Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Wow!  Our fall semester is almost finished with only 2 more classes to go. We have learned so much!  Keep of the good work and focus on finishing strong by drilling charts and completing work. 
Password:  Linking Verbs for all and add Helping Verbs only if you have the Linking Verbs memorized.
Math/Grammar Games:  Hebert Family
The EEL Guide goes through the Adjective Chart L and our new pattern S-Vl-PA in detail.  Read this with your student when you study Adjectives and S-Vl-PA if you want to have a better understanding of how the different types work.  It has a lot of great examples.
*Study Vocab this week.  We will play a game in class next week.
*Have fun with the Stylistic Techniques.  Brainstorm on a whiteboard and write silly words this week along with words to be used in their paper.  Make writing from pictures a positive experience.  If you are not sure how to explain one of the sentence openers, dress-ups, or decorations use examples to teach from TWSS, Student Book, and the Student Binder(Resource Notebook).  All 3 sources have examples of each.
Writing Assignment:        (Please pick what is best for your student.)
-Continue working on Unit 4, Vikings
Assign 1 Paper-Write a 3 paragraph paper for the next 2 weeks on our new Unit 5. Pick pg. 99, The Magic Lamp, or pg. 104, The Knight and the Dragon.  Write this week and next week focus on stylistic techniques.
Assign 2 Papers-This week, write a 3 paragraph paper on The Magic Lamp, pg.99.  Next week, write a second paper on The Knight and the Dragon, pg. 104.
With Joy,
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Week 9

Next Week's Password: Linking Verbs  (Sing to Happy Birthday)
Review and Math Game: Diliberto Family
Add to Checklist:
Practice Sentences 1-3 and for older students do 4-5, which are more advanced.  Remember this week's structure is Compound so to make this easier for your student, just do half of the sentence or 1 independent clause if needed.
Continue Memorizing Prepositions.  We will sing them in a circle where each student says one preposition.
Study Chart K, to be,  but don't worry about understanding.  You will notice information from Verb chart and Pronoun chart on K.
Extra Examples of S-Vl-PN:   
Charlotte is an elderly spider but Wilbur is a youthful pig.
Sage and nutmeg are favorite fall spices.
Rembrandt is the artist and this painting is a masterpiece.
Jane is a girl.
Micah is a soccer player.
Ethan is a drummer.
Continue writing 1, 2, or 3 paragraphs on the Vikings.  In class, we only  read the source for the 2nd paragraph on page 58 and went through the practice paragraph on page 54.  
Checklist are attached again.  They are set-up in Excel so you can edit them as needed.  Print Landscape.  Scale down or up as needed.
If you have any questions please call or text.
Have a blessed and joyful week,
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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Week 8

Great job this week!  I loved seeing all the students (and parents) engaged and learning in class.  Thank you for your help, keeping the students on task, and cleaning.
Focus on encouraging your student this week to get through all there memory work.  If they continue on the path to mastering each chart, you will begin to see light bulbs go off as we dig deeper each week. 
Add to your checklist:
  1. Make sure you are adding practice sentences 1, 2, and 3 to your weekly checklist (found at the end of each lesson).  Students should task 1-4 with each and 5 and 6 for a challenge.  Our checklist says to do forum sentences or Our Mother Tongue sentences which are great but more advanced like practice sentence 4 and 5.  If your student is not overwhelmed after doing the practice sentences, add what the checklist says: forum sentence or Our Mother Tongue and the more advanced practice sentence 4 and 5.
  2.  Add more charts to drill if needed.  Our checklist alternates memory work and charts.  I'm noticing that we need to do chart work each day because it's just to much to grasp in 2 days.  So, on the memory work days, you could simply add a chart.
Password for week 9:  What does www.asia.b stand for? 
Homework:  Preread the lesson. I know we are all busy but this was recommended to pass along to help you, the teachers, to get the most out of class and Essentials.   Please read the lesson for Tuesday's class so that you can review the new material, have questions ready,  and be prepared to teach Wednesday at home.  You can do it!
Mid-Semester Check:If you would like a Mid-Semester Check to answer questions, run through a lesson together, or work out details of Essentials, I am available to meet up to do that.  Last year, we planned a couple of evenings at a coffee shop but the times kept most from attending. 
No class November 12--Thanksgiving banquet
Make-up class November 19-- 9:00-11:00
Have an awesome week!