I hope your child came home and told you about our blogs this weekend. Most of the students had a chance to make their first blog post on Friday. They really enjoyed doing so, and we will be writing more soon!
I want you to know that I take internet safety very serious. Students do get to write and post their own posts, but I have to approve them before they go live. So, I will never approve a post that compromises anyones safety. Students have also been told that we never put our last names in our blog posts.
Students may make new posts from home if they are logged in. I am working on getting password cheat sheets printed for all students to make this easier.
I also encourage students to comment on other students' blogs. You can also comment on blog posts - they LOVE getting comments, so please visit often. I must also approve comments, so don't worry about inappropriate content. The students and I talked about making positive comments only. They know that comments are meant to make people feel good and not point out mistakes. If a comment is made that isn't for the purpose of building up a student, it will not be approved. I want this writing work to be a positive experience for all students. So, please, visit, comment and have fun!
Students may also make new posts from home if they are logged in. I am working on getting password cheat sheets printed for all students to make this easier.
You can check out student blogs at www.kidblog.org/erinfranklinsclass.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. :)
Here are a few of our students demonstrating TouchMath.
Here is a short video of us practicing our touch points. I hope to get a video of us subtracting up soon!
Our class will be learning an awesome new way for students to practice addition and subtraction facts. Touch Math is a great way for students to solve addition and subtraction facts without using his/her fingers or other manipulatives. This strategy will help students learn facts and can also be used in the future to solve multiplication and division facts. We will be learning more about touch points in the next couple of weeks. Here is a short video that will give you an idea of the strategy we will be using.
A BIG thank you to all that donated money to help us purchase SpellingCity!
Very soon (hopefully) we will have a new way for students to complete spelling homework and take practice tests.
SpellingCity offers a premium classroom membership for $49.99. I'm hoping that with the help of friends and family we can purchase this for our class. With this membership, each student will receive a username and password to login to their own account. I will be able to keep track of their scores on spelling tests.
Once we have a premium membership, students will be able to log on and play a SpellingCity game for homework. I'm sure this will be a popular choice! :)
So, I need your help. If you are able to contribute to our goal, please follow this link.
You can donate as little as $1. If you aren't comfortable giving online, please feel free to send money to school and I will make the donation online for you. Feel free to share this link with any friends or family that you think would like to help us out.
If you have any questions, please let me know! firstname.lastname@example.org
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Here is a list of sight words that students were taught in kindergarten. Please review these words with your child before school starts if possible. We will take some time to review letter sounds and kindergar