Friday, October 28, 2016

Week 9

We are so impressed with the readers and writers in our classroom.  Hopefully you saw your child's first guided reading book brought home in their book baggie.  Please see the instructions given in the bag and make sure books, reading logs and book are all returned together by Monday.  We are continuing writing like scientists during writing workshop. Some children are even writing pattern books that are similar to books we are reading.

We are using manipulatives to teach number sense.  We are learning the concept of greater and less than as well as adding and subtracting using cubes (make a tower that is 2 more than 5).  We are learning how to see groups of objects in a way to count more quickly.  This is called subatizing and the children love this challenge!

In science, we have shifted from the 5 senses to the skeletal system. Ask your child how many bones a body has!  We did a skelton sorting activing using bones made out of cheetos and graphed our results (even ate a few too!).

We have introduced the children to the world map and globe.  We talked about where we live and located a few other countires children in the family have connections to.  We even had a special visit from Indigo's Mom and Aunt who did a special presentation about the holiday in India, Diwali - The Festival of Lights.  We made rangoli, lit a clay lantern, each child received a marigold and wore a bindi on their forehead.  What a special afternoon we had!

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 10/31 - Day 5:  Halloween parade and party!  Please come dressed to school in costume with clothes for changing in a spearate bag.  The parade begins at 8:40 in Lower School and ends in the Anderson Gym with the sing-a-long.  Parents are welcome to join us in the gym for halloween fun!  P.E.

Tuesday 11/1 - Day 6: Please bring in one candy wrapper from trick-or-treating.  Music, Religion & Art

Wednesday 11/2 - Day 1:  Spanish, Biobuddies & Library (return book).

Thursday 11/3 - Day 2:  Spanish & P.E.

Friday 11/4 - Day 3:  Music

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Week 8

Although it was a short week... a lot of learning took place!
  • We introduced the children to their own book boxes.  Each child shopped for "just right" books to keep in their boxes.  They now use book boxes during reading workshop.  Ask your child who their reading buddy is!
  • We learned our first word family.  Ask your child a word that lives in the -at house.
  • While learning the handwriting form of numerals... we are also beginning to learn about number sense.  This will be a major focus throughout the year; to ensure children have the foundational skills and understanding of numerals so that they are capable of higher level math computation.
  • We started learning about one of our major social studies themes:  Life Long Ago.  To kick off this unit of study, we went on our first field trip to The Landing.  We learned about games children played long ago, about homes children lived in and we visited the general store in town.  We will dig deeper into this concept through the month of November.  

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 10/24 - Day 6:  Music & Art

Tuesday 10/25 - Day 1: Spanish & Library (return book)

Wednesday 10/26 - Day 2:  Service trip to Walker Nursing Home.  Spanish & P.E.

Thursday 10/27 - Day 3:  Music & Religion

Friday 10/28 - Day 4:  Chapel, Spanish & P.E.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Weeks 6 & 7

We are finishing up our shapes and patterns unit in math.  The children are getting really good at noticing patterns around them and they are classifying and sorting shapes and objects in a variety of ways.  Here are a few children making pattern necklaces and crowns!
Guided reading began as well as our 2nd writing unit:  Looking up closely... writing like a scientist.  We learned that writers are like scientists who notice what is around them and write about it to teach others.  We took a nature walk on campus and collected a variety of objects in nature (leaves, sticks, branches, rocks).  We use these items during writing workshop by recording what we notice about size, shape, color, texture, etc.

The highlight of our week was meeting our Biobuddies for the first time.  Our Biobuddies will be helping us as scientists this year as we study the human body.  Since we have been learning about the 5 senses, we used all 5 senses during a pumpkin carving activity together and recorded our observations.  Hopefully you enjoyed meeting your child's Biobuddy on Seesaw!  

Snapshot of Next Week:

Monday 10/17 - Day 3:  Picture re-takes (please return original photos if choosing to have picture taken again.) Music.

Tuesday 10/18 - Day 4: Chapel, Spanish & P.E.  6:30 Math Night for Lower School parents.

Wednesday 10/19 - Day 5:  PLEASE WEAR ORANGE TO SCHOOL as part of bullying prevention.  Field Trip to The Landing & P.E.  Please dress appropriately for the weather as part of the trip will be outdoors.



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