What We're Learning

What are we learning about in Fundations?
Unit 1 in Fundations is 12 weeks long, in which 2-3 letters will be introduced each week. When introducing a letter, the sound the letter makes, as well as how to write the letter in its lowercase form will be taught.

Phonemic Awareness is the ability to manipulate individual sounds in words. This concept will be practiced throughout Unit 1, and will include activities such as rhyming, and identifying the first and final sounds in words.

Week 1: t, b, f
Week 2: n, m
Week 3: i, u
Week 4: c, o
Week 5: a, g
Week 6: d, s
Week 7: e, r
Week 8: p, j
Week 9: l, h, k
Week 10: v, w
Week 11: y, x
Week 12: z, q

Ways to practice letters at home: 
Technology-Free
  • Use stamps to stamp the letter and then trace over it
  • Write the letters on a whiteboard
  • Use paint to write the letters  
  • Make the letters using Stencils
  • Create the letters using cooked spaghetti  
  • Practice writing letters in sand
  • Build the letters using play-dough
Technology Friendly
Here are some free apps on the iPad and some websites that are great resources to help your child practice writing letters at home!
  • Whiteboard App, by Shun Sato
  • Drawing Pad, by Tap'd
  • Chalkboard, by Conol, Inc
  • Glow Draw, by Indigo Penguin Limited
  • Sticky, by Tewks
  • Writing Pad, by Pronunciation Apps
  • SMS Text & Paint using Phone for Kids, by Kids Games Club

What are we learning about in enVisionMath?
Topic 2 Concepts Taught:
Compare Groups
In topic 2, students will use matching to determine whether groups of objects are equal in number. Students will apply a matching technique to help determine a number of objects in a given group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group.


What are we learning about in Explorations in Nonfiction Writing? 
Narrative Writing 
Narrative writing is a type of nonfiction writing, written in the first person. If focuses on a brief episode and includes personal reflection. The purpose is to retell the events in order, including details and words that show the writer's feelings. Personal narrative can take on many forms, including: personal reflections, journal entries, diagrams, illustrations, and poetry. 

Features of a Great Personal Narrative: 
  • Tells about a real event that happened to a person
  • Starts at the beginning
  • Has a middle
  • Has an ending
  • It tells how the author feels

Ways to Help at Home: 
At home, have your child write in a journal or a notebook about things that really happen in his/her life. To support your child, have him/her draw a picture first, then write letters or words to represent what they would like to say. 
Here is a list of possible topics your child can draw & write about!  
  • Going to a birthday party
  • Going to the park
  • Playing outside
  • My birthday
  • A time when I was scared
  • A time when I was sad
  • My vacation to...
  • My first day of school
  • Losing my first tooth
  • A surprise
  • Visiting my grandparents
  • Playing with friends
  • Going to a family party
  • A special celebration
  • What I like to do best
  • Playing____________ (sport) 



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