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Sunday, September 16, 2012

It's hard to believe that three weeks have flown by.  Open house is this Thursday evening.  Come see what great work we have done so far!

We have officially begun Words Their Way for spelling. Just a reminder spelling lists are individually generated based on your child's spelling needs.   They will/may be adjusted throughout the year to best meet your child's individual needs.  Each Monday your child will be introduced to a new list of words.  I will model how to sort the words based on spelling patterns.  Your child will bring the same sort to practice sorting the words at home.  During reading work stations, your child will have another opportunity to sort the words to reinforce the spelling pattern.  As a I challenge, we will encourage your child to sort the word list their own way, as well.  You will receive a copy of your child's list each Monday to practice. 

This week we will continue teaching your children to properly sort their spelling words into spelling patterns.  Next week we will formally begin spelling tests.  Spelling tests will be administered each Friday as well as the sight word list.  Just a reminder your child will be expected to read the list in random order in less then ten seconds.     

In science, we will continue discussing properties of solids.  

Poetry folders were sent out last Wednesday.  The poems are an effective way to learn high frequency words and increase your child’s reading fluency.  Each week we will read poems in varied ways: normal, whisper voices, patterns, fast and slow etc.  Just ask your children they can model it for you.  J

At home please have your child read the poem tracking their reading with either their “ sharp pointers” (fingers) or reading with their eyes.  Your child may also circle any new word they learned to read.  Thanks for all your support.

Still need parent volunteers to help sort our new math adoption.  Please let me know if you can help.  Thanks to all those who have already volunteered.  Most appreciative.

I need your help. I would like to begin inviting each of you to serve as a mystery reader in our classroom. What is a mystery reader?  A mystery reader is a person who would like to volunteer to come to read to our class during our snack time each Thursday afternoon .  You will provide three clues about yourself and our class will guess the mystery.  Your will select a favorite book to read to our class.  Please let me know if you would like to volunteer in an email at


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