This week we focused on where writing ideas or topics come from. We watched a video interview of children’s author David Shannon, who we have been featuring, and found out that ideas come from things that we know well. We brainstormed some topics that we know a lot about such as our hobbies, interests, families, friends, as well as places that we have been to. Students continued to write about their weekends and shared their writing with the class. At the end of the sharing, the audience was given a chance to ask the writer three questions regarding their journal writing.
After reviewing capital letters last week, we switched our focus to reviewing the proper formation of numbers and lower-case letters. We began by looking at lower-case letters that are the same as or like their capitals such as c, o, s, v, w, t. As well, we continued to reinforce proper stroke order, sitting position and pencil grip while the students are practicing their handwriting.
In Math, we explored the idea of equal sets, one more, two more and one less or two less – concepts that are important for algebraic thinking and number sense. Young children tend to grasp the idea of “more than” much more readily than “less than”. Therefore, it would be helpful to incorporate the language of “less than” when you are sharing some math concepts with your child at home.
I came across a video by Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics education at Stanford University, that argues for providing multi-dimensional tasks for students to learn mathematics over repetitive drilling while using the same algorithm in class. She suggests that numerous researches support the use of mathematical tasks that allow for deeper thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, as well as giving some students more time to think. If you are interested, the video is about 20 minutes in length.
In Bible, the students reflected on things that they are thankful for by creating their own Thanksgiving turkey displayed on our outside bulletin board.
In our Inquiry unit of Matter matters, we invited a scientist/instructor from Hightouch Hightech to come in to reinforce and explore the concept of matters. She performed various experiments to illustrate what happens to a molecule when it is in a solid, liquid or gas state. The students mixed vinegar with baking soda to create gas and made their own oobleck (cornstarch, food colouring, and water), a substance that acts like a solid when still, but a liquid when stirred.
A reminder that student individual photo orders are due on Tuesday, Oct 15 instead of Oct 8 (as stated on the package). Life Touch will return on Nov. 7 for retakes if you were not satisfied with the first photo proofs. In addition, there is also no school next Thursday and Friday as teachers from the school will be engaged with professional development on those days.
We have an ice–skating field trip to the Minoru Ice Skating Rink and will be requiring volunteers on that date. We have scheduled them on Tuesday, Jan 28 and are looking for volunteers from 10:30-12:00 to help students put on their skates. You are welcomed to join in and skate for free that day. I will be sending out more details closer to the actual skating dates.
Have a wonderful weekend!