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Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Week Beginning: 30th March

Farah Balmer is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Farah Balmer's Zoom Meeting
Time: Apr 3, 2020 02:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 558 471 1708

For zoom schedules/worksheets/activity suggestions from your child's specials teachers, kindly visit their Chalkboard page (Mrs. Burger for Art, Mrs. Ratcliffe for Music, and Mrs. Garcia for P.E.).

Every Friday beginning  April 3rd, I am offering a one-on-one conferencing via zoom for individualized instruction/assessment for your child. Please let me know if you are interested and what time works best for your family. Thank you.

Grade: K/1


Phonics – “-ng”

*Direct instruction video on Facebook page

*With your guidance, please have your child pick a chapter from the book of Psalms in the Bible. Read it together and have your child write all the words that end in “-ng”


Reading Comprehension – Questioning as a tool for comprehension

*Read aloud by Mrs. B (so I could model this strategy to the kids). This will be posted on Facebook. Please have your child watch it.


Math – 3D shapes

Have your child watch the Youtube video with the link below:

*Have your child go around your house to find 3D shapes.


Social Studies – Continuation of our “Personal History” unit

*With your guidance, have your child:

1. List some important events that have happened in your family history

2. List some jobs or occupations in your family- past and present.

3. What holidays does your family celebrate?



Phonics – still on “ng”

*Have your child write a short story about a “king who loves to sing” (Let them be completely imaginative! However, they must use at least three words that end in -ng). Completed books will be published and posted on our Facebook page if you and your child are okay with that.


Reading Comprehension - Questioning as a tool for comprehension

**Have your child read a book (any format – digital or hard copy). Have your child ask and/or write a question (or two) prior to reading, during reading, and after reading.


Math – still on 3D shapes

*With as many 3D shapes that they could find around the house, have them assemble a robot!


Social Studies – still on “Personal History”

* Have your child (and yourself) look at some baby pictures you have of you and/or your husband’s or even those of their grandparents’. Have them pick which one resembles their baby pictures the most. ??



Phonics – “-nk”

*Direct instruction video on Facebook page

*Make flashcards of the different “-nk” word families:

-ank : bank, Hank, prank, sank, tank

-ink: link, blink, pink, think, rink

-onk : bonk, honk, zonk, clonk, plonk

-unk: chunk, dunk, gunk, plunk, stunk

*Have your child read one “family of words” at a time. Do this several times. Then shuffle the cards and have them read them in random order.


Reading Comprehension – Questioning the author (critical literacy)

*Have your child read a book (one with a good story plot). Feel free to read to them this book if this is what you prefer. Ask your child, “If you can change anything in the story, what will you change and why?” Feel free to video-record your child’s most creative answers!!!


Math – Dimes, pennies, quarters and nickels

Have your child watch this video of “The Coin Song” and have them sing along with the song. Feel free to sing along too!


Social Studies – Personal History

*Have your child draw a picture of your family celebrating your favorite holiday. Make sure to color it! In a few words at the bottom of the drawing, have your child write a short description of what they drew!



Phonics – “-ng and -nk”

*Dictate these short sentences to your child and have them write them one sentence at a time (This is to assess if they can encode (or spell) the sounds they have learned – ng and nk. This is also a good way to practice capitalization and punctuation).

1. The skunk stunk.

2. Pam went to the big bank.

3. That is a long trunk.

4. She thinks and sings.

5. He rang the bell.

*****For first graders, they can make these sentences “compound” by adding coordinating conjunctions to make this task more challenging for them. They may use AND, BUT, or SO. For example, for sentence number 5 (He rang the bell), they can make this simple sentence a compound sentence by adding AND so their sentence becomes: He rang the bell and the neighbor’s dog barked loudly at him.


Reading Comprehension

Independent Reading (Have your child read for about 20 – 30 minutes).


Math - Dimes, pennies, quarters and nickels

- Have your child count some coins (in your purse or in your coin jar). Make this activity fun!


Social Studies – Becoming a Member of God’s Family Through Faith in Jesus

*Talk to your child about becoming a member of God’s family by believing in Jesus. Read John 1:12 together:

But some people did accept him. They believed in him. To them he gave the right to become children of God (International Children’s Bible version).

*Have your child watch and sing along to this song. Feel free to sing along with your child too!

*Discuss with your child what the benefits of being a “child” of someone is (such as provision, protection, security, identity, etc.). Because they are God’s child through their faith in the completed work of Jesus at the cross of Calvary, they too, get to enjoy these benefits. In John 10:10, Jesus said,
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”

* End this lesson with praise and thanksgiving to God for this full life that He has given us through Jesus.