“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 Centers

This is what we are doing in centers this week:

Reading- We are working on reading comprehension.  We are reading books and stopping after a few pages to ask ourselves: “What is happening in the story?

Word work- Students are working on their word sorts and then choosing an activity focusing on rhyming, middle sounds, ending sounds, wand making sentences.

Writing- We are continuing on April words that include Easter, hatching of a chick, spring words, and Earth day words. We are working on writing nice and neat.  Students are also practicing creating sentences with word puzzle pieces

Art- We will be doing dot art this week!  Students are reinforcing their fine motor skills by using their pincher grasp on their q-tips!

Writer’s Workshop

We are focusing our lessons based on the book The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.  We are asking ourselves the questions; ”What are problems in the world?  How can we solve the problem?”  Then we will be using this information to write letters, songs, and petitions.

Social Skills

We are thinking about ways to fix the problems we see in the world.  This will help us see beyond ourselves and the classroom.

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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Helpful Links

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