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9/9/12 Newsletter
Sunday, September 9, 2012 7:55 PM

Dear Families,


It’s hard not to look back on the week with wonder and delight.  I saw industrious children hard at work and play, struggling to solve their problems and proud of their accomplishments.  As the breeze comes into the windows and our Sunday pot roast simmers away, I’m looking forward to another week at school.  Really, what could be better?

The Three Little Pigs

We read many versions of the classic story about responsibility.  Each student made models of the houses and main characters, and had fun retelling the stories in their favorite ways.  
Those little houses were blowing all over the room!  Our literacy-comprehension goal this week was “visualizing the story,” and the retelling helps with that.  

The Three Bears

This week we’ll read a story about a girl who struggles with self-control.  We will work with retelling again, and make a cool pop-up book.  Be sure to make some porridge for breakfast this week!

Daily 5

There are 5 daily literacy tasks that will lead to growth in reading.  We have been practicing them one at a time, and soon, students will be able to do these independently while Emily and I are working one on one and with small groups.  The Daily 5 are
*Word Work (like spelling, word sorts, and lexia)
*Reading Alone (looking at books, reading “just right” books)
*Reading Together ( with a partner or in a small group)
*Listening to stories (in a big group or on the computer)
*Work on Writing (weekend news, stories, or writer’s workshop work.)

Math

We are working on developing number sense and on visualizing story problems.  We are creating a fairy tale number book that is full of ways to represent each number.  

Book Clubs

This week we’ll be sending the bookclub selection sheet home!  Watch your BEE book for more info!

Parent Information Night

Thanks for the great turnout at Parent Information Night!  I was especially happy that so many of you got to hear Patrick speak.  Thanks for all you do,

Kristin