A Peek at Week 10 & 11

General notes:

Conferences: Thanks to all of you who already made the time to meet for your child’s conference! I look forward to meeting the rest of you this week. 

Birthday Treat Update: Food birthday treats are now permitted as long as they come in individually wrapped packages. Please remember that we are a peanut free school and tree nut free classroom! 

Our Learning this Week

Bible – We’ll continue reading about Moses and the Israelites as God leads them through the wilderness.  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. Over the next two weeks we will focus on telling the difference between addition and subtraction especially in word problems. 

Phonics – As we’ve added blends into our work, the spelling of new words gets more challenging – especially words that begin with blends like spl, spr, squ, str, etc.. We continue practicing with partners to hear the blends in different words. Please continue working on the Most Common Words lists if your child has one at home. Word lists 1-3 are words your child was introduced to in kindergarten. In first grade we are working on lists 1-6.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll begin working on the concepts of schema, prior knowledge and how to monitor your comprehension – ex. Stop when you read something that doesn’t make sense. We’re also going to be working in non-fiction books so we’ll look over some of the text features in those books.

Writing – We continue focusing on writing SMALL moments.This week our focus is on how to show when someone is talking, telling the story bit by bit and how to elaborate and give more details by telling what people were thinking and feeling.

Social Studies/Science – This week we continue in Space Systems: Patterns and Cycles.  Our focus this week will be on shapes of the moon and it’s cycle around the earth.

 

Dates to Note

Tuesday, October 20: Kids Have Rights presentation

Tuesday, October 20: Parent/Teacher Conferences 

Wednesday, October 21-Friday, October 23: No School, teacher professional development

Monday, October 26: Picture Retakes

A Peek at Week 9

A Peek at Week 9

This week I am thankful for parents who are prayer partners! I am also grateful for beautiful fall weather and a relaxing weekend with my family!

 

Bible, Devotions, Prayer

This week we’ll start saying/learning the Lord’s prayer together. 

During Bible we continue 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 will focus on subtraction. 

Phonics – This week we continue working on practice with Most Common Words. We’ll also continue working on spelling L, R, and S blends in words.

Reading Workshop– This week our focus will be on background knowledge and understanding author’s purpose as we read a book about the life cycle of pumpkins. 

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 patterns of the sun’s movement and how shadows are created and how they change.  

Dates to Know

  • Wednesday- Friday, October 21-23: No school, Teacher Professional Development
  • Thursday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 20: Fall  Conferences via Zoom:  
  • Friday, October 16: Outdoor praise dance
  • October 26 Picture Retakes

 

A Peek at Week 8

I’m grateful for 8 weeks of school with your dear children! So thankful for health and the gift of being TOGETHER in person! God is good! 

This week you will see many continuations from things I mentioned last week!

Homework notes – Your child will be working on reading for homework this year. You should have received a letter last week attached to your child’s book-in-a-bag explaining the work. If your child returned his/her bag of books last week, they will get a new set of books home this week. We strongly encourage you to complete this with your child each week and return by Friday. Because reading is so important, this is the only homework your child will receive in first grade. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Bible, Devotions, Prayer – We will begin a new verse for the month of October.  Watch for a new paper coming home this week with the new verse. In Bible this week we’ll continue 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 – like counting on. Fun fact: math experts tell us that it’s OK for kids to use their fingers to solve equations. At the same time, we will continue learning new 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 in partnership 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 seems to move through the sky. 

DATES

October 21-23 – No school, Teacher professional development and planning days