A Peek at Week 8

A Peek at Week 8

Bible, Devotions, Prayer – We continue learning some new prayers to use in our classroom. Some are sung prayers and some spoken. Each week one student has the job of being our class’ prayer leader. It’s such a blessing to be able to hear them lift their voices and to lead the class in prayer.

In Bible this week we’ll be reading about Moses.  Highlights from this unit include: God preserved the Israelites, delivered them from Egypt, taught them how to worship him, and brought them to the Promised Land. God took loving care of the Israelites. God had a plan to use Moses to deliver the people from slavery. God gave the Ten Commandments to direct people in their relationship with him and others.

Math – We continue working on addition and subtraction facts to solve story problems. This week we continue focus on some new adding strategies – math experts tell us that it’s OK for kids to use their fingers to solve equations but we continue working on strategies to make us more efficient.

Phonics – This week we continue working on practice with Most Common Words. We’ll also begin working on blends – consonants that work with L and R.

Reading Workshop– This week our focus during reading workshop is on our inner reading voice. This is the voice that stops us when something doesn’t make sense, that asks questions and that makes connections between what we are reading and our real lives.

Writing Workshop – We continue focusing on writing SMALL moments.This week our focus is on how to bring our stories to life – to make them more interesting to read.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles. We be looking at the cycle of the sun this week and how it moves through the sky.  On October 21 we will visit the public museum and planetarium as part of our science unit on Space.

Dates to Note:

Friday, October 11- Foot Frolic Frenzy – Please encourage your child to get pledges for Foot Frolic Frenzy!  Our goal is 100% participation in returning pledge envelopes. Every pledge helps – big and small!

Thursday, October 18: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tuesday, October 15 – Special performance by members of the Grand Rapids Symphony

Monday, October 21 – First field trip – Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Wednesday, October 23: Half Day of School, dismiss 12:10 Note: I (Mrs. Kingma) will be gone this day because my son Willem is having a major oral surgery that day. Mrs. Marilyn Braman will be teaching for me!

Thursday and Friday, October 24 & 25: No School, teacher professional development

Tuesday, October 22 & 29, Thursday, October 31: Parent/Teacher Conferences

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