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 reviewed the “Up and Down” addition strategy. I reminded 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. Some were using their fingers or manipulatives to count but started to realize they could use double facts! 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 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. Next week we will be learning about the life of Ehud. We also started reading through a devotional book together. Each day there is a question we talk about, a small paragraph we read together, and the special friend reads a prayer. This week we talked about what it means to serve others and obey our parents. Here is a song that we sang this week.
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 brainstormed that we need to wear a thick jacket, pants, boots, mittens, scarves and hats to stay warm. They also noticed that we can go skiing and build snow men in the winter. They thought it was funny when I pointed out that it is winter right now, but all they see is rain, not snow!
In Art, we worked with the concept of perspective and how we can show distance of an object. After reading the story “Snowmen at Night”, we made big snowman heads with ripped paper to make it look like are close up to the snowman. They had so much fun adding their own personal details to the snowmen. They will be on display next week.
Thank you to Jeremiah’s family, his dad Michael, his mom Toni, and his sister Justine for coming to share with us this week about their family! We learned that they enjoy kayaking, hiking, drawing, skiing, sledding and baking. They attend Richmond Baptist Church and Jeremiah is the youngest member of the Welcome Team. The Mallou family enjoys traveling together and have been to the Philippines, Hawaii, California and Whistler.
- Skating is on Wednesday, January 24th
Have a blessed weekend