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 hours will continue to be 7:40-1:55 with early release each Monday at 12:55.
We will be utilizing thematic units this year to fully engage students in units of study related to the time of year! Our August theme will be Sharks and the Ocean!
Whole group educational goals:
This month in reading we will be reading Gilbert the Great and Sharks. We will work on answering simple questions using visuals, demonstrating knowledge of vocabulary by use of vocabulary throughout the day, and determining the title, author, and major plot points of a story using visual support. Additionally, we will begin guided reading groups to work on students’ IEP goals and emerging skills. At home you can support student learning by reading with your child. Reading with you child in any language and for any length of time not only promotes reading skills and focus but also facilitates bonding with your child!
This month in writing, we will be working on prewriting strokes and developing hand strength. We will also be working on sharing opinions and ideas using multiple modes of communications through writing projects. We will also begin guided writing groups to focus on students’ IEP goals and emerging writing skills. You can support their progress at home by helping students develop hand strength and encouraging emergent writing activities. Hand strengthening activities include working with play doh, putty, small legos, tweezers, tongs, or any activity that requires students to pinch. To encourage emergent writing skills, you can engage in activities such as chalk, painting, coloring, and pretend writing! Encourage students in any attempts at writing!
This month in math, we will be working on numbers 1-5, shapes, and colors. We will explore how to write each number, how to make sets of each number, and compare sets of objects with different numbers. We will also work on drawing shapes, and identifying shapes and colors. We will also begin guided math groups to work on students’ IEP goals and focus on their emerging skills. At home you can support students by identifying colors and shapes in your environment and counting objects with them! Math is everywhere and repetition is key to learning new information!
This month in science, we will be working the role of a scientist and their tools. We will explore tools such as microscopes, magnifying glasses, goggles, balances, beakers, and timers and what scientists use these tools and their senses for! You can support their learning at home by showing them versions of science tools and science in your everyday life. We use many science tools in the kitchen and around the house every day!
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/