Welcome Back! I cannot believe we are already preparing for back to school!
A few reminders, Mendenhall continues to be a proud uniform school! Our uniforms include red, white, or navy polos, navy or khaki shorts, pants, skirts, or jumpers, and closed toe shoes appropriate for outside play.
School will also begin earlier this year! School hours will be 7:40-1:55 with early release each Monday at 12:55.
Whole group educational goals:
This month in reading, we will be working on parts of a text and the roles of authors and illustrators. We will be working specifically on identifying the front and back cover, spine, text, illustrations, and title. We will also work on identifying where to find the author’s and illustrator’s names as well as determining what they contribute to a text. You can support this at home by reading nightly with your child and asking similar questions about where to locate these parts of a text.
This month in writing, we will be working on pre-writing strokes to neaten and improve hand strength and writing. Specifically, we will practice drawing horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines, making an X, and forming basic shapes such as a circle, square, diamond, triangle, and rectangle. You can support this at home by engaging students in writing activities such as writing in sidewalk chalk, painting, and coloring in coloring books. Encourage students to use multiple colors, stay within a marked area, and, most importantly, have fun! All writing is important writing in the early stages of writing development. Encourage students to write heir names, their favorite things, or something about their day. Encourage them to draw about their feelings, family outings, or just scribble away!
This month in math, we will be working on multiple representations of numbers 1-20. We will be utilizing the number talks strategy to learn about the many ways we see numbers. You can support this at home by pointing out and counting objects with your child everywhere. Whether it is counting ingredients in a recipe, toys as you clean them up, or cookies after dinner, numbers are everywhere! Encourage your child to count and recognize numbers in their everyday life!
This month in science, we will be working on science tools and their purpose. We will be working with tools such as goggles, tweezers, beakers, thermometers, magnifying glasses, and scales. We will support this through hands on activities and our weekly cooking lessons. You can support your child at home by showing them science in their everyday lives. In the kitchen we regularly use many science tools for varied purposes such as measuring ingrediaents in a measuring cup (beaker), using a thermometer to determine whether something is cooked, or using a scale to measure the weight of ingredients. We also see them regularly used in places like a grocery store where you may weigh produce, a bathroom with a bathroom scale or even tweezers. Share how and why you use the tools at home.
This month in social skills, we will be working on proceedures and rules, emotional regulation through identification of feelings and determining the size of a problem, and developing a growth mindset. You can support this at home by enforcing basic safety rules such as hands and feet to self and sharing with others, acknowledging their emotions (for example, I see how happy you are this morning, I know you are frustrated about not being able to go to the park, or I know it can be disappointing when we don’t get our way), and reminding them that we can all grow from our mistakes.
Welcome back! I cannot wait for a wonderful school year! For school wide information, visit http://mendenhall.mysdhc.org/