Friday and an end of a good thing :o)


Friday was officially the last day that we did anything pumpkin related.  Our new theme starts on Monday.  We will however continue on with learning about patterns, skip counting, number sense, one more and less, beginning and end sounds, writing sentences, word families and letter blends  and so on like we have been doing all along.  I will very much be teaching concepts all year as opposed to in concentrated units. We will have a series of mini lessons that build on what we already know – kids and adult both learn better when they can connect it with something they are already familiar with.

Friday we created some very colorgul posters that show what we know about what people need to live and about what different pets need to live - we talked about how many of those thigns are the same!  The grade ones are very insightful : o )

Guided reading groups will be starting very soon – the class is excited about this!  Friday was also our very first successfully carried out reading buddies with Mrs. Taylor’s grade 6 class.  They were such awesome mentors for my class – we are super lucky to have been able to partner with them. The grade 6’s read to us this week, next week the grade ones will be reading to them!

I am going to take a few minutes to respond to a parent question I got Friday. What are some websites that would be beneficial to my child if they really want to be on the computer?

  • http://starfall.com  – This is one of my kid’s favorites. Each letter can be interacted with; sounds, words, matching upper case and lower case.  It is easy for kids to navigate and with a little instruction they will be independently able to use this site. There is also e-reader books, a great alphabet song to review letter sounds and so on.

  • http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login – Raz Kids is a great place for online interactive reading.  The kids love these books.

  • http://funbrain.com – there is a lot on this site – creative thinking games, word games, math games – even mad libs.

  • http://pbskids.org  -  word games, science games, math games and other fun games to help your child become more computer literate and think critically.

  • http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login - lots of great games on this site too.  Even though they may seem a little “young” sometimes playing something you can be successful at will build confidence, and reviewing is always a great idea!

  •  http://www.scholastic.com/parents/play/ - again lots of phonics and reading awareness games to play.


If you know of some great website feel free to share them below or email them to me and I can add them to the next post :o)

If you ever have any questions feel free to ask – that is what I am here for!



Erica Hildebrand