This week, we started our printing program called Handwriting Without Tears. We reviewed the capital letters that the students were exposed to last year as well as the correct way to hold a pencil. Each student practiced printing in their own exercise book after we go over the correct stroke order as a class. We also continued to focus on the first Reading strategy of connection. As I read aloud different stories to the students, they were asked to tell the class the connections that they have made.
In Math, we asked the students to create and extend patterns with 3 or 4 elements and record them onto paper. As well, we started to expose students to word problems. We discussed how it is useful to re-read the question to ensure that we understand the question. We also talked about how we need to persevere when working on math problems and not give up so easily.
In Bible, we reviewed the story of Noah and the Ark. Students reflected in their Bible book as to why Noah obeyed God. Some thought that Noah was obedient because he trusted God even though others thought he was silly, while others thought that he knew God has a plan for him. We made a rainbow to decorate the front of the Bible book to remind the students of God’s covenant with us and Noah. Next week, students will have an opportunity to recite their memory Bible verse (Hebrews 12:1) to me from Monday to Friday.
We started Health this year by focusing on healthy lifestyle choices. Students will explore ways to maintain proper hygiene and positive wellness choices such as the importance of diet, exercise and sleep. This week, we discussed why we need to eat healthy foods and organized them into different categories such as healthy, unhealthy or in between (food that we can eat once in a while). Most children suggested that pop is unhealthy and ice cream is more of a treat!
In our first thematic unit of the year, Matter Matters, we will be exploring the big idea that “everything can be used for something”. Students will inquire into the properties of matter (how something acts, feels, and looks) and how they affect its function. We launched the unit this week by introducing the topic to the students.
A reminder that our Literacy Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm. We will be discussing our literacy program and ways that you can help your child at home.
Have a fruitful weekend!