## December 5, 2019

OUR WINTER CELEBRATION IS SCHEDULED: MONDAY DECEMBER 16TH 10:15-11:00.

All are welcome! Please check Shutterfly how you can help out! This is the last party until the end of year party in May.
Reminders:

Adventures in character and our word of the month is Kindness!

What we are learning:
1. Math Workshop: We have been collecting data using tally marks and then we look at our data to see what we can learn! The students have applying their addition and subtraction strategies when they interpert the data. Your child may have to see how many items combined or compare different sets of information. When looking at the information your child may have to add or subtract to show full understanding of the data being presented!
Home idea: Do Moby Max! Talk about minus is less and have your child create word problems to solve. Also, have them write a fact family to show all the facts they can solve in a snap from knowing one number sentence!

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency Your child’s login is in your child’s folder. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve!

2 Readers Workshop: As readers we focused on finding the reasons the author stated. We used information located in the text to prove our thinking.

I have collected all book totes and will be meeting with your child one-on-one for the remainder of December. Please continue to read at home. Your child’s Raz-kids login is located in their folder to have access to just right books!

Also, don’t forget….When your child reads a hard word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! Check the green sheet from conferences!

Home Idea: When reading for 20 mins each night focus on the green sheet from conferences and the purple sheet for comprehension!
What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words?
What did your child do at the end…
If fiction can your child retell what happened to the characters?
If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned?

3. Phonics/Grammar: We learned all about another sound y can make. Y says i at the end of a one syllable word. We were able to continue to review blends and digraphs.

Example: my, try, dry, shy, fly, cry

Home idea: Ask your child about words that follow this rule! Can they write them down?

4. Writer’s Workshop: We are continuing to apply the writing process and using a rubric to add details, proper writing conventions and lots of different ways to present facts. We will begin publishing next week!
HOME IDEA: Ask your child what is your goal in writing? Are you:

1. using temporal words?
2. good beginning?
3. good ending?
4. a comparison?
5. a color, size or shape word?
6. a twin sentence to further explain?
7. bold print or headings?

## November 21, 2019

OUR WINTER CELEBRATION IS SCHEDULED: MONDAY DECEMBER 16TH 10:00-11:00.

All are welcome! Please check Shutterfly how you can help out! This is the last party until the end of year party in May.
Reminders:

Adventures in character and our word of the month is Courage!
1.Courage is facing the things that are hard for you.

2.This week is all about making a decision to show courage when others are making choices that are not wise. Our goal is to help children learn that sometimes their friends might be doing something they should not be, and it is okay for them to not participate.

3. Courage means being brave even when you are scared.

What we are learning:
1. Math Workshop: We have been applying our addition and subtraction strategies to solve word problems within 20. We have been focusing on if we need to push our bars together to add or do we need to flip our bar because we are subtracting. We acted out our word problems to help us understand what symbol to use. When we solve word problems we know to build it, draw it, read it and write it!
Home idea: Do Moby Max! Talk about minus is less and have your child create word problems to solve. Also, have them write a fact family to show all the facts they can solve in a snap from knowing one number sentence!

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency Your child’s login is in your child’s folder. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve!

2 Readers Workshop: As readers we focused on the main idea or what the story is mostly about. We thought about key ideas and details to prove our thinking. We learned the title has power and can help us figure out the main idea!

Also, don’t forget….When your child reads a hard word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! Check the green sheet from conferences!

Home Idea: When reading for 20 mins each night focus on the green sheet from conferences and the purple sheet for comprehension!
What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words?
What did your child do at the end…
If fiction can your child retell what happened to the characters?
If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned?

3. Phonics/Grammar: We are starting a new unit on blends. We know that blends are two sounds sticking together but each letter gets a tap or their own sound.
Blends this week: -mp, -nt,-st.

lamp, tent, nest

Home idea: Ask your child about what words can they write down with a blend! .
4. Writer’s Workshop: All our writers have done a great job with our new unit of ALL ABOUT BOOKS. I have enjoyed meeting with your child one-on-one and in groups to help him/her elaborate by using a comparison, a twin sentence to explain, and using a checklist to check for writing conventions ( capitals, periods, etc). I have learned so much about unicorns, the human body, dogs, and school! I loved how the writers are applying their spelling skills to use our phonics rules to spell unknown words and to check the word wall
HOME IDEA: Talk with your child about new ideas for the all about books!

## November 14, 2019

OUR WINTER CELEBRATION IS SCHEDULED: MONDAY DECEMBER 16TH 10:00-11:00. All are welcome! Please check Shutterfly how you can help out!  This is the last party until the end of year party in May.

Reminders:

FRIDAY IS PAJAMA DAY FOR CCYA
Bring \$1 (or more!) on Friday, 11/15 and wear your pajamas!
Proceeds benefit Cobb County Youth Association which provides a safe place for homeless Cobb County youth to sleep. Learn
more HERE.

Adventures in character and our word of the month is  Courage!

1.Courage is facing the things that are hard for you.

2.This week is all about making a decision to show courage when others are making choices that are not wise.Our goal is to help children learn that sometimes their friends might be                                              doing something they should not be, and it is okay for them to not participate.

What we are learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week we focused on applying our addition and subtraction strategies to help us solve number sentences and see if they were true or false. We used our strategies to help prove our thinking through building, drawing, counting on, counting back, number line and fact families.

Home idea:  Do Moby Max! Talk about minus is less and have your child create word problems to solve. Also, have them write a fact family to show all the facts they can solve in a snap from knowing one number sentence!

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency Your child’s login is in your child’s folder. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve!

2 Readers Workshop: As readers we want to be experts at reading aloud! We want to do something at the end and mark interesting parts, we want to read with feeling, figure out how the book is organized, study books like a writer.  We have enjoyed reading with a partner at the closing of readers workshop each day to practice reading aloud like an expert!

When your child reads a hard word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! Check the green sheet from conferences!

Home Idea: When reading for 20 mins each night focus on the green sheet from conferences and the purple sheet for comprehension!

1. What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words?
2. What did your child do at the end…
• If fiction can your child retell what  happened to the characters?
• If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned?

3. Phonics/Grammar:  We are starting a new unit on blends. We know that blends are two sounds sticking together but each letter gets a tap or their own sound.

Blends this week: tr, dr, fr

trip, dress, frog

This week wraps our beginning blends unit. Next week we will learn ending blends.

Home idea: Ask your child about the ALPHABET KING and what consonants have a twin to help hold in the vowel! Have your child generate a list of words with blends, digraphs, and floss rule.

4. Writer’s Workshop: All our writers have done a great job with our new unit of ALL ABOUT BOOKS. I have enjoyed meeting with your child one-on-one and in groups to help him/her elaborate by using a comparison, a twin sentence to explain, and using a checklist to check for writing conventions ( capitals, periods, etc). I have learned so much about unicorns, the human body, dogs, and school! I loved how the writers are applying their spelling skills to use our phonics rules to spell unknown words and to check the word wall

HOME IDEA: Talk with your child about new ideas for the all about books!

## November 7, 2019

Reminders:

We started the Voyage, Adventures in character and our word of the month is  Courage!

1.Courage is facing the things that are hard for you.

What we are learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week we focused on subtraction strategies. We know we can build it, count back, use a numberline, and think about fact families to help us solve!

Fact Family      6+7=13 sooo……

7+6=13,            13-7=6 ,                  13-6=7

Home idea:  Do Moby Max! Talk about minus is less and have your child create word problems to solve. Also, have them write a fact family to show all the facts they can solve in a snap from knowing one number sentence!

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency Your child’s login is in your child’s folder. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve!

2 Readers Workshop: As readers we want to be experts at reading aloud! We want to do something at the end and mark interesting parts, we want to read with feeling, figure out how the book is organized, study books like a writer.  We have enjoyed reading with a partner at the closing of readers workshop each day to practice reading aloud like an expert!

When your child reads a hard word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! Check the green sheet from conferences!

Home Idea: When reading for 20 mins each night focus on the green sheet from conferences and the purple sheet for comprehension!

1. What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words?
2. What did your child do at the end…
• If fiction can your child retell what  happened to the characters?
• If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned?

3. Phonics/Grammar:  We are starting a new unit on blends. We know that blends are two sounds sticking together but each letter gets a tap or their own sound.

Blends this week: st, br, cr, tr

step, brick, crab trip

Home idea: Ask your child about the ALPHABET KING and what consonants have a twin to help hold in the vowel!

4. Writer’s Workshop:  We are writing to teach our readers.The students have LOVED thinking about all the things they know and can teach! This week the focus has been strategy groups from planning, using the word wall or phonics rules, adding temporal words or expanding to elaborate understanding. We have studied mentor peer authors to help us progress through the writing process.

We began our unit on how to TEACH our readers!!!  We learned to think about the questions our readers might have?

1. who can do this?
2. where?
3. how?
4. when?
5. why?

We applied what we have learned and wrote all about Halloween!!! The class was pumped to teach someone who didn’t know about Halloween!

Also, we have thought about using a TWIN sentence to help explain a word our reader may not know! So, for example if you are writing about dogs and  say: Dogs like biscuits. Biscuits are cookies for dogs. Your child has been thinking hard how to help their reader learn and thinking about how to explain a word the reader may not know.

We have begun a NEW UNIT and writing all about books with chapters! We can’t wait to add exciting text features to help our readers.

HOME IDEA: Begin planning all the topics your child is an expert or could teach a reader.  It could be soccer, crafts, being a friend, doing a cartwheel, an animal etc.

## October 31, 2019

We ARE ALL IN with our Foundation! Let’s support our students!

Reminders:

2. We started the Voyage, Adventures in character and our word of the month is Perseverance. We learned that in order to Persevere we need to:

1. You are committed to your goals
2. Trying things a new way, something we have to do when we are not at first succeeding!
3. sometimes change how you do something.
4. Not giving up when things get difficult!

What we are learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week we focused on addition strategies. We evaluated the plus sign means more and what strategies can help us solve an addition number sentence. We learned about using our doubles facts to help us solve near doubles number sentences in a snap!

Home idea:  Review doubles facts up to 20 with your child, 1+1, 2+2, 3+3, 4+4,….10+10 etc.

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap! Our standard is now sums up to 20 so knowing facts in a snap builds your child’s confidence when learning about new ways to solve!

2 Readers Workshop: As readers we want to be super smart when reading use PERSEVERANCE  to read hard words. We know good readers solve hard words and don’t skip over them. We know we can  check the picture, look at all parts, get a running start and to try it two ways, get it to look right and make sense!  We added to our list of strategies by crashing all parts of the word together, doing a s-l-o-w check, and read it the best I can and think do I know what it means?

When your child reads a hard word ask: how are you going to solve this? Biggest help…let your child try and don’t tell! Check the green sheet from conferences!

Home Idea: When reading for 20 mins each night focus on the green sheet from conferences and the purple sheet for comprehension!

1. What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words?
2. What did your child do at the end…
• If fiction can your child retell what  happened to the characters?
• If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned?

3. Phonics/Grammar:  We are starting a new unit on blends. We know that blends are two sounds sticking together but each letter gets a tap or their own sound.

Blends this week: cl, gl, fl

clock, glob, flag

Home idea: Ask your child about the ALPHABET KING and what consonants have a twin to help hold in the vowel!

4. Writer’s Workshop:  We are writing to teach our readers.The students have LOVED thinking about all the things they know and can teach! This week the focus has been strategy groups from planning, using the word wall or phonics rules, adding temporal words or expanding to elaborate understanding. We have studied mentor peer authors to help us progress through the writing process.

We began our unit on how to TEACH our readers!!!  We learned to think about the questions our readers might have?

1. who can do this?
2. where?
3. how?
4. when?
5. why?

We applied what we have learned and wrote all about Halloween!!! The class was pumped to teach someone who didn’t know about Halloween!

Also, we have thought about using a TWIN sentence to help explain a word our reader may not know! So, for example if you are writing about dogs and  say: Dogs like biscuits. Biscuits are cookies for dogs. Your child has been thinking hard how to help their reader learn and thinking about how to explain a word the reader may not know.

HOME IDEA: Begin planning all the topics your child is an expert or could teach a reader.  It could be soccer, crafts, being a friend, doing a cartwheel, an animal etc.

## October 24, 2019

We ARE ALL IN with our Foundation! Let’s support our students!

Reminders:

2. We started the Voyage, Adventures in character and our word of the month is Perseverance. We learned that in order to Persevere we need to:

1. You are committed to your goals
2. Trying things a new way, something we have to do when we are not at first succeeding!
3. sometimes change how you do something.

What we are learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week we focused on place value. We thought about how many big kids (tens) and little kids(ones). We explored how many ways we can show a number! We can build it, draw it, read it and expand it! We used partners to help deepen our understanding and explained our thinking!

example: 34 is 3 tens and 4 ones.

We know that 3 tens is 3 groups of 10 so that is 30. Then we know we add on 4 ones soo…

34….

2. 3 tens and 4 ones

3. 30+4 =34

Home idea: Have your child think of a number 20-99 and have them draw the number, show how many tens and ones and write the expanded form.

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap!

2 Readers Workshop: As readers we want to be super smart when we read nonfiction books. We have learned that we can learn from our sneak, study the pages, and chat with a partner, guess what comes next, make you voice sound smooth and lively and notice key words!

Home Idea: When reading for 20 mins each night focus on the green sheet from conferences and the purple sheet for comprehension!

1. What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words?
2. What did your child do at the end…
• If fiction can your child retell what the happened to the characters?
• If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned?

3. Phonics/Grammar: New Rule: the Floss Rule. We are starting a new unit on blends. We know that blends are two sounds sticking together but each letter gets a tap or their own sound.

Blends this week: bl, pl, sl, cl

block, plane, sled, clown

Home idea: Ask your child about the ALPHABET KING and what consonants have a twin to help hold in the vowel!

4. Writer’s Workshop: Due to early release we have not had our formal writing time. Starting next week will be moving on to writing nonfiction  or something to teach our reader. We will learn to tell in steps, use our temporal words to help organize our thinking and use text features to teach our reader.

The students have LOVED thinking about all the things they are an expert!

We began our unit on how to TEACH our readers!!!  We learned to think about the questions our readers might have?

1. who can do this?
2. where?
3. how?
4. when?
5. why?

HOME IDEA: Begin planning all the topics your child is an expert or could teach a reader.  It could be soccer, crafts, being a friend, doing a cartwheel, an animal etc.

## October 17, 2019

We ARE ALL IN with our Foundation! Let’s support our students!

Reminders:

2. We started the Voyage, Adventures in character and our word of the month is Perseverance. We learned that in order to Persevere we need to:

1. You are committed to your goals
2. Trying things a new way, something we have to do when we are not at first succeeding!

What we are learning:

1. Math Workshop: This week we focused on extending numbers to 120. We have been digging deeper with noticing patterns on the 120s chart as well as skip counting to 120. We have extended our thinking by counting backwards with a partner counting and problem solving!
Home Idea: Play a game! Ask your child to guess the number you are thinking! Say it is before 40 or say I am going to count 63, 62, 61, 60, ___. Practice counting by 10s to 120!

Also, Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap!

2 Readers Workshop: As readers we want to be super smart when we read nonfiction books. We have learned that we can learn from our sneak, study the pages, and chat with a partner!

Home Idea: When reading for 20 mins each night focus on the green sheet from conferences and the purple sheet for comprehension!

1. What strategy did your child use to solve tricky words?
2. What did your child do at the end…
• If fiction can your child retell what the happened to the characters?
• If a nonfiction book can your child retell what facts were learned?

3. Phonics/Grammar: New Rule: the Floss Rule. When a one syllable words ends in FLSZ you need to double those consonants at the end. For example:

off, pill, pass, buzz.

Home idea: Ask your child about the ALPHABET KING and what consonants have a twin to help hold in the vowel!

4. Writer’s Workshop: Due to early release we have not had our formal writing time. Starting next week will be moving on to writing nonfiction  or something to teach our reader. We will learn to tell in steps, use our temporal words to help organize our thinking and use text features to teach our reader.

HOME IDEA: Begin planning all the topics your child is an expert or could teach a reader.  It could be soccer, crafts, being a friend, doing a cartwheel, an animal etc.

## Let’s Be All IN!!!!

Our Foundation funds many programs and professional development to support  ALL our students! We are thrilled with the character development we have encountered over the last few weeks from our newly foundation funded program THE VOYAGE! The students have been engaged learning how to cooperate and demonstrate perseverance already this year! This program has made our students aware of character traits to promote social emotional learning and development. We are so grateful in our Foundation for thinking about the WHOLE student!

## Thank you Foundation for being ALL IN!!!

Our foundation funded our math manipulatives which compliment our Orton-Gillingham Math Training. We are so fortunate that ALL students can benefit from this hands on approach to deepen their understanding. It allows ALL students to be successful with all math standards! Students begin by “building it” and then move on to showing their work using drawings and number sentences. This teaching method has given our students the confidence to tackle any math problem because they know they can “build it” and therefore can SOLVE IT! Thank you Foundation!

## October 3, 2019

We ARE ALL IN with our Foundation! Let’s support our students!

Reminders:
2. Conference times are set! Thank you so much for a quick response!

3. We started the Voyage, Adventures in Character and our word of the month is Cooperation. We learned that in order to cooperate we need to:

1. Listen to others
2. Work as a team
3. Work towards a common goal.
4. Sometimes you compromise

What we’re learning:
1. Math Workshop: This week we focused on a new strategy to help us add and subtract! We noticed we are fluent with our addition facts but need more support solving our subtraction facts in a snap! We noticed that we can use what we know about addition to help us solve for the missing part in subtraction. We learned all about related facts this week. We used our OG math bars to help us have a deep understanding of part, part,whole.

For example: 3+4=7  sooo I can solve 7-4= in  a snap!
Home Idea: Ask your child to show you a related fact! Practice math facts (addition and subtraction) within 10 and see how quickly your child can say the answer. A great resource is to you use Moby Max. Your child’s login is his/her folder.

Go to Moby Max, math, then fluency. It will be a great way to help your child learn their facts in a snap!

2 Readers Workshop: We were thrilled as readers to continue apply all our good habits for reading and solving tricky words to help use focus on the types of books we want to choose. We opened a new section in our classroom library, the nonfiction section. We compared these books to fiction books and noticed lots of differences.

This week we reviewed our story language, characters, setting, key details to help understand the books we read.

Plus, reading groups have begun and your child is bringing home their book totes. Remember these books should be easy and independent reads for your child to build confidence, fluency, and decoding skills. We will trade books back in next week.  I am only meeting with each group once this week as I am also conferring with each child one-on-one.  If your child has not received a new book yet this week I will meet with their group by Friday.

Home idea: Read every night for 20 minutes. Ask your child is this fiction or nonfiction? How do you know?

who are the characters,

the setting: time of day; season and where

key details: What were the important parts in the story

3. Phonics/Grammar: We are reviewing this week!  We are focused on c vs k; and our digraphs and chunks.

4. Writer’s Workshop:

As writers we have been building good habits with our good beginnings, using temporal words and great endings without reminders. We have been using our memory collage to help think of an idea!

The biggest leap from kindergarten to first grade is to really focus on planning more than one detail and stretch the moment to include 5-7 sentences or details!

We added to our writing by making our characters unfrozen! We have our characters talk or move! This allowed us to talk about verbs (action words) to include in our writing as well as quotation marks. We are working hard on revising to make sure we tell our small moment story in itty-bitty steps. We learned another way to bring our stories to life is by including what our characters thinks and feels! We enjoyed using emojis to share how our character was feeling 🙂

We have begun choosing a special small moment story from fall break, then we will revise with a partner to make sure our small moment story has all the parts to make it pop to our reader! You will be able to check out this special piece during conference week!

HOME IDEA: Have your child plan a small moment story. We will focus on writing about a tiny seed topic like something that happened at one point in the day vs about an entire vacation or trip to the beach.

5. Social Studies: We have enjoyed learning about scarcity.