Friday, September 8, 2017

Week Two

Our first four-day week is complete.  Next week we will have our first Monday of school.  This week involved a lot of learning of routines again, and also some assessments.  It's nice to get a feel for where the kids are at before jumping into curriculum work.  The students did narrative and opinion writing.  Next week they will do informational writing.  They also did a spelling inventory and a math pre-assessment.  It takes a long time to get the routines down, but it's worth the time now, so that things will go smoothly (more smoothly?) later.
In math we learned about subitizing numbers.  This is when you just know an amount because you recognize a shape or pattern.  Think about dice, you don't need to count the dots, you just know.  We will specifically use ten-frames to emphasize numbers' relationship to 10.  This will also help the second graders to talk about and "show how they know" when they solve math problems.  Being able to communicate your math thinking is so important.
Next week I will start individual reading assessments.  They are time consuming, but sooo valuable.  This will help me to have a good idea of good fit books as well as good fit next steps in reading.  Good fit books are ones that your child can read with 98-99% accuracy.  Good fit books are the fastest way to get better at reading.  We discussed good fit books by comparing them to shoes.  Different shoes are worn for different occasions and they reflect a person's interests.  However, if I need sneakers to play a particular sport, I can't just grab a pair of my husband's sneakers, the sneakers need to fit me.  The discussion about good fit books goes on all year.  I appreciate your help in finding and reinforcing reading good fit books.

We have a visiting author in two weeks.  This week in the folder there is a form if you are interested in buying a signed copy of one of Katherine Roy's books.  Also, in the folder is picture ordering forms.  Our picture day is Tuesday, September 19th.
We met the new student who is joining our class on Monday.  She is from China and doesn't know much English yet.  The students were SO friendly when they met her!
Have a great weekend,

Caren

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