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G.B. Miller Elementary School

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The school has been closed as a precaution related to the Coronavirus. In preparing for “distance learning,” please be sure that your child is able to log onto SeeSaw using Clever or downloading the SeeSaw class app. I will begin providing instruction and connecting with the students. I am adding some new pages to this website for activities that your child can do to continue to be engaged in reading, writing and math during this time away from school. We use Mystery Science to supplement our science lessons. They have created a link to some lessons to share during the school closures:
BrainPop Jr. has made their content free during the school closures. Check out the tile using Clever. It is under the pink tile with the owl (along with SeeSaw, Scholastic at home, and ABC mouse.)
I hope everyone is healthy during this unusual situation. We are creating a framework for learning, but we understand that you will need to do what works for you and your family.

We are continuing to practice “writing what we hear” in our weekly dictation and independent journal writing. You can help your child by asking “What sound do you hear at the beginning/end of _________?” As your child stretches out the word, see if he/she can identify the medial sounds as well. We teach clapping out syllables, so students can break up words and be better able to write the sounds in each syllable. Here are some suggestions for easy writing opportunities at home:
  1. Have your child make a list (groceries, wish list, chores).
  2. After drawing a picture, have your child label 2-3 objects in the picture.
  3. Encourage your child to write a note to someone.
Remember, celebrating the small accomplishments empowers our young scholars. They don’t need to have everything spelled correctly, and the effort and perseverance are so important to the process. Point out the things that they did correctly (ex. Beginning sound, secret story, ending sound, letter formation) and then model by writing the word smaller below it. 
Sight Words- 2-3 minutes is enough, but it is important to do it daily.  Consistency is very important for academic success. Please have your child practice cutting out the five flash cards (thumb is always on top when using scissors). We have introduced all of the kindergarten sight words. Scholars should have mastered at least 60 words of the 100, to be meeting the standard for trimester 2. This is critical for reading success. If your child has not mastered these words, it is important to make it a homework priority. 
Some possible ways to practice:
1. Post them in a high traffic area (refrigerator, bathroom door, etc.) Frequently point them out and have your child point and repeat them.
2. Lay them all face up and have your child “find” a word that you say.
3. Lay them face down. As your child turns one over, they say the word. If they know it, they get to keep it. If they don’t, tell them the word and they turn it back over to try again. 
4. Make another set of cards and play memory match game with them. Be sure to say the word each time it is turned over (remind your child to “get your mouth ready” with the first sound).
5. Make another set of cards and play Go Fish with them. At first, your child might need to show you the card to get help with asking (“ Do you have this word?). Help your child by reading the word and having them repeat the question (“That is the word you.” “Do you have the word you?”). 
Technology at home- Your child has access to educational  websites through the School Website. Under the Student and Parent tab, then select Educational Links. Use the username (add for ticket to read) and password (lunch number twice) on the white sticker inside the homework folder. STMath (Jiji), Starfall and Ticket to Read are excellent resources for practicing kindergarten math and reading skills. If you are having trouble, let me know. 
In math,  we will begin a unit composing and decomposing numbers larger than 10. Kindergarten scholars are expected to memorize addition and subtraction facts through 5.  We will continue to work on other math skills ( counting, place value and problem solving) during Calendar time.
Thank you you so much for your support. We are having an awesome year!
Things that Good Readers do:
  1. Track the words (point to each word as we read).
  2. Look at the illustrations to help think about what is happening. 
  3. Get your mouth ready with the first sound. 
  4. Blend sounds to make words. 
  5. Look for words or chunks that you already know (sight words). 
Things that Good Writers do:
  1. Begin each sentence with a capital letter.
  2. Use the lines to guide the shape of the letters. 
  3. Leave space between words. 
  4. Use a punctuation mark at the end of a sentence (.  ,  ?).
Weekly Responsibility- Scholars will remember to use polite words, like “please” and “thank you.”

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at .
Quote for the week:
"Do all the good you can, 
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."
John Wesley