In the month of March our units of study will include: Lent, Dr. Seuss Day, Saint Patrick's Day, Easter and Spring.
***School IS in session this Thursday, March 23 until 11:30 AM in an effort to make up for some snow days.***
***Come to the 9:30 Mass this Sunday, March 26. Bishop Barres, our new Bishop, will be the celebrant. Children are encouraged to wear their school uniform. There will be a reserved section for school parents and children. Come early.....the Bishop usually speaks to the Congregation before Mass begins.***
I am so proud of your child's math and reading readiness progress!
Please continue to review needed skills.
Children should be able to identify all letter sounds. We have covered letters m, t, a, s, p, c, i, b, n, r, d, k, f, and o, h, l. We will be covering constant blends, g, and e this month. The children are blending simple words using these letters in the beginning, middle and ending positions. (The concept of consonant, vowel and consonant) They are beginning to read sentences smoothly and spell dictated words correctly. They are developing word attack skills and comprehension skills. Please continue to practice blending letter sounds into words and using rhyming words from the word families by changing the beginning letter. (at, am, ap, an, im, it, ip, op, ot, og, ed, eg, en, et ) Please review nightly, the word ring with popcorn words, numbers, number words and color words that were sent home.
Have your child begin to write sentences using their popcorn words, word families or just have them sound out words to write. Remember when writing; use a finger space in between words, a capital letter at the beginning of the sentence and the proper punctuation at the end of the sentence.
Mastery of the following skills is essential to insure success for the beginning reader.
* Accurate recall of letter sounds with particular attention to the five short vowel sounds.
* Quick association of letter sound, name and formation.
* Smooth blending of two or more sounds without pausing between sounds.
* The ability to attack a new word by sounding it out, rather than guessing.
Help your child everyday to connect letters and sounds by making sure that he or she has plenty of easy books for reading practice to build vocabulary.
**Please be sure to check your child's art box weekly. It is sent home every Friday. They need to be prepared for class every day with good crayons, 2 sharp pencils and 2 glue sticks. Thank you!!!
In Math the children are learning how to identify and describe three dimensional shapes. Home Activity: Take a walk around your neighborhood with your child. Ask your child to point out objects that are shaped like three-dimensional shapes, such as spheres, cubes, cylinders, and cones.
In Religion we have started our unit on "Celebrating God's Love"'. In this unit the children will learn to celebrate God's gift of love with others. Through the life of a seed, the children are introduced to the mystery of life and death. They will learn that through the cross they received new life in Baptism to live as Jesus did. The children will reflect on the joys of this world and learn about the joys of heaven. They will know that the greatest joy comes from experiencing God's love.
During the weeks of Lent, we let the warmth of God's love permeate our hearts and transform our lives. The children will learn that Lent is a time for them to grow in God's love. They are encouraged to pray and to do good deeds during the season of Lent so that when Easter arrives; their hearts will be full of love.
Please continue to pray the "Hail Mary, "Our Father, and "The Glory Be".
March- Extra Practice Writing At Home
Many of these exercises say "draw and write". Let the children experiment with writing. Let them sound out words to spell. If the children do any extra credit work at home, please have them bring it to school for a surprise or special recognition stickers.
March Extra Homework
- Write and illustrate a sentence using the popcorn word “go”.
- Write and illustrate a sentence using the popcorn word “here”.
- Write and illustrate a sentence using the popcorn word ‘from”.
- Write and illustrate a sentence using the popcorn word ‘that”.
- Look at the newspaper and circle words you can read. Write how many.
- Practice writing your first and last name 5 times.
- Write and draw 4 words from the "-et" family.
- Write and draw 4 words from the "-ed" family.
- Draw a picture of something real and something fantasy.
- Write 1 sentence for each memory word. (are, for and Jesus)
- Write and draw about the things you love to do in spring.
- Make a list of things that are green.
- Write a thank you note to someone.
- Practice writing the numbers 0 to 25 in order.
- Draw 10 toys. Write and circle the 1st, 5th, 7th and 10th.
- Think of things that blow in the wind. Make a list.
SECRET MESSAGE- Happy Saint Patrick's Day!
Write this message on a piece of paper and bring it in for a surprise.
Jamie O"Rourke and the Big Potato (Tomie de Paola)
St. Patricks Day (Gail Gibbons)
Clever Tom and the Leprechaun (Linda Shute)
St. Patricks Day In The Morning (Eve Bnting)
Mary McLean and the St. Patrick's Day Parade (Steven Krol)
A Leprechaun's St. Patrick's Day (Sarah Kirwan Blaze)
Hungry Leprechaun (Mary Calhoun)
Irish Night Before Christmas (Sarah Kirwan)
Favorite Easter Books:
The Easter Story by Brian Wildsmith
Easter by Gail Gibbons
12 Twelve Friends by Joy Hutchinson
The Easter Story Retold by Carol Heyer
Love One Another Retold by Lauren Thompson
The Story Of Easter by Patricia Pingry
Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco
Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
Recheck’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
The Big Bunny and the Easter Eggs
The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward
The Egg Tree by Katherine Milhous
The Jelly Bean Fun Book by Karen Capucilli
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams Bian
Bear's Eggs by Ingrid Schubert
Chickens Aren't the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
Clifford's First Easter by Norman Bridwell
Daisy and the Egg by Jane Simmons
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel
Hedge’s Surprise by Jan Brett
The Adventures of Pelican Pete: A Bird is Born by Frances Keiser
The Bird's Gift : A Ukrainian Easter Story by Eric A. Kimmel
The Egg by M. P. Robertson
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Legend of the Easter Egg by Lori Walburg