Team Ward worked hard all week! They truly are a great team of learners. We are diving right into our reading, math, writing, and social studies curricula. We learned about different voice levels in our classroom. Everyone practiced being quiet like mice during writer's workshop and using soft "buddy voices" during math games. We also read more great stories by Kevin Henkes, including Lilly's Big Day, Julius, The Baby of the World, and Sheila Rae the Brave. The children loved bringing their stuffed animals to school on Wednesday! We had a day of fun-filled activities - learning a teddy bear poem, writing about our special friends, reading with them, and making a teddy bear project.
The children were very excited about bringing home books for the first time! At this point in the school year, don’t be surprised if some of the books they bring home are either a little easy or a little hard. This is a learning process that takes time.
Please remember to sit with your first-grader, listen to him/her read the book, and write the date and title on the reading log every night. You will notice some reading strategy cards in your child's book folder. You can refer to those as they are reading. Think of a compliment to tell your child, such as “Nice job reading with expression!” or “I liked how you didn’t give up when you came to a tricky word.” Please send the book back to school the next day in your child's book folder. Even if your child doesn't have time to read one night, it is still important to bring the book folder back to school the next day. Thanks for your support!
I am simply amazed with the stories children our writing during writer’s workshop each day! I am particularly impressed by every child’s desire to share his/her story with the whole class on the document camera. We’ve been practicing giving compliments to our teammates after sharing, and they are doing a wonderful job of building each other up as writers!! Our goal at the beginning of the school year is to get the children excited about writing with special booklets and writing tools. We focus on telling stories that have a beginning, middle, and end. As the year progresses, we will work on writing conventions (punctuation, capitals, spelling) and other writing genres.
If you haven’t already placed a Scholastic book order, please consider doing so in September. This month’s order can earn the most bonus points for our classroom! I am hoping to use the bonus points to build up our classroom library and order other materials throughout the school year. The website is https://clubs2.scholastic.com and our classroom code is H7DRJ.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. The best way to reach me is usually through email. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach me at school at (847) 945-6665.
Thanks and have a great weekend!!