Sep 30

Dear Parents, 

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 into 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 – similar to our featured author, David Shannon who wrote about himself when he was young (e.g. No, David) and his dog (e.g. Good Boy, Fergus).  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 (growing) patterns, translate patterns, and discover environmental patterns in the classroom.  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 (Isaiah 40:31) to me from Monday to Friday.   

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.  We practiced sorting different objects 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.   

Our Chapel has been scheduled for Friday, Mar 13.  Please mark that date on your calendar and come to support 1C on that morning (8:35-9:05). 

Have a restful weekend! 

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