caught up on things like spelling. We usually start with a picture and then add words or captions to it. I would encourage you to have your child practice writing at home–help make a grocery list, to-do list, free writing/journal writing, etc. Any little bit will help to build that independence.
Social Studies: This week we began a short two-week study of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. We watched a short video, read several picture books, and even did some writing about MLK, Jr. Students wrote about their own dream after we discussed MLK, Jr.’s dream for equality.
Math: We have been practicing different ways to make 10, counting on and backwards from a given number, writing our numbers correctly (no reversals) to 20, adding 1 to a number/subtracting 1 from a number, and we will be introducing story problems in the near future to help us with addition. Luckily, we have been using story problems verbally throughout the year in various respects so this shouldn’t be anything too new for students.
Other: Before break, Mr. Howe’s 4th grade class wanted to do something nice for kindergarten and so they came to read picture books to us–so thoughtful! We also got to use virtual reality goggles in the ITC to “visit” the North Pole and the White House during the holidays. It was an amazing experience! We hope you enjoyed your holiday gift “I love you” frames! I have included the adorable pictures below. Thank you to all who contributed or helped out in any way with the winter holiday party before break…it was a great success! Also, thank you very much for the thoughtful gift card! It has already been put to good use to help prepare baby Meyer’s nursery 🙂
***NO SCHOOL on Monday, January 15th–MLK, Jr. Day***