Painting with Q-tips

As a review of our primary colors and the shapes we have learned so far, the children practiced their fine motor skills by using q-tips to stamp primary colors onto squares, circles, and triangles. The kids did a great job! 

Learning about Violins and Cellos

Mr. and Mrs. Wie (Arthur's parents) are both music teachers! They graciously came in for a visit to our Kindergarten class and brought volunteers with them to teach our children about the violin and the cello! Their son, Arthur, also performed for his classmates on his own violin. 

Every child had the opportunity to try to play the instruments. It was so much fun! 

Parent Conference Recap

This past week, we had our fall parent conferences. Many things were discussed and so to help families remember, here is a review: 

  • Reading Practice:
    • Monthly Family Time Reading Log: 
      • Reading to your child everyday (for a minimum of 10 minutes) is very important! Help your child learn to love and enjoy reading books by sitting with your child away from distractions like televisions, phones, or iPads. 
        • Try to complete the conversation starter and skill practice that is listed for each day. 
        • Cross out each completed item; turn in the reading log at the end of the month. 
    • Book Baggies: Any paper copies of books are yours to keep. Any covered books should be returned to Mrs. Dyer. Have your child read the book to you at least three times and check off if the book was read fluently or with difficulty; then return the form and book baggie to school. 
    • Explore: Point out where ever your child might see letters and words all around while on outings (i.e. the letters in a store name, words in a book, street signs, etc.)
  • Math Practice: 
    • Point out where ever your child might see shapes and numbers all around while on outings (i.e. the letters in a store name, the numbers on price tags and menus, shapes on buildings or signs, etc.) 
    • Practice counting objects around the house and on outings. 
  • Writing Practice:
    • Sit with and watch your child write letters and numbers. Prompt them to write from top to bottom and left to right. Some students are not forming their letter and number shapes properly, which will become a very difficult habit to break later on.
      • Use the Alpha Friends chart and song to help. 
      • Also, remind your child to use uppercase letters only for the beginning of sentences or for proper nouns, and lowercase letters for all others. 
  • Technology Resources:
    • If screen time is offered at home (i.e. iPads, computers, phones, television, etc.), offer educational apps and programs that practice letter recognition, sounds, reading, and math. If your child uses a computer/laptop, encourage him/her to keep fingers on the home row and encourage typing with all ten fingers (rather than chicken-pecking with just one or two fingers). 
      • Computer Login Practice: Have your child practice typing their login information on the Google Doc form provided. This will help them learn how to login more accurately and efficiently on school computers. 
      • Raz-Kids: Use to encourage and practice reading. 
      • Lexia Core5: Use to practice letters, sounds, and phonics skills. 
      • ST Math: Use to learn and practice math skills. 
  • Communication:
    • www.mrsdyer.com: Check the website frequently as it gets updated at least once a week with multiple posts. 
    • Emails: Read all "Class News" emails to stay on top of classroom news, information, and resources. 
    • Conduits: Check all papers and review the classwork with your child and ask him/her about what was done.  If anything is incomplete, encourage your child to finish the work with you as part of a review. Sign and return the empty Conduit envelope the next school day. 
  • Woodbury Values: Practice all seven values at home. Our seven Woodbury Values include:
    • Cooperation (i.e. working together with siblings)
    • Compassion (i.e. bringing a bandaid to a family member who got hurt)
    • Initiative (i.e. cleaning up toys without being asked)
    • Integrity (i.e. doing the right thing even when nobody is looking)
    • Perseverance (i.e. continuing to try even when things are challenging)
    • Positive Mental Attitude [PMA] (i.e. staying positive about any situation)
    • Respect (i.e. using polite manners towards peers and adults)

Lexia Core5

One of Woodbury's resources for reading intervention is an online program called Core5. Students who are currently reading below grade level are encouraged to use Core5 at home for at least 20-40 minutes per week. In Room 2, a few students have been recommended to use the Core5 program as part of a 20 minute reading rotation when we visit the computer lab or use Chromebooks and iPads in the classroom. These students will be trained and will receive parent letters in their Conduits containing login information (note: this program is not for everyone, and so if you do not receive an email or information in the Conduits, then the program was not recommended for your child). 

Parents who want to help their child catch up on reading skills should encourage their child to utilize Core5 at home. Students will need headphones to use with the reading program, and parents are NOT allowed to help as the program provides teachers data and information regarding the student's current reading progress. 

The parent letter and access information can be found online.  A Lexia lessons checklist can also be found online. 

To login, please follow the instructions (and screen shot prompts) below. A parent information sheet is also available. 

  • Visit lexiacore5.com 
  • Enter teacher's name: ericadyer@iusd.org (first image below)
  • Click "Log In With Clever" (second image below)
  • Click "Log in with Active Directory (third image below)
  • Type in student's IUSD login email- 30lastnamefirstname@iusd.org (fourth image below)
    • ***Important: If your child’s first or last name is more than eight (8) characters, the system will leave off the last few letters. For example:
      Student Name: “Josephine Sanderson”
      Login Username: “31sandersojosephin@iusd.org
         The n in the last name, and the e in the first name are left off.
  • Click "Next" 
  • Type in student's ID number as the password- 9-digit number

Scholastic Book Orders

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About once a month, I will be sending home book order magazines from Scholastic's Reading Clubs. Reading Clubs are a great way to build a high-quality home library that is both interesting and relevant to students. While I highly recommend ordering from these catalogs, participation is completely optional. The main purpose of these book orders are to help your child better develop an appreciation for reading and to help them build fluency and accuracy. Additionally, since many parents have asked me what books would be appropriate for their child to read, Scholastic Book Orders make it easy to browse through many titles that would be a great choice for our grade level!

All book orders are placed online through a fast, easy, and secure process. I am not accepting checks or cash brought into school, so please use the information below to access the Scholastic Reading Clubs website.

Instructions:

  1. Visit the Scholastic Book Club.
  2. Sign-up for a username and password, using our unique Class Activation Code: HX7LG. This code ensures that your order is sent to our classroom. You will only have to enter the Class Activation Code once.
  3. Select the books you'd like to order from over 500 titles available, and take advantage of online-only specials and discounts.
  4. Submit your order online by the 25th of every month. I will submit any pending orders at the end of each month. Books will always be delivered directly to our classroom.

Our whole class benefits thanks to the free books we can earn with every online order. Thank you and happy reading!

Alpha Friends

The Kindergarteners use the Houghton Mifflin Alpha Friends program to teach the children about the letters and sounds. Each letter has an Alpha Friend character's name to help the children remember. The chart below shows all 26 letters. 

Parents, you can help your child master their letters and sounds by practicing at home using the printable versions of the Alpha Friends and singing the Alpha Friends song! There are also hand motions attached to the letters and song. The hand motions serve as a kinesthetic learning tool and provide the children with a visual prompt. 

Computer Login Practice

During parent conferences, we discussed different ways you can help your child be successful in Kindergarten! One way is to help them practice their computer logins. 

You were each given your child's login information with their username and passwords. Please help your child practice typing their logins on any computer at home. You may use the attached Google Doc as a way to help your child pay attention to the different color lines. 

There are 5 different colored lines. This is because on desktop computer keyboards (and Apple computers if you have one at home), the letters are UPPERCASE. On the Chrome Books, the letters on the keyboards are lowercase. Children also need to pay attention that keyboards may have the "old-style" version of the letter "a" and they may not readily recognize it as the same letter they practice in school. Please also have your child practice typing the "@" symbol by holding down "command" and "2." 

You may download and use the provided practice form on your home computer with your child. 

***Note: Although your child's login information looks like there are spaces in between, do not ask your child to type spaces (this will cause a login error). The teachers put the spaces in to help the kids visually break up the information. 

Raz-Kids

Raz-Kids is an interactive online reading program that students may use in school and at home to improve their reading fluency and comprehension. Every student in class has his/her own login.

  1. Visit www.raz-kids.com
  2. Click on the Kids Login button.
  3. Type in "ericadyer"
  4. Select the icon with your student's name on it.
  5. Your password is your student's nine digit ID number

ST Math

Woodbury Elementary has a math intervention program called JiJi Math. This engaging computer-based program is a fun way for children to practice and solidify their math skills. All Woodbury students have accounts set up for this new program already, and students will have access to JiJi Math both at school and at home. For use at home, please see the attachment below for detailed instructions.

Student Login Information (for first time login). ***Important: If your child doesn't remember his/her picture password, he/she will need to click on the rectangle with the two horizontal lines (like an equal (=) sign) and use their username/password combination. Then the program will take them through a picture password training session first. If your child DOES know their picture password, he/she can just click in their picture password to log in. 

Username: student computer login (i.e. 31smithjohn)
Password: 9-digit student ID number

The program begins with a math placement assessment. It will start off very easy (matching puzzle pieces together), and progress to more difficult levels to measure students' math skills. Students should continue through the initial math placement until it is complete. Afterwards, the program will automatically monitor the child's progress and adjust levels accordingly.

 

FAQ:

Is ST Math available for use on an iPad or Tablet?

Yes. If you are a school, school district or homeschool family that has purchased ST Math, you may access the software on touch-enabled devices. Technical requirements can be found here.

Do I have to download software?

The program is online and there’s no need to download any software. However, a high-speed Internet connection is required for each device running ST Math. See the Technical Requirements.

Is there a mobile app for ST Math Homeschool users?

Yes! Subscribers can use the ST Math app for Android tablets, Chromebooks, iPads, and Kindles. For more information and to download the app, go to ST Math Tech Requirements.

 

Monthly Family Time Reading Logs

Every month, your child will receive a new Kindergarten Family Time reading log like the one shown above. Read a minimum of 10 minutes every night, and try to complete the suggested Family Time activity or conversation starter. Turn in the  monthly reading log in the Conduit by the due date.

Kindergarteners should read or be read to by an adult for a minimum of 10 minutes every night. Reading activities could include: 

  • child sits in your lap or next to you to listen to a story
  • discuss what is happening in the book
  • ask questions to your child about the characters and what is happening
  • point to various elements in the pictures 
  • review any numbers that might shown in the book (i.e. the page numbers)
  • ask your child to point out letters that he/she recognizes in the text
  • review and practice any sight words that are used in the text (i.e. I, my, he, she, etc.)
  • have your child repeat back some of the words to you as you read
  • show your child how to use a reading finger to point and track the words