Woah! Busiest week ever! We wrote reports and got our portfolios ready. We had presenters teach us about fire safety, stranger danger and flying. We cleaned out tote trays and started cleaning the room. If your kids aren't exhausted yet, there isn't much more we can do!! Field and DJ day here we come!!
We will see you at the Summer Birthday Snack/Portfolio Share on Monday at 12:15 (Note the time change, check your email for details).
Happy last Friday :)
ALSO: Reading Rendezvous is tomorrow! Please check it out at Lousacc Library, 12-4
Summer is long and sunny in Alaska, and we want you to have time together as a family and enjoy it! However, the summer can be destructive to student learning, without consistent practice in reading, writing, and math, students can lose skills over the summer and that "catch up" time in the fall can really cut into the school year! We hope to provide an opportunity to spend valuable time with your child doing some student-driven learning activities in these areas. Below you will find a variety of packets and resources by subject, general supports and summer camp/tutoring opportunities.
Below you will find a packet with all the steps, ideas and resources for
"How to Create a Writing Practice with Your Child"
Additionally, this is a great blog resource to provide direction in supporting writing:
First of all, just get your child to READ! This is best accomplished by helping connect your child with books they are excited about! If in doubt, ask them about authors they liked in our classroom, either in book club, through author study or from read aloud. Title Wave (maybe?) and the thrift store can provide cheap options and give students CHOICE without breaking the bank. Scholastic just came out with a series called "Branches" which is great for readers beginning chapter books. They are arranged by grade level, have some "boy" and "girl" targeted subjects and include enough pictures to be accessible in the younger grades.
The local libraries in Anchorage also have such a great selection and can be incorporated into a fun a weekly/monthly routine.
Additionally here is a great blog resource to guide you in asking higher level reading comprehension questions about books you and your child read together, there is a pdf of question ideas below as well:
If your child is in our class they worked on spelling all year by going through Dolch Word lists. These lists cover the 300 most common words in the English language. If they have not graduated their Sight Words let us know if you'd like to know which list they are on and we can get you that information so you can download the next lists and then use the attached spelling menu to practice over the summer!
Here is a link to ALL the Dolch Word Lists up through 3rd Grade if you want to go:
These packets provide worksheets and problems across the spread of mathematical skills. Be on the lookout for your child's XtraMath Log-in for fluency practice over the summer.
This blog has some practical, hands-on ideas, and the image at the bottom shows how a variety of games naturally support mathematical skills and which skill they support!
Below you will find a variety of ideas and strategies for practicing every subject at home, there are some great ideas in there.
SUMMER CAMPS AND TUTORING:
Here are a bunch of educational opportunities and camps your child could try out this summer! Kick off literacy with the first event at the local library mentioned above.
The days are flying by! We only have 8 days of school left AND SO MUCH FUN STILL NEEDS TO BE HAD!!
This week we did a lot of finishing and prepping for our upcoming Portfolio Tea, we cant wait to see you next Monday May 22, 2017 at 1:30. On Thursday, we had our Welcome Tea. Kindergarten visited our classroom with our future Elders, and our Elders visied Cindy and Joel.
Enjoy the sun and check out the fun we had this week below.
So much Homer fun!
What an awesome performance! Great job friends :)
Sheyna, the marine biologist that visited and bike to school day pictures!
Whale watching and identification!
Way to go Lexia friends
We had a week full of fun learning about different creatures that live in and around our oceans including whales, sea otters, marine birds and tidepools that invertebrates call home.
Kaylee did a fantastic job teaching the class about Tae Kwon Do, and even taught the teachers to break a board! Hai!
Shout out to all of our fantastic track stars! It was awesome to see so much school spirit and to see students getting exercise outside.
Can't wait to see you this weekend exploring the tide pools :)
Great job Kaylee! You kicked butt!
Yay track stars!!! What impressive feats of strength and speed :)
Bird studies with Laura and Veronica, marine biologists! They brought in many species of stuffed birds, played migration games, talked about the dangers of pollution and trash on the beach and introduced students to bird watching. What an amazing afternoon :)
Look at this cozy read-in with our small class on Friday 🙂