Monthly Archives: September 2013

Coming Up…

  • The food drive for God’s Pantry begins tomorrow!  Check out the flyers attached to the e-mail I just sent for all the details.
  • We have one guest reader spot open before winter break on December 6th from 7:55-8:15.  Let me know if you would like to fill that spot!
  • TONS of spots open for volunteering in October.  Please sign up at VolunteerSpot if you are available!  I love having people help with small groups and it truly impacts student learning!  Thanks in advance!
  • I sent home a Scholastic book order last week.  If you want to put an order in do it before October 14th!  Lots of great books available 🙂

Parts of a Book

We have been working hard on learning the parts of a book.  We are wrapping up this unit tomorrow.  Your child should be able to:

  • Identify the front cover, back cover, and title page
  • Find the title, author’s name, illustrator’s name on the front cover and title page
  • Tell that an author writes the words in a book
  • Tell that an illustrator makes the art in a book
  • Predict what a book will be about by looking at the title and front cover
  • Find a table of contents in an informational book

We have done all kinds of activities to practice these skills and the kids are getting really good at naming the parts.  Sometimes we are still mixing up author and illustrator 😉  During our lesson yesterday, I had book titles and they had to create the cover art for the book.  Here is what we came up with.

Dog’s Are Great Pets!


As you are reading with your child, make discussing these a part of your routine.  Ask them questions like…

  • Can you find the title on the front cover?
  • Bill Martin Jr. is the author of this book.  What does an author do?
  • Can you find the title page?  What do you see on this page?
  • The title of this book is Let’s Play Soccer.  Before we read it, what do you think the book will be about?

We are going to begin studying different types of texts in the next week!

Coming Up…

  1. Kentucky Kids Day is on Tuesday!  Make sure that you send a letter for your child into school by Monday morning.  You should have gotten info on this today.  Also on Tuesday, have your child dress up in an outfit that shows how they enjoy exercising and staying fit.  Some ideas could be ballet outfit, soccer uniform, baseball uniform, athletic shorts and sport t-shirt, team jerseys, karate outfit- whatever your kiddo enjoys!
  2. Next week, we have two no homework nights.  So your child will only get a Reading A-Z book with comprehension sheet and a fluency card for literacy homework.
  3. Thanks to everyone who has been coming into volunteer!  All your help really does make a HUGE difference!!!  There are still a few spots left for September and I added lots of new dates for October.  Let me know if you need the link to Volunteer Spot to get signed up.


WOW! We have gotten off to a great start in math this year! We have covered a lot of concepts and the kids have really worked hard!!! I have loved getting to know Ms. Rowe’s friends and can’t wait to see how much they learn this year.

After assessing the class at the beginning of the year, we skipped chapter one in our math series. It covered many different skills focusing on numbers 1-10. Your child should be able to read and write number words to ten. They should also be able to compare numbers and objects using the words more, fewer, or the same as. They should be able to complete number patterns- counting backwards, skipping numbers, and figuring out missing numbers in a pattern. Finally, they should be able to name a number that is one more or one less than a given number.

We just finished our unit on number bonds. This might be a new concept for you, but you would be amazed at the critical thinking skills that your kiddos have developed in this unit. Number bonds are basically a way for students to break numbers into parts. They have explored all the “ways to make” numbers through ten. This skill of part/part/whole will help students as we move onto addition and subtraction. This is what a number bond looks like-Number BondHere are some pictures of us hard at work during math workstations!

Book Boxes

Who has started a book box at home to keep all their books from school in?  This is a great way to have books to reread and build fluency.  Repeated reading is SO important to emergent readers!  Here are just a few of the benefits…

  • Builds fluency
  • Helps with sight word recognition
  • Increases confidence
  • Improves comprehension

If you all have started a book box at home, send me a picture of your child and their box!  I will add them all to this post.  THANKS!

Ava's Book Box

Carter's Book Box

Aidan's Book Box

Sam's Book Box

Joseph's Book Box

Keenan's Book Box

Trae's Book Box

Let’s Find Out

Let's Find Out

On Friday, we did our first Scholastic News magazine.  The magazine is called Let’s Find Out.  This is a great magazine that is focused on reading skills appropriate for kindergarten students.  These would be great to save and add to your book collection with your child’s homework books for rereading.  There is also an online game that we usually don’t have time to play in class that you can access at home.  The website is always printed in the top right hand corner of the magazine.  It is  By the way, if you haven’t sent in your money for the magazine please do so ASAP!!!

Around VPE

Here are some announcements from special area teachers at VPE…

Every two seconds, someone somewhere in Kentucky needs blood, and you never know when you or someone you know might need it.
Give blood and give life at:
All donors receive a KBC t-shirt and each child that recruits a donor will receive a KBC collapsible water bottle.
The homeroom that recruits the most donors will be rewarded with a special prize!
Appointments are not required but are recommended for your convenience.
Schedule your donation time online or call KBC at 800.775.2522.
If your blood type is O-positive or O-negative, please consider giving a Double Red Cell donation to provide two treatments to KY patients!
Photo ID required.

Birthday Celebrations… 

Having a birthday? Instead of bringing cupcakes or treats to share with your classmates, why not donate a book to library and share a love for reading with the whole school! Every book donated will have a sticker placed on the inside front cover with the child’s name, birthdate, and grade. Each student will receive a birthday pencil for their donation and have their photo displayed in the hallway to recognize their donation. Please donate new, hardback books only. If you have questions contact Ms. Ault at

Help us win money from Target for VPE… choose VPE on the target give back facebook page! Remember you can vote weekly!

Lower Primary Chorus

Everyone in our class went to try chorus out on Monday!  If your child would like to continue to participate in chorus, please return the chorus sign-up sheet if you haven’t already!!!  This is a great program and the kids love going on Monday mornings.  Let me know if you need another form.