In Language Arts we learned about sequence – putting our ideas in order so that our writing is organized. We use words like, “First, second, next, finally.” The students made ‘storyboards’ – 3 boxes in a column in which they put pictures and words in order so everything makes sense. Next week, we will put this into practice in story writing. We also read the story, “The Snow Day” by Komako Sakai, and then drew and wrote about what happened in the beginning, middle and end of the story.
In Math, we focused on the “Up and Down” addition strategy (e.g. the traditional way of doing addition, adding the numbers up and down) but I cautioned the students that this is only one of the many ways to add numbers. In order to develop our number sense, we need to be flexible and be able to use many different strategies to add numbers. The vertical algorithm tends to be more mechanical and may not enhance young children’s number sense. I also taught the students a new card game called “3 in a row.” Ask your child if he/she can teach you the game. The students shared their ideas as to which addition strategy may be more efficient for a given set of addends (e.g. using double facts may be more efficient for 7+6). As their number sense continues to develop, it is important for young children to discover on their own adding strategies which are most efficient to use to solve a given problem. When possible, continue to ask your child to solve authentic math problems involving addition (e.g. we had 3 oranges at home, now we have 9 in total, how many did we buy?) over the weekend. Over the next few weeks, we will switch gears to learning about different subtraction strategies.
In Bible the students will be looking at the lives of five judges: Othniel, Ehud, Deborah, Gideon and Samson over the next couple months. They will be learning about the recurring cycle in the Book of Judges where the Israelites forget their covenant with God, they then become oppressed by their neighbours, and plead to God for a deliverer – a judge. This week, the students were introduced to the role of a judge, the cycle of disobedience, and the first judge, Othniel, whom God had sent to deliver the Israelites from the king of Aram.
In Theme, we took a closer look at the cycle of seasons, and specifically what winter looks like and how it affects us. Students began working on a booklet about seasons. They thought that we need to wear clothing to keep us warm, such as a thick jacket, pants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats. They also noticed that we can go skiing, play in the snow, and see birds migrating during this season.
In Art, we worked with the concept of perspective and how we can show distance of an object. We made big snowman heads with ripped paper to make it look like we are close up to the snowman.
Thank you to Isaac‘s family for coming in to share about themselves! We learned that his dad, Alfredo, was born in Guatemala and therefore Isaac can speak Spanish. His last name ‘Jo’ is pronounced ‘Ho’. He is a Civil Engineer. Isaac’s mom, Dory was born in the Philippines. She goes to UBC as she is studying to become a Social Worker. Isaac’s sister, Sophie, is 3 years old. She likes to sing, dance, act and her favourite colour is pink and she loves princesses. The Jos go to Tapestry church, where Isaac was baptized. As a family, they like to attend festivals, fairs, carnivals, concerts and other events. They enjoy going to farms in the Spring (Tulip and apple etc), the symphony and Richmond Night Market. They like to travel, hike, bike, camp and picnic.
Thank you to Kaylee’s Family for coming in to share. We learned that Kaylee’s mom, Kiki, loves to take photos, swim and run. Kaylee’s dad, Yan likes to work, play hide and seek, and play games with Kaylee. Kaylee likes to play Lego, play in Summer Fun and be funny. As a family they enjoy hiking, reading, going for afternoon tea and travelling to places like Thailand, Disneyland and Mexico.
- Scholastic orders due Mon., Jan. 22
- Skating Wed, Jan. 24
- Family Sharing coming up next month:
- Nathan – Feb. 5-8
- Amelia – Feb. 13-16
- Jaycee – Feb. 19-23
- Matthew – Feb. 26 – Mar. 2
- Please email me or talk to me about which day of the week you plan to come once you know (Mon, Tues, Wed, or Thurs at 8:30) Thank you!
Have a blessed weekend 🙂