Friday, October 24, 2014

Grimm October 24, 2014

PK-1 Principal/Director of Teaching & Learning
Sara Grimm
sgrimm@howard-winn.k12.ia.us
Twitter:  saramarleygrimm
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I Don’t Understand . . .
Does your child struggle to understand what they read? Are you wondering how you can help without giving them the answers? You are not alone. This question is very common as many parents are wondering what to do to help their child. Long after children can sound out all the words on the page, they may still have problems understanding what they read. Here are some steps you can follow to help your child read a story or an assignment in a textbook:
1.    Get ready. Before your child reads a word, take a few minutes to look through the story or the chapter. Ask some questions. “What do you think this reading will be about?” Have your child look at the pictures, if there are any. What ideas does your child have after looking at these pictures?
2.    Scan the reading quickly. See if there are any words that may be hard to pronounce. Point out these words. Tell your child what they mean.
3.    Take a look at the questions at the end of the story or chapter, if there are any. They will help guide your child’s reading.
4.    Read the story or chapter. Your child might read it silently, then later read it aloud to you. (Don’t ask your child to read the text aloud until she’s had a chance to read it silently first.)
5.    Ask some questions about the reading. See if your child can tell you the main idea of what she read.
6.    Ask your child to read the questions at the end of the selection aloud. Then have her restate each question in her own words.
7.    Ask your child to answer a question. If she can’t, pick out one or two key words in the question. Then look back through the reading to find the place in the text that includes those words. Have your child read that part aloud.
8.    There are also many websites that your child can use to practice their reading skills:

"A child without education is like a bird without wings.” 

~Tibetan proverb


Preschool

The preschoolers continued learning about fire safety. They became fire safety detectives by walking around the school building counting the smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and sprinkler systems. Most classrooms in the school building have three smoke detectors, one fire extinguisher, and seven sprinklers. Mary (the janitor) showed the students what the sprinkler system looks like when it comes down from the ceiling.

Check out this preschool movie about fire safety! http://tinyurl.com/mc5nyha

Our preschoolers have started learning about pumpkins. They are looking at the different stages a pumpkin goes through when it grows. They are also learning about rhyming words by reading stories and singing songs that use rhyming words. Students are also observing the changes that come with fall. They are excited to share what they know about fall, ideas ranged from the leaves changing colors, decorating pumpkins to combining corn and beans. They observed the glistening grass while arriving to school last Friday and learned a new vocabulary word “frost.” The preschool classes took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed outside for a fall walk. While on their walk they completed a scavenger hunt searching for fall leaves, squirrels, nuts, bare trees, and pinecones. 

Some students are also making a Fall Glyph. What is a glyph you ask? A glyph is a way to gather data and it tells you more about the person who created it. While working on this the students are also working on following directions.

Kindergarten

We are a PBIS school and when students show their CADET Pride they are awarded Cadet bucks. Those bucks can then be used to purchase things in the Cadet store. Last Friday the kindergarten students were able to go shopping at the Cadet Pride Store. They have been working hard this quarter on demonstrating positive behavior so that they could earn
Cadet Pride Dollars to spend at the store.

Kindergarten has also been busy learning about symmetry in nature, learning about patterns, and practicing math with partners.






All students at Howard-Winn practiced bus evacuations this week.  We do this annually in order to help our students be prepared in the event that there is an emergency and they have to evacuate the bus quickly. Here are some of our kindergarten students during the practice drill. 


First Grade
This week was Character Counts Week and on Thursday we celebrated being a good citizen who contributes to our school and community. Students came to school dressed for the world of work in their choice of career!  Future nurses, doctors, scientists, engineers, farmers, and athletes walked the halls of Crestwood Elementary that day.

First grade teachers have worked hard preparing for Cadet Time.  Cadet Time is half-an-hour of the day where students are able to practice reading skills such as phonics, comprehension, tricky words, etc. All first grade students have Cadet Time at the same time, so students will have the opportunity to work with all the teachers at their grade level. They will spend that half an hour learning in a different classroom environment. Throughout the school year students will be switching up groups based on their learning of various skills we are working on in school!



Mr. Bieber’s music class was busy singing and dancing with “5 Little Pumpkins”.






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