I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving break, and enjoy your families and lots of great food!
The Spelling words for the week of December 1-5 are: we, bee, need, queen, mean, leaf, thief, chief, pony, keys, grow, toe, after, every, special
For academic areas of study during November, 2014, please click on the pdf "newsletter November 2014" below.
Monday through Thursday nights all students will have homework. It will consist of a math sheet that matches and reinforces the math lesson taught that day, reading OUT LOUD for at least 15 minutes (recorded on their Reading Log and signed by a parent), and a Language Arts assignment (spelling, grammar, vocabulary, etc.) that matches our daily work. Math homework is to be turned in daily, the Language Arts assignment is completed during the week but turned in on Friday morning. The Reading Log is to be turned in on Friday mornings.
The FIELD TRIP to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is coming up for our class on December 12th. We are so looking forward to this trip and are preparing to make the most of it through reading various books about that time, discussions about that time, and about the "feast" which reminds us of the feast our ancestors shared at the first Thanksgiving. The students will get to see a live educational production and enjoy a meal during the performance.
NATIVE AMERICAN PROJECT: Students were assigned a "Mini Museum Display" project, which is due December 11th. Because 5 weeks were given to complete the project, no projects will be accepted late. Parents, please help your child complete the display (in a shoe box, as described in the information pages sent home). Also, because the children will present their display to the class just after December 11th, it might be a good idea to have your child present their display to you as practice before they present in class. The five items I look for in order to grade this project are listed as items a-e on the information pages sent home. A handy web site which might be helpful is www.mrdonn.org/nativeamericans.
Please check your child's agenda every day. This is the primary way you and I have to communicate with one another. Write in any special notes you want me to see - including for example, if your child will leave a little early for a doctor's appointment, or that they will need to stay in aftercare, or be picked up by someone other than the usual person, etc.
Also in the agenda, your child writes the number from our Clip Chart Behavior Plan on which they ended the day. You will be provided with a copy the the Clip Chart Behavior Plan, but here's a quick overview: All students begin each day on "Ready to Learn" (4 points). During the day their choices may cause their "clip" to move up or down on a range from 1 (lowest) to 7 (highest). At the end of the day every student marks their ending clip points in their agenda. 20 or more points for the week earns "Wondrous Whelks Treasure Box" on Friday afternoon - Hurrah!
In math we are working on basic math facts. Assessments will be given each week (usually Wednesdays) throughout the year. During this second quarter they will be on subtraction facts, third quarter is a mixture of addition and subtraction, and during the fourth quarter it will be multiplication. These math fact assessments are 20 problems to be completed within a two minute time frame. Parents, please help your child learn these important math facts so they may answer them as "fast as a snap."
I want each of you to always feel very comfortable coming to visit our classroom, and coming to me with any questions or concerns. You may contact me through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org (use "Student" in the subject line), by writing notes in your child's agenda, or by calling 352-259-2300. Also, please continue to check this website regularly to stay updated on all that we will be doing this year.
Students will be working on proper computer keyboarding skills during this year. Below is a web site they may log on at home and practice as much as they want! PLEASE encourage them to do this - it's fun and an important skill - and something they can work on any time. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing/flash/stage1.shtml
Math and Social Studies: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com. When you log into Think Central choose " Florida" for the state, "The Villages Charter District" for the district, and "Villages Charter School Interm School" for the school.
Typing: Spend more time working on proper computer keyboarding skills. Below is a web site they may log on at home and practice as much as they want! Please help kids spend about 10-15 minutes each night doing this - it's a fun and an important skill - and something they can work on all year long - and the summer too!