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Dec 13

Dear Parents, 

We had a small Christmas celebration in class this Wednesday.  Students rotated through a craft, bingo, games, and card making centre in the morning. 

In Language Arts, we talked about being aware of using periods to end a sentence and beginning a sentence with a capital letter.  For most young children, writing is a very cognitively intensive task that entails forming the letters, leaving space between words, thinking about how to spell a word properly, what to write, and knowing the audience that they are writing for. Therefore, we often see children forgetting to use their capital and punctuation marks, and it is something that we will continue to work on throughout the year.  

This week, we concluded our look at our featured author, Leo Lionni.  The students suggested that his books have a beginning that introduces the characters, a middle that has a problem, and an ending that resolves the problem.  Some enjoyed the way that he uses collages to illustrate his books.  They also noticed that he only uses animal characters and that his books are not as funny as Robert Munsch’s and Mo Willems’.   

In Math, we reviewed the different addition strategies, such as “Count On”, “Make Ten”, and “Near Double”, that we have explored this year and how they can be used to help us add 2-digits to 1-digit numbers.  We also discussed how some strategies may be more efficient given the set of addends (e.g. using a double fact like 4+4=8 can help us find the sum for 5+4 quickly).  The students also completed their January calendar and wrote down dates that are important to them.  

In Bible, we continued to explore the true meaning of Christmas and the birth of Jesus and asked the students to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.  We also sang some Christmas songs and discussed what the lyrics mean.   

We concluded our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky by inviting High Touch High Tech to come to our class to answer some of the questions that the students have about this unit.  They explored why we have seasons, how seasons affect all living things, how to read a thermometer, and how to make “snow”.   

On a more personal note, I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the presents and cards that I have received.  As well, a big thank you for all your prayers and support for the students of 1C, whether it is working with your child at home or coming into the class to help.  I know that they have all grown so much since the start of the school year.    

May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

 

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Dec 6

Dear Parents, 

Our family groups met today to decorate gingerbread cookies.  Here are some pictures of the event! 

In Language Arts, we contrasted the different books that we have read so far from Leo Lionni. The students thought that his books are usually structured to have a problem and a solution, such as Swimmy and Little Blue and Little Yellow.  As well, they noticed that he likes to use mice as his characters in books such as Frederick and Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse.  We also discussed how his stories often teach us a lesson. 

As for the home reading program, students should still be bringing in their package to exchange for new books next week, but we do not expect the students to be reading the leveled books during the Christmas holidays.  Any unread books can be used after we come back from the holidays. 

In Math, students explored more addition strategies this week.  We talked about how we can use “double facts” to help us add “near doubles”.  As well, we looked at some important addition properties such as the commutative property (e.g. 4+5=5+4) and zero property (e.g. any number plus zero is itself).  At this developmental stage, some students are beginning to transfer these strategies mentally while some are using manipulatives (e.g. unifix cubes, counters, fingers) to help them visualize their math problems.   

In Bible, we discussed the meaning of Christmas by watching a video on the birth of Jesus.  Some of the students said that we celebrate Christmas because Jesus was born on that day, while others said that Jesus came to take our sins away.   

In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky, we explored how autumn affects us in what we need to wear, as well as what we can see and do.  We also created a new Wonder Wall on our outside display to illustrate what are some questions that the students may still have about this unit.  It is our hope that the students continue to be curious about their world around them and take the initiative to find answers to those questions. 

In Health, we continued to look at dental health related to young children.  We discussed what happens when we go to a dentist (e.g. getting our teeth cleaned and taking x-rays to see if there are any problems) and why a regular checkup is important. 

I will be replacing the content of the Back and Forth Book next Friday.  If you would like to keep the used pages, please email me by next Friday.  Otherwise, I will shred and recycle them. 

Have a restful weekend!