The end of the quarter is quickly approaching and the class is making great progress in letter sounds and blending words together. Keep practicing letter sounds. For blending, you can help by using the word lists that have been sent home. Students “sound out” the words letter by letter. Sometimes an adult writing one letter at a time and helping with the letter sound before moving to the next letter can keep it slow enough to prevent frustration. Another activity the kids like is brainstorming a list of words that begin with a certain letter; for example, have them tell you what sound a letter makes and then ask “what word begins with a?” Write down the words and keep them with a notebook so your child can practice writing and illustrating.

In math we are about to move into the hundreds chart to see all the patterns that happen with numbers. Practice counting by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s with your child.

In our CGI story problems, we are continuing to work on addition and subtraction problems along with choosing which number sentence “fits.” Here’s an example:

Shyanna went to Wal-Mart and bought ten fish. When she got home, she discovered that her fish tank was too small. She gave six fish to her grandma so how many fish did Shyanna have left?

10 + 6 = ? or 10 – 6 = ?

First the students recall the problem. How many fish did she start with? How many did she give away? What are we trying to figure out? They draw simple pictures, count cubes or figure it out on their fingers. When we have the answer and someone can explain the story from start to finish, we take a look at the number sentences. The kids read: ten plus six equals blank. Ten minus six equals blank. What does plus mean (adding, joining or putting together)? What does minus mean (subtracting or taking away)? Which number sentence fits our story? Have them write in the answer again and have them read it altogether.

Try setting up simple problems for your children to solve and explain. This is how math problems present themselves in the real world and practice will build math ability in your child.