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!