“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a good book.” -Dr. Seuss

“I am thrilled to be back at City Academy for another year.  I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to help children learn to love reading and also learn how to read themselves!”

Melanie Gunn
Kindergarten Language Arts Teacher


Inside the Classroom


Students are growing as readers every day!  For the next two weeks we will be working on a snow theme during our rotations.  Students work with me one-on-one every day!  This is what we are doing in centers this week:

Reading- students are working on blending with me and then reading their guided reading books

Word work- Students are working on their word sorts and then choosing an activity focusing on letter/sound correspondence, rhyming, or word families.

Writing- students are finding snow and new year’s words I have hidden all around the room!  They also created a snowman before winter break and wrote about it this week.  These are hung up in our room.  Check them out!

Art- Students are making collage snowflakes and snowmen.


Writer’s Workshop

We have started a new writing unit!  Students are working on how-to books.  Right now we are  coming up with ideas for what we can teach people how to do!  At home start talking to your child about all the things they know how to do and break down the steps.   When writing we are also working on remembering to use use a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence, use our finger spaces, and using a period at the end of the sentence.

Social Skills

We have been reviewing the C.A.R.E.S. (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control) rules and expectations as a class.  We have been discussing examples of these rules throughout our school day.

Weekly Homework

We want our students to love reading so much they will choose to read a book instead of watching TV.  We will be sending home our new books every week.  Depending on your child’s reading ability, you should be reading to your child or listening to them read for at least 20 minutes a night.  After you read with your child, we encourage you to ask questions about the story.  Asking questions after you read will help develop reading comprehension. We want the children to journal about the books at home.  Three journal entries a week is plenty.  Journals should be stored in the library book bags.  Book bags will come home on Mondays with new books and must be returned on Fridays.

The focus of homework should be reading, journaling and sight words.

Sight words- 10 minutes per night

– Sight words are intended to be a fun activity that you can do with your child.   IT IS ALL ABOUT THE GROWTH THEY MAKE!

RAZ Kids (Kids A-Z)- not required but recommended

-Students will have access to hundreds of books on their reading level.  Once a week I ask that they record themselves reading a book on the app so I can hear how they read at home.  Sometimes I may assign a specific assignment.  I will let you know when I do assign one.

Reading- 20 minutes per night

  • Please read with your child (if they can read, then have them read the book to you; if they cannot read the book, read to them. Have them pick out some of the words they know!)
  • Ask some questions from the reading questions I sent home.

Journaling– 1 time a week (students should draw a detailed picture and either dictate or write at least two sentences about the story)

-Have them write at least three sentences answering the questions you discussed earlier in the book.  Make sure they label their pictures.

Homework Breakdown 102218
Sight Word List Revised 8.12
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