In Language Arts, I introduced a new author, Jan Brett. She is known for her colourful and detailed pictures and wrote stories such as “The Gingerbread baby” and “The Mitten”.
This week in 1N, we started talking about the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset is saying things like “mistakes help me learn”, “let me try another way”, or “this may take some effort”. We learned that neuroscientists studied the brain for years and discovered that the brain is like a muscle. Quoting from the video we watched, “when we try challenging things, like hard math problems, we are giving our brain the exercise it needs to get stronger”. We will continue with this video series on helping students to develop a growth mindset over the next couple of weeks.
In Math, we talked about two addition strategies this week. Students practiced them through songs, games and worksheets. The first is friends of 10 (i.e. 1+9, 2+8, 3+7). The second is the use of manipulatives such as blocks. When students see an addition problem they don’t understand, they can use counters and ten frames to see a representation of the equation.
In Bible, we continued to look at the message of trusting God. This week, we reviewed the story of Moses. We discussed how God spoke to Moses and chose him because of his faith to lead his people into Canaan. Below are the two songs we sang this week.
In our Inquiry unit of Patterns in the Sky, we examined how winter affects the clothes that we wear, as well as the things that we can do and see. The students thought that we need to wear clothing to keep us warm, such as 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.
Since there are only two weeks of school in December, we will begin to practice our next Bible memory verse next week. The next Bible memory verse is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
We are collecting items for the Crisis Pregnancy Centre. Each classroom has received a black and white box to collect new items that a baby/family could benefit from. As we show kindness through our gifts, our dull box will be unwrapped to reveal the bright colour underneath as we live out colouring our world.
December 3rd: Christmas concert 6pm-8pm @ Chan Center
December 10th: High Touch High Tech: In-house field trip
December 12th: Class Christmas Party 11:00-12:15
***Parent volunteers are needed! Please email me if you are interested! We will have 4-5 stations, and you will be asked to help lead one of the stations (i.e. Christmas craft, bingo game, art, game, etc.) Thanks!***
December 16th – January 3rd: Christmas and New Year Holidays
January 28th: Skating @ Minoru ice rink 10:45-11:45 (Parent volunteers welcomed)
February 18th: Aquarium