“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

mgunn@cityacademyschool.org

Inside the Classroom

Reading

Students are growing as readers every day!  This week we will be working on a feelings 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.  We are also working on diagraphs!  We have learned ch, ck, ph, gh, kn, ll, ng ph, gh, qu, sh,th,wh,wr.   Diagraphs are when two letters make one sound.  Fun activity to do at home:  Put some shaving cream on the table and give your child a word that starts or ends with a diagraph.  Have them write it in the shaving cream!

 

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 feelings words I have hidden all around the room and are listing words that rhyme with glad.  They are also making stories about when they felt surprised and when they felt angry.

 

Art- Students are focusing on what their face looks like this week!  Today students drew a picture of themselves using the closest skin color that we have in our multicultural markers pack.  They also made their clothes using wrapping paper.  Later this week they will be looking in the mirror and trying to draw their face when it is excited, angry, bored, etc.

Writer’s Workshop

We have had so much fun learning how to make how-to books!  This week students are working with partners to finish up a how-to book.  They are also beginning to write their own!  At home try giving directions using the words first, next, then, and last.  This will help reinforce the words we are using in class.

Social Skills

We are working on responsibility this week.  Students are working on being responsible for their items in class and making sure they put everything away nice and neat.

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– 3 times a week (students should draw a detailed picture and write at least 3 sentences about the story)

Homework Breakdown 102218
Sight Word List Revised 8.12
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