It was another week of settling into our new Literacy centers routines and expectations. It is quite amazing to see how quickly the students were able to work independently on different literacy tasks each day ranging from word study/work (Words Their Way), writing, handwriting, listening to stories (iPads), and reading to self at the class library. During this time, I conference with individual students on their story or journal writing and review some of the reading strategies that we have covered so far. We continued to learn more about Kevin Henkes and some students begin to notice that a lot of his stories tend to teach us a moral lesson (e.g. “Chrysanthemum” teaches us to be kind to others even if they have a name that sounds funny).
In Math, we reviewed the different addition strategies that can be used to help us add numbers. The students shared their ideas as to which strategy may be more efficient for a given set of addends (e.g. using double facts may be more efficient for 7+6). As their number sense continued to develop, it is important for young children to discover on their own adding strategies which are most efficient to use to solve a given problem. When possible, continue to ask your child to solve authentic math problems involving addition (e.g. we had 3 oranges at home, now we have 9 in total, how many did we buy?) over the weekend. Over the next few weeks, we will switch gears to learning about different subtraction strategies.
In Bible, we continued to look at the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges. This week, we learned about Othniel, the first judge that God had sent to deliver the Israelites from the king of Aram. Students drew a picture in their Bible workbook to illustrate this cycle of disobedience.
In our Theme unit of Patterns in the Sky, we examined how winter affects the clothes that we wear, as well as the things that we can do and see. The students thought that we need to wear clothing to keep us warm, such as thick jacket, pants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats. They also noticed that we can go skiing, play in the snow, and see birds migrating during this season.
In Health, we continued to discuss ways to be safe at home, school or out and about. We looked at how different signs outside of our home that may have pictures and words that can warn us of danger or to help us stay safe.
A reminder that we will be going ice skating again next Wednesday, January 24. We will be leaving school at 10:15 (student will have a quick snack before we go on the school bus) and begin skating at 10:45. The skating session will end at 11:45 and we should be boarding the school bus at 12:00 so that we can come back for lunch. Please either email me or make a note in your child’s Back and Forth book if you are able to come and help. You are welcomed to come and skate with us for free at the Minoru Ice Rink.
A special thank you to Marcellus’ mom and dad for sharing about their family. We watched videos of Marcellus doing some of his favourite activities, such as biking, playing the piano and drums. As a family, they like to go traveling with Marcellus’ favourite stuffy to different places like Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, and Kelowna. Their family Bible verse is “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6.
Have a fruitful weekend!