•  June 17,2020

    I sincerely wish that you all have a happy and calm summer.  It has been a challenging period to say the least and you--the parents and extended family members deserve enormous credit and my infinite admiration for your creativity and strength in continuing on and raising and educating your children. 

    June 16, 2020

    “Celebrate Me” cover

    Print the cover, (page 87).  In the heart box write your full name (first and last).  In the little box, write the month, date and year. Copy it if you need to.  Then in the big box draw a picture of anything you want---the thing you like to draw most, your favorite toy… what ever you want.  Color your picture. Color the pictures on the cover.

    Put the pages in order, staple the pages together on the side and then read your book to members in your family.

    Celebrate yourself for who you are and for a job well done!!

     Celebrate Me book cover

    June 15, 2020

    “Celebrate Me” book: When I grow up I will…

    Print page 94.   Think about what you want to do when you grow up.  It might be a job or a goal. Share some ideas with a grown up.  Grown ups might have ideas you hadn’t thought of or can tell about what different jobs are.  On page 94 draw a picture in pencil showing your plan and color in with real crayon colors.  Write your name in the heart box.  Read the sentence starter at the bottom and write the words to finish it.  Remember to spell any popcorn words, stick and stretch other words and have spaces between words.  Read the completed sentence that matches your picture. 

     Celebrate Me book page 94

    June 12, 2020

    “Celebrate Me” book:  In school I like to… and My favorite book is…

    Print pages 92 and 93.  On page 92, think of something you like to do in school (build with blocks, sing songs, listen to stories, paint pictures, be Star of the Day, do math etc. etc.  Draw a picture in pencil showing that and color in with real crayon colors.  Write your name in the heart box.  Read the sentence starter at the bottom and write the words to finish it.  Remember to spell any popcorn words, stick and stretch other words and have spaces between words.  Read the completed sentence that matches your picture.  On page 93 think of a favorite book.  Read the sentence starter words at the bottom.  Finish the sentence by writing the name of your favorite book.  Copy the title if you have the book or stick and stretch to write the book’s name if you don’t.  Remember spaces between words.  Then draw a picture from the story.  Draw in pencil then color with crayons.  Write your name in the heart box and read your completed sentence.

    Celebrate Me book pages 92 and 93

    June 11, 2020

    “Celebrate Me” book:  Finger Prints and Family Picture
    Print pages 90 and 91.  On page 90 you are putting down your 5 finger prints.  If you have an ink pad that is best to use.  One at a time press each finger onto the ink pad and then press it onto the paper.  If you don’t have an ink pad you can color the end of your fingers with a marker and then press them onto the paper.  Wash your fingers.  Write your name in the heart box, and read the words at the bottom.  On page 91 draw everyone in your family-- everyone you live with and extended family if you want and have room.  Remember to draw in pencil all the  matman body parts (head, with eyes, nose, mouth, ears, the body, arms, hands, legs and feet).  Then color in with real crayon colors.  Don’t forget to give everyone hair and clothes.  Then label everyone.  Write your name in the heart box and read the words at the bottom.

    Celebrate Me book pages 90 and 91

    June 10, 2020

    “Celebrate Me” book:  Self Portrait and Hand Print
    You are going to be making a special book all about you!! You will be doing one or two pages every day and you will finish the book next week.  As you make the pages, paper clip them together because next week when you have all the pages you can staple them all together.  Start by printing pages 88 and 89.  On page 88 draw a portrait of yourself.  Drawing the features in pencil and coloring in with real color crayons as best as you can. Try to match the color of your skin, hair and eyes as best as you can. Then read the bottom of the page and fill in how old you are.  Write your name at the top in the box where the heart is. View my example of page 88.  On page 89 you are making a hand print.  Pick one of 2 ways to do this.  1. If you have washable skin color paint (brown or tan), have a grown up paint your hand, spread your fingers apart, and then press it down on the paper and then lift it off from the paper.  Wash your hand.   2. You or a grown up can trace your hand then you can color it in with a matching skin color crayon. Write your name in the heart box and read the words at the bottom.

    Celebrate Me book pages 88 and 89

    Celebrate Me page 88 example

    June 9, 2020

    Adding Details to Your True Story
    Watch the video lesson on adding details to your true story book. One way to add details is to ask yourself, “Can I say something about the color? Or shape? Or size? Or number? Or feeling (texture or emotion)?”

     Adding details to your true story video

    June 8, 2020

    Teen numbers 17, 18, 19 and 20.  Practice Addition and Subtraction
     Do pages 140 and 142 in the math workbook.  Remember when writing the number to start at the blue dot and follow the little black line.  Work slowly and carefully and do all work in pencil.  On the lower half of both pages you are adding numbers (putting amounts together) then subtracting numbers (taking away an amount).  Begin by reading the number sentence to remind yourself if it says to add or subtract.  Then make little pictures or use your fingers to figure out what it equals (how many all together or how much is left).  Read some or all of your completed number sentences to a grown up.
    Print and do the next 4 pages (17, 18, 19, and 20) of the teen number book that you started.  Remember a teen number has one group of ten in it and then some extras.  So for 17 first color in 10 dots under the number 10 and then color in 7 more under the 7.  Then read and finish the number sentence.  Do the same for the remaining pages. The number 20 is actually not a teen number but I have included it so you can see that the first numeral “2” reflects that there are now 2 groups of 10. When you have completed all the pages, put your pages in order starting with the cover and have a grown up staple the sides together.  Then you can read your whole book to a grown up.

    teen number book 17-20

     June 5, 2020

    Letter Xx Activities
    Make an X with your fingers, hands, arms.  Write it in the air and on the ground with your finger.
    Tic Tac Toe:  Print out the tic tac toe worksheet and ask a grownup if they would teach you how to play tic tac toe and then play some games with you.
    X art:  Watch the video lesson and print the Extraordinary Butterfly worksheet and view the example

    Tic tac toe worksheet

    Extraordinary butterfly lesson

    Extraordinary butterfly worksheet

    Extraordinary butterfly example

    June 4, 2020

    Popcorn Word Sentence
    Read all the popcorn words. Print the popcorn word worksheet.  Fill in the words so it will say “I can see the…” Then write something that you see on the line.   Remember to stick and stretch and write letters that you hear.  Then write “It is…”  Then write what color it is.  Look at the popcorn word list to help you spell if you need to.  Make a picture of what you wrote and then read it to a grown up.

    Popcorn words worksheet

    June 3, 2020

    _up Words
    Find the popcorn word “up” on the list.  Look at it, read it, close you eyes and spell it.  Use it in a sentence.  For example, “I looked up at the sky”, or “I went up the hill”. 
    Print and do the worksheet.  Make words that have “up” in them by adding a letter at the beginning.  Most of words will be silly/made up words.  That’s ok.  See if you can make at least 1 real word.  Then read all words (real and made up) to a grown up.  (Use any letter as the first letter except don’t use vowels—remember the vowels are AEIOU.

    up words worksheet

    June 2, 2020

    First I want to let you know that the school librarian, Ms. Scibelli has posted some wonderful June and Summer reading/stories on utube.  I have posted her postings on my web site under the "welcome "section.

    Writing a True Story
    Watch the video lesson on writing a true story. Print the story book.  You might work on your story over a few days if you need or want to. Save your book because I will show you about adding details to it next week.

    True Story video

    True Story Book 

    June 1, 2020

    Teen Numbers 15 and 16.  Practice Addition and Subtraction
    Do page 112 in the math workbook.  Remember when writing the number to start at the blue dot and follow the little black line.  Work slowly and carefully and do all work in pencil.  On the lower half of the page first you are adding numbers (putting amounts together) then subtracting numbers (taking away an amount).  Begin by reading the number sentence to remind yourself if it says to add or subtract.  Then make little pictures or use your fingers to figure out what it equals (how many all together or how much is left).  Read some or all of your completed number sentences to a grown up.
    Print and do the next 2 pages (15 and 16) of the teen number book that you started last week.  Remember a teen number has one group of ten in it and then some extras.  So for 15 first color in 10 dots under the number 10 and then color in 5 more under the 5.  Then read and finish the number sentence.  Do the same for the next page with the number 16.  Paper clip these pages to last week’s 11,12,13 and 14.

     teen number book 15 and 16

    May 29, 2020

    Vv Art and Writing a Popcorn Word Sentence

    Print the Vv art worksheet.  Trace the letters with a marker.  Fill in the letters with something that starts with a v.  I made a Very Viney Vv by cutting out shapes of leaves with green paper and gluing them inside.  When they were dry, I drew in curly stems with a black marker.  View my example.  You can do the same or something different.
    Print the popcorn word sentence worksheet.  Fill in the lines so it reads, “Look at the…" and then on the last line write something the begins with the letter V.  If you need help look at the list of popcorn words to check the spelling and then for the V word, start with V and “stick and stretch” to write any other letters that you hear. Draw a matching picture and read your sentence to a grown up.

    Vv art
    Vv art example 
    Popcorn words and Vv word

    May 28, 2020

    Teen Number Book

    Watch the video lesson.  Print out the teen numbers book cover and pages for 11, 12, 13, and 14.  After you have done the 4 pages, have a grown up paper clip them together.  When you have completed a few more pages in future lessons they will all get stapled together into a book.

    Teen number book video
    Teen number book cover and 11-14 

    May 27, 2020

    Writing Teen Numbers and Addition and Subtraction Practice
    Find page 109 in the math workbook.  Practice writing 13 and 14.  Remember in the top row you are tracing and then the next rows writing.  Start at the blue dot and then follow the little black line.  Go slowly and carefully and use pencil.  Circle your best one of each.
    Turn to page 110 to practice addition and subtraction (take away).  Remember to read the number sentence first and notice if you are going to add + the two numbers together or if you are going to take away - by crossing out.  Make little pictures or use your fingers.    When you are done have a grown up check your work and then read some of the addition and subtraction number sentences to them.

    May 26, 2020

    Letter of the Week is Vv
    Remember the sound that V makes-- like in violin.  F sometimes makes the same sound.
    Print and do Vv worksheet.   Name all the pictures.  Ask a grown up if you need help.  Cut out pictures and glue on only the things that begin with the letter Vv.  Color the pictures.   “read” the pictures to a grown up.   Collect things around the house that begin with the letter Vv.  Make labels for the items.  Have a family member guess what they might be.  Give them a hint if they need it, like we do in school, but now you are the teacher.
    Read all the popcorn words.  Look to see if any of the popcorn words have a letter v in it.
    Read a book to a family member or a pet or a stuffy or all three.  Count how many Vv's you can find on a page or in the whole book.

     Vv worksheet 

    May 22, 2020

    Kk Art
    Print worksheet. Trace the K letters with a marker.  Fill in the Kk’s with kites by cutting out and gluing in some diamond shapes (also known as a rhombus pl. rhombi).  Draw a tail for each kite. You can view my example.

    Kk art
    Kk art example
    Go around the house or outdoors and see how many things you can read for example on a cereal box, on a sign, etc. There are usually lots of things to read in the kitchen on labels.

    May 21, 2020

    Writing and Reading Popcorn Words
    Print worksheet.  Have your child fill in the popcorn words so it reads, “can you see the”.  Show the list of popcorn words if they need help remembering how to spell any of the words.  The last word on the line should be something that begins with the letter k.  Have your child begin with k and then “stick and stretch” to write any other letters that they hear.  Then draw a picture to match the writing.  Last, have your child point to and read the words they wrote.

    Popcorn words and K word

    May 20, 2020

    Plant Growth
    Watch the video story.
    Print the worksheet.  Sequence the pictures of the bean plant growing.  Tell your child that to sequence something means to put it in the order that it happens. Your child should cut pictures, glue in order, color the pictures and then tell what is happening in each picture.

    Bean Plant story video

    Plant growth worksheet

    May 19, 2020

    Writing Teen Numbers and Addition and Subtraction Practice.

    Find page 106 in math workbook.  Watch video lesson.  Do page 106.

    Math pg 106 video

    May 18, 2020

    Letter of the Week is Kk.

    Remember the sound that K makes-- like in kite.  C makes the same sound.
    Print and do Kk worksheet.   Tell your child the names of all the pictures.  Have your child cut out pictures and glue on only the things that begin with the letter Kk.  Color the pictures.  Have your child “read” the pictures to you. Your child is very familiar with this routine.
    Read all the popcorn words.  Find the popcorn word that has a k in it and read it.
    Read a book to a family member or a pet or a stuffy or all three.  Count how many Kk's you can find on a page or in the whole book.

    Kk Worksheet 

    May 15, 2020

    Letter Yy Art

    Turn the letter Y into something—draw and color and write what you turned the Y into
    Print the  Y worksheet
    Examples of ideas:  Turn the Y into a dish of ice cream, a tree, a person etc.

     Y art worksheet

    May 14, 2020

    Plant Parts
    View the video story
    Print the 3 worksheets to label plant parts and then to color by teen number.

     Plant Parts video

     Plant Parts 1  Plant Part 2  Color by Teen Number

     May 13, 2020

    Make Shapes –Circle (all curved), square (4 sides all the same), rectangle (4 sides- 2 long 2 short), triangle (3 sides), hexagon (6 sides)
    Use e.g. clay, play-do, wiki sticks, pipe cleaners, pennies, buttons, pebbles, twigs etc. etc. Let your child use their imagination as to what they could use to make these shapes.  Make them in different sizes and in the case of rectangles, triangles and hexagons make them have different looks.

    May 12, 2020

    Letter of the Week :  Yy
    Remember the sound that Y makes like in yellow.  It does not make a /w/ sound.
    Collect things around the house that begin with the letter Yy.  Make labels for the items.  Have a family member guess what they might be.  Give them a hint if they need it, like we do in school, but now you are the teacher.

    Read a book to a family member or a pet or a stuffy or all three.  Count how many Yy's you can find on a page or in the whole book.
    Find and read all the popcorn words that have a y in it.

    May 11, 2020

    Spring Words
    Print “Spring Words”

    Spring Words

    Read the words on the right side using the pictures as clues.  Match words and the boxes—count and match the number of letters AND match "tall", "small" and "underwater" letters.  Read the words you wrote.

    May 8, 2020

    Hh Art

    Make a bubble letter Hh.  Think how you can fill the letter with something that begins with Hh.  In school we would have made “Horrible Hairy H’s”  by filling the letter with pieces of yarn or string.

    May 7, 2020

    Rote Counting
    Count by 10’s to 100
    Count by 1’s to 100
    Count the numbers in different number families.  For example, count the numbers in the thirties. 30, 31, 32, 33, … 39.

    Do some more addition/subtraction story problems.

    May 6, 2020

    Signs of Spring

    Go outside.  What are some signs of Spring?  What do you see? Hear? Feel?  Write about 3 things that you noticed about Spring. For example, it is warm, birds are singing, there are lots of flowers etc.  Draw a picture that matches what you wrote about.  Remember to have spaces between words, stretch out words to write letters you hear, spell popcorn words that you use.

    Read your words about Spring to a family member.

    May 5, 2020

    Addition/Subtraction Story Problems
    Have an adult in your family give you a math problem (like we would do in morning meeting).  An example of a “take away” story problem would be, I made 8 cookies, I ate 3 how many do I have left?  Use your fingers or objects.  Make a picture to show it.  Remember to think what you start with and then how many do you cross out then how many are left.  Then write the number sentence and read it. 8 – 3 = 5.  An addition example would be, I saw 4 ladybugs, then I saw 3 more, how many lady bugs were there all together? Draw a picture to show it and write and read the number sentence. 4 + 3 = 7.

    May 4, 2020

    Letter of the Week is Hh.
    Collect things around the house that begin with the letter Hh.  Make labels for the items.  Have a family member guess what they might be.  Give them a hint if they need it, like we do in school, but now you are the teacher.

    Read a book to a family member or a pet or a stuffy or all three. Count how many Hh's you can find on a page or in the whole book.

    May 1, 2020

    Zany Zz's
    Make a bubble letter Zz.  Trace with a marker then think what you can fill the letter with that begins with the letter Z. 

    April 30, 2020

    Number Collage
    Pick a teen number and write it in the middle of a plain paper.  Remember the 1 comes first on the left side.  Then cut out and glue on a matching number of things. For example, if you have the number 14 you would cut out and glue on 14 different pictures.  Then label each picture with a number.  In this example the pictures would be numbered 1 to 14.

    April 29, 2020

    Explore Nature
    If the weather is ok, go outside and see how many different animals you can find--birds, insects, caterpillars (which are insects), worms, furry animals.  Where are they--in a tree, under a leaf, in the grass?  How many legs did you see?  Remember, don't hurt anything.  Remember our "World Pledge".
    I pledge allegiance to the world,
    To care for earth and sea and air;
    To cherish every living thing,
    To help other people
    Everywhere!

    April 28, 2020

    Fancy Number
    Pick a number 1-9.  Make a bubble number (a grown up may need to help with that) if possible on card stock or a thicker paper.  Cut out the number.  Decorate the number with crayons, markers, glitter, or by gluing objects on.  Use imagination to create a beautiful number.  

    April 27, 2020

    Zz Collage
    On a plain paper write the letter Zz in the middle.  Make sure it is not backwards.  Draw then color pictures and /or cut out then glue on pictues of things that begin with Zz.  Label the pictures.  Remember "stick and stretch".
    Read
    Read a book to a stuffy or someone in your family. 

    April 24, 2020
    Words That Begin With Ee
    How many things can you think of that begin with the letter Ee.  Write a list.  Start with E and stretch out the rest of the word to write letters that you hear.  Remember "stick and stretch". Think about names of people, animals,  places or things.

    April 23, 2020
    Letter Ee picture
    The letter E has two sounds.  A short sound like in egg and a long sound like in eel.
    Get a blank paper and write the letter Ee in the middle. Make a picture by drawing things that begin with the letter Ee.
    Variation:  Cut out and glue on pictures from a magdazine