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Daily book shopping
Due Date: 1/15/2017
Subject: Reading 1





Book shopping has begun!





        We are fortunate to have been provided books at your child’s current reading level. These books have been earmarked for daily practice at home.

        Each day your child will go “Book Shopping” for a book to take home and read with you. Please enter the book onto the Weekly Reading log. Return the book and log each morning in the zip lock bag provided.  

        On occasion, you will also find in the zip-lock, some strategies or suggestions for you to think about when reading with your child. It is my goal to make these reading experiences meaningful for both you and your child.


Joan Verrillo

Words Their Way
Due Date: 10/27/2014
Subject: Writing 1

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      Words Their Way is the vocabulary and spelling program used by the District.  Words Their Way allows children to work in small homogenous groups; the spelling skills are taught in logically developed progression.  Each week children will be given a new "sort" containing the new spelling and vocabulary words.  The sort allows children to discover similarities in spelling sort the words based the their similarities and differences. 

     Homework includes 10-15 minutes of practice sorting and spelling the words.

     In class children have 20-25 minutes per day to practice with the words.  The goal is to spell the words correctly as well as to develop and understanding of the words' meanings.

     Each sort typically takes 5-7 school days to complete.  The timing can be impacted by half day schedules, assemblies and snow days.  Children end each cycle with a spelling test of the words.  A score of 70% is required in ordered for the child to move on to the next sort in the progression. 

     A score of less then 70% will require the child continue to practice the same words for an additional week or until a score of 70% is achieved.


Due Date: 10/17/2014
Subject: Math 1

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     Children in the Green Acres Kdg/Gr 1 Integrated Day Program have Math taught in grade level groupings.  Kindergarten students are taught by myself, Grade 1 students are taught by Danielle Picano, my grade level partner.  During a typical week, instruction will take place daily for 45-60 minute sessions.  Both grade levels will be using the Math In Focus program to help support instruction that meets all Common core expectations.

   On occassion Math homework, will be sent home. The expectation is that the work will be returned to school completed on the next school day. The work is review and so students should be able to complete the work independantly; typically in 10 minutes or less.   Please take a moment to look over this homework in order to help familiarize yourself with the latest skills being taught.  At the start of each Unit of study you will recieve a newsletter outlining for you the skills that we will work on in class.



Due Date: 10/17/2014
Subject: Reading 1

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       Reading fluency and comprehension need practice in order to progress.  It is expected that children will read every night, including weekends and vacations.  Children should read aloud from a book at an appropriate reading level for 15 minutes to an adult.  Talk about the story as well in order to ensure that the child is comprehending the story as it is read.

       One simple way to determine if a book is an appropriate challenge is to use the Five Finger Rule.   While reading one page of the book, count the errors when reading.  If there are 5 or more errors, the book is too challenging.

     Children should also have the opportunity to have an adult read aloud to them each night.  This additional 15-20 minutes spent with your child will enhance reading skills, instill a joy of reading and provide wonderful memories as children grow to become young adults.


This year there is a weekly Reading Log where you should record the daily reading.  The Log is due each Monday.  A new log will be sent home on Mondays as well.

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