I am in my 39th year at Holy Childhood School. This has really been my home away from home, since I am a Holy Childhood graduate, as well as my father and daughter. I graduated from Blackburn College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and concentrations in Spanish and Psychology.
My husband, Brett, and I have a daughter, Elizabeth, and son-in-law, Trevor. I am the proud grandmother of Liam and Samuel.
I enjoy reading, cooking, and spoiling my grandsons!
4th- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
5th- St John Neumann
6th- St Andre Bessette
9th- Baptism of the Lord- end of the Christmas season
21st- St. Agnes
24th- St. Francis de Sales
25th- Conversion of Paul
MATH- We are now working on addition facts to 18, and then subtraction facts from 18. Please have your child work on these areas when they do IXL.
PHONICS/READING/WRITING – we are currently working on words using long “o”. We are using the rules -o-e, -oe, -oa-, -ow, -old, -oo-, -ou-, and -o.
There is a website called progressivephonics.com for extra reading practice. I sent home a page for you to find the site and sign off as stories are read. Please complete the short vowel stories as I will be sending home a sheet for long vowel stories.
READING COUNTS – We are now taking tests on Friday morning with our Buddies. You may still take as many tests as you wish at home with your child. But they will still need to have 2 stories read for Friday. You may read the stories, your child may read or you can do a shared reading for these books. These tests are very good practice for reading comprehension right now. As the year goes on more will be able to take tests on their own. You may use any books you have at home or use the books your child checks out from the library, or from my classroom library. Please help your child take the Scholastic Reading Inventory test soon. When you go to take that test it is the one on the left instead of right. You may read the test to your child and it will go until they miss a certain numbers of answers.
KEEP watching for proper formation and neatness of all letters/numbers as your child writes. Make sure letters are not started at the bottom. Watch for reversals and correct them as they occur. Have your child “pinch” the pencil, not write with their thumb wrapped around their first finger. I have noticed a lot of children needing to work on holding pencils correctly.
RELIGION- we are reading about our saints for December and holy days. We are also working on an advent project and will be reading about the nativity story and making characters each day to go along with the story. Please send in empty T.P. rolls for our characters.
SCIENCE- We have continued to read about animals, their needs, what they eat and how they survive in their habitats.
SOCIAL STUDIES- we are learning about Christmas customs, food, and decorations around the world. If anyone has any Christmas customs from another country we would love to hear from you. Feel to share with us!
Test- January 12th
Test words- cone, Pope, note, rode, quote, drove, stone, froze, smoke, Joe, toe, hoe, doe, foe
Bonus Words – Mascoutah, emperor and Beckham
Please practice words nightly. Be sure your child practices writing letters the correct size and no reversals. Every quarter 2 more words will be added to the list.
Go to spellingcity.com for some fun ways to practice spelling words.
Please be sure to finish decorating the Buddy stockings by the 15th and send in 21 of the same item to put one in each of the stockings. When we finish there will be 16 different items in each stocking from our class.
Please be sure that your child brings 2 snacks each day and an extra mask or two.
READING COUNTS is homework over the weekend or during the week. Please set aside some time for your child to take 2 tests per week.
IXL will be up all year. I have it set up and sent home usernames and passwords. Have your children practice during the week and over the weekend. It is their assigned homework for every weekend.
PLEASE sign off in the planners only AFTER homework is COMPLETED. If there is a reason work could not be done please, please send me a note. If you need help with work let me know and it will be taken care of here at school. Help your children remember to bring back ALL of their work. Do not remove papers from their red folders unless you ask them if they should be brought back.
Set up a routine for your children to pack up their work, folders, planners, and snacks every evening. Make it part of their nightly chores. Do not wait to do it in the morning. Thank you!
www.spellingcity.com – try this out to practice spelling words in creative ways
www.apples4theteacher.com – this has a nice section to practice counting money
www.storyit.com – students can practice making and reading short and long vowel sentences for you in the word magnets section.
www.akidsheart.com – another neat site to explore.