April is here! Hopefully Spring will stay with us too!
It is hard to believe that we are in the month of April. This month is filled with much excitement. We will begin practicing for our show. Our show is Friday May 9th at 10:00. Yeah! Also, our themes will be Under the Ocean, Spring has Sprung, and Down on the Farm. We will start new genres of writing -- Poetry and How to stories. In math, we are working hard on problem solving, addition and subtraction. We are learning that two parts of a number make up a whole. If children know the parts of numbers it will help them with addition and subtraction.
I know we are all looking forward to warmer weather and energy that Spring gives all of us! Happy Spring!
School Fun Activities
___ Take a deck of cards and take out the face cards. Flip over two cards and add them together. Write down the number sentences as you go.____ Play the same game and subtract the numbers.
____ Roll two dice. Add the numbers. Check to see if the number is odd or even. Keep track of how many odd or even numbers you rolled.
____ Practice writing the words come and some.
____ Read story with your family. Write a new ending for the story.
____ Read a story with the character you like. Make a list that describes the character.
____ Make a list of thing you can do to help your family this summer.
____ Write a letter to somebody in your family and tell them about a time when you had fun together.
____ Write about some things you want to do in the warm weather.
Topic 393Fun with Math!
Counting and understanding of numbers are connected when building larger numbers. The more the children count, the larger the number. Ten is an important component of our number system. Children learn to visualize teen numbers as a ten frame and a certain number of ones. Children connect the language of two digit symbols to larger numbers.
We begin the New Year by adding a piece to our Literacy instruction - Guided Reading! Fountas & Pinnell, experts in the area of guided reading, identify 4 broad categories of readers, and describe the reading behaviors that occur at each stage as children move toward independence in reading. Here are the 2 earliest categories...
Emergent readers are just beginning to control early behaviors such as directionality and word-by-word matching. They use pictures to support meaning and rely on language as a strong cueing system. With emergent readers, teachers move from shared to guided reading, focusing on helping children independently read texts that are easy for them and that they have read before.
Early readers are in full control of early strategies and can read appropriately selected texts independently once the teacher has introduced them. Their teachers are concerned with helping them more fully develop their ability to search, check, and use multiple sources of information.From Guided Reading..., Fountas and Pinnell, 1996
Check back next month for transitional & self-extending readers!
Topic 49Writer's Workshop-Informational Writing
A first step in writing informational text with young writers is How-To writing. Writers become teachers - first choosing a topic that they have experience with and an interest in sharing. Next, they list the items needed, and finally they put writing and drawings in order - "Steps" - to explain "how-to" do their topic. We are excited to take on this new challenge in writing, and look forward to teaching - AND LEARNING - lots of new things!