I am going to be entirely honest, I am not a fan of homework that is not meaningful. Reading will be the most important homework that your child has this year. Kids who read in Spanish daily experience the most rapid reading growth. While we will have math homework available, I only provide it so that you as a parent can be familiar with what is happening in the classroom with math curriculum. If I notice your child falling behind in a skill, I will send a note home with math goals to work on.
I firmly believe that play helps kids learn. It is very important that kids have time to play outside of school. In first grade 15 minutes of homework (READING) per night is plenty (unless your child REALLY LOVES homework and wants to do more). Too many extracurricular activities can also be tiresome for these little ones. Homework doesn't always have to be written "homework time". There are many things you can do in the car like verbally practice counting or addition/subtraction facts, verbal story problems, and identifying numbers and letters. "I spy" is also a wonderful game to help kids develop language skills that will transfer to Spanish and help with including details in writing!
I try very hard to send home math goals for kids who need more practice with specific skills. If your child comes home with a sheet of paper with math goals, please do take some time to review it. As a first grade team, we all work hard to give kids extra review if they need it in school as well, but home support is very helpful!!
If you don't get to the daily math homework on the Everyday Math website, don't sweat it! I know life gets busy and playing outdoors with friends is much more important homework at this age! They work hard all day in school and they need to let off steam at home. If they are not bringing home math goals, that means they are mastering the necessary content during school hours.
READING HOMEWORK (You will know when this comes home for the first time)
It is very important that all students get at least 10 minutes of daily Spanish reading practice. I would like to see them use the baggie books for the first few weeks, but if they are more motivated by using Razkids or another source for Spanish reading, it is fine to use those as the main sources of texts. I do want to emphasize the importance of reading books at the appropriate level! If the text seems pretty easy for your child, it is probably the perfect fit! They should be able to read with 95-100% accuracy and not struggle through decoding too much with the ability to retell what they have read (they can retell to you in English). If you have questions about text level, please ask. If your child is reading books that are too hard, it won't help them to become better readers. Comprehension is also very important! There are translations for the baggie books below. Please keep these to yourself to check comprehension when your child reads (general questions). Sharing the translations with your children really goes against the immersion model. They will not be able to translate word for word. A to Z and Razkids do not have translations available. Let me know if you feel your child is really struggling with the comprehension piece. We don't want to begin the bad habit of reading to decode rather than reading to understand (and enjoy!).
Once you are in the website, click on the big green button "Kids Login".
Enter the Teacher Username "sdasilva0"
Your child's log in should be the same as it was in kinder. Contact me if you need help.
Click on "Book Room".
Hopefully you are already familiar with this. I tried to transfer students from their previous teacher so they wouldn't lose their precious points. Please let me know if your child's account does not look right and I can change it.
They can listen to the book, read it themselves, take a quiz and record themselves (if you have a microphone or IPAD).
When they feel ready to progress to the next level, they can let me know and I will unlock the next level.
Please be sure to monitor them when using this website. They can easliy flip through pages and make it look as though they actually read the book when they really haven't. Many of them do this to earn more stars and play with the robot. It is a great tool with parent supervision.
I will be showing the kids how to log in and use the site in the first few weeks of school. The best resources are the homelinks and letters that can be found in English when you click on the house icon buttons, and the online games (juegos). The games are really great for helping with math fact fluency.
*The username and password for this site are the same as their Google log in. They have an email account and we will be using the Google Drive to upload videos and complete a couple of electronic projects this year.