Monday, October 26, 2015

Word Study--ALERT!

Today we had our first word study session in class. That means we will have our first week of word study at home. Your child is bringing home a baggie of pre-cut words, a "word-study homework notebook" and a Daily Word Study Homework Guide.  This guide should stay in your child's homework folder as it guides through the word study homework routines each week. The pre-cut words should go back into homework folders once the homework is completed for the night. 

Some of the kids were having trouble remembering what the difference between a vowel and a consonant. The video below might be helpful to remind them.  In the pattern headings the C(is consonant) and V (is vowel). More to come later this week on our word study in our classroom. If you have any questions feel free to comment directly on the blog or send me a quick email. 

Friday, October 23, 2015

Thursday Thought #5 (on Friday)

TGIF! That being said, however, I have just a few thoughts to share before we make to the weekend.

Did you know that each Friday your child writes a letter home to you(or someone in their house) about something they did or learned during the week? These letters are part of the Friday Folder your son/daughter brings home each Friday. Please take a moment to jot a quick note back in response to your child. It doesn't have to be long, but makes the world of difference to them when they read it.

These letters are your child's. I don't correct them and ask you honor that at home as well. I do however, guide your students to edit their own writing. I might say, "double check your writing for puncutation"  or "I notice you misspelled a word you know how to spell." These letters will remain in the Friday Folder all year as mini-portfolio of your child's writing.

Also included in the Friday are papers that have been corrected. These should be LEFT at home as we are done with them.

Finally, on Tuesday our first field trip permission slip was sent home. Please return to school by October 30.

Here's a fun grammar video we watched in class this week. For some of you, it may bring back childhood memories!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday Thought #4

Each week we are lucky enough to host a field study student from Framingham State University. Leah Callahan, who is in her senior year, joins us all day for her practicum work on Wednesdays. This week Ms. Callahan led us in a great activity that asked students to draw three different pictures of scientists at work. 

The class is still adjusting to having a late lunch. It might be helpful if you can send in an additional small healthy snack that your child can munch on early in the morning if  they are hungry. 

Finally, the sniffles are arriving in the classroom. If you have an extra box lying around your home that you are willing to donate, our noses will be very appreciative.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend. 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Thursday Thought (#3)

Although Thursday is winding down for me, I wanted to share a few quick thoughts before calling it a night.

Thank you all so much for signing up for a conference. I will be recontacting those of you who haven't signed up for a slot as of yet to make sure you received the initial email. Sometimes, where it's a third party site, the email goes into junk or spam folders.

We have been working so hard on making smooth transitions. Spending time on these moments now, which are short "unstructured" times, will pay off in the long run. Although that can be hard for an 8 or 9 year old to totally grasp.

This week we have been putting the final touches on our class rules. All of these rules stemmed from our school motto of KIND. Students did initial brainstorming in small groups, we had whole group discussion about what each idea represented and finally consolidated all of our thoughts into the 5 rules pictured below. As the next few weeks progress, please check in with your child to see how they are doing with our class rules. Ask them how they think they are doing and if there are any that might be hard for them.

Finally, I hope you enjoy the short video clips as you head into the weekend! Thanks for all you do for your third grader.