Know & Grow Thanks!

May 18, 2021 | Each school year kindergarten has 31 weekly wordbooks and first grade has 34.  Each week, 110 are printed.  That is 7,150 Know & Grow wordbooks per school year.

Flashcards are produced for each quarter.  Kindergarten has 237 flashcard words and first grade has 100.  Each quarter, 110 are printed.  That is 37,070 Know & Grow flashcards punched and ringed.

Thanks for Kristina Bradley and her son, Tobias, for assembling the kindergarten wordbooks (pictured). Tobias Bradley is a Dinsmore Alum!

Thanks to Janet from Faith Baptist Church for assembling the first grade wordbooks.

Thanks to Roger for ringing the flashcards.

Thanks to Barbara Willson for composing suberb sentences for the first grade wordbooks.

Thanks to both the Walmart Superstore at River City Marketplace and Lem Turner for providing the paper!

Word Families

March 7, 2021 | Another Know & Grow product is ready for testing! A set of 42 letter groupings have been neatly stored for each child to have his/her own set. One classroom will test the product and, if it works, all first-graders will receive a set for use in the classroom.

“I don’t remember learning about word groups. But, my husband does. He remembers when the ‘light bulb’ went off. He learned to spell ‘ship’ and realized by changing out the letters, he could spell another word. He had no problem reading from that day forward.” ~ Linda

Hopefully these letter combinations will help children become more literate – although perhaps with different letter combinations!

Bananagrams!

February 21, 2021 | Thanks to a private donor, all first grade classrooms have Bananagrams! Each bag contains the letter tiles a child will need to spell out his/her sight words. As part of the Know & Grow literacy program, these lower-case letter tiles will be used for years to come!

Are These Grade A Bananas?

February 3, 2021 | Friends has provided one first grade classroom with letter tiles. They come in conveniently packaged green bananas! If the letter tiles help the children learn their sight words and earn a Grade A for convenience, Friends will provide a set to all first grade classrooms.

Thanks Again Walmart

January 7, 2021 | We are lucky to have two Walmart stores nearby. We just received a $400 grant from Walmart Giving. Both Walmart Supercenters near the school are now providing paper for the Know & Grow Wordbooks!

Thanks to the Walmart on Lem Turner Road for forwarding our grant application to Walmart Giving!

Thanks Walmart!

December 4, 2020 | Great news! We just received a $500 grant from Walmart Giving to purchase paper for the kindergarten and first grade Know & Grow Wordbooks!

Thanks to the Walmart at River City Marketplace for forwarding our grant application to Walmart Giving!

Be a flashcard volunteer!

This volunteer opportunity has been filled. Thank you, Roger!

November 18, 2020 | We have another opportunity that is COVID-friendly! A volunteer is needed to punch and ring the Know & Grow flashcards for kindergarteners and first-graders. We already have volunteers for the wordbooks – Janet assembles kindergarten wordbooks and Kristina assembles first-grade wordbooks!

Every quarter, each kindergartener and first-grader receives their own Know & Grow flashcards. You’ll be supplied everything you need: printed cardstock cut to flashcard size, an easy to use hole puncher that can punch up to 30 pages at once, and the binding rings.

To volunteer, please email Linda at FriendsOfDinsmoreElementary@gmail.com

COVID-friendly volunteer opportunity

This volunteer opportunity has been filled. Thank you, Kristina!

October 13, 2020 | We have a volunteer opportunity that is COVID-friendly! A volunteer is needed to fold and staple the Know & Grow wordbooks for first-graders. The kindergarten classes already have a volunteer to put together their books!

Every first-grader receives a new Know & Grow wordbook each week. You’ll be supplied everything you need: printed materials cut to size, a scoring board, and a long-reach stapler.

To volunteer, please email Linda at FriendsOfDinsmoreElementary@gmail.com

Sand Timers

September 18, 2020 | At the end of each weekly wordbook is a page of 20 new words that first-graders should be able to read in 15 seconds. To help, Friends provided all first grade teachers with 15-second sand timers for their students. It will now be more fun for children to practice reading by sight!

Know & Grow Wordbooks

August 28, 2020 | Friends volunteers are busy printing and binding Know & Grow Wordbooks!

The books measure 5½” by 4¼” – just the right size for a child’s hands.  Two pages are devoted to each sight word a child is expected to learn – 174 words in kindergarten and 340 in first grade.  

Each book will contain only the newest words the child will be introduced to that week.  Children will enjoy writing their names on their books, copying each sight word, coloring the sight words, and seeing the words in the context of simple sentences.  The children can practice reading the books over and over again.