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These are the textbooks used in class:
Science and Math: Scott Foresman: envision MATH http://www.pearsonsuccessnet.com
Reading: Houghton Mifflin http://www.eduplace.com/kids
Social Studies: (Brand new this year) Macmillan McGraw-Hill http://www.macmillanmh.com
What are we learning in ...
...Math:
Graphing: Asking questions, collecting data, sorting objects, organizing data and making generalizations.

Algebra: Recognizing attributes/characteristics of objects and noticing groups and patterns in everyday situations.

Number Sense: Counting, reading, writing and sequencing numbers. Understanding sets, comparing, estimating and verifying. Showing awareness and modeling addition and subtraction in every day life.

Measurement: Understanding size, weight, time. Using nonstandard units to measure objects.

Geometry: Recognizing, describing, comparing the attributes of basic shapes. Correctly using the terms: Over, under, above, beside, below, top, and bottom.

...Language Arts:
Letter Recognition: Visually recognize and identify letters of the alphabet.

Letter Formation: Properly form letters, correctly holding pencils and using correct posture.

Letter-Sound Association (Phonics): Learn letter sounds independently and be able to blend to make words.

Phonological Awareness (Ability to think and manipulate different parts of spoken language): Being able to rhyme, listen for beginning and ending sounds and alliteration(different words, same beginning sound)

Sight Words: Learn a unique set of words without the help of decoding.

Text Comprehension: Use background knowledge, prior experience and phonics so text makes sense.
...Science:
Five Senses: Sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell

Life Science: 1) Kinds of animals, their growth, movement, body parts and coverings.
2) Kinds of plants, their parts, seeds, growth and how people use plants.

Earth Science: 1) Landforms, rocks, soil, water and natural resources.           
2) Weather, seasons, tracking and predicting

Physical Science: 1) Sorting, moving objects, magnets and how we use tools.
2) Water’s characteristics, sink/float, how it changes

...Social Studies:
How do friends get along?
Why do people live in neighborhoods?
What kinds of work do people do?
What meanings do national symbols have?
Why do we study about the past?

Developmental Profile
Social: Chooses friends, plays cooperatively, understand rules and shows an awareness/concern for others’ feelings

Self-help: Knows street address, city and phone number, Ties shoes and dresses self

Communication: Retells a story, speaks in sentences, takes turns in conversations, asks for word definitions and can tell a make-believe story in their own words.

Gross Motor Skills: Jumps Rope, Hops on one foot, Runs, catches a ball, skips, walks backward

Small Motor Skills: Holds pencil correctly, writes name, holds scissors correctly, cuts simple shapes, and able to use glue.

Homework
Sent home at the beginning of the month and due on the last school day.
The assignments reinforce what is being taught in school.
Homework should average about 15-20 minutes per day.
To encourage good study habits, students should have space set aside with crayons, pencils, glue and scissors available.

Book Charms
Book Charms are used to encourage and reward reading. When your child reads (or is read to), write the title on the list. Return the list when filled and I’ll add a book charm to their necklace. When the necklace has 5 charms, they’ll wear the necklace home and begin a new list and necklace.
Journals and Memory Books
Journals inspire writing. Along with all the other writing we do in class, journals are a sample of your child’s work. They are given a topic once a week and they’re responsible for everything else: Writing, picture, spelling and grammar. Journals are a beautiful keepsake of your child’s beginning writing skills.
Memory books are also a wonderful memento of your child’s first year at Graystone Elementary. Every month, a different page is completed. Each page reflecting a monthly theme and showing your child’s growth in their abilities and skills.

 

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