I am in my 37th 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!
2nd- 6th- Dr. Seuss Week
2nd- The Cat In the Hat- wear favorite hat
3rd- The Tooth Book- dental health activity and gift bag
4th- If I Ran the Zoo- bring favorite stuffed zoo animal
5th- Green Eggs and Ham- eat green eggs and ham
6th- The Foot Book- bring slippers or fun shoes to wear in the room
MATH – We are now working on counting coins and adding them up to sums of 100 so far. Please practice working on this skill at home by giving your child coins to separate into piles of pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. Ask them to name and tell you the value of the coins. Pull some out and have your child add them up or give them a number and they get the coins needed.
PHONICS/READING/WRITING – we are working on words using digraphs- sh, th, ch, wh, ph, gn, kn, wr, -ck, and tch.
READING COUNTS -Be sure to have your child -or you- read the library books at least 2 times for their tests on Thursday mornings. Some have been borrowing my books to have more than 2 for testing. Please ask questions about what they just read, and summarize the story when done.
BE SURE YOUR CHILD PUTS THEIR BOOKS IN BACKPACKS ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. There have been a lot of forgotten books lately.
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. We are getting a little messy with our writing and should be doing the opposite. Have your child “pinch” the pencil, not write with their thumb wrapped around their first finger.
RELIGION- Our saints for February have been covered and we have been talking about Ash Wednesday and Lent. Next we will begin our saints for March and our chapter covering the sacraments, and a booklet discussing the Stations of the Cross.
SCIENCE- we are learning about animal habitats, hibernation, migration and cold weather animals.
SOCIAL STUDIES- our next topics will be famous American women, St Patrick, customs and Ireland.
Test- Our next test will be March 18th.
Test words– barn, Clark, sharp, Mars, yard, ark, card, farm, start, charm, shark, arm, March, smart
BONUS WORDS- leprechaun and shamrock
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.
IXL will be up all year. Have your children practice during the week and over the weekend. It is their assigned homework for every weekend.
READING COUNTS (R.C.)- Library book check out is on Thursday morning every week. They may also use my books all year long. The class is off to a great start with their test taking this quarter!! I am very impressed with their progress. Read the books several times. If you feel your child picked too difficult of a book just grab one you have at home. Check the library link to see if the book has a test. Do not wait until Wednesday evening to read the book for the first time. Thank you!
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 black 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!
We will be celebrating Dr. Seuss Week and your child may bring in their favorite book, and also a costume of their favorite Dr. Seuss character any time this week. I will have them change after lunch recess.
We will be doing our St. Patrick’s Day presentation for the kindergarten class on the 17th at 2:00. You are welcome to come join us in the fun. I am asking each 1st grader to bring in a green treat (or Irish) to share after their presentation. Make sure food is ready to be eaten as we don’t have time to wash or cut up anything. 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.