Monday, December 13, 2010

Week 17

We are taking a week off from the reading series. We will still be reading but using other materials this week. I love this time of year so we will be doing activities that go along with the season.

Our party will be Friday morning at 9:00. Since it is an early release day we will need to do it early. Hopefully this will allow some clean up time so the room will be ready to back to in the new year.

Questions of the Week
Monday - What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas?
Tuesday - If you could only have one gift, what would it be?
Wednesday - What should Santa bring me for Christmas?
Thursday - What would you like to get your family for Christmas?

We seem to be getting the hang of spelling on the computer. It is different than having someone give you the test orally. The hardest part is getting some of the kids to go to the computer to take a test. They are getting better at that also.

Reading Fluency seemed to be the hardest part for us on the DIBELS test. This will be the emphasis for the next semester. It is going to take lots of practice to bring those score up. The benchmark for December was 20 words per minute on unseen text. In May the benchmark is 40 words per minute. This is going to require some hard work on all of our parts.

Please have Santa bring new glue sticks. They are wonderful but they sure don't last very long. I bought 100 before school started and we only have a few left. Guess next year I'd better buy at least 200.

I am making a classroom wish list: Glue sticks, dry erase markers, cheap paper plates both large and small, paper cups, another Candy Land game, and anything else you think might be useful.

I will not be sending homework over the holiday. It would really be helpful if you child read some over the vacation. I am not sending reading books because sometimes they get left at grandma's, etc. Just use any books you have at home.

Have a happy and safe holiday season. See you in the new year.

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