Thursday, January 28, 2016

FAST WINTER ASSESSMENT & a couple other things...

Last week, the teachers at Keystone Elementary administered the winter FAST assessment. This assessment is used to determine if your student is proficient in reading. The areas that were assessed for winter are: letter sounds, nonsense words, onset (beginning sounds), and word segmenting. From here, we will progress the students that are "in the red." We have 5 students that are going to be progressed monitored, based on this assessment. I was pleased with our results and the kids that were progress monitored in the pass, showed great improvement. If you would like to know your child's FAST outcome, please contact me and I can send this information. 

Guided Reading
I have started sending books home that your child is reading during our Guided Reading time. They come in 3-4 sheets, but you have to put them together. I know, it's time consuming, but it's very important and FUN that your kinder gets to share this with you. They work very hard all week to learn these books and better their reading skills!

Chatty Chart
This week, I introduced a new classroom behavior tool. The first part is called the "Chatty Chart." If the students show disrespectful behavior, they get a check by their name. This is how the checks breakdown:
2= 5 mins from recess
3= 10 mins from recess
4= all of recess
5 or more= I communicate with parents and/or they visit with Mr. Junge.
Thank goodness, after the first day, nothing over 3!
If they don't get marks throughout the day, I punch their mon-star punch card. These are hanging by the window and they love checking them out.  If they fill up their card, they get to pick something special! Some of the ideas they came up with are: lunch in the room, lunch with a parent (if possible), bring something to share from home, or extra iPad time. 

Wow! That's a lot of info! As always, let me know if you have any questions. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

What We Have Been Up To

Last week, we started doing Math Workstations and Sight Word Workstations. Math Workstations are about 15-20 minutes and include 4 different groups. The students get to work on different math skills for each workstation. For example, the first rotations were included: addition, subtraction, & counting/sorting with math tubs. This is a great way for us to expand on the learning that we do during Whole Group Math. 

Sight Word Workstations also involve 4 different rotations that last 15-20 min. These stations are more independent than our math stations. We have games, writing, practicing, and building for a lot of these stations. For our first rotations we had: Rainbow Writing, Roll and Write, Sentence Building, and  Catch the Sight Words (game). We also worked very hard to get all of our sight words cut out and put into baggies, so that we can use them here at school. 

Yesterday and today, we worked on making a Jolly Phonics poster to take home. The JP sounds on this poster are the more difficult sound that we work with. On the posters, there is a picture and a word to match the sound. 

Here are some pics!

Jolly Phonics Assessment

As you all know, Jolly Phonics is very important!! It's important for kinders when they are reading and writing! At conferences, I shared with you where your student was with these sounds. I just reassessed everyone and made a graph to show where everyone is now, compared to the fall.  Instead of putting names on the graph, I put numbers (on the bottom) and I have a key as to who is what number. The green line at the top is where we want kinders to be with Jolly Phonics sounds. Please email me to get your kinder's number.

Right before Christmas, I sent home some Jolly Phonics cards that you can practice with. At conferences, I handed out a booklet with all of the actions. I would be happy to send home these things again, if you lost them. If you have any questions, please email me.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

B Blogpost- Books!!!

I know you have all heard it before, but sharing stories and reading with your child at home is SO IMPORTANT!! I just started taking a class called "Exploring Early Literacy" and we talked a lot the first night about the difference between kids that read at home and get read, vs. kids that sit in front of gaming systems all of the time. At school, I can tell which kids get read to at home because they have great imaginations and are more likely to write stories, or even a sentence without much assistance. It shows through their enjoyment of stories here at school as well. Right now, we are reading Charlotte's Web, so even chapter books can be useful. I hope that you all take a little time out of your day to read to your kinder! If you are ever in a rut with books, I would be more than willing to suggest some books to read, or even let you borrow some.

I do send home "take home books" with the students that return them. Please let me know if you are not getting one, or if you misplaced a book. These are easy reads and it will allow you 10 minutes to spend some time with your child. Sight word practice is also a great thing to be working on at home, along with Jolly Phonics sounds.

As always, let me know if you have any questions.