September 4, 2021 | Friends has a new Know & Grow product, Dot-to-Dots!
Our first set of dot-to-dots titled “My first dot-to-dots” are ready to be delivered to classrooms on Tuesday!
These first three books are the “can’t get lost” series as the numbers follow one another in a simple progression. While the kids simply think of dot-to-dots as fun, they are learning to count, developing fine motor skills, and building confidence!
August 26, 2021 | Can you name all ten of these shapes? If not, just ask a Dinsmore Elementary first-grader later this year! Each student will now be able to handle and explore a bag of geometric solids as they learn.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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