Thank you for taking time out to come to our Meet the Teacher Night!
The students are beginning to adjust to the routines and expectations of the class. We continue to encourage students to take risks and play with new friends during recess times as well as be problem solvers and communicators.
In Language Arts we talked about the three ways we can read a book which are read the pictures, read the words and re-tell the story. We talked about ‘good-fit’ books so that students would choose appropriate books to read. Does it interest them? Do they want to learn or enjoy a story?
We started our reading program this week. Students were introduced to the reading strategy of “making connections” which can help with their reading comprehension. We will be focusing on this over the next few weeks. A connection is a memory or something that the story or text remind us of. To reinforce this strategy, you can ask your child about the connections that he/she makes as you read with them at home.
We began practicing the proper way to write sentences (start with a capital, use lowercase letters on the proper spots on the lines, finger spaces in between words, end with a period). Students practiced writing simple sentences with the short ‘a’ sound on their lined whiteboards (“The cat sat on a mat.”). I would say the sentence out loud and they would write what they heard. They love finding the mistakes I purposefully include in my sample sentences on the board and they eagerly help me fix them.
In Math, we began our unit on Patterns. This week, we discussed how patterns are embedded everywhere, from our calendar, the clothes we wear and pictures throughout the classroom. Yesterday, the students were excited to build patterns and have a friend recreate it. We will work on creating and extending patterns up to four elements (e.g. ABCDABCD) as well as translate patterns from one representation to another (e.g., red, yellow, orange, white to ABCD). Understanding patterns help children build a foundation for algebraic thinking.
In Bible, we reviewed the story of Creation. I will be sending home a letter explaining more about our Memory Verse Program. We sang two songs this week to remind us of God’s power and all the things He created.
In Art, students created self-portraits to celebrate how God has created each one of us uniquely.
We had our first Library class with Ms. Huber this Tuesday. She introduced the library routines and explained how to use our library keys. Please continue to help your child to develop a habit of bringing in a library bag (something that can protect the library books in case of linkage in your child’s school bag) each Tuesday to promote their sense of independence.
A reminder that students will be taking their individual photos next Wednesday, Sep 18. Please help your child dress accordingly.
Have a great weekend!