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

  • Reading to your child everyday (for at least 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. 
  • Point out where ever your child might see letters, 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.) 
  • Sit with and watch your child attempt to 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. 
  • 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). 
    • Raz-Kids is a great program to help encourage your child to read! Keep the Raz-Kids and computer login information taped near your computer/device at home.
    • 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. 
  • Book baggies will start coming home after fall break. 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. 
  • Be sure to check the classroom website, www.mrsdyer.com, and teacher emails frequently to stay on top of classroom news, information, and resources. 
  • Check all papers in the weekly Thursday Conduits. 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. 
  • Practice Woodbury 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)