Welcome to our class website! I am excited to work with your students in our learning adventures this year. We have wonderful things happening at Keller and in our classroom that will benefit your students, some of which are detailed below.
Our class will often have projects in progress. We will start slow as students learn how to work through projects together. Projects motivate, develop a deeper understanding of concepts, allow opportunities for public speaking, and teach students how to work in groups. Most projects will be completed in class, but we will occasionally need help from home. NOTE: Please do NOT spend money on projects. As we will at school, use materials you find at home or in the library.
I do not believe the typical weekly spelling process teaches spelling well. Few students apply the spelling concepts in their work after memorizing words for weekly spelling tests. Instead, we will focus on spelling concepts (phonics) in class. Students will study and analyze words in class and at home.
Homework should take 20 minutes for activities and 20 minutes of reading. Please don't let homework turn into battles at home. If homework turns into a struggle at home, contact me. I have ideas for fixing this.
Homework will look different in our class. It will commonly include choice board activities, learning math facts, word study, and reading, of course. The most important part of homework is the nightly reading. We teach reading at school. Unfortunately, we don't have enough time for much independent reading practice at school. Students who practice reading regularly at home accomplish the most each year.
I encourage you to read with your children at least 20 minutes every day and make reading time special to develop a love of reading and learning. This also increases their vocabulary and helps them develop more knowledge of their world. This is true no matter your home language.
As the love of reading develops, your child will start reading on his/her own or asking to read to you. If not at this stage yet, making reading time special will slowly move your child in this direction.
Snacks, Breakfast, & Water Bottles
Please send healthy snacks with your child. I tell the children that sugar, in any form, should not be one of the first three items on the ingredients list. Students should also bring a water bottle. The brain should be hydrated for optimal learning. I also suggest a high-protein, low-sugar breakfast, especially if your child struggles with behavior.
Finally, our class is always open. Feel free to volunteer or observe our classroom at any time. We love our adult visitors! If you have any questions or would like more information, please call, email, or stop by after school.
Find spelling sounds (i.e. find sneaky E words that say the long a, as in take and fame) all around: in store names, in books, on street signs, etc.
Read road signs
Take turns reading sentences while reading together
Challenge kids to read a word before you sound it out
Read a word wrong, wonder why that word doesn’t make sense, and ask you child for help figuring out the word.
Spend an evening at the library or at a local bookstore
Have students read interactive books on the computer through the local library
Name a category (i.e. animals, foods, sports). Example uses animals. The first person names an animal starting with A, the next names an animal starting with B, and so on. Twist: Players spell the words for points.
Use playing cards for addition or subtraction games
Use dominoes for addition or subtraction games
Use dice for addition or subtraction games
Mountain addition game
Teach your child about measurements while cooking together
Play math games on the computer
Add the numbers on each license plate and see who can find the one adding up to the largest number.
Estimate and weigh objects - Have your child estimate weight and then weigh the object
Measure items around the house or yard. Track daily temperatures.
At the grocery store – add and subtract prices, count the produce, weigh the produce, add up coupon savings.
Reading / Writing - Take turns describing a character in a book you’ve read and guessing which character is being described
Reading / Writing - Take a favorite song and take turns changing the words
Verbal / Writing - Play a game in which one of you describes an object or person and has the other person guess what it is
Verbal / Writing – Make up a story together. Take turns adding one sentence at a time.
Oral Writing - Make up poems together when in the car
Writing - Write a letter to a friend, family member, or me
Science - Take a nature walk, make a sticky bracelet by looping packing tape, sticky side out, around the wrist to collect small items - leaves, acorns, twigs, pebbles, etc.
Discover - Take turns aksing each other questions about what you see: How many signs do you see? How do you spell the color of that butterfly?
Discovery - encourage hypothesizing - ask lots of open-ended questions during everyday activities, like taking a bath, riding in the car, or shopping (What will happen when you put different objects in water - soap, a sock, a shampoo bottle? Which ones will float? Which ones will sink? Why or why not?)
Discovery - build anything: blanket or pillow forts, tree forts, build with building blocks, dominoes, or a deck of cards