May 3

Dear Parents, 

During our literacy centres, we discussed how good readers, in addition to using connection, visualization, and questioning, use inference to help them be more engaged with and understand what they are reading.  As readers, we can use inference to fill in what is not written on the page.  This week, we practiced how to look for clues in the pictures by using wordless picture books such as That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares 

In Math, we began to discuss ways to read an analog clock to the hour, half-hour, and quarter-hour.  We talkeabout how each number on the clock not only represents the hour but can also help us tell time to the minute.  Like most math concepts, some students will be more ready than others.  If you feel your child is ready to tell time to the minute, when possible, ask your child to approximate or tell time so that they can practice and reinforce some of the concepts taught in class.   

In Bible, we found out that after years of chasing after David, Saul was killed by the Philistines. When David was told of this news, instead of being happy, he cried and was sad.  We contrasted the lives of David and Saul.  We discovered that they both became king, were a soldier, and loved Jonathan.  But David trusted God and was blessed, while Saul didn’t trust God and had a hard life.  Later in David’s reign as king, we learned that David forgot about God and sinned against Him.  We discussed how David repented and asked God for forgiveness.  However, even though God forgave David, there was still a consequence to his sin.   

In our Inquiry unit of Light and Sound, the students tested the hypothesis that they can change the size of the shadow by either bringing the flashlight closer to or further away from an object.  They recorded what they saw, made a conclusion about their experiment, and shared what they learned with the class. 

In Health, we continued to discuss how good communicators need to be able to share their ideas with others.  We talked about how we should think about what we need to say, speak confidently, and listen to others’ ideas.  We role-played some situations where we need to share our thoughts with others. 

This week, we planned and brainstormed about what we should do for our Mother’s Day Tea celebration in class next Friday, May 10 from 1:30-2:45. We decided on dividing the class into three different centres.  The students wanted a game centre where they will be playing card games, an art centre where they can work on a craft, and a snack centre where they can make and serve sandwiches for their moms.  If you are unable to attend, please email me by next Tuesday so that I can make alternate arrangement for your child (e.g. being my special helper) that afternoon.  We look forward to seeing you then. 

A reminder that class photo will be taken on Mon, May 6.  Please help your child to dress accordingly. 

Have a restful weekend! 

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