Monday, September 17, 2012

Our Fourth Week!

Monday, September 17, 2012

    We have a very busy week this week: 
Open house is Thursday, September 20th. You can visit classrooms from 5-6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Please remember food and beverages cannot be brought into the classrooms.

Progress reports will be sent home Friday, September 21st.  This will be the first year your child receives numerical grades. Please remember a numerical grade for an S from kindergarten can run from a 74 to an 89. Write down all your questions for our conferences in October.

Spelling is new for our kids this year. We are starting a program called, "Words Their Way." This was a district adoption which incorporates phonics, word study, and word families as a way to increase reading ability and spelling. Students were given a spelling inventory as an assessment. They were then placed into spelling groups according to the spelling patterns they needed to learn. Once a child works through their word lists for a spelling pattern they move to the next generalization they need to learn. This is a very individualized spelling program. Last week the children practiced sorting and writing words. This week they will practice with words that will be on their spelling test next week. This is the hard part for parents. The students will work with 18-to 25 words that fit the spelling pattern. Their spelling test will be on 12 of the words that the teacher chooses from the list. This strategy teaches the child to learn the spelling pattern rather memorizing a word for a test. Memorized words almost  never appear spelled correctly in daily writing. 

Soon we will teach your child how to access Odyssey, a lesson program site the district purchased. Students can assess the site from home. Their sign in is the first five letters of their last name, the first three letters of their first name, then 000 or 001. Their password is their lunch number. (Ex: martiann000) Click on the word Odyssey to access the log in page.

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