Sunday, January 8, 2012

Spelling Words - No Words

Last week we took more time than I thought to get back into the swing of things so we are still on the same reading theme/week. That means we are still going to be looking at last weeks words. I did give the test Friday, and the majority of the class had a perfect score!! Keep up the practicing at home!

This week we will also be looking at silent letters in words. I am not making a spelling list for this focus area, but words we will be looking at are:  know, write, gnat, knew, when and knot. Silent letters are a tough concept for many first graders because they are taught to sound out unknown words when they come across them. For those students who depend on this strategy, they have an even more difficult time. Help point out these words at home when you are reading, or make up some sentences together with these words in them and have your student pick out the words.

In math we are really looking at addition facts (or as we will call it "fact power.") Help your student by giving them a pop quiz, ask what is 3+4 when you are watching television or riding to the store.  Have your student help you with your grocery list... "If I need a carton of eggs, a gallon of milk, and two peppers how many items should I have in my cart when I am done?" These kinds of questions promote the "real life" aspect in math and helps them to understand where math is important in everyday life.

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

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