First, I want to begin by saying thank you! Thank you so much for the generous donations you have sent into the classroom and the support you have shown your child and I. I am truly excited for what this year has in store as we are almost a full month into school- hard to believe!
Our room is blessed with three room moms – Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Strasburger, and Mrs. Alawiye. I am very excited to pull from their strengths in making this school year a success. Look for an email in the near future.
Congratulations to our first two Star Students- Caden and Lily!
Below are a few important dates and what’s happening inside our classroom.
Wednesday, August 22nd – At 6:30pm there will be a scout meeting (girl and boy) to provide you with information and the option to sign up. Information was sent home last week in your child’s blue folder.
Thursday, August 23rd- Chick Fil A will be hosting a spirit night from 5:30-7:30pm. Enjoy dinner with the family!
Friday, August 24th- We will be going back to the Learning Commons. Please send your child’s books back with them so they can check new ones out! They will begin picking one book on their reading level and one book they would like to read based on interest.
Wednesday, August 29th- Cobb County will have Early Release. School will be let out at 12:30pm. Buses may be delayed. Thank you in advance for your patience in getting all the children home!
Thursday, August 30th- If your child is in the Target Program, they will have Open House from 6:00-7:00pm in the Learning Commons. Yogli Mogli will also be having a spirit night from 2:00-8:00pm. Enjoy dessert with the family!
Friday, August 31st- We will visit the Learning Commons. Please send your child’s books back with them so they can check new ones out! Ford will also host our first BINGO Night of the school year from 6:30-8:00pm. Enjoy some time with the family!
A scholastic order will also be placed. Please send your orders in or use the class code to order online by August 31st. This is for anyone interested in purchasing new books for their child! Books will be delivered to the classroom and will be sent home with your child as soon as they are delivered. They offer free shipping and each order earns books for our classroom!
If you have read this, please put a smiley face in your child’s agenda!
Reading/Language Arts: As a class, we have been reviewing the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, and why) and will move into looking at the beginning, middle, and end of a story. We have started Daily 5 rotations as well!
I encourage you to use the reading log in your child’s agenda (the bottom of each day) to record their minutes read each night. There is a strong correlation between reading at home and an increase in fluency and comprehension.
We reviewed nouns, but will take this a step further to discuss proper nouns, plural nouns, and irregular plural nouns!
Phonics: This past week was a review of initial and final consonant blends along with digraphs (ch, th, sh, wh, and ph). Last Friday we took our first pretest. You child has a list of words they are responsible for. They will have a spelling test on Friday over short vowels. Next week we will be look at words with long vowels.
If your child misplaces their words, you can always find their list on Spelling City!
Writing: Students have been working extremely hard on their narratives. We have discussed small moments that will guide different writing topics.
Social Studies: We have begun our study on the state of Georgia. Students have learned about the five regions and resources and important information pertaining to each region. This week we are looking at important rivers to our state and next week students will be completing a map project in class!
Math: Students have explored mental math strategies to help add and subtract (counting on, making ten, doubles, near doubles). Our class has also started number clubs to help encourage children to become more fluent in their addition and subtraction. Place Value will begin next week!
Please make sure your child is using flashcards to practice addition and subtraction throughout the week!
Health: We have discussed healthy and unhealthy food options.