Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Pre-Thursday Thought!

For those of you who do celebrate I wanted to take time to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holiday with your family and/or friends!

For all of you, I hope you are able to find to relax and do what you enjoy during the extended break.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thursday Thought #7--What a Great Day!

Thank you to the parents who were able to take time out of their schedules to join us on our field trip to visit the Mayflower II and Plimoth Plantation. Both Mrs. Cohen and I were so proud at how all of these children represented our school today. Whether you were there or not, please take a moment in the next few days to talk with your child about their trip study. Ask them to describe their favorite part of the trip. I always love to hear what the take-aways are from these trips. Please take a few minutes to add a comment about what your child shared.

As you begin brainstorming with your child about their Plimoth projects, both the Plimoth Plantation website and the Scholastic website-The First Thanksgiving will be great resources. You will find the Social Studies links on the sidebar.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Thursday Thought #6

We are wrapping up week 2 of our word study routine. Overall, the class has been doing an amazing job bringing their words back and forth from school and home. On Tuesday mornings we resort our words as quickly as we can and write them in our word study notebook. Soon this routine will vary as we learn about ways to do our sorts with a buddy or timing for a speed sort. On Wednesdays we go on a word hunt. For about 10 minutes students browse through books, hunting for words that fit there spelling pattern.On Friday, a short spelling check is given where students will be a small selection of words from their list, and even some new words that follow the pattern. Not only are students expected to spell words correctly, but also recognize the spelling patterns. These weekly checks will come home on Fridays or Monday.

As you are supporting your child at home around word study homework, encourage your him/her to identify the spelling patterns associated with the words.

I have been in touch with grown-ups who have volunteered to chaperone our field trip to Plimoth Plantation on November 19. Please send in the chaperone fee via check as soon as possible.

Until next week!