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Welcome to Room 109!(Week of 1/16/17)

During the upcoming weeks, we will be thinking about changes that happen in our world.  The class will look at ways that we grow and change as well as changes in nature.  As we read our stories this week (which will include Nicki Weiss’ realistic fiction story, An Egg is an Egg), we will practice our retelling strategies and our skills in comparing and contrasting.

The letter y has many jobs!  We have learned that it is sometimes a consonant and sometimes a vowel.  Phonics lessons will be focused on the vowel sounds of y this week.  The children will learn that y stands for the long i or long e sound at the end of a word. In a one-syllable word (my, fly) it usually makes the long i sound.  In a word with two or more syllables (baby, puppy), we usually hear it saying the long e sound.  Verbs will be the stars of our grammar learning.  We will continue to search for those action words in our reading and writing.

Fact families will be our math focus this week.  We will take an in-depth look at how number parts and wholes of math facts are related to each other through addition and subtraction.


Please remember to keep practicing math facts at home.

More practice = More confidence with math facts



Spelling Words:

my            by

try           any

body        fly

cry          lucky

silly         puppy

these      many


Reminder:  During the winter we still make every effort to get outside during the day to enjoy some fresh air.  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately to ensure his/her comfort.  If children want to go in the snow on the playground, they MUST be wearing a coat, snow pants, boots, a hat, and mittens.  If a child is not wearing these items, he/she will need to stay on the blacktop during recess.  PLEASE LABEL ALL ITEMS!  When all of that snow gear is hanging together one person’s things can look just like many others!


Please be sure that your child brings a pair of shoes in addition to boots during snowy weather.  Boots are hard to walk in and become hot and uncomfortable when worn all day.  I also recommend that you keep a dry pair of socks in your child’s backpack for days that snow sneaks into those boots and makes a chilly, soggy mess. It is much easier to concentrate on school thinking when we are dry and comfortable!

Important Dates:

Classroom Donation Wish List:

  • Books and board games no longer used at home
  • Toys no longer used at home (especially Matchbox cars and small plastic animals/people)
  • Child appropriate magazines and catalogs (for cutting and collage making)
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes

  • Wet Ones wipes

  • Tissues

  • Ziplock bags (any size)