I asked parents to send me pics this summer of where the kids are reading! Thank you to those who have done so already-love it! :)
See, even Ruby is reading this summer! :)
I-Station reading program for practice at home:
A few links for the kiddos to use to practice:
Links/Activities to help practice skills at home:
Students work in workstations daily for both reading and math. Here are some of the latest activites they are working on. They are sorting words, playing go fish for beginning sounds, practicing their spelling and reading big books together.
Our Read for the Record day went very well. Ms. Trevino came and read the story Llama Llama Red Pajama to the kiddos and they made llama puppets.
Working hard on our Family Trees!
The first day of school went very well. We made some edible buses for snack and worked hard on making some circle maps.
I attended a training on reading fluency and came away with several really good ideas. One of them is to have the kids read and re-read poetry to work on phrasing and where to emphasize for meaning. We read Langston Hughes poems this week. The kids have only read these poems a few times, however, they are learning where to change their voices to add an intonation to what they are reading.
Winter Poetry Activity
We do a lot with poetry in the classroom. The students wrote their own poems about Winter using similes, adjectives and their 5 senses.
A colossal gracias to the parents who took time out of their busy schedules to come help our kiddos construct some awesome Gingerbread Houses! We had a great variety-they were all very creative. And most importantly I think everyone had fun!
Supply List for 1st Grade
Fine Motor Skills:
Fine motor refers to the small muscles in the child's hands. Often when children struggle with handwriting or cutting properly, this is the reason why they have difficulty. The muscles in their little hands are just not developed enough. Make sure when they are writing or cutting at home, that they are holding the pencil or scissors properly. Here are some activities that can help develop those skills:
- Cutting any kind of paper- draw straight, curvy and circular lines on newspaper with a marker and let the child cut it into pieces.
- Any kind of beading, lacing or sewing acitivities.
- Rolling Play-Doh into little balls with just their finger and thumb.
- Buy a very special coloring book and a brand new pack of crayons and have them color very carefully on the page.
- Move beans or macaroni from one bowl to another using a pair of tweezers.
Ways We Will Challenge Your Children in Class This Year
A number of students in our classroom have already been identified as G/T. I very firmly believe that even though these kids are 5 years old, they can still do challenging activities in Kindergarten. Here are some examples of what you will be able to expect this year:
1. Small group work in reading and math - your child will come work with me and about 2 or 3 other students on that same level. Their skills will be targeted directly to what will challenge them and we keep the groups very flexible as the students progress.
2. Differentiated workstations - the students will work in stations indepently while I work with the groups. The activities will target their academic level. For example, if the activity involves number recognition and the child already has mastered 1-20, they will work with 20-30. If they can work with numbers over 100, that is what they will be assigned.
3. Projects - we will make a number of projects throughout the year aiming at higher level thinking skills. We will compare/contrast, see things from another perspective and illustrate things like vocabulary and story maps using graphic organizers.
4. The second half of the year, the students will complete independent study projects. We call it research in a bag. They will choose a topic and I will find pictures that illustrate the answers to questions they have on that topic. The kids will put all their information together and make a presentation to the class.
5. Creativity - I incorporate activities surrounding art and music topics, because I think fostering a child's creativity is very important to teaching the whole child.