Sep 13

Dear Parents, 

Thank you for taking time out to come to our Meet the Teacher Night.  It was great to be able to touch base and share my teaching philosophy and approaches to teaching with you. 

The students are beginning to adjust to the routines and expectations of the class.  We continue to encourage students to take risks and play with new friends during recess times as well as be problem solvers and communicators. 

We started our reading program this week.  Students were introduced to the reading strategy of “making connections” which can help with their reading comprehension.  For the next few weeks, we will be focusing on making connections to what we read.  A connection is something that the story or text remind us of.  We read No, David, Grow Up, David, David Goes to School, and David Gets in Trouble by David Shannon and students were asked to make connections to the different things David did in the story.  To reinforce this strategy, you can ask your child about the connections that he/she makes as you read with them at home. 

In Math, we began our unit on Patterns. This week, we discussed how patterns are embedded everywhere, from our calendar to the 100 chart.  Students suggested that patterns are a way to help us predict what will happen next, like the days of the week.  They also asked their friends to guess the different patterns that they made with unifix cubes and pattern blocks.  We will work on creating and extending patterns up to four elements (e.g. ABCDABCD) as well as translate patterns from one representation to another (e.g., red, yellow, orange, white to ABCD).  Understanding patterns help children build a foundation for algebraic thinking.  

In Bible, we reviewed the story of Creation.  Next Monday, I will be sending home a letter explaining more about our Memory Verse Program in your child’s Back and Forth Book.  Please be sure to check out our self-portraits in the hallway to celebrate how God has created each one of us uniquely. 

We had our first Library class with Ms. Huber this Tuesday.  She introduced the library routines and explained how to use our library keys.  Please continue to help your child to develop a habit of bringing in a library bag (something that can protect the library books in case of linkage in your child’s school bag) each Tuesday to promote their sense of independence.   

A reminder that students will be taking their individual photos next Wednesday, Sep 18.  Please help your child dress accordingly.   

Have a great weekend! 

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