“ Making books
“ Writing stories
“ Making lists
“ Writing about
“ Writing about things
they know about
As student sight word recognition and phonemic awareness skills grow,
students will be assessed on their independent reading level using a
benchmark reading kit.
Guided Reading groups look like:
“ Pre-teaching words that do not follow phonics rules
“ Reviewing Good Reader Strategies
“ Activating our prior knowledge about the subject of the text (ex.
thinking of a trip to the beach when reading a beach text)
“ Making a prediction about what they think will happen in the text.
(Giving students a purpose to read.)
“ Scaffolding support to help students read the text
“ Reminding students which Good Reader Strategy to try
“ Re-reading again with less teacher support
“ What was the book about? Were our predictions right?
“ What parts were tricky for you? What strategy did you use?
“ What type of book is this? (Fiction or Non-fiction) Why do you think
the author wrote this book?
the Daily 5
“ Read to Self
“ Read to
“ Listen to
“ Work on Writing
“ Word Work
“ Beginning of year
” Letter sounds
” Hearing syllables
“ Middle of year
” Blending sounds in
” Segmenting sounds in
” Matching letter
sounds to letters
“ End of year
” Deleting initial
sounds in words
” Deleting final
sounds in words
” Making word
Popcorn words are words that ‚Pop‛ up
in books all of the time! These are
Students should be able to:
“ Read them quickly
“ Copy from a list to use in writing ”
beginning of year
“ Write independently ” end of year
What should we do when it comes home?
“ Have your student read the story to you
“ Look for the week’s popcorn word(s)
“ Use your Good Reader Strategies
“ Sign the cover to show you read together
“ Put all of the books back in the bag and
return to class on Monday.
•Point to the words
•Look at the picture
•Get your mouth ready
•Check the whole word
•Look for chunks
•Think about what makes
•Go back and re-read
“ Problem of the Day
“ Content Lesson
“ Workshop Rotation
“ Number talk
“ Sorting and
“ One-to-one counting
“ Rote counting skills
to 20 by Nov.
” 100 by March
“ Numeral recognition
“ Number writing to 20
Rule #1 Follow directions quickly!
Rule # 2 Raise your hand to talk.
Rule # 3 Use inside voices.
Rule # 4 Use helpful hands and
Rule # 5 Make smart choices.
Rule # 6 Make your dear teacher
Clip will be moved to reflect
“ Way to Go Chart!
“ Students move clothespin
around based on good choices
in virtues, behavior,
“ When students reach the
finish line, a reward is given.
(Treasure box). This chart
continues each day and does
not start over until the
student has reached the finish
“ 10:45 ” 11:15
“ If you wish to have lunch with your
child, you will need to sit at the
designated visitors tables in the
cafeteria. It is helpful to send a
note if you are planning on eating
with your child.
“ Please review the lunch menu with
your child and help them pick 2
vegetables and 1 fruit for their
“ Snack Policy ” Due to
food allergies we do
NOT have snack time.
“ We love to celebrate
birthdays. Please make
sure it is a NUT FREE,
store bought item.
PLEASE do not forget
“ No birthday treats may
be eaten before or
during lunch. We will
celebrate at 1:15.
“ We are hoping to have two field trips this
“ Time and place TBA.
“ We will be accepting donations for the trip
when it is planned.
“ Parents must have background check prior to
trip. You can complete the form on-line at
www.neisd.net. It can take up to 2 weeks to
process so if you are interested, please
complete the background check ASAP. The
sooner, the better!
“ I send home
“ These are inexpensive
ways to add books to
“ When the book
orders come home,
you can choose to
order/pay online OR
order/money to me.
“ Pony Express Binder
“ Daily comments
“ Daily behavior
“ Information for
teacher ” please put
notes to me in your
child’s binder, not
“ Work is sent home in
their Pony Express
“ Email Me!-
“ Read with your child ” monthly reading logs
“ Practice writing your child‘s name
“ Practice identifying letters and sounds
“ Practice identifying high frequency words (popcorn words)
“ Practice rhyming!
“ Talk about letters and words around you
“ Play letter games (I spy something that begins with ..)
“ Use school tools to create (scissors, glue, pencils, and paper)
“ Discuss importance of rules in the home and the community
“ Count to 100
“ Model counting and writing numbers to 20
“ Investigate and ask questions about observations made in
* Work on fine motor skills ” play-dough, tweezers/beads,
punching holes. This helps strengthen the hands and improves
the child’s grip.
•Each 9 weeks your child will be individually assessed on
•Reading level assessments begin in January or sooner if
TPRI skills are mastered.
•Your child will be assessed in reading (TPRI) and in math
•The TPRI is administered at the beginning of October,
January and May.
•The October administration will cover letter/sound
identification, rhyming, blending onset and rime and
phonemes. A story will be read and your child will
be asked comprehension questions.
•AMC is administered in late October and April.
•The October administration will cover counting sets of objects to
18 and changing the sets.
“ If you are going to pick up your kids early,
please do so before 2:25.
“ Let me know in writing if your child will be
going home a different way than usual.
“ Kids can wear Bulverde Creek spirit shirts on
Fridays and for special occasions like field
trips. Spirit Day is on Friday!
“ Wear tennis shoes every day for PE. If your
child wears a skirt, please wear shorts
“ What’s in my packet?
“ Free e-book
“ Entire list of popcorn words
“ Daily 5 explanation
“ Letter formation
“ Number formation
“ Online resources
“ Kinder How-To’s
“ Good Fit Books
“ Volunteer Form
“ Blog Note
We all hope to make this
year school the best it can
be. I am so excited to have
the opportunity to work
with your children and
this wonderful community.
Thank you in advance for
all of your support this