It was great seeing so many of you last night! Literacy is a key component of learning for young children. It is truly a partnership between home and school. We hope that our sharing gave you some insights in to how young children learn to read and write, and how you can help at home. If you were not able to attend last night, the information covered will be included over time in my weekly blog.
There are several components to our writing program: ideas, organization, word choice, and conventions. This week, we asked the students where writing ideas come from. Most students recognized that we get ideas from people, places and things that we know as well as experiences that we had. We talked about how we are all “experts” of ourselves. Students continued to write about their weekend and present their writing to the class.
In Math, we completed our unit on Patterns by asking students to explore geometric patterns, translate patterns, and discover environmental patterns. Here are some things that the students said they learned: “the core/unit in a pattern repeats”, “patterns are everywhere”, patterns can be found in colour, numbers, shapes, and sound” and “patterns help us be prepare”.
We followed up on the idea of trusting and obeying God by looking at the life of Abraham. The students learned how Abraham obeyed God when he was asked to move to Canaan and had to sacrifice the son that he had at an old age. He trusted God even though he was asked to make tough choices. Next week, students will have an opportunity to recite their memory Bible verse (Romans 12:2) to me from Monday to Wednesday.
In our inquiry unit of Matter matters, we defined matter as something that takes up space and is made up of three groups: solids, liquids, and gases. Solid is something that takes on a definite shape, a liquid is something that you can put your hand through, feels wet, and takes on the shape of the container that it is in, and a gas is something that you can also put your hand through but may not feel wet. We practiced sorting different object into these three groups.
In Health, we continued to discuss ways to improve our wellness choices. This week, we explored how regular exercise can help make our body stronger, sleep better, improve our moods and our immune system to fight against germs. We also talked about how we can exercise safely by drinking water, wearing the appropriate protective gear and warming up before we play.
A reminder that student individual photo orders are due next Tuesday, Oct. 2. After that date, you will have to order online at https://my.lifetouch.ca/mylifetouch/#/. Life Touch will return on Nov. 6 for retakes if you were not satisfied with the first photo proofs. There is also no school next Thursday and Friday as teachers from the school will be attending professional conferences on those days.
Have a restful weekend!