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    Here are some fun (and optional) learning activities for home!
    Number Rhymes for Practicing Number Writing
    Ways to practice:
    - using a dry erase marker and whiteboard
    - with a paper and pencil
    - with shaving cream

    Daily Reading Routines:

       - Make a grocery list together

       - look at letters and words around the house

       - List the steps in a task (use words such as: first, second, third; beginning, middle, end, etc.)

       - Look a words around the world (on a trip or on a visit to the park)

       - Sort the laundry (talk about why you sort; categorize the piles)


    Technology at Home:

       - Learn about the computer (search for letter keys; see LINKS below for educational websites/games)

       - Listen to books on tape or CD

       - Watch videos together


    Using your Local Library:

       - Become a regular visitor (once every week or every other week)

       - Learn about the library (where the Just Right books are located, the videos, the audiocassettes, etc.)

       - Choose Books with your Child

       - Find Award-Winning Books

       - Participate in Library events


    READING AT HOME - Making it special and fun!

       - Create a special space for reading

       - Schedule a quiet reading time (perhaps before bed)

       - Reread your favorite books

       - Read books that have rhyme and rhythm

       - Read longer books (Chapter books with natural stopping points, i.e. Frog and Toad are Friends)

       - Take turns reading



    Promoting Reading at Home:

    Word Sorts:


     Your child will bring home a phonemic sorting activity periodically. The activity reinforces letters and their sounds as well as spelling. It is being sent home so that your child can continue to use it at home. There will be additional sets coming home as we use them in school.


    Ask your child to show you how the pictures/words are sorted. You can do a timed sort and see how long it takes your child to sort the pictures/words or if they can do the sort in 30 or 40 seconds. You can later do it again to see if they can beat their time! Or you can work together. One of you can read the picture/word and the other will tell where it goes. Enjoy!


    Different Ways to Read With Your Child:


    ž   Reading Aloud – This is when you reread the poem or booklet to your child, touching each word as you read; if your child is already reading they can read aloud to you as you listen and fill in misread or skipped words

    ž   Echo Reading – This is when you read a phrase or sentence and then have your child echo the same words after you

    ž   Filling in the Gap – This is when you read, but occasional pause to let your child finish the sentence or fill in predictable words. This can be done with rhyming words, words that closely match the pictures, or sight words such as ‘a’, ‘I’, ‘is’, ‘it’, etc.

    Other Activities to Try With the Take Home Literature:

    These are just a few ideas for you and your child, but please remember, you don’t have to do an extra activity every time you read a story together. It is just as valuable to share the joy of reading together and to provide a pleasurable reading experience. Also, keep in mind that as the year progresses, your child should take more of an interest and be able to do more of the following activities more easily. The road to reading is a process that takes time. You can help him or her start to grow now by reading to and with your child!

    ž   Act out the poem or story using simple movements

    ž   Talk about the ideas in the story or about unusual meanings of words

    ž   Go on a letter hunt, having your child point to certain letters

    ž   Go on a word hunt, having your child point to certain small or repeated words

    ž   Say a word from the story and have your child think of other words that begin with the same letter or sound

    ž   Have your child listen for the rhyming words as you read. Then see if they can think of other words that rhyme with a word from the story

    ž   Point out words that go with pictures in the book

    Ask your child what the story “reminds” him or her of – Try to make connections including connections of him/herself to the text, one text to another text, the text to a world event.

    Sight Words Resources:
    Sight Words List
    Handwriting Resources:


    More Word Study Resources:
    Simple Plurals Concentration Matching Singular to Plural
    Try out the Listen for Sounds game here! Listen for Sounds
    If you are looking for some Phonological Fun try this rhyming activity! Rhyming Fun
    Math Practice at Home:
    Number Stories are a great way to help your child practice and internalize addition and subtraction and how they are used to represent and solve many different kinds of problems. A number story could sound like "I had 2 teddy grahams. My brother gave me 2 more. How many teddy grahams do I have altogether?"
    Top-It Addition
     All you need is a deck of cards, "counters" (could be coins, beans, etc) and two players! Each player turns over two cards and adds them together. Whichever player has the higher sum wins a chip. Players continue turning over cards, adding them together, determining which sum is greater and less and earning a counter until one player has 10 counters!
    Counters in a Cup
    A Game that Emphasizes Learning Combinations to 5 (or More)
    For this game, you'll need counters and a cup. Players determine how many counters they are going to use to play (I recommend starting at 5). The first player hides a number of counters beneath the cup. Partner 2 then determines how many counters are hiding. 
    Educational iPad Apps:
    Learning Links:
    **New Addition for January - Check out janbrett.com for activities, coloring pages and videos from one of Team 18's favorite authors!
    Community Resources
    Boston Area Museum Info:  http://www.museumsofboston.org/index.php
    Cosmic Kids Yoga:
    A child's yoga instructor began writing her own stories and teaching them to children at her local yoga studio. These stories are now available online and are a way for kids to enjoy yoga as a part of their day! Room 18 will occasionally participate in a cosmic yoga story during inside recess and rest times.