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Monthly Archives: November 2015


Student Art Work


Art Class

We have 4 finalists in the 2015 Car outlet Driving Success Art Competition! They will be attending the reception at the National Museum of Mexican Art on November 16th. There art will be on display during the event. Congrats!


Fall Fiesta Program

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Fall Fiesta

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Queridos padres,
Esto esta pasando el primer semestre en nuestra clase:
KINDER: En kinder los estudiantes estan aprendiendo los nombres de las letras y los sonidos. Es esencial que aprendan los sonidos para poder empezar a leer. En Diciembre-Enero los estudiantes deben estar leyendo en el nivel B. Los libros del nivel B tienen oraciones sencillas como: Mi mama me ama. Tambien tienen un patron de lectura en cada pagina como por ejemplo Mi mama me ama. Mi mama me mima. Mi mama juega (El patron seria Mi mama). En escritura, estamos tratando de etiquetar nuestros dibujos poniendo los sonidos que podamos. Por ejemplo hicimos un dibujo de un sol….. ssssss-o-llll
Para matematicas deben saber los numeros del 1-10 y su equivalencia. (por ejemplo el 3= *** ) Saber los numeros del 1-10 y su equivalencia es esencial para todo lo que deben aprender en Kinder.
PRIMERO:: Los estudiantes de primero estan aprendiendo a leer con fluidez. Usando pausas en la puntuacion y los signos de admiracion e interrogacion. Trabajando en leer para comprender. Que paso en la historia? Que hizo el personaje? como cambio el personaje desde el comienzo hasta el final de la historia y por que? Donde tuvo lugar la historia? Estaba de dia o de noche? etc. Leer palabras completas y no por silabas, volver a leer la palabra para auto-corregirnos. En escritura; Tratar de escribir palabras completas por sonidos, escribir con detalles y poder corregir nuestra escritura. Empezar con Mayuscula y terminar la oracion con un punto.
En matematicas estamos aprendiendo familias de numeros (sumas y restas). La ley conmutativa de la suma (el orden de los sumandos no altera el producto).Enlace de numeros.


Preschool Resources

Every student’s first teachers are their family members. I hope to use this page to provide you with resources and ideas on how to best work with your student at home, to best support academic and social-emotional development and achievement. Check out some of my favorite resources be sure to check back later for more!


Social-Emotional Development

Before students can achieve their fullest academic potential, they must develop strong social-emotional skills, such as delaying gratification, managing strong feelings, and being able to interact appropriately with peers and teachers. The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning provides fantastic strategies, resources, and social stories to use with preschool children to build these skills. We use a lot of these strategies in our classroom, too!


Language Development

Every student has a voice that deserves to be heard. Always encourage your child to verbally express himself or herself to meet his or her wants and needs. Ask your child questions and encourage them to ask you questions about the world they see around them. Ask them about their day, and encourage them to tell you all of the details – who, what, where, when, how, and why. And share with your day with child, too! Narrate everything you do, and explain why you are doing it. This will not only help to build your child’s vocabulary and use of language, but will also help them to make connections about the world around them.


Academic Development

Teaching your child literacy and math skills can be fun! Rather than using workbooks or practicing rote memorization skills to build alphabet and number knowledge, encourage your child to notice all of the letters and numbers that surround them everyday. They can look at the numbers and letters on menus, on signs, on food packages – there are endless opportunities to point out letters and numbers to your child. Once they see you start pointing them out, they will want to, too. This will help them to start differentiating between different letters and numbers.

You can push in math and counting skills in the same way. There are opportunities all around us to push in counting, quantification, classification, patterning, and measuring skills. Have your child set the table and count out how many plates, forks, spoons, and knives you will need. Note the patterns that they have on their clothes. Count the number of steps there are in your house. Have your child help you measure out the ingredients when cooking! By pointing out, narrating, and explaining these things in the world around them, children will begin to independently use these skills, and to connect these academic skills to their lives.


I hope you enjoyed these resources and ideas! Please email me at rktodd@cps.edu if you have any questions, or would like to learn more about any of these strategies. If you are a parent of a 101 student, be sure to check your email inbox weekly for our newsletter, which always includes more resources to work with your student at home. I will be posting more here, soon, as well.

Thanks for reading!


Preschool Room 101


It has been a great first quarter! I am glad everyone has adjusted to school and enjoys coming; we miss our friends when they do not come.

November has many days of non- attendance for the students, please encourage them to read at home. When you have read 15 books in one month your child will receive a coupon for a FREE pizza.


Here are some pictures of us “growing our brains” in school!


Mrs. Rodriguez

IMG_1470IMG_1351IMG_1352“Making patterns with music”

Story Bus 1 Story bus 2 Story Bus 3

Enjoying the Little Red Hen Story Bus