Parent Tips

Check your child's homework folder for learning materials. Please review them. Frequent and regular review of letters sounds, letter names and high frequency words (for those who have them) will develop automaticity and lead to ease when solving new text. ***** Reading at Home The readers that go into the Take-Home folder are all familiar books that have been read at school. Students have been instructed to use the pictures to support their reading. Please do not cover them. The books are designed in that fashion and the pictures are intended to heavily support the reading of print. *****
Literacy Learning - Reading focus We have started with some new reading group. Readers will be going home with a few students, so they can share their skills with you. All material will be familiar - you just have to listen to them read. It is time for the students to shine. Our focus for these early days is to establish one-to-one correspondence: pointing to the words and saying them aloud as they do so. They should speak the same number of words as written on the page. You can have them count these words before they start reading. ***** Math - Number Sense


We use a variety of manipulatives to give students hands-on experience with developing number sense.  Never underestimate the importance of counting. Children have to do this over and over again to gain a understanding of many concepts related to NUMBER SENSE, such as:

- stable order (numbers occur in a specific order)

- cardinality (related to quantity/amount)

- magnitude (size - greater than/less than/same)


Among other manipulatives, we have 5 FRAMES and 10 FRAMES.


We have spent a lot of time (since the beginning of the year) exploring how these work.  We have been keeping count of the number of days at school.


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(FYI - 55 as of the posting of this information).  We also use a 100 chart to keep count.


We started with 5 FRAMES and learned how to build and identify numbers from 0 - 5 on them.


Below is a photo of some 5 FRAMES. The cards are flashed quickly and the children must name the number without counting.  This is some mental math practice. It helps them to visualize in their minds, making their problem solving more efficient.  Not only are they aware of the spaces with dots, but of the empty spaces, too. Students build a connections of how numbers are related to each other (5 boxes with 3 filled and 2 empty).

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The 10 FRAMES are the grids that you have seen in your child's take-home folder.  The ones used to 'build' a specific number. Other 10 FRAMES in the classroom look like this:

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The baking sheets are divided into 10, with 2 rows of 5.  Large magnets are used to build the number that is flipped from a card, rolled on a die or dice.


We are becoming more proficient with recognizing numbers from 0 - 10 that are built on the 10 FRAME and taking note of how many more make 10 (On the 10 FRAME above, the students built the number 6 and noted that empty spaces would allow for 4 more magnets to make 10). 


It has been a great start to the new school year...

It is great to see how independent these students are.  They know how to do so much for themselves.  We will be building on this as the year goes on.  Knowing that it may take a while to acquire new skills, we have built in the time to allow for practice and review of new learning in the students' growing independence.
Thanks to parents who are supporting their children in their growth by letting them have the opportunities to 'struggle' through new learning.  These 'struggles' build independence, perseverance, confidence.  The message is always, "Yes, you can."
In learning new skills and competencies we rely on this growth model:
I do.  We do.  You do.
This allows for a supportive and comfortable release of control for new learning to take place.  We share the confidence that they are competent and capable.

Welcome to a new school year...

This section of the site will provide insight to some concepts that are being explored in the classroom.  As we go through the year, information will be shares with parents on how to support your children at home, websites to visit for more information, etc.