Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Welcome Back!

Welcome back from the holidays and more snow!

Coming back in January brings us to a very exciting point in the school year. Now that our students are “Kindergarten Experts,” we are getting ready for 1st grade. The first new big change was the addition of the “Ask 3 friends” rule. Students must now ask 3 friends for help with tying shoes before they can ask a teacher.

We also introduced our “dictation” work on Tuesday. Several times a week, students will write down an assortment of letters given by the teacher. Students will first write these letters in uppercase form and then will go back and write the matching lowercase letters underneath. They will also write a sentence, given by the teacher, on the back of their papers. Sentences are created with our rainbow words, word families, color words and simple CVC words. We will start out very slowly and gradually work our way up to a quicker pace. This activity will work on listening skills, letter fluency, letter recognition and basic sentence structure.

Our winter journals will also see some changes. Students will copy the date into each journal page. They will also be given a sentence starter for each journal entry.

These are just a few of the new things that will help us get ready for new and exciting things ahead.

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