What a crazy week back to school. I anticipated coming here to share all the creative and fun ideas from my first week back together with my kiddos but will have to disappoint. We returned from summer vacation under assessment deadlines. Our district has so many changes as previously stated in another post. We are currently working with new curriculum guides and assessments. The kids have been assessing throughout the end of the week. They are to take a CGA for Reading, Math, and Science. The math portion was 40 questions with FCAT posture. Oh.the.tears! We will resume testing this coming week. In addition to Reading and Science CGA, the kids are to be given a narrative writing prompt, IOWA and DAR reading assessments. Wiping my brow. We will get through this.
As you can imagine, I've been diving into my curriculum guides trying to stay one foot in front of the madness. We are transitioning to what's called home learning. With this, the kids are to work on a specific objective for each curriculum area. I've set up my home learning to progress with core standards and curriculum guides.
Home learning will really take a new shape this year. The 1st grade team has always had homework align with the basal. As of now, the basal is used for the stories and the comprehension strategy that aligns. As we progress through the core standards, we will bounce in and out of the basal.
As the year progresses, I'm sure the ideas on the home learning schedule will take new and meaningful shape. The student home learning schedule includes math objectives on Monday, reading objectives on Tuesday, science objectives on Wednesday, and writing or skills on Thursday. The weekend can be managed easily by parents and children without the folder if you decide to collect them on Friday. The assigned activities for the weekend are 20 minutes of reading on Friday, Sight Word Rings on Saturday, and Shoe Tying on Sunday.
I provided one copy of the book log, printed front and back. I explain through a class newsletter where additional copies can be found. You are certainly able to have kids list books on notebook paper too! My kinders did a fantabulous job recording books on notebook paper last year. A little instruction can go a long way...
Although it’s an additional expense, I have plastic three prong folders. These folders are recommended due to their durability and can be scooped up cheap with back to school sales. Place the parent note, calendar, and reading log in the prongs first. Behind the log, I keep additional paper for the kids to record their daily responses. I will add new calendars behind previous work each month.
Additionally, I provide each student with one ring for sight words. We cut out the set of words in class and place on the ring. The following months, the kids will cut out their words, have them hole punched, and then place in a plastic bag. The parents and students are responsible for adding any additional words to their sight word ring.
It's my goal to provide home learning in an efficient and meaningful way without all the unnecessary reproducibles. The cost can add up on teachers, especially when you class grows above 20. *sigh*
I've created calendars, logs, and sight word cards for September and October. Take a peek...
If you are interested, each cover is linked to TpT. Hope you have a magnificent week! I'm going to buy floaties in hopes to keep my head above water!