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posted Mar 26, 2012, 5:18 PM by Sue Exley

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great weekend! 

Homework this week:
-Read, read, read

-Spelling (quiz on Friday)

-Math: Attached timeline worksheet. Please send in on Friday. We will use the information to create timelines next week.

-PLP forms due Monday, April 2nd. I will be sending the forms and more info about this today in a separate email.

-We will be completing our Community Unit project this week, transforming our classroom into an urban community. We will be sharing our project with Marianne's Kindergarten class on Friday.

See you tomorrow!
Erin and Jami

For Homework this week...

posted Jan 30, 2012, 8:29 PM by Sue Exley

Hi Parents,
For homework this week...

1. Post Office: Please make sure your child is working on their Post Office letters! The detailed directions are in an earlier email (let me know if you would like me to resend it to you) but to summarize:

•Bring a shoe box by 2/10
•Learners should write a letter for each child in the class with a special appreciation 
 •They should put the letters in an envelope with the full name of who it is to and from.
 •They should address at least 5 envelopes, more if your child wants or needs a challenge. Due 2/13

2. Reading

3. Spelling (quiz on Friday)...you can try this online resource to help with studying spelling words: http://www.spellingcity.com/

4. Math Game: I am attaching a Money Bingo game. Use a small container of coins to play. Just pull out a coin and match it to the value on the Bingo board. To make a more challenging version, you can make the amount by pulling multiple coins from the container and your child can add them together to figure out the value.

Erin and Jami

Post Office Project/Homework - please read

posted Jan 20, 2012, 5:05 PM by Sue Exley

[scclc-1-2-hohler-bright] post office information- please read
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Erin Hohler <ehohler@scclc.net> Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 4:41 PM
To: SCCLC 1-2 Hohler-Bright <scclc-1-2-hohler-bright@googlegroups.com>
Dear Families,

It's Post Office time! We will be working on the Post Office Project, which many of you will remember from previous years. Please read the directions carefully, as we have modified it for our classroom. We will be sharing the project with the class this week and each child will write a practice letter. This is NOT supposed to be a stressful project.  If any part of the project is too much for your child, please let us know and we can work out an alternative. We really appreciate your support.  We know that it is time consuming but it will be a valuable learning experience for the children. Just the process of making homemade cards/letters is a wonderful gift. 

We have attached a class list and stationary templates (optional) to use for this project.
Erin and Jami

We will also need parent volunteers to help work with the students as they go to the bank, stamp store and the post office. Please let us know if you are able to volunteer either of these mornings from 8:30 to 10:00 (2/13 and 2/14). Thanks!!

Post Office Project/Homework - please read:

On February 13th and 14th we will have a "Post Office" and "Bank" in our classroom.  Like last year, the post office project will last for two days. Our focus for the project will be on writing a friendly letter, addressing a letter, and adding and subtracting using real money.  

 In order to make this project work, we will need you to support your children in the following ways:
    WRITING THE LETTERS: Each child will be asked to make the "mail" - a valentine letter made at home for all of the other children in our class. We will be using the format of writing a letter for the written part on their valentine. In the body of the letter, they should write an appreciation for the recipient. The letters also need to be in envelopes with each recipient’s name. 

ADDRESSING THE ENVELOPES: I am asking the learners to fully address 5 envelopes with recipient's home address and their own return address on the back of the envelope. (You can look these up in the school directory.) As an added challenge, the learners may choose to address additional envelopes. Please adjust the number of envelopes to be an appropriate challenge for your child. Thank you for your support with this. 

With addressing the envelopes, it can be helpful for the children if 3 lines could be drawn by a parent showing where the child needs to write an address.

If your child is struggling with the writing of the addresses, please let us know right away and we will modify the project.  We do not want this to be stressful for your child or for the family - please let us know if there are issues and we can work out a solution.

It should be a fun project so if it becomes stressful please let us know right away.  We recommend you make one valentine each night over the next month and have them ready to bring to school on Monday,February 13th.  PLEASE DO NOT BRING THE VALENTINE LETTERS TO SCHOOL EARLIER IF YOU FINISH THEM BEFORE 2/13.  

COLLECTING STAMPS: We  will need lots and lots of pretend stamps  -- in the past, parents have brought in the kind of stamps that you get in those Publisher's Clearing House mailers used for the magazines OR the Easter Seal stamps.  Stickers are also fine.  Please bring these in as you collect them.  

SEND IN A SHOE BOX: We will also need ONE SHOE BOX per child for our mailboxes.  We need the shoe-boxes no later than Friday 2/10.  

So to summarize:
•Bring a shoe box by 2/10
•Learners should write a letter for each child in the class with a special appreciation (we will practice this in class).
 They should put the letters in an envelope with the name of who it is to and from.
 They should address at least 5 envelopes, more if your child wants or needs a challenge. Due 2/13
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Homework for this week - November 7th, 2011

posted Nov 7, 2011, 6:39 PM by Sue Exley

Hi Parents,

Because of the short week, homework will be due on Monday, November 14th. 

This week's homework:

-Play a math game (Collect 25 together)--attached to this email
-Select and study new spelling words
-Bring at least one non-perishable food item to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank. The 1-2 Classrooms are having a food drive!

Please let me know if you have any questions!
Erin and Jami

Homework this week - October 31st, 2011

posted Oct 31, 2011, 12:33 PM by Sue Exley

Hi Parents,

Happy Halloween!

For homework this week, we will have our usual spelling and reading, but instead of a math game, there is a Halloween candy sorting/graphing activity in the homework folders. Let us know if you have any questions.

Erin and Jami

Homework - October 24th, 2011

posted Oct 25, 2011, 1:49 PM by Sue Exley

Hi Parents!

I wanted to let you know that the 1/2 classes will be showcasing some of their Unit Study work at a Recycling Assembly this Wednesday, October 26th at 12:00 pm. We will be singing a Jack Johnson song we have been learning called "The Three R's" and will have many of our projects on display around the gym. Join us if you are able...we would love to have a parent volunteer to film so we can post for parents who cannot attend. Please let us know if you are up for the job! :)

Homework this week:
-Math Game: 5 in a Row (attached to email)
-Practice singing "Three R's" song for Wednesday (lyrics in folder)

Let me know if you have any questions!

Erin and Jami

Homework!! - October 10, 2011

posted Oct 11, 2011, 7:32 AM by Sue Exley

Dear Parents,

We will be starting homework this week. The children are very excited! :)

Homework folders are sent home every Monday and expected back each Friday. Please support your child as he or she adjusts to the new routine. As the year progresses, the learners will grow more independent in completing assignments and passing in work, but it may take some reminding at first. Please help your child find a special homework spot where he or she can focus on work. It will also be helpful to discuss a "homework plan," how your child will pace the work for the week and remember to bring his or her folder on Fridays. My goal is that homework will be an extension of your child's learning at school, reinforcing important concepts and skills. Homework should NOT feel overwhelming or stressful, so please let me know ASAP if this is ever the case!

What to expect to see in your child's homework folder:

1. Math Game:
Each week, the children should play one of the math games they have learned as part of their weekly homework. They can play with a parent, sibling, or friend. The games are hands-on and fun! Some weeks, they may choose what game to play and other times, I will specify a game that will reinforce a specific skill we are working on in class. All of the games, playing cards, and directions can be found on our class website. This week, the children should teach you to play Tens Go Fish.

2. Reading:
Reading should be part of your child's regular nightly routine. Depending on your child's reading level, he or she may choose to read with you, listen to a story, read independently, or some combination for a minimum of 40 minutes each week and check this off in the homework folders.

3. Spelling: 
In the homework folders, you will find a list of first/second grade sight words. I have assessed all of the children using this list, so if your child has already mastered several of the words, I created an individualized list of the remaining words. If your child has already mastered all of the words on the list, you will find a special list of challenge words in the folder to choose from.

Each week, your child should select 2-3 words from their list to practice. The learners should record their words on their weekly homework sheet so that I can tell which words were chosen. At school we will discuss the many ways to practice spelling words. Some ideas learners have enjoyed in the past include making flashcards, spelling with magnetic letters, writing the words in sand, writing words with sidewalk chalk, making up songs to remember the letters, making the words with play dough, writing the words on someone else's arm or back, spelling the words aloud, etc. Everyone learns differently, and I encourage the children to find a way that works for them!

The learners will quiz one another on their words each Friday. I will circle words that are spelled incorrectly so that the children can continue practicing them again the next week. Otherwise, I will check off the words in the folders and they will choose new words for the following week. 

If for any reason, your child misplaces the spelling list, you can find it on our class webpage.

4. Other Assignments:
If there are other assignments for the week, I will place them in the homework folders. Unless otherwise noted, all assignments are due on Friday.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about homework!

Thanks for your support,

Erin and Jami

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