Saturday, April 21, 2012

Fun in the Fourth Quarter

Both classes have now taken a "tour" of Brantner and the students worked together to create class maps of the school--inside and out. The students were very creative and the maps are now proudly displayed in the hallway. This was such a great way to meet the Social Studies standard for demonstrating familiarity with the school's layout.

Both classes are earning Cardinal Cards at record speed. We are really emphasizing the need to work hard to make good choices, as the students are almost first graders. I am so proud of how well they are focusing and putting forth so much effort to be successful!

Next week, we will begin focusing on subtraction. The students are very excited about addition, so I am hopeful to see the same enthusiasm for subtraction.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Back in the swing of things

We had a busy week following Spring Break! The fourth quarter is here, and the boys and girls will be first graders soon. This means that the work is getting more difficult and the students are being asked to do more things independently. I am so pleased with how much they have grown as learners this year.

In math, we have been focusing on various ways to solve addition problems: using a number line, counting on, drawing pictures, etc. The students will take their formal addition test next week, and I am expecting great results! Then we will move on to subtraction.

In writing, we are practicing what we have learned about the rules of writing a sentence and the students are beginning to explore more writing opportunities on their own.

In reading, we had a great time with Max Takes the Train. What a fun story! We also discussed various types of transportation, including subways, jets, ferryboats, and bicycles built for two.

Before the end of the year, the students will have many opportunities to show what they have learned for their final report cards. Additional practice at home is a huge help! Please practice the following:
~Writing the first, middle, and last sounds in words.
~Saying all of the sounds in words. (For DIBELS, students must state 40 sounds in one minute.)
~Counting by 1 to 100.
~Counting by 10 to 100.
~Writing numbers 1-20 in order.
~Reading all of the letters and stating their sounds.
~Reading all of the sight words we have learned this year.

Enjoy this beautiful day!