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Welcome to my Website: I am so pleased to have your child in my class.
My name is Mrs. Kovacs. This will be the beginning of my 32nd year of teaching! I love my profession and I hope that your child will learn a great deal in my class. I hope I can count on your support at home. If you need to reach me at school call 574-3113 and then extension 305 .  

If your child turns in 25 boxtops they will receive a No Uniform pass to wear on the day of their choice. 

 

Important dates to remember : September  

September 14-   Kindergarten Movie Night.

 

 

 

 

 

Parents please remember to sign your child's planner each night. Please have your child read his or her AR book each night to you . Please help your child by asking him/her questions about the book. Please be sure the AR book is read twice at home . 

 

****Here are some quick Reading activities to try with your child at home (or away).*****

1. License to read- On car trips, make it a game to point out and read license plates,billboards, and interesting road signs.

2. Better than TV - Swap an evening of TV for a good action story or tale of adventure.

3. Look and listen - Listen to a book on tape and turn the book's pages with your child.

4. Labels, labels, labels - Label things in your child's room as they learn to name them. This way they will learn that written words are connected to everyday things.

5. Pack a snack, pack a book - Going someplace where there might be a long wait? Bring along a snack and a bag of favorite books.

6. Recipe for reading- The next time you cook with your children, read the recipe with them. Step-by-step instructions, ingredients,aned measurements are all part of words in print!

7. Shop and read- Notice and read signs and labels in the supermarket. Back home, putting away groceries is another great time for reading labels.

8.Your long-distance lap. Away on a business trip? Take a few books with you, call home, and have your child curl up by the phone for a good night story.

9. A reading pocket- Slip fun things to read into your pocket to bring home: a comic strip from the paper, a greeting card, or even a fortune cookie from lunch. Create a special, shared moment your child can look forward to every day.

10. A little longer ? - When your child asks to stay up a little longer, say yes and make it a 15-minute family reading opportunity.

These reading ideas are from the FamilyEducation's PTA Connection.

 


                      Reading Strategies for Parents 
When helping your child read at home these are some strategies you can use to help in decoding unknown words:
1. Tell your child to look at the picture. You may tell your child the word is something that can be seen in the picture if that is indeed the case.
2. Tell your child to look for chunks in the word ( such as it in little or ant in pants or  and and ing in standing  ). 
3. Ask your child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by shaping their mouth for the beginning letter. 
4. Ask your child if the word looks like another word he/she knows. Example does took look like book ? 
5. Ask your child to skip the word and read up to the end of the sentence. Sometimes by reading the other words in context , the child can figure out the unknown word. 
6. If your child says the wrong word while reading ask questions like: Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does it look right?

 

                                                  Fun Trivia 

 1. The sun is a layered ball of gas. 

2. The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth. They talk to one another with groans and high pitched squeaks. The sound they make is louder than a jet engine and can be heard hundreds of miles away. 

3. A hyena doesn't really laugh. The sounds that sound like a laugh are an announcement to other animals of Africa that the hyena has made a kill with its powerful bone-crunching jaws. 

4. Wolves do not howl at the moon. They howl to get in touch with far-away pack members sometimes to gather them for a hunt. Since wolves hunt at night some think they are howling at the moon. When one wolf howls others join in the conversation. 

5.In the Okefenokee swamp alligators can grow up to 16 feet. 

6.In the Okefenokee swamp you can find birds calleda anhingas.They are birds that swim with their necks out of water. This makes them look like snakes. 

7. The jaguar is a muscular hunting cat found in the jungles of South and Central America. It can grow up to 9 feet long and can weigh 350 pounds. It can seize a deer, tapir, cattle, or even horses to feed on. The jaguar usually hunts alone. 

 

 

 

Below you will see UNRAAVEL strategies that students can use when taking reading tests. We will soon be using UNRAAVEL for Math as well. 

UNRAAVEL (unraavel strategies) U - Undeline the title, N- Now predict the passage (in one sentence) , R - run through and number,(number the paragraphs) A- Are you reading the questions (read questions first), A- Are important words circled (circle the important words in the questions), V- Venture through the passage (read the story or paragraph), E- Eliminate (cross out silly answers), L - Let the questions be answered (include the paragraph number and line number where you found the answer).

 

High Frequency words your child should be able to read quickly for the week of April 9  - along, behind, eyes, never, pulling, and toward. 

 

Comprehension - Week of  April 9  -  Students should be able to  Name the Characters, Setting, and Plot of a story. 

 

In Math We  are working on Chapter 9- Wrap up and review of the Chapter on Time and Measurement. Please be sure your child can tell time to the hour and half-hour. We are also working and identifying coins : penny, dime, nickel and quarter (what they look like and what they are worth) . Also students should be able to add coins up to $1.00.

 

*****Parents for great practice in Timed Addition and Subtraction click on the link so your child may practice.  

       

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/thats_a_fact/english_K_3.html

 

                                         Ways Parents can help with Math : 

1. Look for shapes and patterns in real life. 

2. Have your child measure ingredients for a recipe you are making. 

3. Ask your child to explain the math skills he or she is working on in school. 

4. When helping your child with homework or school assignments, ask him or her to explain how he or she got an answer.

5. Help your child find some appropriate number and problem-solving games to play online. 

6. Play card or board games that involve counting or patterns. 

7. Ask your child to count change at the grocery store, or to estimate the total cost while you are shopping .

8. Compare: which is the tallest? ... the heaviest? .....the longest ? .....the smallest? ....the fastest? .....the hottest? ....the most expensive? 

9. Have tools such as a ruler, a scale, a calculator, and a measuring tape available to use in your house. 

10. Encourage your child to track or graph scores or stats for a favorite sports team. 

11. Use dice or playing cards to make a game out of practicing math facts. 

Point out ways math is part of "real" life: money, computers, music, art, construction, cooking....All around us. 


http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/thats_a_fact/english_K_3.html

 

Here is another website for Math Practice:

 

 http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/


 


These are the words that mean to ADD. 1. altogether 2. in all 3.How many do they have? These are words that mean SUBTRACT: 1. how many more than ? 2. how many fewer ? 3. how many are left ? 

 

Math Vocabulary: 1. add- to join 2 parts. join means the same as add)   2.sum - the answer in addition 3. addition sentence- (Example of  is  )  4 + 2 = 6   4. plus - symbol for addition + 5. equals - symbol for what is the same as or the answer  =  6. parts- Example the parts of the number 6 are - 3 + 3 , or 4 + 2  or 1 + 5 , or 6 + 0 ,or 2 + 4 and so one. 
7. whole - the whole is the answer when you add up two parts - so in the definition of parts the whole (or the whole set)  is always 6 (for examples 3+3 , 2 + 4 , 4+2, 1+5 ,6+0  and so on.  8. addend - when you add parts together each of the parts is called an addend. You can add addends in any order. Example: 2 + 4 = 6 . The numbers 2 and 4 are the addends.  In this example if you add 2 + 4 = 6 and then switch the order of the addends to 4 + 2 = 6 you will get the same answer because the numbers have not changed just the order.  

 The Spelling words for your child to study for the week of  April 9   - Checkpoint will be given on April 13 , 2018 . The Spelling words for that week are below. 

 

1. how, 2. town, 3. down, 4. now, 5. brown, 6. cow, 7. clown, 8. frown, 9. crowd, 10. growl

 

The grammar skill for this week is writing imperative sentences (commands) 
  Examples of articles are :

                                1.  Please find the glue.   2. Pick up all the pieces.