Archive for December 15th 2013

This page is linked above. Make sure to check it once a week as it is updated just as often.

Here is a list of activities you can practice at home with your child:

  • Read at least 20 minutes a night
  • Practice writing first and last name
  • Practice writing the alphabet
  • Practice writing numbers 1-50
  • Here is a link to primary writing paper:
  • Practice counting by 1’s to 80
  • Practice counting by 5’s to 80
  • Practice counting by 10’s to 100
  • Letter identification (out of sequence)
  • Number Identification 1-50 (out of sequence)
  • Practice putting numbers 1 – 50 in order
  • Missing number (1, _, 3) (12, _, 14)
  • Letter sounds – here is a fun song we use in class:
  • Short vowel sounds
  • Long vowel sounds –
  • Chopping out words
  • Identifying the beginning of a story
  • Knowing if  a story is fiction or non-fiction
  • Rainbow write sight words



  • Practice tying shoes
  • Practice zipping and closing buttons
  • Getting on winter gear independently
  • Practice reading color words
  • The students have been learning the sign language (ASL) alphabet, below is a picture to help reinforce at home:

*List will be updated and we continue to grow and develop

Also, please continue to study the letters we have gone over in class and practice reading and writing our sight words.

  • Letters we have studied: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss, Cc, Nn, Gg, Ee, Xx
  • Sight Words we have learned: I, am, like, a, can, the, see, is, here, and, to, my, be, are, have, we, on, in, look, big, little, come, go, at, run, said, it, me, you, up

Room 104 Families,

Sight Words: up, you, me

Previous Sight Words: I, am, like, a, can, see, the, is, here, and, to, be, my, are, have, we, on, in, look, big, little, come, go, at, run, said, it

We do numerous activities with these words throughout the week. We will also learn sight word songs.

Letter of the Week: Xx

Previous Letters: Ll, Aa, Ff, Tt, Pp, Bb, Ss, Cc, Nn, Gg, Ee

Remember to have your child cut out images from the newspaper or magazines that begin with our letter of the week so we can make our letter book.

 Morning Meeting:

  • This week students will do the French Fry Greeting, Gingerbread Poem Shared Reading Activity, and gingerbread person sharing.

    • If your child has not yet completed and turned in their gingerbread person, please make sure they do so as soon as possible. The sharing schedule is linked above.

Literacy/Literacy Centers:

  • What we will be doing at centers this week:

    • Teacher Time – Guided Reading

    • Word Work – Rainbow Words, word family sort, color by sight word, word match

    • Listening – Listen to The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School and draw a picture of their favorite part

    • Writing -Students will pick from the topic cards and use those to help them write

    • Computer – Starfall

    • Read to Self and Read to Someone – Read

  • A skill we will be working on this week is identifying what happened at the beginning of the story and if the story is fiction or non-fiction

  • Practice writing upper and lowercase Xx

  • Complete the predictable sentence, “‘Can you pick me up?’ said the _______.”  This will be made into another one of our wonderful class books

  • We will have a focus of working on cvc (consonant [short] vowel consonant) words

  • We will play bingo with nonsense words so that there can be a focus on all sounds in the “word”

  • We will be working a lot on story elements this week – character, setting, problem, solution. Some books we will read to go along with this are holiday books, but we will mostly be using Mouse Shapes.

    • Students will use shapes to create a new object just like the mice in the book

  • Practice our Who Let the Letters Out? song. It is linked on The Things to Work on at Home page above


  • Roll and Record with two dice

  • Numbers before, between, and after

  • Color, Count, and Graph

  • Missing numbers

  • Hot Chocolate Addition

  • ST Math

  • Math Journals


  • Write in four steps describing getting dressed in winter gear

  • Write about the new shape object they made

  • New Year’s Classroom Resolution

  • Independent journals

Things to Know:

  • Please check regularly and use the Things To Be Working On At Home link to above.

  • We have started a program called ST Math. Many of the students refer to it as JiJi. JiJi is the penguin they do math activities with. I have sent home the instructions for how the students can do math with JiJi at home. They must know their password. At this point the students should know their password. I am not assigning homework for ST Math, but please feel free to let your child work on the program at home. If you can, sit with them and ask them what they are doing/learning.

  • Pennies for the Philippines is something Ray School is doing to raise money for the people impacted by the typhoon in the Philippines. Please consider donating any amount. I will be collecting the money through December 17th which will be sent through the Red Cross.

  • It is that time if the year where students start bringing lots of articles of clothing with them to recess. It is very important that students can independently put their outside gear on. Please practice if they are unable to. Also, remember to label everything.

  • This week we will be eating gingerbread men cookies and drinking hot chocolate one day during our lessons. If you do not want your child to participate in the food part please let me know through email ( as soon as possible.

  • There is no school Dec. 23 – Jan. 3 for winter break

  • Library books are due every Tuesday.

  • If you would like to volunteer in the classroom just let me know. The most needed time is literacy centers, but volunteers are welcomed at all other times of the school day. If you would like to work something out regularly or just every once in a while, let me know. We would love to have you!

Ms. Maltz