What we're learning at school....that you can review at home.

Prayers:  Grace Before Meals, Guardian Angel Prayer, Hail Mary, Glory Be, "Our Father" (The Lord's Prayer)

Religion:  God made the Earth and us.  Jesus is always with us and taught us to be kind.  The Bible has stories about very special people and how God helped them.  God gave us Five Senses (and a lot more) to help keep us safe and so we can enjoy the world!  Mary is Jesus's mother, Joseph is His father on earth, and God is Jesus's Father.  Virtues we focus on are:  Self-Control, Kindness, Patience, and Perseverance.  Christmas is Jesus's birthday.  We prepare for Christmas during Advent.  Easter is the day Jesus rose from the dead.  We prepare for Easter during Lent.  

Handwriting:  Write or trace from top to bottom and/or left to right on the line.  Lowercase letters are one stroke.  Leave spaces between words, but not between letters in words.  Capital and lowercase letters are different sizes.  Mystery Letter Games are fun!

Reading:  Track under what is being read.  Identify the individual sounds in a consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) word, then blend all the sounds.  Identify where a sentence begins and ends and how it should sound when read aloud by identifying the end mark.  

Letters:  ALL THE CONSONANTS!  :)  Short vowels!  

Sounds:  We rhyme all the time (which doesn't rhyme)!  We make predictions when reading or singing using rhyming!  When writing, we use rhymes to know how to spell.  We are differentiating between first, middle, and ending sounds.  We are identifying the vowel sounds in words and spelling patterns.
Students should be able to sound out (point to letters and say each individual sound) and then read (blend all sounds) words that are consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC).  Examples are: cat, dog, sip, bed, mug.

Students should also be able to identify the individual sounds in words.  Examples are:  "desk" = /d/ /e/ /s/ /k/, "five" = /f/ /I/ /v/

Word Wall Words:   I   a   is  for  not  me  my  the  on  have  to  go  see  like  do  and  it  like  go  have  to  and  we look here  at  you  with  can  are 

Other words to read:  Days of the Week, Months of the Year, day, God, Jesus, Mary, today, yesterday, tomorrow, season, weather, number, of, color, by, days of the week, color words, December, January, February,  number words zero though ten.  *End of the Year Word List has been sent home!*

Math:   Recognize the numbers 0-31. Count by 1s to 31.  Count by 5s, 10s, and 1s to 100.  Count by 2s from 0 to 20.  Count by 5s.  Identify evens and odds.   Tell time to the hour and identify times of day for usual events (i.e., lunch, dinner, arriving at school).  Match analog clocks to digital clocks.  Identify coins (penny, nickel, dime, quarter) by name.  Identify directions (i.e., top, bottom, right, left) and basic shapes.  Use a calendar.  Identify all the amounts two coins make.  Identify lines of symmetry and whether a shape is symmetrical.

Writing:  Speak in complete sentences.  Use words from the question to start your answer sentence.  Start sentences with a capital letter and end with an end mark.  Recognize when a question will have different answers or only one answer.  

Students do not have homework, but here are some activities that reinforce the learning that takes place in our classroom:

    Writing:  Write names and numbers.  Remember to start at the top!  Write on the line.  Speak in complete sentences.  Write a sentence and draw a picture to match or vice versa!

    Reading:  Read anything and everything.  Identify letters.  Spell words by looking at the letters and saying them aloud.  Sing songs.  Rhyme.

    Math:  Use the Saxon Parent Sheets.  Count anything and everything.  Identify and write numbers 1-31.  Sort anything and talk about why the items belonged together.  Ordinal numbers.  Days of the Week.  Months of the Year.  Look at calendars to better understand numbers and grid.  

See also:  The HOME or Parent section on worksheets.  

Work that is sent home in the Friday Envelope is graded work and was completed independently by the students as an assessment.  Observation of work habits and oral assessments are also part of students' evaluations for report cards and mid-quarter reports.  

Differentiated Instruction (for reinforcement and/or challenge) Activities at school include, but are not limited to:
Extra and/or leveled reading
Presenting first
Open-ended questioning
Peer tutoring
Journaling (at the beginning of the year this will be on papers that come home)
One on one, small group, and paired teaching
Concrete examples
Abstract examples

Reinforcement Activities:
abcya.com   Days of the Week and Months of the Year
                  Letter Matching
                  Learning Coins
examine and discuss calendars and clocks (analog and digital)

Challenge Activities:
Dictate words for your child to write (You say the letter, (s)he writes the word)
Have your child spell the days of the week on his/her own
Have your child spell the months of the year aloud

abcya.com Number Grid Fireworks
                100 Number Chart (Advanced)
                Money Bingo