Luanne Toye

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I believe we have had  a marvelous school year of exploration and learning in my class.  The children have shown much growth academically, socially and physically.


Cooperation and communication were key to a successful year. I look forward to an enriching end to the school year as the children apply the skills learned this year.

During the summer months it is important to include some time for the children to continue to use the skills they have worked hard to learn.
Summer reading is a good place to start. They should read books at their reading level. This includes books they can easily read as well as books that provide a little challenge to them. Choosing a book that is too difficult can lead to frustration and a lack of interest. 

In mathematics the children are encouraged to practice counting skills and recognition of numbers to 100. Reading the numbers in the 30's, 40's, 50's etc. is important for future school work. 
We have done work with addition and subtraction using counters. Reading a number sentence with + - = was a new idea to them. 
Comparing numbers and identifying more/less is another skill they can review as well as the names of shapes and solid figures, for example, cube, cylinder, cone and sphere. 
We also covered the teen numbers as ten plus, for example 16 = 10 + 6. They leave school understanding this concept but it is always a good idea to review to keep it fresh in their minds. 

One final note, I wish all the children and their families a relaxing, exciting and fun filled summer.
Be safe during all that fun and I look forward to seeing you in September. 





Reminder - Box Tops for Education are collected throughout the year. Keep the Box Tops coming in.

Pull tabs from cans are also being collected. Information was sent home about collection of these tabs. 


 

                         Breakfast is served each morning in class. It is offered to each child. If you do not want your child to eat breakfast in school please let me know. 

Children should bring a healthy snack to school each day. We have snack in the afternoon. 

Kindergarten lunch on full days begins at 11:45.

 

 

 

Special Schedule

 

Monday - Music

Tuesday - Spanish and Computers

Wednesday - Phys. Ed. and Media

Thursday - Phys. Ed. and Art

Friday - Art

 

Learning News


Language Arts - In reading groups the children will use the skills learned to read and comprehend the story's meaning.  They have learned to use word decoding skills to attack new words. They will read sight words automatically. They use picture clues to assist with word and sentence meaning. They have also been learning to use the context of a sentence to make sense of unknown words. They are using books at their instructional level. Following a story the students are also responding in writing.

They have been learning about grammar in the most recent unit of their reading program. Nouns, adjectives and verbs are new terms for them. They took to these new terms easily. I am very proud of all the new skills the children are learning. 

Sight words - The children have received sight words to learn. If they are still struggling with the words they should practice them frequently.
Working with the children to automatically recognize these word is recommended.

Sight Words
The importance of sight words and high frequency words - these words are the most commonly occurring words while reading. Learning sight words and recognizing them quickly assists the students in understanding what they read. They won't need to slow down to figure them out.

The letters  - 
We  work on letter and sound recognition daily. 
Quick recognition of  letters will assist with word recognition.
We also practice sounding out the letters to write words. Three letter words with a short vowel in the middle are the types of words currently practiced.
The students are also being introduced to the long vowel sounds and silent e.
The digraphs ch, wh, th, ck are new sounds the students are learning to read and write in words. 


Concepts to be reviewed - sight words, letters and sounds, especially if your child is still struggles with letter recognition or letter/sound association. 

Writing - As the children are taught to write their letters and names, they are taught that the letter stroke should always begin at the top and "pull down". This action could be reinforced at home as they practice what they have learned in school.

Written response - The children also work on writing a response to a prompt. This is where the children are learning to write sentences. I am very proud of the children's progress made to date. The children are learning to use a combination of sight words and sound spellings to write words to complete a sentence. They also are learning to use an end mark to finish their sentence. 

 

Math - We are beginning lessons on measurement as the children will learn to identify objects that are larger/smaller, heavier/lighter. 
Recognizing numbers and counting number amounts is still part of their math lessons. The children should recognize their numbers through 10. We work daily on recognition above 10 using the calendar and number chart. We have worked on addition and subtraction to ten.  We are beginning to learn about numbers above 10 - recognition, quantities, and the make of the teen numbers, i.e. 10 plus 5 for fifteen.

Counting to 100 is the goal for kindergarten students. We will work on this skill through the year. The students will use a number chart to assist them as they practice. Recognizing patterns as they count through the decades will also assist them with this skill.

 

 

 

 

e-mail: ltoye@highlandselementary.org