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Practice counting out loud by 2’s. 5’s. 10’s. Count the number of sandals, shoes and boots in your closet. Show how many of each with tally marks. Discuss with your family ways that a pumpkin and an orange are alike and different. Locate and count all the thermometers in your house. Which ones are digital and which ones use liquid? Write a story about something you are very passionate about, something or someone you really love. Don’t forget the detailed illustration. How many jumping jacks can you do in one minute? Have a grownup time you. Take the numbers in your phone number. Now put them in order from smallest to largest. Make a tally mark chart to show the number of bowls, plates, and mugs that are in your kitchen. How many words can you find “inside” the word - – understanding? Here’s a few: ran, ring, stand. Can you make 10 more? 20 more? Can you write from 1-100? Challenge: 101-200? Count out loud from 1- 50 by 1’s. Count backward from 20-1. Solve It! There were two (2) ladybugs on the flower. Each one had 6 spots. How many spots did they have together?  Look for things in your room, kitchen and yard that begin with the letter t. Tell someone in your house how to play TwoFisted Penny Addition with 10 pennies. How many combinations of 10 can you make?
Posted by yreitz  On Oct 20, 2018 at 8:06 AM
There are really good articles and tools to help your child read.  Check out the Kindergarten Readiness tab!
Posted by yreitz  On Oct 06, 2018 at 6:04 AM
  25 Ways to Learn Spelling Words   Children learn in different ways. Some are visual learners who need to see something to learn it. Some are auditory learners who need to hear something to learn it. Some may even be tactile learners who need to use their hands to learn something. There are also children who need to use more than one modality to learn. To help all our children, we have listed many different ways that you can choose from to help your child learn their spelling words.   Say-Spell-Say: Say word, spell word, say word: “cat, c-a-t, cat”   Write and Say: Write words while saying the letters.   In Your Mind: Look at the word for 30 seconds, close your eyes and “see” the word in your mind.   Flash Cards: Make flash cards and read the word to your child and your child spells the word.   Type It: Type all of your spelling words on the computer and print them out.   Cut It Up: Use old magazines, catalogs, or newspapers to cut out letters and glue them down to spell your words.   Spelling Baseball - Draw four bases on a piece of paper or set up four chairs to be the bases. Pitcher selects a word. If the batter can spell it correctly, he moves forward one base. If the batter cannot spell word, he remains where he is. Child receives point every time he passes home base.   Snowman - On a wipe-off board or chalkboard, draw a snowman with hat and three buttons. Play like hangman (don't forget to draw the lines to show how many letters the chosen word has), but erase a part of the snowman for each guess. The object is to guess the word before the snowman melts. Rainbow Words - Print one of your spelling words neatly. Take three different crayon colors and trace the letters in order.   ABC Order - Write your words in alphabetical order.   Story, Story - Write a story using ALL of your spelling words.   Bubble Letters-Print the word neatly with space around each letter. Use three different crayon colors and trace around each letter in order. Look at the word for 10 seconds, close your eyes, picture the shape of the letters and spell the word.   Sentence Please - Write a sentence for each spelling word.   Memory Game - Make pairs of word cards. Flip them over and try to match the pairs! Spell the word before taking the cards.   Scrabble - Use Scrabble tiles to spell your words. Add up the points.   Sing Them Loud, Sing Them Soft - An adult sings the letters of a spelling word to your child in a loud voice. Your child echos the spelling and then sings it again softly. Then both sing the word in the voice you choose!   Stairsteps - Write words as if they are stairs, adding one letter each time. (If you are using lined paper, begin up against the left margin line.           c           ca           cat    Finger Tracing - Use your finger to spell out each of your words one letter at a time on someone’s back. See if they can guess the word. Then it’s YOUR turn to feel and spell.   Build Your Words - Use clay or play-doh to build letters and spell your words.   20.Cheerleader – Pretend you’re a cheerleader and clap/shout each letter to spell your words.   Popsicle Words - Use popsicle sticks to spell your words.   22.Flashlight Write – Turn out the lights. Use a flashlight to spell your words on the wall. Have someone guess each word you spell.   23.What’s Missing?- Write the word on a dry-erase board so that your child can see you write the word. Turn the board toward you and erase a letter in the word. Show the board to your child and ask them to fill in the missing letter.   24.Mix and Fix-Make the word with magnet letters or letter tiles. Have your child mix them up and re-make the word from memory.   25.Table Writing-Write the words on the table with a wet finger, shaving cream or pudding.  
Posted by yreitz  On Sep 24, 2018 at 8:32 AM
Read together (for more than 20 minutes a day). According to research, reading or being read to for just 20 minutes per day results in children reading 1.8 million words per year! (Shaywitz, 106-107). Being exposed to that many words builds a greater vocabulary, which in turn leads to greater comprehension.
Posted by yreitz  On Sep 23, 2018 at 2:56 PM
Extra Homework Activities Maths Envision Math Website - Maths posters Basic Facts Multiplication and Division Facts Literacy Poster about books or authors Research Posters about a topic that interests you Book Reviews Pamphlets Spelling Activities Powerpoints or movies about interesting topics P.E. Create a fitness circuit Invent a game for others to play Create a healthy menu for your family Help someone at home to cook a meal Research a new sport Other Curriculum Areas Sketch objects from home Paint a picture of a scene from a holiday place Conduct some science experiments at home and record your results Write your own song or rap Choreograph and record a creative dance
Posted by yreitz  On Sep 18, 2018 at 10:23 AM
Posted by yreitz  On Sep 13, 2018 at 12:47 PM
Go for a nature walk. Pick up an object. What is it? Use your five senses. Describe it using as many different ways as you can. Research the object on line or at the library. Start an Autumn Journal. Write an alphabet book about a favorite topic. Research to find a word for each letter. Print out a map of the United States or world. Color in every state you have visited. If you are going on a trip, find out about the state animal, flower, capital, etc. Name your favorite food. FInd a recipe and make it together with an adult. Put several recipes together for a personal recipe book.
Posted by yreitz  On Sep 04, 2018 at 7:54 PM