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Academic Overview

Dear Parents,
            We will be using a reading series called, “Reading Street.” The necessary skills the children need to become independent readers and writers are presented in many fun and exciting ways. Together, the children and I will use this new approach to reading, eagerly anticipating the adventure.
            Our spelling words are associated with the phonics used during the week in our reading series.  The last two words are sight words.  Students will receive one bonus word on the test that will follow the phonics used on the spelling test.
           We will use pretend spelling in our journal writing where the students 'pretend' to spell unfamiliar words with the sounds/letters they hear. They will be encouraged to use the print in the room or found in books to help them correctly spell sight words.
            Throughout the year we will practice correctly forming the letters; starting sticks at the top, using circles that start on the side, and making the letters touch the lines. 
            We will use a math program called Everyday Math. The approach uses lots of manipulatives. We will work on number recognition, counting forwards and backwards, skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s, patterns, and shapes. We will add, subtract, tell time, and count money. We will work with place values, measurement, and fractions.
            I will need volunteers to help with Ohio Reads. This program gives the children the chance to practice reading to an adult. Ohio Reads Volunteers will listen to children read stories, play games which review skills, or practice vocabulary words. This provides the students with additional help and adult attention.          
                                                                                   Thank you,
                                                                                   Mrs. Lydic