August is a great month!!!! We get to start all over fresh and new with a new class, new friends, and new things to learn! This is the time of the year where we move from days of play in the sun to spending more time inside.
We are going to ease into school again though. So, we will continue with splash days for a couple weeks. We will be doing other things inside to prepare us for school, but since the weather is still so hot, we will still be spending some of our time outside.
Student of the Month: Caitlin Schone
We will have splash days on July 30, Aug. 1, Aug. 6, Aug. 8, Aug. 13, and Aug 15.
August 20-24: Testing Week (We will be doing placement testing this week to make sure all the kids are placed in the class that will benefit them most.)
***During testing week, we will be having spirit days. These are days that your children dress up to show their school spirit and unite with everyone.
Monday, Aug. 20- Blue Day (Dress in BLUE, the more blue the better!)
Tuesday, Aug. 21- Hat Day (Wear a favorite hat or a funky hat.)
Wednesday, Aug. 22- Favorite Team Day (Support your favorite team. If you don’t have a team shirt, wear the colors of your team.)
Thursday, Aug. 23- Beach Day (Dress as you would if you were going to the beach. Bring beach toys. We will be doing some fun water activities that day and drying in the sun.)
Friday, Aug. 24- Pajama Day (Wear some comfy pjs and bring your favorite stuffed animal to sleep with. We will be having popcorn and watching a movie to celebrate the end of testing week and the start of our new school year!)
Show and Tell: Starting in August our show and tell will be themed. It is important to check the schedule to see what your child needs to bring for the day. If your child brings a show and tell that isn’t theme related, they will not be allowed to show it. There will be days throughout the year where they can bring whatever they want. Those days are labeled FREE CHOICE.
August’s show and tell theme goes with our science theme: the Five Senses.
Aug. 3- Something you can touch
Aug. 10- Something you can see
Aug. 17- Something you can hear
Aug. 24- Something you can smell
Aug. 31- Something you can taste (we will be doing this show and tell during snack time)
Language Arts: This month we are going to be spending most of our language arts time reviewing what the kids already know. We will be doing a lot of letter and sound recognition. This is where a lot of our base learning begins for the year. This will continue through the entire month and into September. These months help create the foundation for learning to read.
Math: We will be doing some basic math concepts during the first few weeks of August, such as learning to count to 100, counting by 10s and 5s, and number recognition. By the end of the month we will be jumping right into our curriculum for the year. We will start with the number one and keep adding skills and concepts throughout the year.
Science: We are going to be learning about our five senses this month. Each week we will be going over another sense. We will be playing games and doing activities that teach about each of our senses. We are also going to be learning about the ocean this month and making an ocean mural for the hallway.
Social Studies: This month is probably the most important month of school for learning about the school and classroom rules. This is when they learn what is and is not acceptable behavior for the school and the classroom. We will be talking about school rules and the consequences for not following them.
*For all parents not familiar with my classes discipline policy:
I am not a super strict teacher. I like to have fun and be silly, but I also know that there is a time and place for that to happen. My class is, for a lot of students, the last stop before public school. It is important that they have a basis for what to expect when they more on to the upper grades. Because of this, we do have times of the day where they are expected to be quiet and work independently. I try to start the year of fairly strict so that they can get used to my expectations. Because of that, they may seem to get in trouble a little more during the first few months, but that shouldn’t last, once they get into a routine.
My policy works like this:
First offense- oral warning
Second offense- get a green stick and spend 3 minutes on the fence at recess (they can still earn a treat for the day)
Third offense- get a yellow stick and spend 6 minutes on the fence at recess (they can NOT earn a treat)
Fourth offense- get a red stick and spend 10 minutes on the fence at recess and they lose a gumball
*The only time this policy changes if if the offense is dangerous for physical (such as running off or hurting someone on purpose.) If one of those things happens, its an automatic gumball loss. I have zero tolerance for violence.
*If they lose a gumball it will be recorded on their gumball calendar on the back of their student folder. It is important to check it daily to be sure your child is behaving at school. Children do better at school when they know that their parents will address the issues at home if they are not. Once a gumball is lost the system starts over again. So, if more than one gumball is recorded you know that they were breaking the rules at a minimum of four times per gumball. Rarely do kids in my class lose more than one gumball in a day.
*I also try to encourage them to behave with a reward system. If they do not get any sticks for the day they get a sticker on their chart and once the chart is full they get to pick a prize from the prize box. The kids, I have found, work really hard to try to get a prize.
I am really excited about this new school year. It seems like I have a great bunch of kids! I can’t wait to see their growth and progress through the year.