This week, we started our printing program called Handwriting Without Tears. We reviewed the capital letters that the students were exposed to last year as well as the correct way to hold a pencil. Each student practiced printing in their own exercise book after we went over the correct stroke order as a class. Our focus with printing this year is neatness. Is your child printing the letters in the appropriate spots on the lines? We also danced to some alphabet letter videos to review the sounds some letters make (especially vowels because they can easily be mixed up for many students) and the formation of them. Here is an example:
If your child needs more practice with the letter sounds (for example a, e, i, o, u) – you can go to YouTube and type in “Letter i song” and select the one by “Have Fun Teaching.” You can also have your child work on Starfall. If you click on ABCs, you can listen to different letter songs/ lessons, or you can click on “Learn to Read” and there are fun, interactive stories for your child to listen to/ read and click on, as well as matching activities and short videos on sound blends (th, wh, ch, sh).
We have also been enjoying reading stories from the author David Shannon.
We have been continuing with Reading Power – making connections, and ‘reading to self.’ Students are encouraged to find ‘good fit’ books – books that interest them, and contain mostly words that they know – when reading to self. They know that they can either 1) read the pictures 2) read the words or 3) retell the story in their own words. See if your child can tell you how to find a ‘good fit’ book.
In Math, we asked the students to create and extend patterns with 3 or 4 elements and record them onto paper. We have also been making rhythmic patterns by clapping, stomping, snapping etc. Ask your child if he/she can demonstrate this to you. We identified patterns that had errors and corrected them. We also learned about translating patterns and growing patterns.
In Bible, we finished our directed drawing activity of each of the days of Creation. We watched a video on Creation, including the Fall, and wrote about it in our Bible journals. Yesterday we watched a video on Noah. Next week we will reflect on what we learned and discuss how Noah obeyed God. Students will have an opportunity to recite their Bible memory verse (Hebrews 12:1) to me from Monday to Friday.
Each day during our morning devotions, we pray, discuss the memory verse and sing a couple of worship songs. I have been doing different songs every day (most of them are familiar to the students but I will post a couple here sometimes so that you can play them at home too.
In our first thematic unit of the year, Matter Matters, we will be exploring the big idea that “everything can be used for something.” Students will inquire into the states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) and their corresponding properties (how something acts, feels, and looks). We launched the unit this week by introducing the topic to the students.
In art, students completed their self-portraits.
- We go to the library every Friday. Please ensure your child has a library bag this upcoming Wednesday. Unfortunately, no bag = no books. Each week your child is able to take out 4 books as long as they have returned the books from the previous week. Books go in the blue library bin (it’s a recycling can on wheels) in the classroom on Friday mornings
- Literacy Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 28 at 7 pm. We will be discussing our literacy program and ways that you can help your child at home.
- Please sign up for “Celebrating Families” on the sheet hanging outside of the classroom if you have not already done so. This is the week on which you will choose a day and time to come into the classroom (with your family) and share about your family for 10 minutes (more information is in the parent handbook).
- If your child is late (they come in after 8:30) please go to the office to get a late slip before coming to class as I take attendance when the second bell rings.
- Have a great weekend and please pray for our class (good relations between students, energy and focus, respectfulness and joy).