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The first quarter ends next Friday! Your children are working hard, and I am so excited to see them so eager to learn. Please continue to check your child's folder each day. Folders should be emptied. You can utilie your child's "kindergarten keepsake" box to store old work, notes, etc. Check the Reminders and Announcements tab for up to date information on important dates to remember. Don't forget to look through our pictures as well!
Academically we have been practicing spelling and writing names, using scissors and glue, following directions, and completing work. We continue to use our Jolly Phonics and Phonemic Awareness materials. As of next week, we will be focused on 8 sight word work as well as our SchoolWide Reading curriculum. I sent home a list of sight words for the first quarter in your child's folder. Math will continue with chapters 1 & 2 in our GoMath. The focus is numbers 1-5. We have reviewed patterning and beginning number sense. We do a lot of counting, patterning, sorting, and comparing groups each day. We are also enjoying time learning about different seasonal themes. We will continue to learn about fall, and have some Halloween fun in the next couple of weeks.
Students have been assessed for beginning kindergarten skills, including letter identification, letter sounds, oral counting and number identification. Mrs. Bilas, our speech pathologist, has also screened the class. Each student has completed the STAR Early Literacy on his/her iPad in class. All this information will be used for planning instruction, grouping students, and identifying students who may need some extra help. We have received our class headphones, and will now be able to utilize the iPads for more individualized work, like listening to stories on Raz Kids, and working in Splashmath. Without headphones, it was loud and distracting. I will begin individual assessments for report cards soon so that you receive the most up to date information about your child's progress.
A sheet was sent home for reference when using your child's iPad at home. We are currently focused on three apps - Splashmath, Reading A-Z, and Seesaw. Additional apps have been installed, including Rocket Speller, Little Writer, Brain Pop, Jr., Jolly Phonics, and Moose Math. Mr. Masterson, our Tech. teacher will be working with the class. For Brain Pop, the login info is epne with the password d124. IPads should be charged at home and sent to school each day. Thanks to those who have logged in to Class Dojo. In order to share more prompt information, please also connect to Remind. Simply text @blaese to 81010
Please check your child's red folder daily and empty the contents. There may be important notes, etc, as well as your child's work for you to see. Empty folders, unless you are sending in a note, should be brought to school each day. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school as the water fountains are not on at this time.