A Peek at Week 26

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer – This week we will start our Lent and Easter devotions – focusing on the last 40 days of Jesus’ life. Later in Lent, we’ll be reading about different symbols and collecting them in eggs to create a set of “Resurrection Eggs.” 

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be: At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him. We will also talk about the stability of David’s faith throughout his life. 

Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. 

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working on writing a hook to get the reader interested and how to end our pieces. We’ll also be thinking about how to respond to other people’s opinions. We will be talking about how to write reviews of common things we use in our lives, setting a good foundation for persuasive writing.

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We continue working on place value and will be working with teen numbers. We’ll work on addition strategies and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 20. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit. 

Phonics – This week we’ll be working on MCW lists. We’ll also be working on words with vowel pairs. You may remember learning the saying, “when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.” We’ll learn how to prove words that follow this pattern.

Reading Workshop– This week we’ll be working on putting facts together from some different penguin texts we’ll be studying as part of our inferring unit. To follow up – students will be writing mini-information books to conclude this part of our reading unit. 

Social Studies/Science -We continue our unit on geography and how to learn about places. We will explore themes of location, place, region, and human/environment interaction. We will use a variety of tools (Google Earth being one of them!) to learn familiar and new vocabulary: maps, globes, compass rose, aerial perspective, absolute and relative location. We will also try our hand at addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read!  Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how often we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.

Dates to Note:

  • Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Sarah Kelso and Laura Huisman for this trip.
  • Friday, February 28: Mrs. Kingma gone, Mrs. Cheryl Bootsma will teach for me
  • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • Wacky Wednesdays in March – watch for more information coming soon

 

Last Week’s Peek at the Week

I never posted this! Sorry!

A Peek at Week 25

FROM MISS PETERSON

Devotions and Prayer – This week we continue focusing on prayer and learning about God from his creation. Next week we’ll begin devotions focused on Lent and Easter. 

Bible – This week we continue reading about David and how God chose him to be Israel’s second king. Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him.

Patterns of Power – Our focus this week is on adjectives – seeing how real authors use them in their writing to make it better. 

 

FROM MRS. KINGMA

Math – We’ll begin Chapter 5 and will continue working on place value and teen numbers. We’ll work on making 10 for an addition strategy and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 10. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit. 

Phonics – This week we will work on word endings – first learning how to tell when a word ends with K, CK or KE. We’ll also work on adding suffixes (endings) to different words. Finally, we’ll keep practicing the Most Common sight word lists. 

Reading Workshop– This week we continue inferring and asking questions to help us figure out what is going on in a text. This week we’ll be working in non-fiction narrative books to see how the graphics and pictures can give us clues about what we’ll be reading about. 

Writing Workshop -We continue writing opinions.  We are working hard on developing our ideas and adding more details. Instead of saying, “I like that dog because it is cute” our goal is to add more and say something like, “I like that dog because it has cute ears and a nice nose.”

Social Studies – This week we begin a new Social Studies unit that focuses on geography. We will explore themes of location, place, region, and human/environment interaction. We will use a variety of tools (Google Earth being one of them!) to learn familiar and new vocabulary: maps, globes, compass rose, aerial perspective, absolute and relative location. We will also try our hand at creating a map of our classroom and addressing envelopes for our mail carrier to read!  We also have our field trip to the Post Office to see how mail is sorted for delivery. Later in the unit, we will discuss and explore how we interact with God’s creation and how we modify or adapt to our environment.

Dates to Note:

  • Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: I’m planning on Lena Clemo, Sarah Kelso and Laura Huisman for this trip.
  • Friday, February 28: Mrs. Kingma gone, Mrs. Cheryl Bootsma will teach for me
  • Tuesday, March 3: Parent/teacher conferences, 4:30-8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 11: Irish Dance presentation by Scoil Rince Ni Bhraonain
  • Wacky Wednesdays in March – watch for more information coming soon

 

A Peek at Week 24

A Peek at Week 24

Devotions and Prayer – This week we continue focusing on prayer and learning about God from his creation.

Bible – This week we will begin moving into the Kings of Israel.  Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him.

Math – This week we continue working on place value and will continue working more and more with teen numbers. We’ll work on making 10 for an addition strategy and will keep practicing our addition and subtraction facts through 10. One thing that you can practice with your child at home is counting from one decade number into the next. Here’s an example… 27, 28, 29, _____. Knowing which decade number comes next is going to be very helpful in this unit.

Phonics – This week we will begin work on decoding words that have vowel pairs. We’ll also keep working on sight words!

Reading Workshop– This week we continue inferring and asking questions to help us figure out what is going on in a text. Our focus is on making logical inferences from clues in the text. We begin this unit by reading a variety of poems which are great for inferring.

Writing Workshop -This week we continue writing opinions and practicing sharing good reasons for our choices. We are working hard on developing our ideas and adding more details. Instead of saying, “I like that dog because it is cute.” Our goal is to add more and say something like, “I like that dog because it has cute ears and a nice nose.”

Social Studies/Science – We’ll be wrapping up our sound unit this week and will move on to How We Learn about Places. The field trip to the post office is part of this next unit. We’ll be going in the morning on February 27. I can take 2-3 parents along on this trip. Please let me know if you are interested! Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom of the newsletter!

Dates to Note:

Friday, February 14: Half Day, dismissal at 12:10

Monday, February 17: No School

Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: more information coming soon

A Peek at Week 23

A Peek at Week 23

Welcome: This week our class will be joined by Miss (Katelyn) Peterson who will be student teaching with me this semester. Miss Peterson is a student at Calvin University.  She will be with us from February 4 through May 15. Welcome Katelyn!

Devotions and Prayer – This week our devotions will come from The Big Book of 5 Minute Devotions.

Bible – This week we will read the stories of Samuel.  Our focus will be on: God kept his promise to the Israelites even though they were unfaithful and rejected his rule by requesting a king. At God’s direction, Samuel anointed first Saul and later David to be Israel’s first two kings. Saul did not trust or obey God’s commands, and the kingdom was taken from him.

Math – We continue working on place value – specifically the concept of tens and ones. Big objectives include: read, write and represent 2 digit numbers, compare two-digit numbers, add tens and ones, use strategies to add within 20, solve story problems.

Phonics – We will continue working on sight words and will learn Phonetic rule 3 and 4 to know how to decode words with vowel pairs.

Reading Workshop– We’ll move on to inferring and how asking questions can help us figure out what is going on in a text. Our focus is on reading closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text. We begin this unit by reading a variety of poems which are great for inferring.

Writing Workshop -Last week we began our introduction into writing opinion books. This week we will begin writing opinions and practicing sharing good reasons for our choices.

Social Studies/Science – We continue working on our light and sound unit this week. Here are some highlights of this unit: Sounds are made when something vibrates. Sounds can be loud or soft, and high or low. We use sound and light to communicate. A shadow is made when something blocks the light.

Dates to Note:

Friday, February 14: Half Day, dismissal at 12:10

Monday, February 17: No School

Tuesday, February 25: Parent/teacher conferences

Thursday, February 27: Post Office Field Trip: more information coming soon