I hope everyone had a nice weekend prepping for Halloween!
My kiddos at home are so excited, I am sure your families are
sharing in the excitement!
This is going to be an exciting week here at SJA. The students
are so very excited about Halloween. I love it! I love that they
are putting their enthusiasm into great words that have turned into
fantastic sentences and really fun conversations. I am happy to
hear about their costumes and how they are celebrating this fun day!
To get ready for Halloween, our activities and lessons are planned
around this theme! We will be practicing our descriptive writing
skills when we write all about our costumes!
Students will be invited to wear their costumes on Halloween.
We have some fun things planned for the day while they are
here to celebrate! Check out our class Twitter for some pictures
of the exciting times!
Here are the words that we are learning this season.
We have grouped the words together as Fall words.
Some of the words are about Thanksgiving and some are about
Halloween. We are learning about why these words belong to
each of these groups.
Leaves, leaf, pumpkin, scarecrow, fall, autumn, acorn, branch,
apple tree, turkey, windy, corn, harvest, apple, kites, rainy days
Haunted house, mummy, spider, Frankenstein, skeleton,
Jack-o-Lantern, bat, pumpkin, candy corn, witch, treat bag, ghost,
cauldron, black cat, vampire, spider web
We have really been enjoying writing in our journals. Some students
have really been focused on writing complete sentences using our
Writers Eye! Here are the things we are looking for with our
Writer’s Eyes! Students can use this chart on the wall when they are
writing to double check that they have included these 4 things!
(Capitals at the beginning, lowercase letters throughout the sentence,
spaces between our words and punctuation at the end).
As the students become more comfortable with their writing
and their skills improve, we will be adding different criteria to the list.
The students did an excellent job!
As I review the student's written work, I will be commenting on
what they have done using a strategy called, "Tickled Pink and
Green for Growth". You make have heard of this already, all this
means is that I will write in PINK something that they did really well,
something I am proud of them for doing! Then, I will add in GREEN
their next steps. Since these goals are so different for each student,
this is a great communication tools!
This is an example of what it may look like!
Your child’s progress reports will be coming home soon.
They will be sent home from your child’s homeschool.
Please read through, sign and return the signed portion back to
As you are reading the reports, please remember that the grades
and comments are a tiny portion of the amazing successes I see
in your children every single day. My sincere hope is that you and
your children know how proud of them I am. They work incredibly
hard! Report cards can only tell you so much, and I
SEE SO MUCH MORE growth and gains than I could ever write
in a report card or an IEP. Your children are inspiring and their perseverance,
enthusiasm for learning and positive energy are a constant reminder to
remind me of why we are all here!
I would be happy to meet and chat with anyone regarding the IEP
and the progress report, either in person or over the phone. I will send
home an interview request invitation next week.
As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
A few reminders!
* If your child does not have indoor shoes to leave here, they
need to bring them to and from their home school. As the weather
gets colder and wetter, everyone needs a clean, dry and warm pair
of shoes to wear here. Please let me know if we can be of any help
in getting your child a pair of shoes to leave here st SJA. We would
be happy to help!
* We are in the last week of #WEscarehunger! Please send in any
canned goods to help those in need!
* Students have many opportunities to eat snacks in our class, however,
there is a lot going on in your child's day!! Please let me know if you
have any concerns about how much your child is able to eat during the day.
* I will continue to send home the Word Wall Words every Monday.
How/When/How Much you practice those words is up to you! I will
take the WWW book out of the mail bags once I see that they have
practiced, or on Friday. Please let me know if I take it out and you
would still like to practice. The words are usually posted on this blog
and on our Twitter account, so feel free to check there as well!
* The students are doing really well with their Snuggle Book Reading!
Again, I will switch the books once I see that you have signed the page
telling me how they have done. Please do not send it back to school
until you would like a new book. You are welcome to keep each
book for as long as it takes to read it with your child.
* Please remember that our Library Day is Wednesday. Please return
all books on or by Wednesday of each week. Thanks!
*There will be a P.J. Day on November 8th. Please bring in a
donation for United Way!