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What is Workshop?

The following are objectives for each of the Workshop Way tasks. This is  designed to let children work at their own pace. If you see something from  Workshop come home that is only partially complete, it is okay. If you see a  paper that has "Complete and Return" or "Redo and Return", then your child  will need to complete it and bring it back to school in the homework folder!   Please note that this is the "Workshop" for the first quarter. As the year  progresses, we will change some of the tasks, put some away for a while, and  learn new ones to the board.  Daily Oral Language, (D.O.L.):  This task helps children with their oral and  written language skills. There is a sentence written incorrectly on the  board each day. The task is to fix the sentence and write it correctly.  Problem of the Day, (P.O.D.):  This is a problem solving math problem for the children  to complete. During the first quarter, we work it together.  Later in the year, the children will use their problem solving skills to  solve the problem independently.  Study Spelling: This task allows the students to practice their spelling  list on a daily basis.   Tracing Hand: This task helps children with their fine motor  development. When tracing hand is completed correctly, students have a neat  print of their hand that is filled in with lines. The trick is to keep the  lines straight, even, and neat. It is more challenging for little hands than  it may appear!  Featured Book: We have the Breakthrough to Literacy program that McNeill  kids had in Kindergarten. The books and tasks are more challenging in first,  so the students work on a book for about two weeks. Each day your child is  given a task to complete using the book. For example, they may circle all of  the vowels, or write an additional sentence to the story. If your child is  completing this task, his/her copy of our book should have a USED appearance.  3 Across:  Each day the students are given a number. They count on from that  number in rows of three. This task helps children master the formation of  their numbers, number sense, and pattern recognition. The numbers increase  each day.  Look and Do: This is fun!  It gets the children up and moving for one  minute. The students are given a P.E. activity to do for one minute. There  is a quiet area in the back of our classroom for them to go and complete the  activity. Although it is a P.E. activity, it helps them build on the concept  of time by watching the clock.  Fast Facts:  This is daily opportunity for students to work on their basic  math facts. For now, they are working on addition. Later, we will focus on  subtraction. Finally, we will work on going back and forth between the two  functions.  Missing Number: This task give ths students chance to practice their number sense by identifing a number inbetween two given numbers. After some practice the students should be able to recall  number without starting counting at 1.  Printing:  The students are given a page each day to practice letter  formation and size. This develops their fine motor skills and helps them  master correct letter formation.  Trip Around the Room: Children take a trip around the room to read as many  words as possible. This allows them the opportunity to stretch, while  working on learning to read environmental print. There are always new things  going up on our walls, so this task is always new!  On the Dot:  This is a fun way to practice number order to 100. The students  practice counting to 100 on a daily basis as they complete the dot-to-dot  puzzle. This also develops their spatial sense and fine motor development  due to the complexity of the pictures.  Games and Puzzles:  I have a number of educational games in my classroom.  Most of our games work on words, numbers, patterns,  and fine motor skills.  Also, the jigsaw puzzles help children develop their spatial sense. Most  importantly, it helps children with their ability to develop their social  skills.  Free Choice: Free Choice allows students to relax and have some  time to do an activity of their choice. They may continue to play a game,  read quietly, draw, or a number of activities in our classroom. 
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