The spelling words for Apr. 6-10 are: brown, where, been, toy, I'll, maybe, room, could, ever, new, own, read, breath, trouble, small
For academic areas of study during April, 2015, please click on the pdf "newsletter, April, 2015" below.
MAKE YOUR OWN DRAGON; As you know the children have recently completed reading the book "My Father's Dragon." In class they are each completing the writing of a new chapter for the book - and they are so much fun - what great imaginations! REMINDER: The students were to have made their own dragons - and the directions were sent home, but here they are again:
No taller than 24" * Be made of some type of paper * Be securely fastened to a piece of string (which will be used to hang it) * Be three-dimensional.
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, writing, etc.) that matches our daily work. Math homework is to be turned in daily, the Language Arts assignment is to be turned in on Friday. The Reading Log is to be turned in on Friday morning.
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 third quarter they will be on a mixture of addition and subtraction facts, 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!